Written by Dewy

Compare the Apple iPad (2017) to the Apple iPad (2018)

At first sight, the Apple iPad (2018) and its predecessor almost look identical. They sport the same measurements of 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 millimeters and they weigh exactly the same: 469 grams (WiFi) and 478 grams (WiFi + 4G). Additionally, they also share the same name: iPad. From the exterior, there's nothing to tell them apart. So, what's the difference between the iPad 2017 and iPad 2018? The processor and Apple Pencil Support.

Apple iPad (2018)

9.7-inch Retina Display | Internet only via WiFi | 32GB storage capacity
339,-
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  • Thanks to the support for Apple Pencil, you can mark your words, create handwritten notes, and draw next to texts.
  • The Apple A10 Fusion chip allows you to navigate through apps faster, edit your 4K footage, or play demanding games.
  • The 4:3 aspect ratio is suitable for reading and browsing.
  • The storage capacity can't be expanded with a memory card.

Apple iPad (2017)

10.5-inch HDR Retina Display | Internet only via WiFi | 256GB storage capacity
643,-
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  • The A9 processor lets you navigate through apps and menus faster than the A8X processor.
  • The 4:3 aspect ratio is suitable for reading and browsing.
  • The storage capacity can't be expanded with a memory card.

The processor

Multitask with the split-screen function on iPad (2017)

Apple iPad (2017)

The Apple iPad (2017) has an Apple A9 processor. This is the same A9 chip that we saw earlier in the iPhone 6s and the iPhone SE. The processor is energy-efficient and I can easily switch between different apps. I can browse the internet quickly, and even when I use demanding apps, the iPad works well and I don't experience lags. I never have to wait for my apps to open when I use it. The A9 chip is a dual-core CPU with a clock speed of 1.8 GHz.

Multitask with the split-screen function on iPad (2018)

Apple iPad (2018)

In the iPad (2018), the A9 chip has been replaced with the A10 Fusion chip. This chip is 40% faster than the A9 chip. This lets me navigate through my apps even faster, and it provides me with enough power to use multiple apps at the same time. Thanks to the A10 Fusion chip, I also get to enjoy improved 4G support that doubles download speeds from 150 megabits per second to 300 megabits per second. Thanks to this, I don't have wait as long for my downloads to finish.

The display

iPad (2017) display

Apple iPad (2017)

The Apple iPad (2017) has a 9.7-inch Retina display with a high brightness of 500 nits. Thanks to the high brightness, I can also see the display outside, but it's not ideal for outdoor use. The iPad 2017 doesn't have an anti-reflective coating. This makes the display more reflective. It doesn't bother me indoors. This iPad doesn't have Apple Pencil support. I can't draw on the screen with an Apple stylus.

iPad (2018) display

Apple iPad (2018)

The 9.7-inch Retina display remains unchanged. So, what's the difference? The difference can be found in the Apple Pencil support that was previously only featured in the iPad Pro. This makes the new iPad incredibly versatile. It allows me to draw or sketch on the display, so I can let my creativity run wild. I can also use it for work or school, by highlighting words or adding handwritten notes. This turns the iPad into my very own notepad.

Conclusion

The difference between the iPad (2017) and the iPad (2018) isn't visible at first glance. It's mainly in the application. First, I notice that the iPad (2018) is much faster than its predecessor, thanks to the new A10 Fusion chip. For example, I can use multiple apps at the same time to multitask. But what is most special about the iPad (2018)? The Apple Pencil support we've only seen in the Pro family before. This makes the iPad incredibly versatile for various purposes, such as education, work, or entertainment.


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