The new iPad boasts the same 10.2-inch Retina display with a home button but does get a boost in performance. The previous model announced in 2019 featured an A10 Fusion chip, this year iPad 8th gen comes with an A12 Bionic processor found in the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.
“We’re excited to offer customers an even faster and 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 from the A12 Bionic, great cameras, and so much more, the new iPad is an incredible value at a time when, more than ever, our customers need powerful and versatile ways to work, play, learn, and connect with loved ones.”
The new iPad with the A12 Bionic chip offers 40% faster CPU performance, and 2 the graphics power as the previous model. Apple says the new chip makes the iPad 2 times faster than the top-selling Windows laptop, 3x faster than the top- selling Android tablet, and 6x faster than the top-selling Chromebook. The timing is also worth mentioning, as students and educator head back to school Chromebook laptops are a popular low-cost buy, Apple hopes the new iPad will change that.
The new iPad is also compatible with the 1st generation Apple Pencil, which comes with “all-day” battery life, “ultra-fast wireless performance” and gigabyte class LTE connection. The new iPad will also support all of the new features coming in iPadOS 14 launching to the public tomorrow.
Customers can begin to pre-order the new iPad starting today at apple.com and it will begin shipping on Friday, September 18th. It starts at $329 at 32GB and goes up to $599 for a Wifi and cellular model in both Wifi and cellular connectivity.