Reuters reviews Apple’s new 6th-gen iPad: The tablet to buy

“Last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the Lane Tech College Prep High School to lay out his company’s plans to take over the education technology market. And the key to Apple-powered classrooms, Cook explained, was the iPad,” Daniel Howley writes for Reuters. “Not just any iPad would do, though. Which is why Cook and company debuted a new slate that packs a more powerful processor and Apple Pencil stylus compatibility, but costs the same $329 as the 5th-generation iPad.”

“But the 6th-generation iPad isn’t only meant for students and teachers. It’s also the company’s new mainstream consumer slate,” Howley writes. “In other words, the best tablet you can buy just got a lot better.”

MacDailyNews Note: “The best tablet you can buy” is Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

“The iPad is the go-to tablet for consumers for a good reason: it’s the best there is. No Android or Amazon Fire tablet can compare, especially when it comes to app availability and overall capabilities,” Howley writes. “For the average consumer looking to update their old iPad or simply wants to purchase their first slate, the 6th-generation iPad is the gold standard.”

Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad supports Apple Pencil and features even greater performance
Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad supports Apple Pencil and features even greater performance

“If you want something that can replace your laptop, then you might want to opt for the iPad Pro with its larger screen and more powerful processor,” Howley writes. “But for everyone else who just wants a fantastic slate with plenty of functionality, the 6th-generation iPad is easily the tablet to buy.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Anther strong review for Apple’s entry-level iPad!

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  1. Seeing as how I’m typing on my first gen retina iPad, 16GB (that’s all I’ll ever need. Right) with screen cracked yo smithereens and has gotten slow as 30w on a frosty morning, I’m in market for new iPad. I go at least 128GB this time, cell, just need to decide if I want pro or what.

        1. There are not enough “some of us” out there to make the iPad guts accessible. I know they are $300 but in the scheme of computers, that price is in the disposable range. These iPads last for years unless abused. My granddaughter still happily uses my 2nd gen iPad every day. (no maintenance has ever been needed.)

  2. I don’t know if this was discussed when the Education Show happened, but the thing that was most interesting me, and should be to any iPad owner, is that Apple has a method to allow multi-users on the iPads now. They made a point of it, showing how a pool of iPads in a classroom could be used by any student. They sign in and all their content appears. May be part of thespecial local server software (that they also introduced), but could be simply tied to ones Apple ID login. But if they can make it work in this situation, I am hopeful that we will soon see iPads for the general public that also provide multi-user support.

    1. Just an iCloud front copied from Google. Useless for local file management, requires 100% wifi connection which many kids at home don’t reliably have.

  3. I have to say i am very tempted, but in no way desperate to get this entry level iPad to replace my very well used iPad 3 retina which i got for £399 within days of being available all those years ago. Given i am not desperate, i am holding out and wait to see the next gen iPad that have edge to edge screen like the iPhone X and then get one.

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