Tested Ap­ple ipad (2018)

With an up­graded CPU and the same Ap­ple Pen­cil com­pat­i­bil­ity as the arty Pro model, the ‘ipad for ev­ery­one’ is now even more of a crowd-pleaser

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A newly tweaked tablet for the masses

from £319 / stuff.tv/ipad2018 Like bezels and hu­man at­ten­tion spans, tablets have re­cently be­gun to feel like they could be­come an en­dan­gered species, pushed close to ex­tinc­tion by per­fectly evolved big-screen smart­phones.

But Ap­ple’s ipad fam­ily has other ideas. Last year’s ipad Pro made a very con­vinc­ing claim to be­come your fu­tur­is­tic lap­top re­place­ment. And now its cheaper brother, known sim­ply as the ipad, has made sub­tle tweaks from the pre­vi­ous stan­dard model that prom­ise to turn it into an ‘af­ford­able’ (by Ap­ple stan­dards any­way) cre­ative tool.

Yes, the ba­sic ipad is no longer just your por­ta­ble Net­flix feed­ing bag. With a faster pro­ces­sor and sup­port for Ap­ple’s Pen­cil (£89), a toy pre­vi­ously re­served for the ipad Pro, it’s now primed to work with a raft of artsy, ed­u­ca­tional and AR apps.

Will this be enough to dis­tract you from the fact that it still looks like an ipad from 2013? Let’s get scrib­bling on one and find out…

1 The song re­mains the same No, we haven’t re-used the pho­tos from an old ipad re­view by mis­take – this year’s ver­sion looks iden­ti­cal to its pre­de­ces­sor. So ef­fec­tively it’s a tweaked ipad Air from 2013. Well, why mess with a clas­sic de­sign?

2 Browsers of the holy As with the 10.5in ipad Pro, this is a Retina LCD screen with 264ppi res­o­lu­tion that ren­ders text crisply and brings web pages to life with clar­ity and sear­ing bright­ness. It can’t reach the same con­trast in bright sun­light, though.

3 Whole lotta shove Un­less you want a tablet to be your main com­puter, the new ipad has more than enough grunt for most needs. Thanks to the new A10 pro­ces­sor, it hap­pily zips through most tasks, from Fort­nite to AR apps.

4 Store-way to heaven There’s no ‘sweet spot’ 64GB model: your op­tions are 32GB or 128GB. If you can find another £90, then the lat­ter is the one to go for. That ex­tra stor­age will help you ex­plore this ipad’s workhorse po­ten­tial with IOS 11.

5 Ram­ble on This ipad more than lives up to its 10hr billing for bat­tery life. In our tests it gets close to 12hrs of video play­back on medium screen bright­ness. Un­less you’re plan­ning a Grid Au­tosport all-nighter, you can ex­pect it to last you a full day.

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