Pencil on iPad(2018) vs iPad Pro(2017)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Mac47, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. Mac47 macrumors newbie


    May 25, 2016
    I am somewhat floored by the announcement that this new iPad has support for the Apple Pencil. I have been saving for an iPad Pro for my creative daughter, on the assumption that only the Pro would have this halo feature. Now I discover that I can get her a 9.7” iPad 2018 for about $429, roughly half the cost of a Pro.

    Is the new iPad competitive for latency and responsiveness when sketching with the pencil? I ask because Apple has a long history of second-rate products targeted at eduction while reserving their best for the pro market.

    Can it really be that the main draw of the iPad Pro has now been bestowed on the entry-level model? And without any artificial hobbling or hamstringing?
  2. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Probably not. You can always get the 2018 iPad (buy from Apple for the return policy) and if it doesn't meet your expectations, return it and get the Pro.
  3. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    I think we'd have to wait for the first reviews to break on YouTube to make assessments on what Apple has done. Or even try a display model in the Apple store if there's one near you.
  4. JPack macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2017
  5. zhaoxin macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2015
    Just compare the screen specification and you will know the pro is more superior.

    What iPad 2018 lacks:

    * Fully laminated display (important when you point Apple Pencil on the screen)
    * Antireflective coating
    * ProMotion technology (important for Apple Pencil)
    * Wide color display (P3)
    * True Tone display
  6. Eric5273 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2009
    New Jersey
    Without ProMotion, it will not have the same latency as the pro models. However, the first gen 12.9 Pro did not have ProMotion either, and it worked with the pencil just fine. So it all depends on what kind of performance you want. I’m sure next years models will have better performance than this years, so you can go crazy playing that “what if” game.
  7. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2017
    There are a few videos from the labs after the keynote where you can see it in action. It seems good enough for me but I'm no artist! The best thing to do would be to wait until they are in the Apple Store and compare them side by side. Probably a good idea to bring your daughter since she's going to be using it.
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Wait a few days (week?) and the reviews will be coming in, so you can gather more information on how the new iPad performs. Also consider going to an apple store and have her use the Pro and new iPad and see how both work. The price difference is significant, so if the non-pro works well, then you save quite a bit of money

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