Apple has introduced the eighth-generation model of its primary iPad: an replace of its entry-level 10.2-inch pill that upgrades the processor to a quicker A12 chipset (final seen within the 2019 iPad Air and iPad mini fashions), whereas nonetheless sustaining the identical $329 worth level. Education clients may even be capable of get the brand new iPad for a reduced $299.
The A12 chip brings Apple’s “Neural Engine” processing capabilities to its entry-level iPad for the primary time, with a promise of twice the graphics efficiency. Apple says that the brand new mannequin will nonetheless match present circumstances, together with its keyboard case and people made by Logitech. It’ll additionally nonetheless work with the first-gen Apple Pencil, just like the earlier mannequin.
The new iPad may even run iPadOS 14 and provide the brand new options that Apple had confirmed off for the upcoming software program replace, together with the brand new Apple Pencil options like hand-written textual content enter.
Unfortunately, it seems that Apple remains to be sticking with its proprietary Lightning port on the up to date iPad as an alternative of the USB-C port that’s utilized by Apple’s laptops, iPad Pro, and the just-announced iPad Air. It additionally options a normal Touch ID house button, one thing that’s more and more uncommon on Apple’s product lineup.
Apple introduced a seventh-gen iPad final fall, increasing the 9.7-inch show that had been a staple of the corporate’s lineup for years into a bigger 10.2-inch panel. This yr’s replace is much less dramatic than that, though the additional processing energy does seem to be a welcome addition.
The new iPad might be accessible in house grey, silver, and gold colours in each 32GB and 128GB configurations. An LTE configuration may even accessible (beginning at $459). Preorders for the brand new eighth-generation iPad begin in the present day, forward of a launch on September 18th.