How to Get the Most Out of Your New Sixth-Generation iPad

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    Apple last week announced and debuted an attractive new iPad option -- a sixth-generation model with an affordable $329 price tag, an upgraded A10 Fusion processor, and support for the Apple Pencil, an accessory previously limited to the more expensive iPad Pro models.

    For MacRumors readers who are upgrading to Apple's stellar new tablet from an older model, we've put together a video and guide covering features, accessories, and tips for getting the most out of the sixth-generation iPad.


    Apple Pencil

    Apple Pencil support is the major new feature in the sixth-generation iPad, and there are a ton of useful tricks you need to know if you're new to the accessory.

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    Pairing
    Pairing the Apple Pencil to the iPad is as simple as uncapping it and plugging the Lightning connector into the Lightning port on your iPad. You'll see a popup that asks you to confirm to pair, and once you accept, the Apple Pencil is successfully connected to the iPad.

    Charging and Battery
    When you connect your Apple Pencil to your iPad, it'll let you know the battery level. You can also check using widgets accessed by swiping to the right of the Home screen. Scroll down to the "Batteries" section where your iPad and its connected devices (including Apple Pencil) are listed.

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    Don't see a battery widget? Tap on "Edit" at the bottom of the list and tap on the "+" icon next to the "Batteries" option.

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    The Apple Pencil's battery lasts for approximately 12 hours, and it charges through the Lightning connector on the iPad or with any Lightning cable using an adapter that ships with the accessory.

    If your battery is dead and you need your Apple Pencil in a hurry, just plug it in for 15 seconds. That'll get you enough juice to use it for a half hour, so it's never out of power when you need it.

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    Apple Pencil Capabilities
    The Apple Pencil is a sophisticated device that does quite a lot when paired with the sixth-generation iPad. A new touch sensor in the iPad allows for the Apple Pencil to work, enabling a lag-free writing and drawing experience that's identical to using the Apple Pencil on the more expensive iPad Pro.

    Your iPad knows when you're using your Apple Pencil and it blocks out other touch input. That means there's built-in palm rejection, so feel free to rest your hand on the iPad while you write or sketch.

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    There are pressure and positioning sensors included in the Apple Pencil, which let it detect a range of forces to enable pressure-sensitive drawing and writing in supported apps. When you press lightly, you'll get a thin line. Press harder, and you'll get a thicker line.

    On the same note, there are two tilt sensors that determine the orientation and angle of the Apple Pencil while you're holding it, a feature that lets you add shading to drawings and sketches by using the side of the tip.

    Replacing the Tip
    The Apple Pencil has a replaceable tip, so when it wears down, you can swap in a new one. An extra tip comes with the Apple Pencil, and you can purchase an additional package of four from Apple for $19.99.

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    How often you'll need to change the tip will depend on how much you're using the Apple Pencil, but on average, a tip should last for multiple months to a year or more. To swap it out, turn the tip counterclockwise to unscrew it and then screw on a new one.

    Apple Pencil Apps
    The Apple Pencil is ideal for taking notes, writing, sketching, drawing, and other similar tasks on the iPad, and because it's been around for several years now, there are tons of apps that offer full support for the Apple Pencil's features. We've listed some of our favorites below:

    • GoodNotes 4 ($7.99) - GoodNotes 4 is a comprehensive note-taking app that offers a range of writing and sketching tools, along with OCR for searching through your written notes. You can also use it to annotate documents and PDFs with the Apple Pencil.
    • Notability ($9.99) - Notability is another app that offers all of the features you need for taking detailed, concise notes with the Apple Pencil. It's simple, easy to use, and offers tons of writing and sketching tools, but it's not quite as feature rich as GoodNotes 4.
    • PDF Expert ($9.99) - If you're going to be editing and annotating a lot of PDFs, it may be worth investing in PDF expert.
    • Pigment (Free) - Pigment is a coloring book app that lets you color in intricate designs using the Apple Pencil. Kids love it, and it's relaxing for adults too.
    • Affinity Photo ($19.99) - Affinity Photo is a lot like Photoshop - you can use it for drawing, sketching, editing photos, and more. It has full support for Apple Pencil, including pressure sensitivity and tilt. Use it to apply editing effects to photos or create paintings with its extensive brush library and brush tools.
    • Procreate ($9.99) - For sketching and drawing on the iPad, you won't go wrong with Procreate, an app that many iPad artists prefer. Procreate supports high-definition canvases, offers tons of brushes, and has full support for Apple Pencil.
    Tracing Through Paper
    Want to digitize a drawing that's on traditional paper? The Apple Pencil works through paper, so just place the sheet over the iPad's display, where it will be illuminated by the screen, and then trace the design in your favorite sketching app.

