New iPad 8, iPad Air Introduced: Pricing, Options, Specs

Apple announced the new highly anticipated iPad (8th generation) and iPad Air (4th generation) during its Time Flies event on Tuesday.

The entry-level iPad 8, or what Apple simply calls the “iPad,” has an A12 CPU and costs just $ 329. While the iPad Air, now in its fourth generation, has a much more powerful A14 chip and starts at $ 599. Both will be available next month.

The eighth generation of the iPad has a 10.2-inch retina display, a FaceTime HD camera, an 8-megapixel rear camera, Apple Pencil support and can last up to 10 hours on a single charge (and much more) be used consistently for a long time over the days of occasional use). It also has an A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, which means a significant increase in performance.

Apple also unveiled a new iPad Air that people are really excited about as it is a sizeable upgrade over the base iPad. The iPad Air features a 10.9-inch borderless liquid retina display, a next-generation Touch ID sensor on the side of the tablet, advanced cameras, Wi-Fi 6 and a 60% faster LTE chipset. It comes with an Apple Pencil that attaches magnetically to the side for storage and charging.

The new chipset in the iPad Air is an A14 Bionic processor, which, according to Apple, “questions the laws of physics”. The A14 Bionic is a 5 nm chip with a six-core CPU and 11.8 billion transistors. With this new processor, the new iPad Air can increase CPU performance by 40% and graphics performance by 30% compared to the previous iPad Air. The A14 chip also contains machine learning accelerators for apps. With all of these changes, the iPad Air gets a lot closer to the iPad Pro line, further distancing itself from the base iPad, and ultimately making it a tough choice for buyers considering the smaller Pro model.

Both iPads will have iPadOS 14, which hits the market tomorrow for all current iPads. iPadOS 14 offers new features and designs that take advantage of the unique capabilities of the iPad, large multi-touch display and versatile accessories, and incorporate Apple Pencil into the iPad experience for better note-taking capabilities and handwritten notes.

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