While we continue to wait for information about the iPhone 12 that was nowhere to be seen at today’s Time Flies event, Apple is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iPad with the release of the new one 8th generation iPad and iPad Air.
With an A12 Bionic processor and a 10.2-inch display, the new 8th generation offers 40%. Better CPU performance and two times the graphics performance than before, plus a new neural engine designed to make it easier to edit images or even analyze certain types of videos. And as with previous iPads, the new 8th generation iPad continues to support handwriting recognition with the Apple Pencil.
To support pen input, Apple is adding a new compact user interface that also better understands natural language input. With the new scribble function, handwriting can be converted into standard text in no time at all. (This feature is available in iPadOS 14, which is also available as a free software upgrade for older iPads.) In addition, Smart Selection features make it easy to highlight sections of text intuitively, while Shape Recognition makes it easy to draw perfect circles, squares, and more.
The 8th generation iPad starts at $ 330 (or $ 300 for training). Pre-orders will be placed online today before official sales begin on Friday 18th September.
But for people who want more from a thin and light tablet, Apple has also announced a completely redesigned iPad Air. With a new more rectangular case, the iPad Air looks more like an iPad Pro than a standard iPad and has an almost frameless design environment its larger 10.9-inch 2360x 1640 Liquid retina display.
However, the biggest change for the new iPad Air is this Apple dropped its traditional front-facing Touch ID home button in favor of a fingerprint sensor built into the top of the power button. With this change, the iPad Air provides a cleaner, more symmetrical facade without sacrificing the ability to log in quickly with a single touch of a button.
Also on the inside of the iPad Air is Apple’s latest native processor: the A14 Bionic. According to Apple, with an industry-leading 5nm architecture, the A14 is 40% faster than previous generations of Apple chips and offers 30% faster graphics. By improving the A14’s neural engine, the iPad Air also offers twice the performance of machine learning, according to Apple. And with the 14 consisting of a six-core The iPad Air has a CPU with four high-performance cores that work together with two energy-saving high-performance cores. It should also offer better battery life.
And just like its more expensive sibling – the iPad Pro – the iPad Air also has a USB-C port for charging and data transfer. On the back, Apple claims that the iPad Air’s new 12 MP rear camera is taking pictures Videos with better stabilization and photos with improved quality in low light conditions, while a new 7 MP selfie camera can be seen in the front. The iPad Air even has a magnetic charging zone on the side of the tablet for charging an Apple Pencil.
Overall, for $ 600, the iPad Air now feels well positioned between those updates and a new, slightly larger 10.8-inch display Middle ground between that $ 330 8th generation iPad and the 11-inch iPad Prothat starts at $ 800.
The iPad Air is slated to go on sale sometime next month.