Apple has launched the 8th generation iPad at today’s event alongside the 4th generation iPad Air. It comes as a successor to the 7th generation iPad that was launched last year.
Let’s start with the display. The new iPad has the same, 10.2-inch display size as its predecessor. Just like before, the screen has a 500 nits brightness, fingerprint-resistance oleophobic coating, and support for Apple Pencil.
The 8th generation iPad features the Apple A12 Bionic chipset. This new chipset offers a 40% better CPU performance and 2x GPU performance compared to the A10 Fusion processor that is in the 7th generation iPad. Currently, there is no information regarding the RAM capacity of the new iPad but we are hoping that teardown videos of the device will reveal it. On the software side of things, the new iPad has iPad OS 14, which brings a plethora of new features.
Moving on to the imaging, the 8th gen iPad retains the same rear camera as its predecessor, which is an 8MP unit with dual-pixel PDAF and Full HD video recording. In terms of audio, the new iPad has the same two-speaker set up as the 7th generation iPad.
Coming to the connectivity, the new iPad features the same lightning port as its predecessor. However, it does come with Bluetooth v5.0, a step up from Bluetooth v4.2 in the 7th gen iPad. Just like before, there is dual-band Wi-Fi ac with MU-MIMO and a Smart Connector to connect the Smart Keyboard. There is also a cellular variant on offer; it has a nano-SIM card slot and an eSIM option. There is no info regarding the battery capacity of the new iPad but Apple promises a 10-hour battery backup.
Apple iPad 8 comes in only a single storage variant but Apple has not announced its storage capacity. We are hoping that it has 64GB of storage. The iPad 8 costs $329 for customers and $299 for students. There is also a cellular variant on offer but Apple has not announced its price. The pre-orders of the new iPad start today and it will go on sale from 18th September.
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