Apple unveiled the 8th generation iPad and a new iPad Air at its event in September 2020. The iPad (8th generation) has made a significant leap in performance with the A12 Bionic Chip, which brings Apple Neural Engine to an entry-level iPad for the first time and takes its machine learning capabilities to the next level. The latest iPad Air has a thin and lightweight design and looks very similar to the one iPad Pro with borderless display . This is a notable difference from the current iPad Air models. According to Apple, these two newest iPads, along with the powerful iPad Pro and iPad Mini, form the most advanced line of iPads ever.
Both the new iPad Air and the 8th generation iPad will run on iPadOS 14, which offers universal search, compact FaceTime and video calling, scribble, and a host of other powerful features for users.
In addition to these iPads, the company has also announced Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE at the ‘Time Flies’ event.
iPad 8th generation
In terms of looks and design, the latest iPad 8 looks the same as the 7th Gen iPad, with the same chunky bezels and support for just the 1st Gen Apple Pencil. But the iPad 8 has made a remarkable leap in performance with the A12 Bionic chip that brings the Neural Engine into this entry-level iPad. Apple claims that this latest iPad offers up to 40% faster CPU performance while doubling its graphical capabilities. Apple has also added that its latest iPad is two times faster than the best-selling Windows laptop, three times faster than the best-selling Android tablet, and up to six times faster than the best-selling Chromebook. All the praise goes to the A12 Bionic Chip with Neural Engine.
It has a lightweight and portable design with support for gigabit-class LTE connectivity, ultra-fast wireless performance, and all-day battery life. This new entry-level iPad runs on the latest iPadOS 14 and is compatible with the $ 99 Apple Pencil (1st generation).
The iPad (8th generation) can already be ordered from September 16, 2020 on apple.com and the Apple Store app. It will be available from Friday, September 18, 2020. The WiFi model starts at $ 329, while the WiFi and cellular options start at $ 459. You can choose between 32GB and 128GB configurations in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold.
iPad Air specifications
The new iPad Air has a 10.9-inch liquid retina display with anti-reflective coating, a next-generation TouchID sensor, a USB-C port for charging with 20 W and data transmission at up to 5 Gbit / s , a front-facing 7MP FaceTime HD camera and the like 12MP rear camera used in the iPad Pro to capture amazing still images and 4K video. It also supports WLAN 6 and stereo speakers in landscape format.
What makes the new iPad Air the most powerful iPad Air of all time is the Apple A14 Bionic Chip. This is Apple’s most advanced chip right now, and it is the same chip that is expected to be featured in the highly anticipated iPhone 12 lineup. Apple A13 Bionic Chip features a new 6-core design that claims to boost CPU performance by 40 percent, with an impressive 30 percent jump in graphics performance. Additionally, the new 16-core neural engine included in the A14 chip can perform up to 11 trillion operations per second, and Apple believes it will take machine learning apps to a whole new level.
As iOS14 , the latest iPadOS 14 also brings home screen widgets, compact video calls, improved Siri interactions, and other features to the iPad. The stable versions of iOS14, iPadOS 14 and watchOS 7 started rolling out today.
The new iPad Air supports the Magic Keyboard for $ 299 and its floating design, Smart Keyboard Folio for $ 179, Smart Folio Cover for $ 79, and the new $ 129 Apple stick .
The latest iPad Air starts at $ 599 and $ 729 for the Wi-Fi Only and Wi-Fi + Cellular models, respectively. It will be available in 64GB and 256GB configurations from October 2020. You can choose from five gorgeous color options including silver, rose gold, space gray, green, and sky blue. As in the previous year, Apple is also giving all customers who buy a new iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Apple TV or Mac a year of free Apple TV +.
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