Apple today unveiled a new eighth generation iPad with a powerful A12 Bionic chip, bringing the Neural Engine to the entry-level iPad for the first time and offering 40 percent faster performance than the A11 with twice the graphics performance.
Apple claims the new, cheaper iPad is twice as fast as the best-selling Windows notebook, three times faster than the best-selling Android tablet, and six times faster than the best-selling Chromebook.
“We’re excited to bring our customers an even faster, more powerful experience with the eighth generation iPad,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With its beautiful 10.2-inch Retina display, the performance boost provided by the A12 Bionic, great cameras and more, the new iPad is an incredible asset at a time when our customers need more powerful and versatile capabilities than ever , play, learn and get in touch with loved ones. “
The new iPad comes with the new iPadOS 14 mobile operating system and supports the first-generation Apple Pencil, supports Smart Keyboard and offers Gigabit-class LTE as an additional option.
According to Apple, the new eighth generation iPad is environmentally friendly and supports Apple’s plan to become carbon neutral by 2030.
The new iPad starts at $ 329, or $ 299 for education customers, while the Wi-Fi plus cellular model costs $ 459. All versions can now be ordered from the Apple Online Store. Availability starts on Friday.