Apple announces new $329 iPad with Apple Pencil support and A10 Fusion chipset

Published: Thursday, 29 March 2018

Apple has introduced a new affordable iPad model.

The new tablet comes to succeed the entry-level model, which the company launched last year at the same price point. Aside from all the improvements under the hood, the biggest new feature is full support for Apple Pencil.

The IPS screen technology remains unchanged, with a 9.7" diagonal and super-high resolution (Retina) of 2048 x 1536 pixels. Unfortunately, aside from Pencil support, none of the more advanced features of the pricier iPads are available here.

While last-year's budget iPad used the Apple A9 chipset, the new one upgrades that to the A10 Fusion, which is what powers the iPhone 7 generation. It's still an incredibly powerful quad-core processor and it also comes with great improvements to the graphics technology, which enables the new iPad to be used with Augmented Reality applications.

The new iPad's 8 MP main camera should be more than up to the task. It will also record 1080p HD video. On the front, there's a fun little 5 MP camera for selfies and video calls.

As mentioned, this new iPad is heavily geared towards school use, so many of the new features Apple has worked on have to do with education using the Apple Pencil.


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