Apple iPad 9.7 (2018)

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The Apple iPad 9.7 (2018) currently has an Informr score of 8.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 39 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

The Apple iPad 9.7 (2018) might be the perfect iPad option for everyday use. It’s big enough for productivity or movie watching but small enough to easily stash in your bag or hold while you read. Apple Pen support is also great -- but will add to the price.

What's good

  • Bright, colorful display
  • Blazing performance
  • Solid build
  • Light enough to hold for extended periods
  • Apple Pen support

What's bad

  • Lack of storage options
  • No microSD support
  • Apple Pen and a case will increase the price
  • No smart connector for accessories

The iPad has always been the tablet to beat in the rankings. Between build quality and performance, there are few tablets that can touch the experience. The latest release from Apple is geared toward education -- even holding a press conference in a school -- but does it make sense as an upgrade or budget-conscious choice for everyone else?

If you’ve seen the previous few iPad models, you know what to expect with the iPad 9.7 6th Generation. It’s a thin, light aluminum shell with two bottom firing stereo speakers and the typical minimalist Apple styling. The latest release is available in an array of colors, but there’s a good chance you’ll want to pop it in a protective case anyhow.

Around front, you’ll find the same 9.7-inch display running at 1536-by-2048 pixels that was in the previous model. But this isn’t a bad thing. The screen offers plenty of brightness for outdoor use, great contrast, and good color accuracy. 

If you’re planning on using your tablet for graphics or other color-sensitive work, the iPad Pro offers better accuracy. But for the average user, the screen on the 9.7 (2018) is more than enough.

There was a couple issues mentioned by reviewers. There is a noticeable gap between the screen and the glass. Also, while the screen is bright enough for outdoor use, the glossy finish leads to some glare issues.

The processor is one of the biggest upgrades in this latest release. It uses a 2.34Ghz quad-core Apple A10 Fusion processor with 2GB of RAM. The processor offers plenty of power for gaming, media consumption, and even productivity. Reviewers had no trouble with response times and even used the tablet for light video editing.

The previous model was no slouch. But the processor upgrade brings one more trick that reviewers loved -- Apple Pen support. Unfortunately, there’s still no easy way to store it with the iPad. And it’s not included with the tablet. So getting an Apple Pen will add a healthy chunk to the price. 

The tablet ships with the latest version of iOS 11. Reviewers expect roughly 4 years of software updates before Apple drops support.

The one downfall to iPads is the lack of storage expansion. To make matters worse, there are only two storage capacity options -- 32 or 128GB. While the price increase for 128GB makes the tablet a little less affordable, it’s a worthy upgrade if you plan to play the latest games, use your iPad as a mobile office, or store media locally for offline viewing.

As with most tablets, the cameras are a rather basic affair. You’ll find an 8MP rear camera and a 1MP front-facing lens. Reviewers found the cameras capable of quick snaps for the web or social sharing. But don’t expect the experience you’ll get in the iPhone. Details get muddy when zoomed in and low-light performance is less than stellar.

Battery life is one area where the tablet shines. The 32.4 watt-hour battery is capable of 10 hours of average usage without breaking a sweat. Many reviewers could squeak out an hour or two more for basic tasks or by dimming the screen.

Simply stated, reviewers loved the iPad 9.7 (2018). Wirecutter called it “the best tablet for most people because it offers the best combination of speed, features (including support for Apple Pencil), screen size, ecosystem, and price.” VentureBeat agreed, labeling it “Apple’s best entry-level iPad to date.”


Operating system
iOS
Processor
2.34 GHz
Screen Size
9.7"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Firstpost

The new iPad is a commentary on the tablet category as a whole, where not much action is happening anyway. Unlike in the US, where this is being marketed as an education-focussed tablet, I don’t see that proposition working in India.

- Nimish Sawant, Firstpost
BGR

If you look beyond all the talk about education, you still see a very good tablet. In fact there is no other tablet that comes to mind, if you are on the hunt for something that is more portable than a laptop. While it may not have the magic of an iPad Pro, remember the massive price difference.

- Sambit Satpathy, BGR
The Indian Express

I would recommend the iPad for children of all ages as a good learning tool, which they can also have fun with. The Pencil is a good add-on, but expensive for just making doodle on notes.

- Nandagopal Rajan, The Indian Express
SlashGear

All the same, this isn’t the iPad to replace the model you bought last year. This is the iPad at the base of the pyramid. The iPad you buy when you want iOS, you want a tablet, and anything beyond those two prerequisites is a luxury.

- Chris Burns, SlashGear
Mirror

If you're looking for the best tablet out there at the best possible price then this is it. Buying the 2018 iPad isn't crucial if you've got an iPad that's less than two years old but if you're looking to upgrade (or pick up your first) then this is definitely where you should start looking.

- Jeff Parsons, Mirror


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Screen Size
9.7"

The Apple iPad 9.7 (2018)'s screen size is 9.7 inches with 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.34 GHz

There is a Apple A10 Fusion Quad core 2.34 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the iOS 11 (Update Available: 12) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/128 GB

Internal memory is 32/128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
32.4WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 32.4 WHr battery. Apple's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

iPad 9.7 (2018) Specs

Overview
Release date March 27, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 11 (Update Available: 12)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Apple A10 Fusion Quad core 2.34 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/128 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.18 W/kg
Languages English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 32.4 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Silver, Gold, Space Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 23.9 x 16.8 x 0.7 cm (9.4 x 6.6 x 0.3 in)
Weight 469 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1536 x 2048 pixels
Pixel density 264 pixels
Size 9.7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.4
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Exposure, Burst shot, Slow motion recording (1080p, 120fps)
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Face detection, Self-timer, f/2.2 aperture, HDR, Burst shot, Exposure
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AIFF, Apple Lossless, eAAC+, eAAC, MP3, OGG, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, RTF, PPT, PPTX, JPG, TIFF, GIF, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, HTML
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
More
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Apple iPad 6th Generation, iPad 2018 (9.7-inch)

Wi-Fi only variant has no SIM slot and GPS.

