Apple has announced the version of its iPad for the eighth generation: an update of its 10.2-inch entry-level tablet that allows the processor to upgrade to a faster A12 chipset (most recently in the iPad Air and iPad mini models from 2019) updated is the same price of $ 329. Education customers can also get the new iPad for $ 299.
For the first time, the A12 chip brings Apple’s processing functions for “Neural Engine” to its entry-level iPad and promises twice the graphics performance. According to Apple, the new model will still fit into existing cases, including the keyboard case and Logitech̵
The new iPad will also run iPadOS 14 and offer the new features Apple announced for the upcoming software update, including the new Apple Pencil features like handwritten text entry.
Unfortunately, Apple still seems to be sticking to its proprietary Lightning connector on the updated iPad, rather than the USB-C connector used by Apple’s laptops, iPad Pro, and the just-announced iPad Air. It also has a standard Touch ID home button that is becoming increasingly rare in the Apple lineup.
Apple announced a seventh-generation iPad last fall and expanded the 9.7-inch display, which has been an integral part of the company’s product line for years, to a larger 10.2-inch panel. This year’s update is less dramatic, though the extra processing power seems like a welcome addition.
The new iPad will be available in space gray, silver and gold in 32GB and 128GB configurations. An LTE configuration is also available (starting at $ 459). Pre-orders for the new eighth generation iPad begin today, ahead of its September 18 release.