|Operating System||Apple iPadOS|
|Dimensions||9.8 by 6.8 by 0.3 inches|
|Screen Size||10.2 inches|
|Screen Resolution||2,160 by 1,620 pixels|
|CPU||Apple A12 Bionic|
|Storage Capacity||32 GB|
|Battery Life||10 hours (est.)|
Apple is putting in a lot of work in its tablet line-up. The launch of the new iPad Pro in Spring earlier this year and then the iPad Air and iPad 8th gen in the Apple event ‘Time Flies’ on 15th September. The iPad looks like a more upgraded version of the one introduced in September 2019 which didn’t really bring any real performance improvements. This 8th gen Apple iPad might not have very awe-inspiring features but it is definitely one of the best tablets at an affordable price range of $300 for students and casual users.
Here’s a summed up version of all features that we know about this newly released Apple iPad:
- 10.2-inch Retina display with A12 Bionic SoC
- The 128GB storage
- The display features 2160×1620 pixels resolution
- 500 nits peak brightness
- Users can also use first-generation Apple Pencil on the device along with Smart keyboard
- the usual Lightning connector and old Touch ID home button
- 8-megapixel primary camera
- FHD video recording at 30fps and HD at 12-fps
- 1.2-megapixel front camera for HD video calls
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, Cellular, eSIM and GPS for connectivity
Read on to know more in detail about iPad 8th gen.
Release date and price
The Apple iPad was announced along with iPad Airon 15th September 2020 at the virtual Apple ‘Time Flies’ event. It was made available for pre-order soon after that. It is pricing for a 32 GB iPad starts at $329 or $309 for students. In India, it is available at Rs 29,900. While the cellular model is costlier and starts at Rs 41,990.
Apple iPad 8 was made available in the market from 18th September. While this version has simply a faster processor than the seventh-gen iPad, that leap in power makes the low-cost iPad a decent investment. The 32 GB version will be compatible for tasks like using the tablet primarily for cloud applications like Google Classroom. Although if you plan to play a lot of games or shoot video with it, you should step up to the 128GB model you’ll have to shell out an extra $100. Lastly, if you want cellular connectivity on your device it’s an extra $130.
This new update in the Apple iPad series features exactly what we needed. The new model rid itself of 2016’s A10 Fusion processor in favour of 2018’s A12 Bionic chip. This will also be the first standard iPad to tote a Neural Engine, for help with (among other things) advanced image processing and rendering, improved Siri performance, better AR (augmented reality) experience support and more. As a result, expect a 40% overall performance improvement and twice the graphical capabilities, compared to last year’s model as a result of the new chipset. Since this is a budget iPad it sports 32GB or 128GB as before which is kind of disappointing.
All that said, it certainly feels like you’re getting more for your money this time around compared to previous year model.
Like the previous model, this one has a single set of speakers at the bottom too from a lower-cost perspective. These will provide sounds loud-enough, but somewhat tinny sound, without a stereo effect. It doesn’t matter much though if you will be using headphones. For headphones, the device has both a traditional 3.5mm stereo jack and Bluetooth. There’s also the old Lightning port at the bottom. This could be Apple’s last proprietary port as other devices feature the more common USB-C.
Moreover, like the sixth- and seventh-gen iPads, iPad 8 works with Apple’s $99 first-generation Pencil. You can also connect it with a Smart Keyboard which snaps onto a physical connector so there’s no Bluetooth pairing or lag. It’s also compatible with Apple’s Smart Keyboard and third-party offerings like Logitech.
The entry-level iPad already underwent a redesign in 2019. Hence, not much was done on the body. It measures 9.8×6.8×0.3 inches (HWD), weighs 1.08 pounds, and comes in space gray, rose gold, or silver. It has a recycled aluminium body which features a curved metal back and a flat glass front similar to the previous model. The rounded form reinforces the fact that compatibility of Apple Pencil Support falls only to the first generation stylus, rather than the flat-sided incarnation featured alongside the likes of the iPad Pro 12.9in 2020.
It has a 10.2in Retina Display surrounded by a notable bezel, that allows enough room for a TouchID sensor along the bottom. It features a 1.2Mp FaceTime HD camera at the top. The LCD isn’t laminated, so it’s super reflective.
New features on Apple iPad 8
The two-year-old A12 processor also used in the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPad mini, and last year’s iPad Air is used in iPad 8. This is a significant jump in power over the A10 in the previous iPad. Since Apple tends to optimize its operating systems for chips up to five years old, this tablet will have a lifespan of at least three years of properly running the latest OS updates. This means you’re in for better application performance, especially in heavy applications.
Regarding display, it will have new internal components and functionality brought on by iPadOS 14. Apple confirmed will be available to existing iPad owners from 16 September.
Apple iPad 8 Camera
Similar to last year the new Apple iPad features an f/2.4, 8-megapixel shooter on the rear and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. The rear camera doesn’t have fancy optical zoom or night modes, and images get noisy in low light. But comparing it with the price, it is just fine. Even the iPad Pro didn’t turn out noticeably better in testing. The front-facing camera, on the other hand, is low resolution and could really use an upgrade from the makers. It gives you a somewhat grainy 1.2-megapixel or 720p image. Hence, it can’t be used for filming or shooting purposes.