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Critic Reviews


Firstpost

A powerful option that might replace your laptop

from Firstpost

The new iPad is a commentary on the tablet category as a whole, where not much action is happening anyway. Unlike in the US, where this is being marketed as an education-focussed tablet, I don’t see that proposition working in India.

Read full review

The new iPad is a commentary on the tablet category as a whole, where not much action is happening anyway. Unlike in the US, where this is being marketed as an education-focussed tablet, I don’t see that proposition working in India.

Read full review

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BGR

Almost a Pro

from BGR

If you look beyond all the talk about education, you still see a very good tablet. In fact there is no other tablet that comes to mind, if you are on the hunt for something that is more portable than a laptop. While it may not have the magic of an iPad Pro, remember the massive price difference.

Read full review

If you look beyond all the talk about education, you still see a very good tablet. In fact there is no other tablet that comes to mind, if you are on the hunt for something that is more portable than a laptop. While it may not have the magic of an iPad Pro, remember the massive price difference.

Read full review

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The Indian Express

The learning tool we should invest in

from The Indian Express

I would recommend the iPad for children of all ages as a good learning tool, which they can also have fun with. The Pencil is a good add-on, but expensive for just making doodle on notes.

Read full review

I would recommend the iPad for children of all ages as a good learning tool, which they can also have fun with. The Pencil is a good add-on, but expensive for just making doodle on notes.

Read full review

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SlashGear

This one’s for my kids

from SlashGear

All the same, this isn’t the iPad to replace the model you bought last year. This is the iPad at the base of the pyramid. The iPad you buy when you want iOS, you want a tablet, and anything beyond those two prerequisites is a luxury.

Read full review

All the same, this isn’t the iPad to replace the model you bought last year. This is the iPad at the base of the pyramid. The iPad you buy when you want iOS, you want a tablet, and anything beyond those two prerequisites is a luxury.

Read full review

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Mirror

An iterative upgrade but still the best tablet you can buy right now

from Mirror

If you're looking for the best tablet out there at the best possible price then this is it. Buying the 2018 iPad isn't crucial if you've got an iPad that's less than two years old but if you're looking to upgrade (or pick up your first) then this is definitely where you should start looking.

Read full review

If you're looking for the best tablet out there at the best possible price then this is it. Buying the 2018 iPad isn't crucial if you've got an iPad that's less than two years old but if you're looking to upgrade (or pick up your first) then this is definitely where you should start looking.

Read full review

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Tech Advisor

The iPad 2018 is a bargain

from Tech Advisor

The 2018 iPad isn't close to a redesign or overhaul, but the iPad formula still works so we don't blame Apple for sticking to it. This isn't a perfect tablet, but it offers a very well-rounded experience that will appeal to most people. For just £319 you get that Apple build quality and a decen...More

The 2018 iPad isn't close to a redesign or overhaul, but the iPad formula still works so we don't blame Apple for sticking to it. This isn't a perfect tablet, but it offers a very well-rounded experience that will appeal to most people. For just £319 you get that Apple build quality and a decent set of specs including Apple Pencil support so, for a change, Apple offers brilliant value for money.

Read full review

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India Today

An iPad for everyone, almost

from India Today

The new iPad, like always, is the best mid-tier iPad ever. There are no two ways about that. If you're looking to buy one, go get one, and you won't be disappointed.

Read full review

The new iPad, like always, is the best mid-tier iPad ever. There are no two ways about that. If you're looking to buy one, go get one, and you won't be disappointed.

Read full review

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Pickr

It’s an iPad for everyone

from Pickr

It’s hard to argue with the 2018 iPad, and these days that matters more than ever. Without doubt, it is one of the most successful tablets around, and still manages to prove its worth year in and year out. And that’s no more true than this year, because the iPad 9.7 for 2018 — the sixth ge...More

It’s hard to argue with the 2018 iPad, and these days that matters more than ever. Without doubt, it is one of the most successful tablets around, and still manages to prove its worth year in and year out. And that’s no more true than this year, because the iPad 9.7 for 2018 — the sixth generation model — is one of the best and most value packed yet. Essentially, it delivers everything you want from a tablet and a little bit more, and that is actually fantastic.

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Computerworld

Offers better performance specs than most of the non-Apple tablet competition

from Computerworld

The entry-level iPad seals Apple’s position at the head of the tablet game, and if you want a good value-for-money tablet that’s still one of the best money can buy, this is hard to beat. The current iPad Pro range, of course, remains king of this road.

Read full review

The entry-level iPad seals Apple’s position at the head of the tablet game, and if you want a good value-for-money tablet that’s still one of the best money can buy, this is hard to beat. The current iPad Pro range, of course, remains king of this road.

Read full review

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Business Standard

An education-centric tablet with stylus, AR support

from Business Standard

Was this the blackboard of the future? It could very well be if I go by the immense amounts of good educational apps developers are coming out with. As for the rest of us, it could be your first step towards a productivity tablet. And if you were craving for an iPad Pro, this is the “budget”...More

Was this the blackboard of the future? It could very well be if I go by the immense amounts of good educational apps developers are coming out with. As for the rest of us, it could be your first step towards a productivity tablet. And if you were craving for an iPad Pro, this is the “budget” version. If you don’t want support for the stylus and already own the 2017 iPad, stick with it.

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