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Apple iPad 2018 (6th Generation): Everything You Should Know

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The 6th generation iPad 2018 is Apples cheapest tablet ever. Even though it is quite affordable, it features high-end specifications and features like a fingerprint scanner. Unlike its predecessor, it supports the Apple Pencil. While it seems to be a great option for most, Apple is marketing this tablet for the education market too. Here is everything you need to know about the iPad 2018.

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Read now: My full iPad 2018 review

Highlights

  • Full metal body
  • 9.7-inch high-resolution screen
  • Fast Apple A10 processor
  • Touch ID fingerprint scanner
  • Up to date iOS 11 software

Apple iPad 2018: The Basics

The 6th generation iPad kind of looks like every other iPad Apple released since the first one. It features a full metal body and feels quite high-end. However, with 7.5mm it is by far not the thinnest tablet out there. On the bottom, it has two speakers and a lightning connector. Underneath the screen, we get a fingerprint scanner called Touch ID that is integrated into the home bottom.

On the top, the tablet has a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack and a power button, while the volume controls are located on the right side. Unlike most Android tablets, it does not feature a MicroSD card slot.

The 9.7-inch screen is an IPS display with a high resolution of 2048 x 1536. However, unlike the iPad Pro, the screen is not fully laminated. That means there is a small air gap between the IPS panel and the touchscreen. Because of that, reflections are easily visible.

A major upgrade to the previous 5th generation iPad is support for the Apple Pencil. That is an active stylus that supports pressure sensitivity and recognizes if you tilt the pen. Up to now, the Apple Pencil was supported by the iPad Pro series only.

Read now: The Best Tablets With A Stylus

Inside the tablet runs an Apple A10 Fusion processor which is a 64-bit chip. As far as we know, it also features 1GB of RAM. You can get it with 32GB or 128GB of internal storage. Another option is built in LTE with a Nano SIM slot. The cameras offer a resolution of 1.2 and 8 megapixels.

Full Specifications

TabletApple iPad (6th Gen 2018)
Operating SystemiOS 11
Display9.7-inch IPS with 2048 x 1536
ProcessorApple A10 Fusion
Storage32GB, 128GB
Expandableno
RAM2GB
Rear Camera8-megapixel
Front Camera1.2-megapixel
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, optional LTE
ChargingLightning connector
BatteryUp to 10 hours
SecurityTouch ID fingerprint reader
Dimensions240 x 169.5 x 7,5 mm
Weight469g

iPad 2018 Videos

I am still working on my iPad 2018 review. However, there are a couple of very interesting videos about the new tablet online already.

Alternatives

There are a couple of interesting alternatives to the iPad. If you want to stay in Apple’s ecosystem, the 12.9-inch or 10.5-inch iPad Pro tablets are the best alternatives. They are faster and offer nicer screens.

If you prefer devices with Android, you could check out the Huawei MediaPad M5 10 (review). It is similarly priced and one of the fastest Android tablets available. Like the iPad Pro, it does feature a fully laminated screen. A bit higher-end Android competitor is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 with S-Pen (review) and a very pretty Super AMOLED display.

Availability & Price

The Apple iPad 2018 is available almost worldwide including the United States, Canada, Europe and most Asian countries like Thailand, India, Japan, Taiwan, and others. Usually, prices start at 329 US Dollars with a 30 Dollar discount for education customers. In Europe, you usually have to pay 349 Euros.

iPad 2018
The Apple iPad 2018 6th Generation is one of the best tablets currently available. Considering its price, it offers a great performance, a good build quality and tons of optimized apps. In addition to that, it offers a lot of features like a fingerprint scanner and the Apple Pencil stylus support. However, the screen is not laminated.
Positive
  • Great performance
  • Good build quality
  • iOS 11 with tons of apps
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Good battery life
  • Apple Pencil support
Negative
  • Display not laminated
  • Speakers on one side only
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