May 05, 2018
If you are in the market for a new tablet and you do not want to spend a bundle, you might be interested in the latest generation of iPad. It debuted earlier this year in March and features lots of bang for your buck compared to previous models. Let's take a look at the quick tech specs.
Apple iPad 6th Generation Specs
* 9.7-inch IPS display
* A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture
* Embedded M10 coprocessor
* Apple Pencil Support
* Available in 32GB & 128GB sizes
* Features TouchID sensor
* 3.5mm headphone jack
* Nano-SIM tray for cellular models
* 8 megapixel rear camera
* 1.2 megapixel FaceTime camera
* $329 pricepoint ($299 for students)
Perhaps the most compelling feature of this latest tablet is that the Cupertino company is trying to be more competitive with the price. It starts at just $329 for a basic 32GB WiFi model, which is close to iPad Mini pricing from just a few years ago. They have even made the deal sweeter for students who purchase the tablet with an .edu email address, as they will save $30 bucks off the price of the tablet.
This newest tablet is also the first outside the Pro line to support the Apple Pencil natively. It features advanced sensors that are capable of measuring the pressure and tilt you are holding the pencil with and it the tablet itself features advanced palm rejection to make sure you are not getting accidental touches when you begin drawing. The pencil now has integration with several of iOS's most well-known productivity programs like Keynote, Pages, and Numbers.
In the looks department, not much has changed from the fifth generation of tablets. This newest device looks very similar and features the same thicker aluminum unibody that features in the more substantial Pro model.
Another interesting inclusion in this year's generation of tablets from the Cupertino company is the upgraded A10 Fusion chip that powers the device. Along with the camera and sensors, it is capable of displaying augmented reality apps that can be used for just about any purpose. Dock, split view multitasking, drag and drop, and ARKit apps and games should all run astoundingly well on this device thanks to its processor.
Despite the upgraded processor, the Cupertino company is sticking to its 10-hour battery life estimate for its latest tablet. That seems to be the magic number that is trotted out at each one of these reveals despite consistently announcing new and more powerful chips, so it looks like a standard for the company at this point.
Even though the company appears to be moving away from TouchID for its phones with the release of the iPhone X, it seems the company is not ready to integrate this technology into its tablet line-up just yet. This cheaper model features the standard TouchID fingerprint recognition for interacting with the device.
In a bid to make technology more affordable to schools and perhaps to compete with Google's Chromebook offerings for schools, there are some unique features for those who are looking at this tablet as an educational device. Schools can get a discount on the new tablet and the Pencil, but Logitech has signed on to create a $99 keyboard case and a $49 crayon stylus that is compatible with this tablet. These accessories will only be available to educators, and they will not be sold to the general public.
Now that you know the full details of the latest generation of the tablet, you are probably wondering what kinds of cool things you can do with it. Here's just a handful of ideas.
* Use it as a drawing tablet to learn digital art
* Use it as an office assistant for tracking your documents
* Watch your favorite TV and movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime & more
* Use it to take hand-written notes that are then digitized to be uploaded to your iCloud account
* Business owners can use the tablet as a payment kiosk
* Play tons of fun mobile games like Vain Glory and Monument Valley
* Keep your favorite recipes at your fingertips for cooking
* Edit your favorite photos and videos for social media
* Scan documents with the tablet's camera
As you can see, there is a myriad of uses for this new generation of a tablet from the Cupertino company. It is astounding how much power they can pack into this device year after year and each year it keeps improving in performance and price.
Don't' forget that Gadget Traders is here for you when upgrading your iPad. If you happen to have an old iPad, you can sell it to Gadget Traders and get some of the money back for your device. All you need to do is state the condition of your device, send it to them in a pre-paid mailer they send you, and the money for your phone will hit your bank account in as little as three days.