APPLE ANNOUNCES GEN 6 IPAD
Last night in Chicago, Apple showed off its latest Gen 6 iPad, now with support for Apple Pencil and starting at just $469 RRP.
In typical Apple fashion, the price is similar to the Gen 5 iPad, but the performance has gone up markedly, and there are critical additional technologies hidden inside the sleek body.
Built for durability, the new 9.7-inch iPad features an aluminium unibody construction, ultrafast wireless and a higher-resolution touch sensor to enable Apple Pencil support.
According to Apple, the A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture gives 40 percent faster CPU and 50 percent faster graphics performance for seamless multitasking and graphics-intensive apps.
The front and rear-facing cameras offer exceptional low-light performance and HD video recording for document scanning, moviemaking and FaceTime calls.
Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing, commented;
The new iPad delivers incredible AR experiences simply not possible on other devices.
The presentation heavily featured Augmented Reality (AR), an area where Apple is leading the market with ARKit technology in iOS11. The big, bright Retina display makes a stunning viewfinder for immersive AR.
Combined with its powerful Apple A10 Fusion chip, enhanced cameras and advanced sensors, including a gyroscope and accelerometer for accurate motion tracking, the new iPad is designed to support the next generation of AR apps which are rapidly coming to market.
First introduced for the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil delivers a remarkably fluid and natural drawing experience. Advanced sensors measure both pressure and tilt and provide pixel-perfect accuracy and low latency for activities from note taking to illustration.
The Pencil has become a popular tool for students, professionals and creatives, but it is relatively expensive at $140. For school use, Apple also showcased the forthcoming US$49 Logitech Crayon, a smart and more affordable stylus.
Apple's free apps including Pages, Numbers, and Keynote have been updated with support for the Apple Pencil.
Apple's Gen 6 iPad comes in silver, space grey and a new gold finish and starts at $469 RRP for the 32GB (Wi-Fi) and $669 for the 32GB (Wi-Fi + Cellular).
It's available to order online today and starts delivering to customers and arriving in stores later this week. That means you should start seeing it drop at Apple stores and retailers such as JB Hi-Fi by the weekend.
GadgetNET says: This is a pretty good iPad update for no increase in price. We’ve always wanted to try the Pencil long-term, but were put off by having to buy a $1000+ iPad Pro. We see a Gen 6 incoming (for the kids of course) and can’t wait to play with large-screen virtual dinosaurs.
For more information visit Apple.
Rob Follis has been writing about tech on and off for over 40 years, is a designer, photographer, information omnivore, gadget-head, Hi-Fi afficionado, owner of far far too many things and sadly an unsuccessful app developer. A born & bred Londoner now happily living in Melbourne. Email Rob.
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