    Other Apple Pencil Tidbits
    Apple Pencil support is built into apps throughout the iOS 11 operating system. Inline Apple Pencil drawings, for example, can be inserted into Notes and Mail, while a useful Instant Notes feature lets you tap your Apple Pencil on the display of the iPad to automatically open a new note in the Notes app without having to unlock the iPad or manually open the app.

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    If you use the the document scanner in the Notes app to scan a piece of paper, you can then sign it or annotate it with Apple Pencil. It's a useful feature for documents that you need to sign and return to someone. You can also sign standard PDFs, either in the Mail app or right in the Files app.

    With the sixth-generation iPad, Apple also added Apple Pencil support to all of its iWork apps, so you can use Apple Pencil with Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. You can also use the Apple Pencil for drawing on and annotating screenshots and photos with Instant Markup, a feature available in the Photos app or whenever you take a screenshot (just tap on the screenshot icon in the lower left corner).

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    The Apple Pencil is, of course, designed for note taking and sketching, but you can also use it for navigation just like your finger.

    Augmented Reality

    The sixth-generation iPad includes an A10 Fusion chip, and while it's not as speedy as the A10X Fusion in the iPad Pro, it's still able to run any app or game in the App Store. Apple specifically said the more powerful A10 Fusion, which was first introduced in the iPhone 7, was added to the sixth-generation iPad to support augmented reality content.

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    There are now tons of augmented reality apps built using ARKit in the App Store, and you can download everything from Pokémon Go to apps that let you preview furniture to educational apps, all of which have AR content. In the iOS App Store, you'll want to check out the specific AR categories in the apps and games sections.

    iOS 11 on the iPad

    iOS 11 introduced a whole slew of iPad-specific features that make using an iPad as a computer replacement a much more pleasing experience. The new sixth-generation iPad, with its A10 Fusion processor, supports all of these features.

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    A persistent dock, for example, houses all of your apps and makes it easier to use the built-in multitasking features for accessing two apps side by side. Using simple drag gestures that are easy to learn, you can use multiple apps in a variety of ways with Slide Over and Split View arrangements, as demoed in the video.

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    Picture-in-picture, another multitasking feature in iOS 11, lets you watch a video on YouTube or another source while continuing to use other apps, which is super handy, and drag and drop features make it simple to move files and content from one app to another.

    Control Center has been merged with a useful new App Switcher, accessible by swiping up from the bottom of the iPad. With the App Switcher, you can access all Control Center options and quickly switch between open apps with just a tap.

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    You can find more detail on all of these iPad features in our iOS 11 roundup, which is complete with tons of how tos that are worth checking out for learning even more about iOS 11 and the new iPad.

    Adding Accessories

    While the new iPad supports the Apple Pencil, it doesn't have a Smart Connector and there's no option for a Smart Keyboard. Bluetooth keyboards are supported, though, and if you want to use your iPad for writing, coding, or other keyboard intensive tasks, it's worth picking one up.

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    The sixth-generation iPad's design is the same as the fifth-generation iPad's design, so all existing iPad keyboards will work with the new model, and there are tons of options out there. Brydge, for example, makes a highly rated $99 iPad keyboard, and there are multiple options from Logitech, like the $99 Slim Folio. You can also use Apple's own Magic Keyboard for a Mac-like typing experience.

    Did you get a new iPad? Are there tips and tricks worth knowing that we haven't covered here? Let us know in the comments.

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  2. dirt_farmer macrumors regular

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    1) Sell it

    2) Use the iPad that you already have because it's almost exactly the same
     
  3. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

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    I’d like to be able to get that Logitech Crayon instead of the pencil. Hope they end up selling that direct to consumers.
     
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    Interesting that none of the pretentious iPhone X crowd have started moaning about the "Huge" bezels.
     
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    What’s the relation to the iPhone X and this iPad article? The “Bezels” on the iPad serve a purpose allowing the user to adjust their grip because its larger and heavier.
     
  6. Tuphr macrumors newbie

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    Two thumbs up on the Arrested Development watching in the video! ;):cool:
    Actually, just one thumb, we’re allright.
     
  7. iapplelove macrumors 601

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    Eww..can’t get more negative than this lol
     
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    Oh OK. Sorry I was confused... So bezels on iPads, but no bezels on phones. Got it.

    Just trying to stay up to date.
     
  9. Tubamajuba macrumors 68020

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    I wouldn't be surprised if people said this same kind of stuff to the person who invented the wheel.

    "It's just a rounded square. Big deal."
     
  10. flyc14 macrumors newbie

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    Traded-in my 16GB iPad Air (2013) for $130 and bought the entry level iPad (32GB) for ~$200. This by far is the most economical (I refuse the use the word cheap) iPad I've ever bought. By all measures, the most powerful. My wife bought the 7+ for over a thousand dollars, when it came out and this iPad has the same CPU!

