Apple held an education event recently where the company announced a new entry-level 9.7 inch iPad. It has been upgraded with the A10 Fusion processor, which has the high efficiency and high performance cores, making it about 1.5 times faster than the previous iPad. Wireless speeds are improved as well — up to 866 Mbps on Wi-Fi and 300 Mbps on LTE. Apple has also added support for its Apple Pencil, which was previously only available on the iPad Pro line. The Apple Pencil is $99, but Logitech has made a less expensive option called the “Crayon,” which doesn’t have pressure sensitivity, for $49.
This new sixth generation iPad differs from the iPad Pro in a couple ways, however. It doesn’t have the smart connector, so it won’t be able to connect to the Apple Smart Keyboard. If you want to use a physical keyboard, you’ll simply need to get a Bluetooth one. It also doesn’t have the Pro Motion display, so animations won’t appear quite as smooth as the iPad Pro.
This iPad is a great option for people who wanted some of the iPad Pro features for half the cost. The new iPad starts at $329, and comes in Silver, Space Gray, and a new Gold color.