New iPad 8th-gen and iPad Air: All you need to know

Apple has launched the 8th-generation iPad and a new iPad Air at its September 2020 event. The iPad (8th-gen) has got a significant jump in performance with the A12 Bionic chip that brings Apple Neural Engine to an entry-level iPad for the first time, boosting its Machine Learning capabilities to the next level. The latest iPad Air features a thin and lightweight design and looks quite similar to the iPad Pro, with an edge-to-edge display. This is a notable difference from the current iPad Air models. According to Apple, these two latest iPads join the powerful iPad Pro and iPad Mini to form the most advanced iPad lineup ever. 

Both the new iPad Air and 8th-generation iPad will run on iPadOS 14, which brings Universal Search, compact FaceTime and video calls, Scribble, and a host of other powerful features for users. 

Besides these iPads, the company has also announced Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE at the ‘Time Flies’ event. 

iPad 8th-generation

iPad 8th generation

In terms of looks and design, the latest iPad 8 looks the same as the iPad 7th-generation, with the same chunky bezels and support for only the 1st-gen Apple Pencil. But, iPad 8 has got a noteworthy jump in the performance with the A12 Bionic chip that brings the Neural Engine to this entry-level iPad. Apple claims this newest iPad delivers up to 40% faster CPU performance while doubling up the graphical capabilities. Apple has also added that its latest iPad is  2 times faster than the top-selling Windows laptop, 3 times faster than the top-selling Android tablet, and up to 6 times faster than the top-selling Chromebook. All the credit 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 will run on the latest iPadOS 14 and is compatible with the $99 Apple Pencil (1st generation).

The iPad (8th-gen) is already up for the orders starting from September 16, 2020, on apple.com and Apple Store app. It will be available starting Friday, 18 September 2020. The Wi-Fi model starts at $329, with the Wi-Fi+cellular option starting from $459. You can choose from 32GB and 128GB configurations in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold finishes.

iPad Air Specifications

iPad Air 2020

The new iPad Air features a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina Display with an anti-reflective coating, next-gen TouchID sensor, USB-C port for 20W charging & up to 5Gbps data transfers, 7MP front-facing FaceTime HD camera, and the same 12MP rear camera used in iPad Pro for capturing amazing stills and 4K videos. It also supports Wi-Fi 6 and stereo speakers in landscape mode.

Now, what makes the new iPad Air, the most powerful iPad Air ever made, is the Apple A14 Bionic chip. This is Apple’s most advanced chip right now, and it’s the same chip that’s expected to be featured in the much-awaited iPhone 12 lineup. Apple A13 Bionic chip features a new 6-core design that claims to boost the CPU performance by 40 percent, with an impressive 30 percent jump in the Graphics performance. Moreover, 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 the Machine Learning apps to a whole new level.

Just like 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 have started rolling out today.

The new iPad Air 2020

The new iPad Air supports the $299 Magic Keyboard and its floating design,$179 Smart keyboard Folio, $79 Smart Folio covers, and the new $129 Apple Pencil

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, starting October 2020. You’ll get to choose from five gorgeous color options, including Silver, Rose Gold, Space Gray, Green, and Sky Blue. Also, just like the previous year, Apple is giving one year of free Apple TV+ for all the customers who buy a new iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Apple TV, or Mac. 

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