The new 9.7-inch iPad provides even more ways to create, learn, work, and play. Those are the words Apple has used to describe their new iPad, which was released earlier on in the year.
In this article I’m going to highlight the three most significant additions of the iPad, which are:
Support for the Apple Pencil
The new A10 Fusion chip
Enhancements for Augmented Reality (AR)
Drawing, annotating, sketching, painting, and more are the things you can expect to do on iPad. But, with Apple Pencil, you can do these tasks with pixel precision, and more.
Apple Pencil is an Apple-designed accessory which interacts with iOS and over 1.3 million Apps on iPad. It does this the moment you place the tip of the pencil on the iPads screen. And because it can detect force and tilt, pixel-precision, and has low latency, it’s become popular with designers, illustrators, and just about everyone else.
Apple Pencil is sold separately and can be purchased from Apple online.
A10 Fusion Chip
Driving the iPad is Apple’s new A10 Fusion Chip. Their fourth-generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture chip. It has a 40 percent faster CPU and 50 percent faster graphics performance, compared to the A9, their previous chip.
So what does this all mean? iPad can run multiple apps at once, edit 4K video, provide a smooth gaming and AR experiences, and much more. Plus easily run many apps including iMovie, Pages, Microsoft Office, and many more. All while battery life remains at 10-hours.
Augmented Reality (AR)
Apps which implement Augmented Reality (AR) bring virtual objects into the real world. For example, Pokemon Go, the popular game which places virtual Pokemon in the real world is an example of this.
AR isn’t just about games. It can provide learning and educational experiences. But it’s a new type of technology that requires a decent amount of technology. The new iPad is made for AR.
To bring a good AR experience Apple has included a Retina display, three-axis gyro, accelerometer, GPS, the A10 Fushion Chip, and advanced cameras into iPad.
The new iPad is available for order in three colours and two storage sizes with either Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Cellular. Pricing in Australia starts at A$469 including GST for 32GB of storage and Wi-Fi. This increases to A$599 for 128GB. If you want cellular connectivity the 32GB model will set you back A$669 and A$799 for 128GB.
All iPad models can be ordered from Apple online Australia with free delivery or pickup and 14-day free returns. Apple is also offering University Students and Teachers A$30 off all models (and up to A$300 off a new Mac) with Apple’s Educational Pricing Offer.