If you really don't want to pay a lot of money for a new tablet, for yourself or for someone else, you might be looking into buying the 9.7-inch fourth-generation iPad, also known as the iPad 4, also known as the iPad with Retina Display.
The iPad 4 was first released back in the fall of 2012. It's a fossil, but it's still on sale through sites like Amazon for $100 or so. That price point makes it tempting, particularly if the person you're buying for doesn't need a lot of horsepower, but it should be avoided.
For one, it's stuck on iOS 10. It didn't get iOS 11 or iOS 12 and it won't get iPadOS 13. If that's not reason enough, consider the fact that its hardware is almost seven years old. Believe us when we say this: You can do better, much better.
You are much better off buying the current version of the 9.7-inch iPad, the iPad 2018. It has better hardware, better software, and it supports the Apple Pencil stylus. You don't get Apple Pencil support on the previous models.
The iPad 2018 is currently $250 and you might be able to find it for cheaper if you wait for Black Friday and holiday deals.
If you can wait, you might want to hang around for the new model, a 10.2-inch iPad that's expected to arrive sometime later this year.
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