Apple's New 2018 iPad Gets Great Reviews, iPad Pro Coming Soon

Daryl Deino

Last week, there were some yawns produced when it was reported that Apple would announce a new budget iPad. However, the new 2018 iPad, which starts out at $329 and features Apple's high-powered A10 Fusion chip, has just been announced and has received very positive reviews. CNET gives the new iPad four-and-a-half stars.

"The 2018 entry-level iPad supports the Apple Pencil for art work and annotation, and adds a faster A10 processor. iOS continues to offer the best overall selection of free and paid apps on affordable tablets."

Time's Lisa Eadicicco thinks the new iPad is perfect for those who don't need the iPad Pro. She noted that the iPad Pro, unlike the new budget iPad provides an updated A10X Fusion processor, includes Apple's TrueTone technology, has a sharper camera, and can shoot 4K videos. But that's not something that everybody wants or needs.

The new iPad has been getting a great response on Twitter.

There were rumors that, like the iPhone X, the new iPad Pro would include an OLED screen. However, according to Bloomberg, this probably won't happen. In the first place, OLED screens are more difficult to produce in mass qualities than LCDs. They are also a lot more expensive. And it would be extremely difficult for Samsung, which is the only display maker that can produce new OLED screens for the iPads, to produce the new screens due to different constraints.

One has to give Apple a lot of credit for making the iPad relevant again. For several years, iPad sales were on the decline since smartphones were getting bigger and many professional users turned to the Microsoft Surface Pro. But since the release of the iPad Pro in 2017, things have been changing. Let's hope that 2018's iPad Pro continues to help make the tablet relevant again.