$329 iPad with Apple Pencil support: would you buy this?

$329 iPad with Apple Pencil support: would you buy this?
Apple's iPad Pro line is defined by its super-powered tablets, the great accessories that go with them, and the expensive laptop-grade prices. Yeah, while the Apple Pencil is an amazing proprietary stylus, great for artists, designers, and those who like to write by hand, it's exclusive to a limited group of customers — those that are capable and willing to cough up the dough.

However, we've been hearing an interesting rumor over the past couple of days. Apparently, Apple is preparing a new edition of its cheap iPad (starting price $329) that will support the Apple Pencil (or a different version of the Apple Pencil). Said device duo is supposed to be unveiled at the event tomorrow.

The purported affordable iPad + Pencil will be launching in Q3 of this year, just in time for the new school year. Now, assuming that's true, it sounds like a pretty cool deal. The Apple Pencil, paired with an iPad, really is one of the best styli out there, and dropping the price of entry so low will definitely allow a lot more of the users that are interested get one.

Would you be interested in one such offer?

Would you buy the cheap iPad 9.7 if it supported Apple Pencil?

Nope, I would rather save up for an iPad Pro
No, I don't care about the Apple Pencil and its features
Oh yeah! Sounds great!

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1. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It sounds good but it's not for me. It would be wasted on me.

2. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Please Apple update the Mini with at least a A10x and Pencil support! Man that would be the most incredible thing to write notes on. However, if the 9.7 inch $329 Pencil supported iPad is actually happening, hopefully they made it thinner to feel more like a piece of paper. Come on Apple, Excited!

3. crogers2012

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Apple is doing this to directly compete with ChromeOS. My concern is that an average Chromebook runs about 180-220 and this iPad will start at with 329 with 99$ pencil. This is going to be roughly twice the price the school will have to pay. It will be interesting to see how the sales go.

11. raky_b

Posts: 415; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I have understand that this will come for that price with a pencil!? Anyway...if one need a tablet, there is only one way to go...and it comes from a guy that really hates (almost) everything Apple do.

4. gamehead unregistered

Dont really care for the Apple Pencil

5. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Pen is broken, use finger.

6. TechnoTechyes

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 24, 2011

I love my Note 8, and it is primarily because of the stylus. So, I might be interested. The most frustrating thing about the stylus and Note 8 is the rounded screen. All Samsung would have to do is shrink the display off the rounded edges when the stylus is out (to make me happy) /or/ give the option to do that. But they don't. So a good other stylus device is an option for me.

7. jjface

Posts: 251; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

mini version then yes!

8. yalokiy

Posts: 1057; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

As long as they don't compromise on screen as with current cheap non-pro ipad, I'll consider it.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Waste of money!

10. japkoslav

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

If the stylus would be better, I might. I have iPad Pro 12.9, but I certainly am not a fan of Apple stylus - sure it's really accurate and responsive, but ergonomics and battery life is laughable.

12. two_soggy_waffles

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 10, 2017

omai gah im i would so buy. totally cool. affordable very good im too poor for other ipads and tablets.

13. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

The question is, is it free with the ipad?

14. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

If it doesn't come with the iPad Pro, I highly doubt it will come bundles with a cheaper version of the iPad.

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