Apple’s entry-level iPad has gotten an upgrade with the new eighth-generation model which brings with it the powerful A12 Bionic processor to users.
The new iPad will bring the same 10.2-inch (2160×1620 pixels) Retina screen as the previous generation, with most other specifications staying the same. The biggest change with regards to the new eight-generation iPad is the A12 Bionic processor, which is leaps better than the A10 found in the seventh-generation iPad.
The six-core A12 processor, also found on the third-generation iPad Pro, is capable of using less battery power to run tasks, and has more than twice the processing speed of the A10 processor.
The new eight-gen iPad will also come with Apple’s neural engine for machine learning which helps in various tasks such as photo editing where users can instantly change the colour of the sky in their photos.
According to Apple, the new iPad will still fit existing cases and will still work with the first-gen Apple Pencil. Unfortunately, it seems that Apple will still be giving the updated iPad its proprietary Lightning port instead of a USB-C port, as well as a standard Touch ID Home button.
The updated eight-generation iPad will retail at S$499 (WiFi) and S$699 (WiFi+cellular). It will be available from 18 September.