Apple announces new $329 iPad with Apple Pencil support and A10 Fusion chipset

Apple has just introduced a new affordable iPad model, starting at $329. The new tablet comes to succeed the entry-level model which the company launched last year at the same price point. Aside from all the improvements under the hood, the biggest new feature is full support for Apple Pencil.

While it's undoubtedly a great iPad for consumers, this new model is especially geared towards the education environment: schools will be able to order it for $299 a piece. Also, the Apple Pencil, which continues to cost $99, will be sold at $89 to schools.


The IPS screen technology remains unchanged, with a 9.7" diagonal and super-high resolution (Retina) of 2048 x 1536 pixels. Unfortunately, aside from Pencil support, none of the more advanced features of the pricier iPads are available here, namely: Apple's antireflective coating, True Tone display, Wide-gamut color, and ProMotion (120 Hz response rate). However, the absence of these premium features will not stop this from being a great, spacious touchscreen for general use including reading, watching video, browsing the web, studying, using apps or playing games.


While last-year's budget iPad used the Apple A9 chipset, the new one upgrades that to the A10 Fusion, which is what powers the iPhone 7 generation. It's still an incredibly powerful quad-core processor that can go up to 2.3 GHz core clock speed. It also comes with great improvements to the graphics technology, which enables the new $329 iPad to be used with Augmented Reality applications.


For consumers and students alike, having a capable camera is always of great benefit, and while taking photos with a tablets continues to be that sweet, awkward activity, the new iPad's 8 MP main camera should be more than up to the task. It will also record 1080p HD video. On the front, there's a fun little 5 MP camera for selfies and video calls.


As mentioned, this new iPad is heavily geared towards school use, so many of the new features Apple has worked on have to do with education. We already mentioned that it can work with the $99 Apple Pencil, but the bigger surprise was the announcement of the officially supported Logitech Crayon pen, which will cost just $49. At that price, the Crayon loses the pressure sensitivity but retains all other features plus the ability to work with multiple iPads at the same time (useful for teachers). However, the sad news is the Logitech Crayon will only be sold to schools, and will probably never reach retail.

Aside from that, Apple has upgraded its iWork productivity applications: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, so they can now support input from the Apple Pencil. The other enhancements really concern mostly the school environment, and include new class and schoolwork management tools for teachers and students alike. Perhaps best of all, students will be getting 200 GB of free iCloud storage, which is a massive, massive upgrade over the 5 GB free tier Apple is still offering its regular customers.

Price and release date

The new budget 9.7" iPad for schools is priced at $299, but consumers will be able to purchase it at the following prices:

You can order it today, and it will start shipping later this week in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the US.

Next to get the new tablet will be India, Russia, Thailand, Turkey and some other countries in April.

Finally, South Korea and the rest of the world should have access to it, beginning in May.

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




Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

They are feeling the heat! Still same old boring design, nothing special here! But i guess iFans should not complain to get a low spec device because the price is also not that high.

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

This is an update on the regular iPad, not the Pro. As far as design is concerned, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. And for $330, I’m pretty sure the A10X fusion beats out the processor on the just announced Chrome OS tablet. And probably just about any processor for that price range unless you find some laptop that’s normally $400+ on sale for that price.

11. iushnt

Posts: 3124; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It’s A10 not A10x though.

19. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Ah my bad, yes you are correct. However, I still think for the price range you’re looking at a very capable processor that should meet if not exceed other processors at the same price point. I believe the regular A10 Fusion still beats entry level Intel processors that would be found at that price point.

48. iushnt

Posts: 3124; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Yes I agree, it’s a very capable processor and good value for buck tablet. I fail to see any android tablet with any price range as powerful as this one.

43. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2255; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

But where is the physical keyboard and typing capabilities on an iPad? That accessory cost another $50-$100.

54. Sania

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 04, 2017

There’s something called notebook in case you don’t know...

10. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Meanwhile Android tablet market is basically DEAD!!!


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

But Windows tablets are booming! Most powerful tabs are running Windows!

35. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

@SIGPRO But too bad. Not all windows apps are optimized for touch controls. Basically. You'll end up having to use a keyboard and a mouse when you are using the windows tablet. In the end. It's like having another windows device! Unlike the ipad whose purpose itself is for touch apps!

29. mahima

Posts: 739; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Just bought lenovo tab 10 plus last month....microsd and voice calling support at the price of ipad wifi only model

49. iushnt

Posts: 3124; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Good for you if you are liking it.. cheers!!

