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New 2020 iPad Family // Image Apple.

Apple had a busy few weeks with not one but two events, launching plenty of new products, including the new 8th Generation iPad, one its most affordable devices with a modest but powerful change to the specifications from last years model.

The full list of devices announced:

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8th Generation iPad in 3 Colour options // Image Apple.

Apple iPad 8th Gen (2020)

The entry-level iPad, now in its 8th iteration, remains one of the best value devices, not just in the Apple portfolio, but in the general tech market.

Yes, it still has that large bezel and Home button, but that’s a small sacrifice for the power to price ratio!

Out has gone the older A10 chip and in comes the new A12 Bionic chip which brings with it the Neural Engine. This, Apple claims, will deliver “next-level machine learning capabilities and motion tracking in augmented reality (AR) apps”.

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Smart Keyboard makes iPad more productive // Image Apple.

Apple iPad 8th Gen Overview

I like to think of the iPad as everything most users need from a tablet, without the price tag. Apple has kept the basic WiFi-only 32GB model down to $329/£329, and while that storage space is pathetic for 2020 and beyond, it’s still a great tablet.

Just remember before purchasing, this model still has a Lightning port, not USB-C, only supports the 1st Gen Apple Pencil and doesn’t work with the new Magic Keyboard.

Accessories are Everything

Apple has long marketed the iPad as a replacement for our notebooks and with the 2020 iPad now twice as fast as the top-selling Windows PC, it will be the accessories that help you extract that power out.

Apple has kept the specifications down on the 8th Gen iPad model which means only the Smart Keyboard cover is supported (and similar 3rd party alternatives).

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With the introduction of Scribble and iPadOS 14 enhancing the writing and drawing experience on iPad the good news is Apple Pencil functionality remains.

Don’t forget Apple recently added Mouse support to newer iPad models, so now that tablet has a Keyboard, Mouse and Pencil.

Unless you’re a laptop power user or live by Excel, iPad really has become a viable alternative!

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What can you create with iPad? // Image Apple.
Same Outside, Different Inside

The screen is the same 10.2″ LED-backlit Retina display from the previous model and the overall dimensions are the same. Although, the new 8th Gen model weighs in at just a couple of grams more.

There are three colour options to choose from; Space Grey, Silver or Gold and either WiFi only or WiFi+ Cell models.

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Unlike the new iPhones, iPad, for now, still ships with a charger. Apple has kept the 8th Gen on the Lightning connector and requires a 20W adapter. Performance is expected to be around 10 hours on a full charge when on WiFi.

The front and rear cameras are identical to the previous iPad model from last year.

With very little hardware upgrades in this new model like moving to Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C or support for newer Apple accessories, this version is all about the combination of the new A12 Bionic chip and iPadOS 14.

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iPadOS 14 ships with the new iPad // Image Apple.

Featuring the A12 Bionic with Neural Engine, the most popular iPad model delivers an even more powerful experience.

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Apple iPad 8th Gen v iPad Air 4th Gen Specifications

iPad 8th GeniPad Air 4th Gen
Dimensions (mm)250.6 x 174.1 x 7.5247.6 x 178.5 x 6.1
Weight (g)
Wifi
WiFi + Cell

490
495

458
460
ColoursSilver
Space Grey
Gold
Silver
Space Grey
Rose Gold
Green
Sky Blue
Storage (gb)32
128
64
256
Display10.2″ Retina 10.9″ Liquid Retina
Main Cam8MP
1080p HD Video
12MP
4k Video
ChipA12A14
Apple Pencil
(sold separately)
1st Gen2nd Gen
Keyboard
(sold separately)
Smart KeyboardSmart Keyboard
Magic Keyboard
FaceTime HD Cam1.2MP7MP
Speakers22
Bluetooth4.25
BatteryUp to 10 HoursUp to 10 Hours
Charging TypeLightningUSB-C
Prices
(from)
$329
£329
$599
£579
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