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  • - Hey guys this is Austin.

  • This is the 2018 iPad,

  • and at $330, it seems like the one to get.

  • However, there's always the question,

  • is it worth it?

  • Take a look at the box, and it looks like,

  • well, every other iPad ever.

  • Flip it over, though, and what you're going to see

  • is it is called the 6th Generation iPad.

  • Because, you know, iPad 6 doesn't have the right ring to it?

  • Really what this is, is this is the lower end iPad

  • that slots not only below to iPad Mini,

  • which for some reason is still around,

  • but also the iPad Pro.

  • So, Apple actually announced this

  • at their education event just a couple days ago,

  • and the main idea with this

  • is that the iPad, at least on the lower end,

  • is trying to be a Chromebook competitor.

  • Now, for schools I get why Chromebooks are so popular,

  • and there are some advantages to the iPad,

  • especially the Pencil support

  • which we'll get into in a few minutes.

  • However, whether this is actually a good idea

  • is a little bit more questionable.

  • Open it up, and we see

  • it looks exactly like every other iPad ever.

  • So, if this looks a little bit familiar to you,

  • that's because they actually really haven't changed

  • the design on this guy for quite a while.

  • So, previously they did have a lower end $330 iPad,

  • and as far as I can tell,

  • hardware-wise, it is completely identical.

  • Inside, we're going to be getting our paperwork,

  • which I'm sure is gonna include stuff

  • like Apple stickers and other things

  • that you're never gonna wanna actually use.

  • We do have the USB to lightning cable

  • as well as the power adapter.

  • Which, this guy is going to be 12 Watts,

  • which is actually still a little bit slow

  • for something like an iPad.

  • It's actually going to take a while to charge,

  • but, I mean.

  • Sorry, you bought a $300 iPad. (laughs)

  • I just imagine Tim Cook in his office, like,

  • "Yeah, sorry.

  • "If you want it to actually charge in less than three hours,

  • "you're just gonna have to, you know,

  • "buy an iPad Pro and a lightning to USB-C cable,

  • "and MacBook charger,

  • "because money." (register bell rings)

  • So, for some context, this is the 2017 iPad,

  • which is exactly what this is going to be replacing.

  • Now, this is actually something that we use

  • pretty much everyday around the office.

  • So, while we're shooting,

  • we'll usually put like notes up on this,

  • or use it to look up specs and that kind of stuff.

  • If I put this side-by-side with the 2018 iPad,

  • you're going to see that they look completely identical,

  • besides, well, the different colors.

  • One of my main complaints against the 2017 iPad

  • is that there's actually

  • a kind of fairly large air gap with the display.

  • So, it is still going to be 9.7 inch retina display.

  • It looks fine when you look at it directly head-on.

  • However, unlike the higher end iPad Pros

  • which have a laminated display,

  • which makes it look like it's printed

  • just right on the glass,

  • take a look at this at any kind of angle,

  • and you're going to see that the screen

  • looks like it's sunken in.

  • Now, unfortunately, if you take a look at the 2018 iPad,

  • it has the exact same screen.

  • Fine when you look at it dead-on,

  • but if you look at it from the side,

  • it definitely looks like there's a huge air gap.

  • One of the big upgrades with the new iPad

  • is going to be on the inside.

  • So, whereas the last generation model

  • used the Apple A9 processor from the iPhone 6S,

  • this bumps up to the Apple A10 from the iPhone 7.

  • Still not going to be super cutting edge,

  • but it's fast on the iPhone 7,

  • and it's fast here on the iPad.

  • Take a look at at the Geekbench results,

  • and it's pretty much identical to the iPhone,

  • which is, well, a solid thing.

  • I mean, this is a $300 iPad.

  • One thing you should keep in mind, though,

  • is that this still only has two gigs of RAM.

  • Now, for normal apps that's going to be no problem.

  • And it does support a lot

  • of the same multitasking features as the bigger iPads.

  • However, you cannot actually get three apps up

  • at the same time like on an iPad Pro.

  • And of course, to show off the power of the iPad,

  • we have Fortnite.

  • So, this runs really well on a wide range of hardware.

  • And the idea that we do have that Apple A10 processor

  • actually does make a pretty big difference.

  • You're not running it quite on the same level

  • as something like the iPhone X,

  • but it still looks really nice.

  • For a lot of apps, you're actually not going to notice

  • a huge difference with the Apple A10.

  • It's going to be snappier, for sure,

  • but it's not like a revolutionary difference.

  • But, considering that this is going to be a $300 iPad,

  • every little bit of extra performance

  • is going to be helpful.

  • And of course, one of the biggest things to consider

  • is how long this is going to be having updates,

  • how long it's actually going to be supported by apps,

  • and having that newer processor does make a difference,

  • especially when you're using this

  • three, four, five years from now.

  • It's so weird playing this on an iPad.

  • I mean, it totally works,

  • but, oh man.

  • I think with this bigger screen,

  • I really wish I did have a controller.

  • Hopefully they actually add

  • that controller support at some point.

  • - [Austin Recording] Take one look at Twitch,

  • and you'll see hundreds of thousands of people wa--

  • - So, the screen is decent like I was saying earlier.

  • It doesn't quite match the iPad Pro,

  • but I mean, come on.

  • For $300 bucks, I don't think you're really

  • going to be complaining.

  • Now, some other areas that it doesn't match the iPad Pro in,

  • is with audio quality.

  • So, you do have stereo speakers,

  • but they're both on the bottom,

  • so they sound decent, but,

  • I mean, you can cover them both with one hand.

  • But it's going to be totally fine

  • for casual video watching.

  • Another new feature of the iPad

  • is going to be Apple Pencil support,

  • which weirdly, up until now,

  • has been held back to the iPad Pro.

  • Now, it works exactly as you'd expect,

  • so you can use it to navigate the interface,

  • or you can actually use it to do drawing and typing,

  • if I can actually hit the correct thing.

  • So, I want to just write out a simple note here.

  • It actually is gonna look pretty decent.

  • So, the only thing this is missing

  • is the ProMotion display from the iPad Pro.

  • So, that actually does help cut down latency

  • by running the screen at 120 Hertz

  • as opposed to 60.

  • But for most people, I think this is gonna totally fine

  • for writing notes and that kind of thing.

  • Now, alongside the new iPad

  • were a couple of other accessories,

  • but they're mostly aimed at the education market,

  • which I think is kind of the main market

  • that Apple is sort of aiming for with the iPad.

  • So, so many schools right now are using Chromebooks.

  • And I think for most schools,

  • the Chromebooks make more sense.

  • I mean, it's a proper laptop.

  • You have a keyboard.

  • Whereas with this guy,

  • you know, if you unplug your (clears throat) Apple Pencil,

  • what you're gonna find is no smart connector.

  • So, you can't even use the same keyboards as the iPad Pro.

  • You're going to have to rely on something

  • that's either going to be using Bluetooth,