Apple iPad 9.7 (2018)

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The Apple iPad 9.7 (2018) currently has an Informr score of 8.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 27 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...


AndroidPIT

Apple advertises the iPad as a computer. The iPad’s performance values don’t make this sound completely absurd. The device is mobile, the battery lasts long and the app universe is impressive in terms of its quality and larger selection.

- Hans-Georg Kluge, AndroidPIT
ZDNet

Apple put a lot of resources into framing the sixth generation iPad as an education device first, with consumers being the secondary category. However, there's potential here for an inexpensive iPad across multiple industries and in businesses. At $329 the sixth-generation iPad is the iPad for most...

- Jason Cipriani, ZDNet
Gizmodo

I wasn’t sure I wanted an iPad, basically, since the iPad came out. I want this one. That’s honestly a rare feeling for me, because there are so many unwantable or too-expensive gadgets in the world. This Apple thing—I’m surprised to admit—it’s a good value.

- Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo
iMore

The price is right. The tools are superb. This is the tablet I've been wanting since Jobs came out in 2010 to introduce the original iPad: the true meeting of technology and liberal arts.

- Serenity Caldwell, iMore
Stuff

It might not look like it, but Apple’s affordable iPad has changed – what was once a tablet for ‘sit back’ media-scoffing is now a smaller, cheaper iPad Pro with new creative powers.

- Mark Wilson, Stuff


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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 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

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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 Unknown
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 Unknown
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 Unknown
Screen Reader Unknown
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
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 Unknown
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
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 Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, RTF, PPT, PPTX, JPG, TIFF, GIF, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, HTML
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
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


AndroidPIT

Still outperforms every Android tablet

from AndroidPIT

Apple advertises the iPad as a computer. The iPad’s performance values don’t make this sound completely absurd. The device is mobile, the battery lasts long and the app universe is impressive in terms of its quality and larger selection.

Read full review

Apple advertises the iPad as a computer. The iPad’s performance values don’t make this sound completely absurd. The device is mobile, the battery lasts long and the app universe is impressive in terms of its quality and larger selection.

Read full review

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ZDNet

The best gets even better

from ZDNet

Apple put a lot of resources into framing the sixth generation iPad as an education device first, with consumers being the secondary category. However, there's potential here for an inexpensive iPad across multiple industries and in businesses. At $329 the sixth-generation iPad is the iPad for m...More

Apple put a lot of resources into framing the sixth generation iPad as an education device first, with consumers being the secondary category. However, there's potential here for an inexpensive iPad across multiple industries and in businesses. At $329 the sixth-generation iPad is the iPad for most users. It's fast, reliable, and secure. Throw in the $99 Apple Pencil and the functionality expands considerably.

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Gizmodo

The new cheap iPad is all the iPad you need

from Gizmodo

I wasn’t sure I wanted an iPad, basically, since the iPad came out. I want this one. That’s honestly a rare feeling for me, because there are so many unwantable or too-expensive gadgets in the world. This Apple thing—I’m surprised to admit—it’s a good value.

Read full review

I wasn’t sure I wanted an iPad, basically, since the iPad came out. I want this one. That’s honestly a rare feeling for me, because there are so many unwantable or too-expensive gadgets in the world. This Apple thing—I’m surprised to admit—it’s a good value.

Read full review

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iMore

Apple Pencil is the gamechanger for the 2018 iPad

from iMore

The price is right. The tools are superb. This is the tablet I've been wanting since Jobs came out in 2010 to introduce the original iPad: the true meeting of technology and liberal arts.

Read full review

The price is right. The tools are superb. This is the tablet I've been wanting since Jobs came out in 2010 to introduce the original iPad: the true meeting of technology and liberal arts.

Read full review

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Stuff

The ‘iPad for everyone’ is now even more of a crowd-pleaser

from Stuff

It might not look like it, but Apple’s affordable iPad has changed – what was once a tablet for ‘sit back’ media-scoffing is now a smaller, cheaper iPad Pro with new creative powers.

Read full review

It might not look like it, but Apple’s affordable iPad has changed – what was once a tablet for ‘sit back’ media-scoffing is now a smaller, cheaper iPad Pro with new creative powers.

Read full review

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Daily Express

More features at a lower price make this a very tempting tablet

from Daily Express

Apple’s new 2018 iPad is impossible not to recommend. This latest tablet is fast, powerful and packed full of features that make it a must-have upgrade for anyone with an ageing tablet. The fact you can now use the Apple Pencil is a huge bonus especially with more apps now supporting this digital stylus.

Read full review

Apple’s new 2018 iPad is impossible not to recommend. This latest tablet is fast, powerful and packed full of features that make it a must-have upgrade for anyone with an ageing tablet. The fact you can now use the Apple Pencil is a huge bonus especially with more apps now supporting this digital stylus.

Read full review

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Canadian Reviewer

A viable tool for artists looking for a tablet to draw

from Canadian Reviewer

In eight years, the iPad has managed to outlast competition and evolve. This latest version is improved in some key areas to keep the user base happy while getting creative users and students excited about the possibilities of using the Apple Pencil for work and play.

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In eight years, the iPad has managed to outlast competition and evolve. This latest version is improved in some key areas to keep the user base happy while getting creative users and students excited about the possibilities of using the Apple Pencil for work and play.

Read full review

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Ars Technica

Content creation with compromises

from Ars Technica

The iPad comes with too many compromises to be the ideal creative or education device Apple wants it to be, but it's still the best tablet for most consumers.

Read full review

The iPad comes with too many compromises to be the ideal creative or education device Apple wants it to be, but it's still the best tablet for most consumers.

Read full review

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Mobile Syrup

Pencil power

from Mobile Syrup

A very good tablet, especially for the under $500 price range. There's just very little competition at this price point, with Samsung's high-end Android tablets being significant more expensive.

Read full review

A very good tablet, especially for the under $500 price range. There's just very little competition at this price point, with Samsung's high-end Android tablets being significant more expensive.

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Macworld

Apple’s tablet is ‘pro’ enough for many of us

from Macworld

For $329, you’re getting a stellar tablet that feels as though it’s very capable, although without some quality-of-life features. For a general-purpose tablet for school, business, or pleasure, it currently doesn’t get any better than this.

Read full review

For $329, you’re getting a stellar tablet that feels as though it’s very capable, although without some quality-of-life features. For a general-purpose tablet for school, business, or pleasure, it currently doesn’t get any better than this.

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