First look: Apple's latest laptop killer

US tech giant claims the iPad is a laptop replacement, yet unlike any computer
By Shayan Shakeel
Sat 14 Apr 2018 12:32 AM

What is it: Apple claims the iPad is a laptop replacement, yet unlike any computer.

Why it’s great: The design has been refined in similar fashion to Apple’s latest devices. What’s notable, though, is that Apple’s pencil now works on the 9.7 inch iPad. That in itself is a major draw for everyone from writers and amateur artists to educators.

Why educators: Education and e-learning are major areas where Apple is pushing for iPad adoption, and it makes sense. Armed with the pencil, educators can ditch the blackboard and animate formulas and diagrams in on-screen documents that can then be shared in real time with students on their own iPads. Additionally, the device comes with augmented reality functions that can deploy scenes on any surface, vertical or horizontal.

Where could it be better: There are a number of other features it could have, such as the anti-reflective screen for outdoor use as in the iPad Pro. But according to Apple, what’s important for a Pro user might not be important for students who sit indoors most of the day. Having said that, the iPad Pro works with a smart keyboard, whereas this one works only with a Bluetooth keyboard, and that’ll be a battery drain.

Final thoughts: That you can now use Apple’s pencil with on even the mid-sized iPad is a great step up. It might not have much functionality but the pencil is the best writing experience available on any tablet or similar device in our opinion.

How much is it: They start from AED1,349.

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