Apple iPad (2018) unboxing & first impressions

The 6th generation Apple iPad is finally here! Even though the line has been extended to accommodate a wide demographic, this new model is specifically geared towards the education environment, as it supports the Apple Pencil, but more importantly, schools can order them at the discounted price of $299.

If you've ever owned an iPad, there's nothing out of the ordinary with the packaging. On the front, we have a scaled profile view of the new iPad's svelte 7.4mm frame, which is undeniably skinny, but not as razor thin as the iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro 9.7-inch. Flip it around the back, you have some detailed information about the specific iPad model – like its color and capacity. Inside the packaging, you'll find the following things.

  • iPad
  • Lightning to USB cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation

Looking at this iPad intently, it could be easily mistaken for a rose gold color, just because at certain angles, the shade tends to appear pink. Nevertheless, it's solidly constructed just like its predecessors. Setting it up is a breeze, especially if you happen to be using another iOS device. Rather than having to manually go through the steps of getting it connected online, the setup process will transit all of that information from your existing iOS device to the new iPad – so it'll automatically connect to the same network.

While the interface hasn't drastically changed from before, the biggest thing we needed to get acquainted with was utilizing the new gesture for navigating around the interface. Take for example accessing the navigation bar when inside of an app, or even accessing the control center – you'll need to swipe up from the bottom portion of the display to get to them. Luckily, it seems as though the five-finger gestures are still supported.

We'll be testing out the new iPad in more detail over the next few days, as well as putting it through our usual array of tests for a proper in-depth review!

Related phones

iPad 9.7-inch (2018)
  • Display 9.7" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 8827 mAh



1. Poptart2828

Posts: 426; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I am expecting a glowing review. In my opinion I'd give this tablet a 10. The logo looks gorgeous on the back

2. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Agree! I'd give even 12 points if it was possible. And yes, the logo on the back looks gorgeous. And breathtaking design.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It only has 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Plus it's rear camera is only 8 mp and can only do 1080p, and it's front facing camera is only 1.2 mp. How the heck could you give it a 10 or 12? Or is this some sarcastic posts. I know iPhoneArena will give it a glowing review like they do with all Apple products they receive for free.

4. IT-Engineer

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Same old same old.

15. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

The perfect placement of the forward facing camera is highly underrated. Other manufacturers will surely copy its design.

3. palmguy

Posts: 983; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Why go through all this? It's like saying here's the unboxing of my 2018 black socks that is exactly like my 2013 black socks. The cotton is a little bit softer.

9. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Actullay it’s not the same as iPad 9.7 Pro it’s faster even with A10 without A10X.

5. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Can we get side by side comparison of iPad 2017 and iPad 2018 unboxing? Can we spot any difference?

10. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

11. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Thank you I really could not tell a difference. The one on the right is the older one and one on the left is the new one? Did I got right?

14. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Yup you’re right.

6. sunnyfpy

Posts: 288; Member since: May 12, 2013

Recycled marketing HYPE only

7. drkavint

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 27, 2013

Still no memory card support..still no whats app,again lot of price difference with wifi and 4g. Model atleast we got something to be happy.

8. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

So Apple officially kills the iPad mini line in order to sell iPad 9.7 why Apple?!

12. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Let us hope, they are not that stupid. Well they killed a lot of products, that made sense for customers, not to Apple apparently.

13. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Agree with you. If they release iPad mini 2018 with the same specs as iPad 9.7 2018 and same price IPad mini 2018 going to sell a lot better than 9.7 for some reason easy to use with pencil, sharper screen since the mini comes with 326ppi and compact better desgin overall.

17. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Not much difference between this model & the last several generations. Definitely not worth the price! Also it's really sad they haven't added a amoled screen by now

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