The Cupertino giant today unveiled the latest 8th-gen iPad alongside the Apple Watch Series 6, and new Apple One packages. The new iPad comes in the same configuration as the 7th-gen iPad but with a bunch of changes under the hood.
Thanks to the latest A12 Bionic chipset within the iPad, those changes are. The A12 Bionic is the chipset you will find inside the iPhone XS series, and the iPhone XR, for the unwarned. The processor comes with a six-core CPU, and a four-core GPU. As a result, compared to last year’s iPad, the new iPad provides a 40 percent faster CPU performance. Moreover, the 8th-gen iPad also provides GPU performance 2x faster compared to the 7th-gen iPad.
The 8th-gen iPad still works with the Apple Pencil, the same as last year. Unfortunately, however, it is only the first-gen Apple Pencil so you don’t get any of the second-gen Apple Pencil upgrades. For keyboard support, the same goes. There is no support for the latest Magic Keyboard that was released with the new iPad Pros, while you get support for Apple’s keyboards.
Still, Apple has kept the price of the new iPad the same as last year’s iPad with its better performance. Yeah, the latest 8th-gen iPad is priced at $329 for the iPad, which is a fantastic price. You get smart connectors with the iPad after all, which means you can use it pretty much for all you need. Customers of education will also have it for $299.
The new 8th-gen iPad can be pre-ordered today, and the device will go on sale this Friday.