OK... I have admit that I indeed brought an iPad 2018 while I thought it is just a regular iPad update and decided not buy. However, I canceled my iPad 2017 128GB LTE iPad (refurbished) order and went to buy the new iPad 2018 at Apple Store (Traded in one of the 2017 iPad). The new iPad has exactly same design as 5 years old iPad Air, which is really unremarkable at this point. It has same dimension as iPad Air 1, it has same processor as 2 years old iPhone 7 and it has 6 years old camera. This iPad is bacially a iPad with lots of old parts that put together. And this is exactly the reason that Apple can sell this at 429CAD (or 329USD). The Apple A10 processor is very fast. It can be compared with some Intel Mobile Processors. It is a very powerful tablet in the market at this price range, nothing close to this iPad and nothing will match iPad at this price range. This iPad is very powerful and iOS 11 runs very smoothly. How does this really compare with pervious generation iPad? Well.. A10 chips is lot powerful than A9 chips. A9 chip until now is almost 3 years old, while A10 is almost 2 years old now. CPU Benchmark shows 6020 vs 4460 (A10 vs A9 Multicore) and 3547 vs 2539 (A10 vs A9, single core). A10 is about 35% faster than A9. This would translate to real application performance. If you are going to run lots of CPU intensive application, then A10 will handle the tasks faster. Now, what about day to day performance? Actually, i can’t really tell the difference. Opening apps are in split second difference, video playblack are pretty much similar, web browsing are pretty much on par. Unless you really need hammer down the processor, you probably can’t tell much difference between this generation iPad and pervious generation. One of the biggest feature for this generation iPad is Apple Pencil support. But I think Apple Pencil support is much of after thought. The reason is that display. The display is not laminated, there is big air gap between the display digitizer and the actual screen. The problem with this display is when you tape on the screen, the noise is actually audible. It is pretty loud when you compare with laminated display. If you have iPad 2018 and iPad Pro side by side and just tap both display, you will know. When you using Apple Pencil with the display, you will constantly poking the display with that pencil, you will continuously hear the noise. It is pretty annoying. Apple Pencil is designed to work with iPad Pros display. iPad Pro’s ProMotion technology makes writing on iPad with Apple Pencil feel smooth. The 120Hz display is the trick. How, writing on iPad 2018, you will feel the latency when you write on the iPad. In the conclusion, iPad 2018 is really a annual spec upgrade for iPad with Apple Pencil support. It has 2 years old CPU, 5 years old design and 6 years old camera. It is fast and responsive, it out perform anything in this price range. It is good iPad at 429 Canadian Dollars. You cannot ask more for this price. However, the down side for this iPad is very clear. The biggest draw back for this iPad is the display. Apple Pencil support to me is more of after thought. In general, if you have iPad 2017, there is no reason for you to upgrade. A9 still performs remarkably good and since iOS 12 will be focus on performance rather than features, 2017 iPad will still hold on for at least 2 more years. If you are come from iPad Air 2 earlier, then i would say the upgrade is worth your hard earned money. If you want the pencil support, i would suggest you pick up iPad Pro (either refurbished iPad 9.7 or currently iPad 10.5). If you really tight on budget, then iPad 2018 would be your choice.