Apple recently took the wraps off its latest budget iPad, equipped with Touch ID, an HD FaceTime camera, 10 hours of battery life, an 8-megapixel rear camera, LTE, and Apple’s powerful A10 Fusion chip.
The most glaring difference between the iPad and Apple’s more powerful iPad Pro line is the screen. Every other generation of the iPad features a non-laminated screen.
To keep costs down, Apple decided to use a non-laminated screen with the lower-end of its product line, and reserve the laminated displays for their higher-priced Pro models. While a non-laminated display does not look quite as intuitive and responsive, in real-world use the difference will be quickly forgotten by users.
Unfortunately, the iPad display does not boast Apple’s much touted Wide Color with True Tone display. Nevertheless, colour fidelity offers the same high quality as the iPad has been renowned for.
This latest release is the first iPad in the non-Pro model line-up to receive Apple Pencil support. While for many the Apple Pencil is a productivity tool, for others it may not be a necessary upgrade.
The 2018 iPad stands at 240mm tall, 169.5mm wide, with a thickness of 7.5mm. Weighing in 469 grams with Wi-Fi and 478 grams for the LTE-equipped version.
For comparison, the original iPad was 242.8mm tall, 189.7mm wide, 13.4mm thick, and weighed in at a shade over 680 grams.
The new iPad hits 3254 in the Geekbench single-core score, and registers 5857 in the multi-core test.
Priced at a wallet-friendly $329, the device is available in Apple Stores and comes in colour options of silver, space gray, and a new gold finish.
The device will be stocked at Futureworld Vattanac in Phnom Penh’s Vattanac Capital Tower in the coming weeks.