Is the new iPad some kind of April fools prank?

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  1. ThatiPhoneKid, Mar 27, 2018
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    ThatiPhoneKid macrumors 6502a

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    have Apple really just held an event for an iPad which has the same camera and slightly and when I say slightly I mean slightly better processing performance, I know it now supports an Apple Pencil but it will cost schools and average consumers $99 to get the Apple Pencil... I’m just speechless they never even dropped the price, they claim to care about education, they just want schools to buy their iPads because no one else will.
     
  2. The Game 161 macrumors P6

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    well they have dropped the price for schools..it's 299
     
  3. ThatiPhoneKid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Schools got a $20 discount on iPads before, I think they should have priced this at $260 for schools.
     
  4. kt87 macrumors newbie

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    Now it's a $30 discount :apple:;)
     
  5. JPack macrumors 68040

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    This thing just cut 50% off the price of the 9.7" iPad Pro and outperforms it. It was only two years ago the 9.7" iPad Pro was selling for $599. For Apple, this is a big move.

    iPad (2018) will be cannibalizing the 10.5" product until summer when the refresh comes out. Even with Face ID, I think many will settle for the $329 product.
     
  6. Adelphos33 macrumors 6502a

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    Is the camera downgraded from the 2017 model?
     
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    "Downgraded" from what? The earlier non-Pro iPad?

    (btw, why do I think you titled the thread to be clickbait... and why did I click on it?...)
     
  8. Adelphos33 macrumors 6502a

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    Honestly, if I bought the 10.5" iPad Pro for use as a "generic iPad," this product launch would upset me
     
  9. erik001 macrumors newbie

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    I agree. A snoozer of a up date. Could of saved the money they used for the 'show' and cut the cost of the ipad more. Innovation would of been making the ipad extra durable, a Tonka tough Ipad for kids.

    Also what's the point of 'Pro' nomenclature now? All the same gut's just bigger screens.
     
  10. ThatiPhoneKid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes 8mp now or 12mp
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    I couldn’t agree with this more
     
  11. JPack macrumors 68040

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    No, the camera remains the same at 8 MP.

    The only thing that's been downgraded is the battery from 32.9 Whr to 32.4 Whr. But that's negligible. The capacity is still bigger than the 10.5" iPad Pro and blasts it out of the water in terms of value.

    The really unhappy campers are the owners of 9.7" iPad Pro. This iPad (2018) performs better at half the cost.
     
  12. Jetcat3 macrumors 6502

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    I’d much rather have a 2016 9.7” iPad Pro than this! For the laminated display, anti-reflective coating, and True Tone alone! Not to mention 1.4 MM thinner and lighter. Heck, the Air 2 doesn’t look all that bad compared to this. This was straight disappointing, as if they aren’t even trying now. Why not remove some bezels? Can you not throw in an A10 into the Mini 4 at least?
     
  13. ThatiPhoneKid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry just checked yeah, the new iPad has the same camera as last years one so I guess the only new upgrade with this iPad is Apple Pencil support which you will need to pay a further $99 to get the Apple Pencil
     
  14. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    True. It's not so bad when you consider that this is basically the iPad Pro of a couple of years ago.
     
  15. NT1440 macrumors G5

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    The standard iPad is clearly not meant to be the "gee whiz" device going forward, that's the entire point of the Pro line.

    Also, an A9 to A10 is quite a significant leap. I have no idea where the OP got the nerve to say it's a "slightly and when I say slightly I mean slightly better processing performance" jump. 40% CPU and 50% GPU jumps are nothing to sneeze at.
     
  16. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    To me this is about what I expected. Was not sure about being able to use the pencil but we know now.

    Still very happy with my 10.5 and waiting for September.
     
  17. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    This iPad is $329. Iirc, the Pro 9.7 started at $599 for 32GB (I think I paid ~$1100 for mine, 256GB LTE) and even out-of-warranty replacement costs $379. Of course the older Pro was a nicer, more premium device (for its time).
     
  18. Adelphos33 macrumors 6502a

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    The problem is that relative to the tech offered in this iPad, the iPad Pro is a bit overpriced today
     
  19. ThatiPhoneKid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The 2017 iPad actually had the a9x chip
     
  20. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    Nope. A9 only same as iPhone 6s/6s+/SE. The 2016 Pro 9.7 had A9X.
     
  21. NT1440 macrumors G5

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    The percentage jump cited by Apple is still directly from the previous generation chip, so again 40% CPU and 50% GPU gains.
     
  22. ThatiPhoneKid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I apologise yes, the 2017 did have the a9 chip, I’m still struggling to see why this iPad is such a major upgrade to last years 9.7 iPad, if they included the Apple Pencil I would maybe understand but if schools want to enjoy this iPad as intended they will have to pay $398 per iPad for Apple pencil use
     
  23. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    It is an entry level iPad with pencil support. That is about what most expected.

    It will sell very well, especially to one who has never owned an iPad before.

    Schools will go for the $299 for sure.
     
  24. ThatiPhoneKid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    But surely Apple should start coming up with some new ideas, I mean, the same design for how many years?
     
  25. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    There are plenty of consumers who would like Pencil support but were unwilling to pay $599-649 for the Pro models. I expect this greatly appeals to that segment.

    As for schools, I reckon it's still a tough sell versus a $200-250 Chromebook which includes keyboard.

    Honestly, I'd get one for running iOS 11 since I'm keeping my Pro 9.7 on iOS 10. :p
     

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