The new iPad replaces last year’s model, which also started at $329. It is upgraded inside, but retains the same body as its predecessor.
Those internal changes are nothing to sneeze at, though.
The iPad still feels incredibly light and apps were buttery smooth. Of course, that’s to be expected with the A10 Fusion processor. It’s also a solid selling point for the tablet, which Apple is positioning as a more powerful and capable alternative to Google’s
Apple also added support for its Apple Pencil stylus to the new iPad, a first for a non-Pro model. The Pencil works just as well as it does on the slate as it does on the existing iPad Pro, and offers the same tilt functionality and pressure sensing capabilities.
The stylus, which costs $99, or $89 for students, is certainly a powerful tool, but I can’t help but wonder how many students will lose their Pencils during the course of the school year.
Outside of its processor and stylus support, the iPad features a 9.7-inch Retina display, 8-megapixel rear