Entry-level Apple iPad 9.7-inch (2018) with Pencil support goes official

Apple iPad 9.7-inch (2018)

Rumors have it that Apple is tipped to launch two new iPads in 2018 – an entry-level Apple iPad and a new iPad pro, well, the company has today corroborated that as it has today unveiled what it refers to as its “most affordable iPad” till date – the new entry-level Apple iPad 9.7-inch (2018) which is specifically aimed at schools and teachers.

The Apple iPad 9.7-inch (2018)  appears to be an upgraded 2017 Ipad 9.7, with the most notable upgrade been its support for augmented reality (AR), and support for the Apple Pencil, thereby bridging the gap between the cheaper iPads and the high-end iPad Pro, even though you have to pay an additional £89.

The new iPad flaunts a 9.7-inch Retina display with support for Apple pencil that was first announced alongside the iPad Pro back in 2015. The device is powered by the same chip found inside the iPhone 7 and 7 plus – the blazing fast A10 Fusion chip coupled with M10 coprocessor motion coprocessor and 32/128GN storage. Apple claims the A10 Fusion now delivers a 40 percent faster CPU and 50 percent faster graphics than the previous generation.

Based on iOS 11, the new Apple iPad 9.7-inch (2018) comes with the popular Touch ID, an HD FaceTime camera, 8 MP 1080p rear camera, and 32.4-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery with up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music.

The new iPad is immediately available to buy and will ship in a couple of days from today. The 32GB Wi-fi only model is priced at $329 for the general public and $299 for students and teachers, while the 32GB Wi-Fi+ cellular model will cost $459.

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