Apple iPad line: the current news on the tablet
What developments happened in the iPad line so far?
Apple’s got a lot under their sleeves this year. Just in their iPad line alone, there’s already so much happening! And as always, we’ve got you covered! 😉
What’s happened so far?
It’s one of the first from the US tech giant to silently announced a new iPad. Incidentally simply called iPad as publicized just through a press release last March. This is considered as a first, since before it has enjoyed its own event announcement.
The new “iPad (2017)” or “iPad (5th generation)” “new iPad 9.7,” so not to confuse with Apple’s other tablets, is sold at an affordable price that starts at $329. Quite a number of reviews have already been released about it!
A great and most noticeable pro for the new tablet is it’s quite affordable. You also get to experience having an iPad without the super expensive cost it’s known for.
The new tablet is powered by Apple’s dual-core A9 chipset and 2GB RAM. As with the other iPads, it also uses the known Retina Display.
While one considered con is it can be harder to use under the sun; the tablet does not have lamination and anti-reflectivity.
You might hear some clunking too when tapping on the glass display since the LCD isn’t laminated to the glass (unlike the other iPads). And there’s no True Tone Display.
What can we expect in the coming weeks?
Talks about a new iPad Pro 2 10.5-inch currently in the works continue to go around.
A second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro is also expected to be announced. It’s been said these upcoming tablets will have an A10X Processor and upgraded internals.
Previous rumors predicted a March or April launch (along with the Apple Campus opening).. Now the anticipated announcement schedule is either May or June; and may or may not coincide with the WWDC.
The 10.5-inch iPad Pro will probably be the highlight or basically what everyone’s excited about since it is said to be a great refresh from all the other iPads.
It’ll sport a bezel-less screen while still having the same size as the 9.7-inch iPad. It’ll be quite reminiscent to the Infinity display Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ has.
Market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also expects it the new type of iPad is targeted for the educational and professional sector as one of the high end tablets they can utilize.
So many to choose from. What can be the best to get?
We’ve got that too! Read on to know more about the pros and cons for the current iPad line in the market.
What they all have in common:
- All have the Silver, Gold and Space Gray colors
- Choice of Wifi only and Wifi + Cellular models
- Runs on iOS 10
- Have 3.5 mm headphone jack
- Touch ID
iPad Pro Line
It’s considered as Apple’s top of the line tablets. They also market this as a mini-PC— substituting the laptops.
Consumers can choose from the 2 options it has: the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch displays.
This line is powered by the A9X generation chip. The iPad Pro tablets are the only Apple tablets compatible with the Apple Pencil, Smart Connector and Smart Keyboard.
Between the two, the huge Retina display of the 12.9-inch, its 2732-by-2048 resolution and 4GB memory is a few of its biggest perk.
While the 9.7-inch iPad Pro contains the most features between the two. It’s the only iPad so far that sports Apple’s True Tone and Wide Color Display technology. And only one that has the True Tone Flash. Plus it’s more portable and the only one in the entire iPad line to have the Rose Gold color option.
iPad Mini 4
This iPad is the smallest Apple tablet in the market. It has 7.9-inch Retina Display and runs on the A8 chip. It definitely is one of the most portable given its full size of 5.3-inch height and 8.0-inch width but still mighty powerful.
iPad (2017, 5th generation, 9.7)
The newest of the bunch. It’s greatest strength is the price. In a way, it’s an enhanced iPad Air 2 but a downgrade from the iPad Air 1. One of the cons is the air gap display. This tablet is specifically targeted to consumers with old iPads as a way to convince them to upgrade.
One of the magical question for some: how much is it?
Price range for the iPad (2017) is $329-$559, the iPad Mini 4 at $399-$529. While the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s price range is at $599-$929 and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 to a whopping $1,129.
So far, so great! But still pretty expensive…
With the iPad, those large screen can get big cracks from those accidental drops. And the Glare is higher given the bigger screen.
But as always, not to worry! Tech Armor’s here to help you protect your devices! 😉
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