Apple Tree of Knowledge: Do you know why Apple uses 9:41 am on their displays and packaging for all of their devices? This is the exact time that Steve Jobs announced the original iPad. It used to read 9:42 am because that is when Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone. But since the iPads release in 2010, 9:41 has been the go-to. Now, you know 🙂
This last week, Apple snuck in a quick little event in Chicago.
When the events were sent out, it was almost a no brainer that it was going to be about iPads in the education market. Also, if you look at the invitation, the drawing looks very much like something that would be been drawn with an Apple Pencil. But the Apple Pencil only works with the iPad Pros, right? Well, this week, Apple showed us the new iPad and that all changed.
The new iPad is the updated version of the 9.7 inch iPad they released yesterday. Aesthetically, it is the same. You will not see any differences unless you opt for the new gold color.
The greatest upgrade this iPad got was Apple Pencil support. As mentioned above, the Apple Pencil only worked with the iPad Pro before. Now, it works with new, lower end iPad.
Also, the iPad got a new processor upgrade. It was upgraded to the A10 processor that is found in the iPhone 7.
For an entry level iPad, priced at $329, this is an iPad really worth the money. If you are looking to upgrade your iPad Air 2 or earlier, this would be a great upgrade.
Overall, the iPad Pro is still better than this iPad. But they are also for two different markets. So what are the differences between this new iPad and the iPad Pros?
First off, the Touch ID sensor. The new iPad still uses the 1st generation Touch ID sensor which noticeably slower compared to the fast 2nd generation version found in the latest 10.5 and 12.9 inch iPad Pros. If the rumors are true, we can expect the iPad Pros to receive Face ID this year or next, to match the iPhone X.
The Apple Smart Connector, that allows easy pairing with compatible keyboards found on the iPad Pro, is missing on the new iPad. That would of been great to have, but you can still buy a 3rd part bluetooth keyboard to use.
One of the biggest selling points for this new iPad is the price. At $329, you get Apple’s full experience and can do what most people do on their iPads. You are not losing much at all. Compared to the $649 and $799 10.5 and 12.9 inch iPad Pros, it is a bargain.
The screen quality isn’t as high as the iPad Pros. But it is sufficient. People who notice a difference are people who need an iPad Pro that are editing photos or videos and require the highest quality available.
The camera’s on this new iPad are not as good as the iPad Pro. But please don’t be that person blocking the person behind you by taking photos with your iPad. Please.
Who is This For?
As I wrote this, it felt like I was putting this new iPad down and then giving excuses for it. And I kind of was. This iPad is wonderful. If you use your iPad for watching videos, streaming music, reading, checking email, messaging and browsing the internet, this is the iPad for you. There is no doubt about it.
If you are someone who edits photos, videos or audio or are looking to replace your main computer with an iPad, I would look at the iPad Pros. They are extremely powerful and if you are doing that type of work, will be worth the extra money.
The new iPad is available today at Apple.
Are you planning on buying the new iPad? Let me know in the comments or on twitter!
As always, thanks for stopping by!
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