During its event on March 27, Apple introduced its new sixth-generation iPad, a 9.7″ model with a starting price of $329. The new iPad is the first non-Pro model to support Apple Pencil, the maker’s own stylus. Despite its low price, the new iPad features a Retina display A10 Fusion chip, and support for augmented reality experiences.
This is the first entry-level iPad to support the $99 Apple Pencil, a stylus that makes it possible to write, draw and edit images. Key to its high usability is palm rejection technology, which prevents the iPad from registering touches from the user’s hand while they’re using Pencil. The stylus offers low latency with both pressure and tilt support.
Pencil aside, the 6th-gen iPad 9.7 is powered by an A10 Fusion chip with desktop-class 64-bit architecture, offering 50% faster graphics and 40% fast CPU performance over the previous model. Apple explains that the new hardware is capable of handling “graphics-intensive apps,” including photo editors.
The iPad runs iOS 11, the latest version of iOS that brings major updates to Apple’s mobile operating system. As with the iPad Pro devices, the new iPad features iOS 11’s Dock, which is similar to the dock found on macOS. Other 6th-gen iPad 9.7 features include an aluminum unibody construction, support for Apple SIM, advanced sensors array for motion tracking and AR apps and both front- and rear-facing cameras.
Apple is offering its new iPad in Silver, Space Grey and Gold color options with 32GB (starting at $329) and 128GB (starting at $429) of storage. Apple Pencil is sold separately. Apple provides a comparison chart helping potential buyers contrast the new iPad’s features with existing iPad models.