    The one qualm I had was the lack of anti-reflective coating on the screen. As you can tell from my many sequences in this video, where the reflection of the camera is annoying. Only an issue if you use it in daylight. For evening/night usage, this is perfect. I don't use the pencil.

    Overall a great device. And thanks macrumors for posting this video, very useful.
     
  11. dirt_farmer, Apr 4, 2018
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    It would be more like someone trying to sell you a device that looked suspiciously exactly like a wheel but claiming that it was much more than just a wheel and that's why it's just like totally different and better man and you should take out your credit card right now so that they can add another trillion to their bank account.

    Maybe they would call it the...Infinite Loop?

    I do love the idea that taking a 3-year-old itoy and selling it at a cut rate and calling it "new" is basically analogous to the invention of the wheel.
     
  12. KoolAid-Drink macrumors 65816

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    Nice! Where did you trade the old iPad in?
     
  13. Donovan Dillon macrumors regular

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    Scratching my head too. I think we can chalk it up to iPhone X envy.
     
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    Not that hard to figure out really.
     
  16. Tubamajuba macrumors 68020

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    The new iPad is great for people who have an older iPad and want something newer and faster for a low price. Of course, if you just see them as “iToys”, you definitely have the option to not purchase them- I suggest you take advantage of that option.

    And my point was definitely not that any tech device could match up to the importance of the wheel, but rather that people have been whining and complaining about new things forever.
     
  17. gnipgnop macrumors 65816

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    Nice tip on the tracing ability through a sheet of paper. Didn't know that was even possible...
     
  18. QCassidy352 macrumors G4

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    Yes, for people buying their first iPad or upgrading from an air 1 or older, this is great. It’s not a huge step forward from an air 2 or 2017 iPad, and it’s probably a step back from even a 9.7” iPad Pro, but so what? It’s an entry level device, and it’s very capable at a low cost. Not every product is designed to be a revelation.
     
  19. burgman macrumors 68000

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    You do realize there is quite a difference between a company trying to sell you something, which all do not just an address on Infinite Loop It's called business. And a person making a decision to buy with their money for personal reasons. Why are you here if Apple causes you such anguish?
     
  20. dirt_farmer macrumors regular

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    Because they used to be amazing.

    Now they are just rehashing things they invented in the 2000's and papering over their glaring faults and total lack of innovation with BS marketing.

    I remember a different Apple. And I miss it.
     
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    ....and if there’s an Apple logo on it, criticize it just because. Got it.
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    I remember an Apple where there was no Pencil, the best stylus on the market. I remember an Apple where the iPad was just a large iPod and there was no file manager, multitasking, drag & drop. I remember an Apple where you couldn’t use the iPad professionally, like a lot of people can today.

    And that’s just the iPad! I remember iPhones with stubbornly smaller displays, skeuomorphism, no 3rd party keyboards, no sharing between apps and things like “faster CPU and video recording” being the only new features on a next generation iPhone.

    Ah, those were the times, indeed. Things were totally worse, of course, but the nostalgia, oh man, that just skews the whole perception in such a sweet way, doesn’t it!
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    A CPU that beats most laptops, a Pencil that beats the industry-standard $2000+ Cintiqs and some really amazing, pro-level apps that work great on the device, for hours and hours between charges - now all for just $300. And people STILL find a way to complain.
     
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    Im begining to get the impression you are a fan of Apple products. Good for you. Keep up the good work.

    Some of us love Apple products but expect a little more than high prices. I've been waiting 3.5 years for my Mac Mini to be updated. Buying a "new" product with older hardware is not exactly cutting edge. Besides my comment was addressed more towards the snobby users who started to criticize the bezels on older I phones as soon as the X came out. I thought for sure that would cross over to the iPads. I was wrong. It was not so much about the products themselves. But dont let that stop you.
     
  23. dirt_farmer macrumors regular

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    The Apple I knew would enter, revolutionize, and dominate a trillion-dollar industry.

    Now their level of innovation is improving a stylus.

    (Which is nowhere near the best on the market by the way)
     
  24. aevan macrumors 68040

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    As someone who’s been doing illustration, sculpting and concept art professionally for the past decade and have tried, worked on and owned everything - from Cintiqs and Intuoses to Surfaces, including the latest Ntrigs and the 8000-levels-of-pressure Wacom Pro Pen 2, I can tell you that Apple Pencil is BY FAR the best on the market. Best feel, most precise, least lag. No wonder most illustrators are switching to it.

    By the way.
     
  25. Dr_Charles_Forbin macrumors regular

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    Trade it in at the store or on the website. I'm thinking about it - I have an Air2 that's worth $185 in trade in. For an extra $150 (including AppleCare) I get an extra couple of years out of this. Still not sure yet.
     

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