Apple iPad (6th Gen) 2018: Unboxing & Review

by birtanpublished on October 28, 2020

What's up guys Mike here the Detroit Board with the brand-new sixth generation iPad this is a follow up to the fifth generation which debuted last year and is mostly a spec bump so we get a new a 10 fusion chip along with support for Apple pencil for the first time on the budget iPad so budget in this case means 329 to start but if you're an educator you can get this for $2.99 32 gigs of storage is standard which i think is good enough for most people but you can upgrade for $100 to 120 gigs you can also add cellular connectivity which also adds gps for another 129 dollars which brings the

Maximum price to five five nine once again this is available in three colors silver Space Gray and the new revised gold color which debuted on the iPhone 8 and the Apple watch series three late last year so this is the first iPad and certainly the largest device to get this new color so naturally I had to get all three colors to take a look at especially since the gold is a new one now in terms of the unboxing experience it's a pretty familiar one so once we lift up the lid will see our iPads wrapped in a clear plastic that's a bit different than the

Frosted plastic we've seen on the iPad pro or even the new MacBooks but it does make that great sound when you peel it off in terms of the accessories of course we get a lightning cable for recharging the iPad and beneath the paperwork we'll find a 12 watt power adapter now these have removable prongs so you can add an extension cable if you need or use a different wall adapter if you're traveling internationally in terms of paperwork if you get the standard Wi-Fi model of course we'll get a set of white Apple stickers some regulatory and warranty info and a

QuickStart guide which is just a single card but if you get the cellular version you'll find a sim ejection tool included as well another nice feature that comes with the a10 fusion CPU and the m10 motion coprocessor is Wireless hey Siri so we can now command Siri without being connected to power for this iPad so the design of the sixth generation is identical to the fifth generation there's really nothing that tells you that this is the newer iPad besides the new gold color if you happen to get that one speaking of that gold color you can see side-by-side the pre smile had a

Much more yellow gold compared to this more warm copper gold and again that resembles the new Apple watch and the iPhone eight and a plus the person I really like this it's a much more vibrant warmer color and sort of bridges the gap between the yellow gold and the rose gold that we had before so basically the entire chassis has the exact same dimensions and button placements of the previous model we even have the same cameras and the same display speaking of that display it's a nine point seven CH LCD IPS display with a resolution of 1536 by

2048 that's the same Retina resolution we've had since the 2012 iPad fourth-generation once again this display is not laminated to the glass like the iPad air 2 or the iPad pros so there is a slight air gap here which might be noticeable but for the most part I don't think it's a big deal all of the cameras are carried over as well so the iSight camera is still 8 megapixels with an F 2.4 aperture and records 1080p video at 30 frames per second we also have slow-mo at 120 frames per second in terms of picture quality is basically the same camera we

Had from the iPhone 6 just with better image processing for the most part it's a pretty decent camera it's a bit better than I expected but definitely nothing great especially in terms of low-light performance where things tend to get a bit noisy and undersaturated so there's not quite the vibrancy you expect from a modern camera but again it's adequate for most uses the FaceTime camera is still 1.2 megapixels and records video at 720p at 30 frames per second so this is the 1.2 megapixel FaceTime HD camera so it's a pretty old one but it still does a pretty decent job here so it's

Not quite as sharp or colorful as the more recent FaceTime cameras so I can't complain too much here it's got good exposure even if I challenge it so it's able to keep my face exposed and kind of blow out the background but for the most part certainly gets the job done and should be more than adequate for most uses now this is the 7 megapixel 1080p camera on the iPad pro and the iPhone 10 certainly a much better looking camera a lot more color that's the big thing also it's not as noisy or not as soft as the 1.2 megapixel sensor although I don't think that camera looks terrible this

Certainly looks quite a bit better and if that's important to you probably want to go with the iPad pro touch ID returns once again with a color matching metal ring surrounding the sapphire glass that covers the sensor so again this can be used to unlock the iPad or making online payments just below the home button is the lightning connector flanked on either side by set of stereo speakers speaker quality is pretty decent it's identical to the fifth generation the only problem is that the audio is quite lopsided when you're handling the iPad in landscape

Orientation in terms of buttons they're in the same place we have the volume controls along with the sleep/wake power button and just like all iPads we still have a headphone jack and the insert again is color matched to the iPad toward the back side top edge we have a set of dual microphones one facing toward the back and one facing toward the side now as you can see here I have a version with LTE so I have this plastic trim piece which is either black or white depending on which color you get and that allows for the radio transparency needed for GPS and LTE to

