Buy for Great Performance
The new 9.7-inch iPad uses the Apple A10 Fusion processor which means there is plenty of power for consumers and for students. This is only a small step down from the iPad Pro, but it is a major step up from older iPads.
With the 9.7-inch iPad you get full split screen support so you can use two apps at the same time side by side, you can use the Apple Pencil to take notes, open an AR app to immerse yourself in mixed reality and much more.
While the older model supports many of these features, the newer model also supports them and is a better overall value than the iPad 5th generation, even when it is on sale.