At its education event in Chicago last month, Apple had introduced the new 9.7-inch iPad (2018) with Apple Pencil support and a more powerful A10 Fusion SoC. The new model is now available for pre-order in India via Flipkart.
Apple iPad (2018): Price in India
Apple has introduced four versions of the iPad (2018) in India. The most affordable one is the 32GB Wi-Fi only model that is priced at Rs.28,000. If you want cellular connectivity, the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular version will set you back Rs.35,700. The 128GB Wi-Fi only variant of the iPad (2018) is priced at Rs.38,600, while the Wi-Fi + Cellular version costs Rs.46,300.
Apple iPad (2018): Pre-Order Details
All the four versions of the iPad (2018) can now be pre-ordered on Flipkart. There are three color options to choose from – Space Grey, Silver, and Gold. If you have an older iPad, iPhone, or any smartphone lying in your house, you will be able to receive exchange discount of up to Rs.16,000 on the iPad (2018). Axis Bank Buzz Credit cardholders can get an additional 5% discount on the 6th Gen iPad model. The offer is applicable even on payments made through EMI, although the maximum discount per card has been capped at Rs.200. Those of you who pre-order the device now can expect to receive it before the end of this month as shipping is set to commence from April 20.
Apple iPad (2018): Specifications, Features
The iPad (2018) comes with a 9.7-inch IPS display with 2048 x 1536 resolution and a pixel density of 264 pixels per inch. To keep fingerprints and smudges away, the display features a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on top. Below the display sits a Home button with Touch ID embedded inside. The main highlight, however, is the addition of support for Apple Pencil. Like the more expensive iPad Pro models, you can write notes, paint, or sign documents using the Apple Pencil on the iPad (2018). The Apple Pencil is also supported by built-in apps such as Garage Band, Keynote, iMovie, Pages, and Numbers. The new iPad is also compatible with all kinds of Bluetooth keyboards.
To ensure smooth performance, the iPad (2018) runs on an A10 Fusion chip with an embedded M10 coprocessor. While the A10 Fusion may not be the latest and greatest chipset Apple offers, it is still a decent upgrade over the A9 chip that powered its predecessor. In terms of memory, the iPad (2018) includes 2GB of RAM and comes in 32GB and 128GB storage variants.
On the imaging front, the iPad (2018) is largely unchanged when compared to its predecessor. There is an 8-megapixel camera on the back with f/2.4 aperture and Full HD video recording. The camera offers various features such as Live Photos, Panorama shots, HDR for photos, Burst mode, Auto image stabilization, time-lapse video, and more. For video calls, the iPad (2018) is equipped with a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera with f/2.2 aperture and Retina Flash.
In terms of connectivity, the iPad (2018) offers Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, and 4G LTE (Cellular models only). The iPad supports Wi-Fi speeds up to 866 Mbps and 4G LTE speeds of up to 300 Mbps. Apple claims the new iPad has been designed to support the next generation of AR apps. In addition to the powerful A10 Fusion chipset, the iPad (2018) also includes advanced sensors, a gyroscope, and an accelerometer for accurate motion tracking. As for battery life, Apple claims the new iPad can deliver up to 10 hours of usage on a single charge. In terms of dimensions, the iPad (2018) measures 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm and weighs in at 469 grams.
The iPad (2018) runs on iOS 11 and offers several impressive exciting features such as the new dock that lets users access their favorite apps quicker than before. You can now get to an app from another app without having to go to the home screen first. Similarly, the Drag and Drop feature lets you move text, images, and files between apps easily just by touching them. Multiple items can also be selected at once to move with a few taps.