Work through this chassis now if you have a cellular model you'll find a nano SIM tray toward the bottom-right edge now unlike the iPad pro we do not have an embedded sim or electronics and built into the iPad instead you can install a sim from your carrier or you can use the Apple SIM which allows you to assign the sim to any carrier that it supports in terms of specs carried over from the last generation is two gigs of ram but we get the new a10 fusion CPU which is a version of the a 10x fusion CPU in the iPad pros but this is a quad-core design instead of a six core design so

Essentially this is the same chip that's in the iPhone 7 and 7 plus the other slight spec change here is the battery size so we have a 32 point for one hour battery in here that's down just slightly from the 32.9 from the previous design but it doesn't affect overall battery life and that's probably thanks to the more efficient processor according to Apple you should get about 10 hours of on-screen time out of this iPad on Wi-Fi and nine hours if you're using cellular and of course that varies greatly depending on whether you're gaming or if you have the screen

Set to maximum brightness in case you're wondering it looks like the iPad 6 generation does not pick up the USB 3 spec like the iPad pro so fast charging doesn't seem to work in this case compared to the iPad pro there's some obvious differences this is a nine point seven inch screen versus a 10.5 or twelve point nine inch and of course there is the performance and price premium of course we also have nicer displays on the iPad pros with DCI p3 and pro motion for that high refresh rate and those displays are also laminate to the glass iPad pro also

Doubles the speaker count to four so we have speakers on the top and bottom not just on one side iPad pro also gets better cameras we have a 12 megapixel camera on the back with optical image stabilization and 4k video recording along with a quad led true tone flash and if you have these cellular models the iPad pro does it much more discreetly with a thin stripe along the back instead of this big black or white plastic window as always this iPad also has magnets along the edge for accessories like the Smart Cover but what's missing here from the iPad pro is

The smart connector which provides an electrical connection for keyboards of course you can still use Bluetooth keyboards with the iPad but it would be kind of nice to have a solution like this for the classroom so although the $99 Apple pencil is not included with the iPad at least it does support it which is a much lower price point to getting this feature than the iPad pro and it works exactly the same so to pair the pencil to the iPad 6 generation you connect it to the Lightning connector at the bottom this also allows you to recharge the internal battery of the

Apple pencil just like on the iPad pro you can also check the battery status of the Apple pencil by going to the battery widget available from the drop down notification shade so Apple pencil works exactly the same on this iPad as it does on the iPad pro you have pressure sensitivity as well as angle sensitivity and this gives you very precise natural control of the pencil in drawing amps so as you press harder depending on the tool you're using it will get darker or lighter it's important to keep in mind that the Apple pencil is really not designed to be used as a navigation tool

For the user interface you're gonna find limited functionality there so this is really designed for specific apps to use so drawing apps and that sort of thing so don't buy this if you expect to use this instead of your finger now I already have a very detailed review of how the Apple pencil works so I'll leave that video linked in the description below so you can check that out so in terms of the software experience it's pretty much identical to other iPads including the iPad pro so you can authenticate by tapping the home key press again to take it to the home

Screen you can swipe down anywhere on the home screen to get to the search panel swipe from the top to get to the notification panel and swipe right to get to your widgets now if you go to the home screen here and swipe up again you can see our recent apps as well as our control center so you can control the brightness a long press to enable the night shift mode and you can also do not disturb turn off Wi-Fi Bluetooth and more you can also expand these out by pressing on them so even though we don't have 3d touch here just long press and this will do the

Same thing so down here we have our dock which is very analogous to the dock in Mac OS so we can drag and drop the apps we want to keep it pinned here like so and then that will resize and it'll continue resizing until it's quite small so turn the right side we have all of our recently open to apps so for example if I go into Geekbench here I can swipe up again to get back to this dock and open up another amp such as the music app I can also open up apps side by side so if I bring up the dock I can go ahead and drag this app to the side this will resize the windows and I can do two

Things at once so I've multitasking here so I can interact with both apps simultaneously resize the window and then I can also swipe down again to reposition it to the other side if I want or just use this pop-up viewer and slide it away if I want or slide it back in so again I can swipe down to pop it out then I can move it side to side swipe down to dock it and resize it like so so in the end this is an undeniable bargain especially with this processing power and the support for Apple pencil but it's also not the most exciting iPad to get either there's not a lot new here

Besides the spec bump and of course support for things we've had before but it really comes down to the fact that we have all the same functionality of the iPad pro in a much cheaper form factor even if it's not as exciting all righty guys hope you enjoyed this look at the 6th generation Apple iPad if you guys enjoyed this video please let me know with a like and I'll see you again in my next video

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