Yesterday’s Apple Time Flies Event saw the launch of the new iPad 8 alongside the iPad Air 4. The 8th gen iPad can be best described as a performance refresh of the 7th gen model with a few tweaks.
Here’s a handy little list of the new iPad 8 features that you can peruse at your leisure:
Just like its predecessor, the new iPad 8 comes with a 10.2-inch display, 500 nits of brightness, fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, and Apple Pencil support.
You’ll be happy to know that the iPad 8 features a more powerful processor than in its predecessor, i.e. the Apple A12 Bionic chipset. It offers a 40 per cent improvement in CPU performance and 2x GPU performance compared to the 7th gen iPad’s A10 Fusion processor.
The new iPad will come in two storage options – 32GB and 128GB. Yes, Apple is sill sticking to the miserly 32GB of storage in the base model.
Camera and Audio
Nothing much has changed in these two departments. The iPad 8 has the same 8MP rear-facing and 1.2MP FaceTime HD front camera as its 7th gen predecessor. Likewise, it also has the same two-speaker setup.
Even in terms of connectivity, the iPad 8 has the same features as the 7th gen model. It has the same lightning port, Bluetooth v4.2, dual-band Wi-Fi ac with MU-MIMO, and a Smart Connector for the Smart Keyboard. Its cellular variant has a gigabit-class LTE, a nano-SIM card slot, and an eSIM option.
Apple promises that the new iPad’s 32.4Wh Li-Po battery will allow 10 hours surfing on Wi-Fi and 9 hours on mobile data. The device will ship with a USB Type-C charger.
The 32GB Wi-Fi only variant will retail for ₹29,900, while the Wi-Fi + cellular variant hits a cool ₹41,900.
As you’ve probably already gathered from this article, the only real improvement in the iPad 8 from the older 7th gen iPad is its new processor. Yes, the device will also feature the new iPadOS 14, which brings a wide range of new features in terms of software; however, everything else remains the same.
What do you think about the new iPad 8? Do you think it’s worth the upgrade from the 7th gen model?