30. sgodsell

Posts: 7454; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

No, the Android tablet market has evolved. The new Chromebooks and the new Chome Tablet can run all the Android apps. But more than that, Android smartphones and phablets have cannibalized the Android tablet market for years. When Android smartphones are 6.1", 6.5", 7" for years now. Then why would you want a 8" tablet? Rumors have it that Apple themselves are working on some new iPhones that have 6.1" and 6.5" displays. This alone will cannibalize Apple's own iPad minis. Are you guys that stupid that you cannot see that?

32. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The 6.1 inch and 6.5 inch displays you mention are for devices with very little bezel, so it can still fit in a smaller footprint. They could still make an “iPad mini” that has a 9 inch display that fits in an 8 inch tablet body. And the larger iPad Pros can have 12 inch displays with the same footprint as the current iPad Pro 10.5 inch. Not saying they WILL do that, but that it is possible.

33. sgodsell

Posts: 7454; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think you missed the point about newer devices can cannibalize an existing OEMs set of devices. That is going to happen here as well. If you cannot see that, then you are just blind. Because clearly you are coming up with ideas to help Apple sell or keep selling their iPads, or more of them. But if you cannot see that a larger smartphone or phablet is going to hurt existing sales of their iPads, then there is no point in trying to talk to you. Especially when this has happened to Android for years now.

39. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I see the point you are making, but I don’t think you can directly compare Android tablets to iPads. It’s not an apples to apples comparison. Android tablets for the most part operate in the exact same way as their smartphone counterparts, just with fewer app support and a larger screen. Apple iPads, on the other hand, have differentiating features and apps that set it apart from the regular iPhones. Things like split-screen multitasking, Apple Pencil support, the iOS dock, and apps that work differently for the iPad all set it apart. In iOS 11, Apple started making the iPad look and feel more like a Mac OS hybrid. I’ve owned a Galaxy Nexus 10 and I can tell you from first hand experience that the problem with Android tablets is that not all apps would run (so many times I ran into an app on Google Play that said it wasn’t made for the tablet or would even run on a tablet), there was not a lot of apps made specifically for use of the larger screen (worked same as phone app), the tablet ran the same software as an Android phone just larger screen (again why buy something if it doesn’t differentiate itself?), and there wasn’t the same third party accessory support that you find with the iPad. The iPad doesn’t try to just be a larger iPhone. It sets itself apart by offering features you won’t find on an iPhone. Android was different by trying to offer the same experience just on a larger screen. Why do you think Google is now pushing Chrome OS as the new tablet OS for their products? It’s precisely because it offers a DIFFERENT experience from a regular Android smartphone.

44. sgodsell

Posts: 7454; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android smartphones and tablets have split screen multitasking as well. iPhones don't because Apple is purposely setting up different categories for them to set them apart. Android doesn't do that. You get the same full OS on both tablets and smartphones. One of the reasons why Android smartphones have more ram. Look at this new iPad only comes with 2 GB of RAM. Talk about pathetic. Just another reason to get the new Chromebooks and Chrome tablets. As far as the apps are concerned, you can run lots of apps and utilities and tools that are not supported on any iPhone or iPad. You can even run lots of emulators, and even VirtualBox on a Chromebook, Chrome Tablet, and some Android tablets. So you could run Windows or almost any other OS. You can't do that on iPhone or iPad.

47. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Wow, talk about mental gymnastics. You are acting as though you are countering my argument, but yet you JUST AGREED EXACTLY with what I was saying. You said: "Apple is purposely setting up different categories for them to set them apart. Android doesn't do that. You get the same full OS on both tablets and smartphones." DING DING DING So you just AGREED with my argument. My argument was that the reason people are going to continue to purchase an iPad is because it offers a DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE than the smaller iPhone. And you just agreed with that statement by suggesting that Apple offers a different experience for the iPad than they do for the iPhone, and that the reason Android tablets are not selling is because it offers the SAME experience for both smartphones and tablets.

31. sgodsell

Posts: 7454; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Oh, well.

55. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

You are wrong. A10 is not low spec. A10 beats the majority of newly released devices.

2. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Wow! I want to get one.

27. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

not bad for the price

3. whatev

Posts: 2333; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Does high resolution mean it is not Retina display? That would be weird

12. iushnt

Posts: 3124; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Retina display is just a branding.

15. whatev

Posts: 2333; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Yes I know that, but that branding means certain resolution, I just saw in a newer article that it’s indeed Retina display


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

iFan does not even know that retina is just branding and nothing special! It is just a lcd screen!

50. iushnt

Posts: 3124; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

That wasn’t my point though. And post 15 clarified it better.

4. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This is amazing! I am so tempted by this...

6. R3DgRu

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Have they lowered price of the pencil? Because I want one for my 10.5 ipad pro. :D

51. iushnt

Posts: 3124; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

The pencil, which was supposed to be free with the purchase of the supported device, is priced rediculously.

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