Ap­ple iPad (2018)

Ap­ple iPad (2018)

HWM (Singapore) - - Contents - By Kenny Yeo

Ap­ple has just given its most af­ford­able iPad a re­fresh. How­ever, you would be hard-pressed to tell, be­cause it looks just like its pre­de­ces­sor. In fact, very lit­tle has ac­tu­ally changed: a new pro­ces­sor, sup­port for Ap­ple Pen­cil, and faster LTE con­nec­tiv­ity. That’s it. Ev­ery­thing else from the di­men­sions to the weight, cam­era, and bat­tery ca­pac­ity re­main un­changed.

The new­est iPad now fea­tures Ap­ple’s A10 Fu­sion pro­ces­sor, the same used in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It is a much-wel­comed change that brings about signi cant per­for­mance im­prove­ments.

On SunSpi­der, we found the new iPad to be 15% faster than the model it re­places. And on 3DMark, it achieved scores that were over 27% higher than its pre­de­ces­sor. In the real world, the new iPad feels no­tice­ably faster, more uid, and more re­spon­sive.

De­spite the signi cant in­crease in per­for­mance, we found the new iPad to of­fer much bet­ter bat­tery life. The new­est iPad lasted 45 min­utes longer than last year’s ver­sion in our bat­tery life test.

Sup­port for Ap­ple Pen­cil is an­other great ad­di­tion be­cause, pre­vi­ously, you could only use the Ap­ple Pen­cil with Ap­ple’s much pricier iPad Pro tablets. The Ap­ple Pen­cil might be a pre­mium ac­ces­sory, but if you love draw­ing and in­tend to take notes on your iPad, you won’t nd a bet­ter writ­ing ex­pe­ri­ence else­where.

The lat­est iPad sup­ports 4G LTE speeds of up to 300Mbps now, which is a con­sid­er­able in­crease from the 150Mbps of last year’s ver­sion. For users who rely a lot on cel­lu­lar con­nec­tiv­ity, this is great news.

Un­for­tu­nately, Ap­ple de­cided to save the Smart Con­nec­tor for the iPad Pro tablets. For­tu­nately, this isn’t a big deal since you can eas­ily get a stan­dard wire­less Blue­tooth key­board to pair with the iPad.

Though the im­prove­ments don’t sound or look like much, they have a pro­found ef­fect on the new iPad. It is a much faster de­vice that runs more smoothly than its pre­de­ces­sor. On top of that, the ad­di­tion of Ap­ple Pen­cil sup­port makes the iPad much more ver­sa­tile. In fact, it com­pares so fa­vor­ably against the iPad Pro that, for most peo­ple, this is re­ally all the tablet you will ever need.

The Ap­ple Pen­cil used to be ex­clu­sive to the iPad Pro, not any­more.

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