Apple’s New 9.7-inch iPad Features Apple Pencil Support

iPad 2018 Apple Pencil

Apple announced a new 9.7-inch iPad today. It’s a bit faster than the previous version and it comes with a few new features but overall not a lot has changed.

The main difference with the new model is the fact that it supports Apple Pencil, making it a viable option for tasks like sketching and taking notes. You no longer have to pay for the more expensive Pro models to get Apple Pencil support.

Apple is targeting the education market with this model, lowering the price to $299 for schools. For regular customers the price starts at $329 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model.

The Apple Pencil is sold separately for $99 ($89 for schools).

Logitech will reportedly be offering a cheaper option for $49, called the Crayon (no joke).

The Apple Pencil has sensors that measure pressure and tilt, with low latency for accurate note-taking and drawings. The iPad also has palm rejection so you can rest your hand on the screen while writing.

Note-taking devices are the theme for 2018, it seems. The 10.3-inch E Ink Onyx Boox Note was just released this past week, and there’s the larger 13.3-inch Onyx Boox Max2. The Remarkable paper tablet was released last fall, and Sony is expected to release a new digital paper device soon as well.

With the new iPad offering Pencil support for much less than E Ink alternatives, will more people steer away from E Ink notebooks? There are also Chromebooks and Microsoft’s devices. It’s become a very competitive market.

The new 9.7-inch iPad is available to purchase now from Apple.

6 Responses to “Apple’s New 9.7-inch iPad Features Apple Pencil Support”


  2. WTF!!! If any day I find out eink is not safer than LCD to eyesight, I’m getting very very angry.

    This device can do a lot of tasks and is cheaper!

    • I think it depends on the person. Some people have problems staring at LCD screens but lots of people don’t. I have a dry eye condition and reading on LCD actually makes my eyes feel better. When I first wake up my eyes are so dry it hurts to blink, but looking at a tablet’s screen helps get them watering again. I just keep the brightness lower so it doesn’t strain my eyes.

    • As can all tablets.

      e-readers are superior in three areas to tablets. If you care about these pros then an e-ink reader is a better solution for “reading”. As a general purpose device — a tablet is superior.

      1) e-ink screen
      2) weight – e-ink device are much lighter than tablets
      3) Battery life

  3. Dry eye? Excuse me if I’am tactless but, have you had an operation to correct your eyesight?