Just picked up the 6th generation iPad...

Discussion in 'iPad' started by uknation87, Dec 30, 2018.

  1. uknation87 macrumors regular


    Sep 14, 2016
    And so far, I’m actually loving this thing. I get it’s the “budget” model of this product line but for my daily use (media consumption, social media, and general research and reading) its more than enough.

    I also use it for video editing via LumaFusion and its fantastic. Now, I would have purchased the Pro had I felt I needed it but again, for what I do, this iPad was more than enough for me.

    Anyone else having a solid experience with this specific iPad?
  2. imaccooper macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2014
    North Carolina
    Yep, I was locked in on buying the 11” pro on Black Friday since its announcement, but when I started looking at a sale price of $750 against sale price of $250 my mind started struggling. I still love the new 11” but the 6th gen iPad does everything I want currently and cost me $500 less so I’m happy with my choice.
  3. Archer1778 macrumors member


    May 1, 2017
    Got one myself for Christmas... present from the wife! Its an outstanding iPad for reading, safari usage, Netflix, and comics! The speed is great on it for being so cheap!
  4. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    For probably 90% of customers, the 6th Gen iPad is the best tablet on the market dollar-for-dollar. The Pro models are overkill and over priced for the average consumer.
  5. Heat_Fan89 macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2016
    Same here, I picked up the 32GB Space Grey on Amazon for $229. I’ve owned Android tablets and iPad’s. There isn’t a better tablet on the market than the iPad’s.
  6. bluespark macrumors 68000

    Jul 11, 2009
    New York
    Yes, this is an excellent device at a great price point.
  7. Greenmeenie macrumors 65816


    Jan 14, 2013
    The 2018 ipad is Definitely the best priced Apple product by far. Lots of bang for the buck.
  8. uknation87 thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 14, 2016
    Did anyone purchase the Apple Pencil with the iPad 6?

    I did initially and messed with it for about 24 hours and ended up taking it back. It was helpful during the editing projects on LumaFusion but that was really the only thing I was using it for and didn’t feel it was worth the $100 price tag.

    Am I wrong?
  9. PeteS1963 macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2014
    It depends on what you want it for. For example, I do a lot of image editing. The Pencil makes this so much easier. My 7 yr old daughter also loves drawing with it and some of her pictures are surprisingly good. This alone is priceless.
  10. Phonzoxd macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2013
    One thing im curious about. Do these budget use touchid 2.0? Or the fake button?

    I prefer the fake button.
  11. PeteS1963 macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2014
    The “fake button” - solid-state haptic home button - was never used on any iPad, budget or Pro.
  12. jamesrick80, Dec 31, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2018

    jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    Agree, ticks all boxes and does not bend like the 2018 pro nor has a bright spot like the 2017 pro nor tries to falsify itself by being a so*called laptop replacement when no iPad is a laptop replacement. P.S. this comes from a guy who has owned both the 1st and 2nd generation pros in the past.
  13. Phonzoxd macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2013
    Really? Wtf, i thought the Pros where using it. Damn.
  14. Richard8655 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2009
    Nor has any yellow bands, white smears, inconsistent display, and best of all is not insanity on my bank account.
  15. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    I've owned it since summer and love it.

    The Pro models are basically the same, because it's the same iOS. They can't do anything special software wise. The extra RAM would be nice in the long run though.

    I expect iOS 13 to bring better "laptop" features. It would make this device even better.

    The display is great, with no defects. The A10 is excellent as of right now (we'll see in the future). The design of the device makes it easier for me to hold than the new Pros with it's square sides. Excellent battery life.

    I'm really happy. I'm sure we will get up unto iOS 15, which is a lot of lifetime.
  16. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    Oh, and I don't use the Apple pencil because I'm afraid of scratching the display. Otherwise I would buy one to try it out.
  17. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Probably not practical/possible to have a haptic engine in something as large as an iPad. It seems like something simple, but my understanding is that it isn’t.

    I prefer the “fake” button too, but it’s not that big a deal. In fact, with the swipe gestures that all iPads now support, you can actually use it quite easily without ever pressing the home button.
  18. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    You're not wrong if you can't make use of the Pencil. For me, I swapped the 12.9 Pro for the 2018 iPad and while I used the Pencil a little with the 12.9 pro, I make heavy use of the Pencil with the 2018 iPad... The 9.7 size is great. Check out my threads on 2019 planner/notebook for how I use the Pencil.
  19. hr10 macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    Would you guys pick the $230 iPad 6th gen or used iPad Pro 10.5 for $200 more?
  20. uknation87 thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 14, 2016
    I was in the same boat as you. Ultimately, I decided on the 6th gen IPad based on it being brand new and a performance that is within milliseconds of the IPad Pro 10.5 on most everything a non-power user would use it for.

    Also, I picked up the space gray version and I don’t noticed the air gap at all. Screen is plenty sharpe and you could pick up an Apple Pencil and case with $$ left over when compared to the used Pro.

    Just my opinion and the main reason I went with the 6th gen.
  21. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    I too have the Space Gray. The whole "air gap" issue with the non-laminated screen of the 2018 iPad is overblown IMO. It is one of those Apple marketing bullet points used as a differentiator to sell newer generations. People didn't even know it was a "thing" until the iPad Air 2. When the Air 1 was released (same screen tech as the 2018 iPad) no one was saying, "ewe, I'm not buying the Air 1 because of an air gap". Apple said the opposite, "it is a truly revolutionary screen!". ;)
  22. ssledoux macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2006
    Down south
    I sold my 2nd gen 12.9 pro and purchased the 2018 pad shortly after it was released. My plan all along was to go back pro in the fall when the new pros came out. I have yet to take the plunge.

    The 2018 really does everything I need it to, and I have a nice setup on my desk for use at home, but can easily grab it from the stand and go with it when I want.

    Because I had the 12.9, I do have the pencil. I don’t use it a ton, but I do use it to make lists, and my grandkids love using it.

    Honestly, I’ll likely upgrade to the 2019 if they release one, just so I can hand this one down to one of the grandkids (I’d ultimately like the three oldest grandkids to have iPads with pencil support, and right now only the oldest has one), but I really don’t think I’m gonna wind up going back to a pro.
  23. clarencek macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2008
    I picked up an almost new 10.5 pro off eBay. Overall it feels nice and more modern than the regular iPad but doesn’t cost the crazy prices Apple is charging for the new pros.
    I owned the 11” for a while and other than Face ID I don’t miss it at all.
  24. kevin_tron_taco macrumors member


    Mar 9, 2016
    Burbank, CA
    My mom was dead set on getting the Pro but I got her to realize she could save a ton of money for her needs. Mainly uses her iPad for texting and watching YouTube.

    She ended up getting the baseline for $250 on sale and loves it!
  25. rwilliams macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    Good job. She definitely would have overspent on the Pro if that's all she does on an iPad.

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