What’s next for the iPad
Apple is working on a low-cost 9th generation iPad with a 10.5-inch display and an updated A-series chip, which is due for release in fall 2021. The tablet is also rumored to have 4GB of RAM and it is It is said to feature a thinner and lighter design with a Touch ID home button and Lightning port. As with previous versions of the iPad, it will target students and those looking for an affordable tablet option.
Mac Otakara said in early 2021 that the 9th generation iPad will be similar in design to the 3rd generation iPad Air released in 2019. The screen size is expected to remain the same at 10.2 inches, but it will be “significantly thinner” at 6.3 mm. . The current 8th generation iPad is 7.5mm thick, so the 6.3mm chassis is a huge design change. It is also expected to be lighter at 460g versus the current 490g.
In July, Mac Otakara changed his forecast and said the 9th generation iPad would be identical to the 8th generation iPad, but with an updated A14 chip, so it’s not clear what the exact prediction is.
Regardless of any planned design changes, the updated lower-cost iPad will continue to feature a Touch ID home button and Lightning port along with a display featuring an anti-glare coating, P3 wide color support, and True Tone.
The 2020 8th Generation iPad from Apple
Apple’s eighth-generation iPad, introduced in September 2020, is a frequent update to the lower-cost seventh-generation iPad, but with an upgraded A12 Bionic processor with the Neural Engine. There are no other new features that are new on Apple’s less expensive iPad.
The A12 processor was first introduced in the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR in 2018, and while it’s slower than the A14 chip in the iPad Air, it’s much faster than the A10 Fusion chip that was previously the low-cost iPad generation. According to Apple, the A12 Bionic chip delivers 40% faster CPU performance and twice the graphics capacity, making the iPad twice as fast as the best-selling Windows laptop and three times faster than the best-selling Android tablet.
The Neural Engine delivers next-level machine learning capabilities, introducing occlusion and motion tracking in AR apps (features previously available on other Apple devices) along with improved photo editing, new Siri capabilities, and more.
The eighth-generation iPad continues to position itself as an affordable tablet for educational institutions and those on a budget, with prices starting at $329 or $309 for Apple EDU customers.
As with the seventh-generation iPad, the eighth-generation iPad continues to offer a 10.2-inch screen, which offers more viewing space than the 9.7-inch iPad sold two years ago. The 10.2-inch iPad is Apple’s smallest iPad after the 9.7-inch iPad mini. The 10.2-inch screen has a resolution of 2160 x 1620 with 264 pixels per inch and offers approximately 3.5 million pixels along with a brightness of 500 nits.
The eighth generation iPad looks similar to previous models with an aluminum chassis that is thicker and smaller than the iPad Air and iPad Pro models. Besides the iPad mini, it’s the only iPad that continues to feature thick bezels and a Touch ID Home button.
Apple Pencil support continues to be included, and there’s a Smart Connector for iPad to work with the Smart Keyboard for the 10.2-inch iPad.
Other iPad features include an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, Gigabit-class LTE (for cellular models), a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera, 10-hour battery life, Touch ID, Apple Pay support, and 802.11ac WiFi.
Available in silver, space gray, silver, and gold, the iPad starts at $329 for 32GB of storage and is available for purchase from the online Apple Store and Apple retail stores. The Apple Pencil is available separately for $99, as well as the Smart Keyboard for $159.
Reviewers of the 2020 10.2-inch iPad said the A12 Bionic brings some welcome speed and performance improvements, but the update is otherwise unremarkable.
Performance with the A12 chip has been described as “noticeably smoother” than with the previous generation model, especially when it comes to gaming thanks to the improved GPU. Aside from the speed improvements, the 2020 iPad is the same as the 2019 iPad, so reviewers didn’t have much to say.
The 2020 iPad is identical to the previous generation iPad 2019, which features the same 10.2-inch screen, surrounded by slim bezels and thicker top/bottom bezels.
The edges of the iPad are thicker than the edges of the iPad Air and iPad Pro, which are Apple’s two more expensive iPad options. It features an aluminum frame available in silver, space gray or gold.
There is a front FaceTime HD camera on the top of the tablet, along with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the bottom. On the back is a rear camera, and at the bottom are the speakers and a Lightning port for charging.
The 2020 iPad measures 9.8 inches, 6.8 inches wide, 7.5 mm thick, and weighs 1.07 pounds, without any changes in dimensions.
Unlike the iPad Pro models, the iPad offers only two speakers instead of a four-speaker audio system, and there’s a smart connector on the side that allows it to work with accessories like the Smart Keyboard.
Apple’s 2020 iPad features a 10.2-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2160 x 1620 with 264 pixels per inch, with a brightness of 500 nits.
The screen is equipped with a touch sensor that allows it to work with the Apple Pencil.
Although the display works with Apple Pencil like the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini, it lacks many of the features available on more expensive Apple tablets.
Does not include laminated design, anti-reflective coating, extensive color support, ProMotion technology, or True Tone capabilities.
The 8th generation iPad is compatible with the original Apple Pencil. Apple’s entire iPad lineup, from the low-cost iPad to the iPad Pro, supports the Apple Pencil.
Apple Pencil is a stylus designed to offer unparalleled precision and integration with the iPad while also providing a natural feel similar to that of using a pen or pencil on paper.
There are pressure and position sensors built into the Apple Pencil to allow it to detect a range of forces for pressure-sensitive drawing and writing. Two tilt sensors on the tip of the Apple Pencil determine the direction and angle of the hand you’re holding, enabling shading techniques.
The Apple Pencil offers up to 12 hours of battery life and is charged through the Lightning connector built into the bottom of the device. A 15-second charge provides half an hour of power, so you’ll always have juice when you need it. No changes have been made to the original Apple Pencil, and it’s still $99.
A12 Bionic Processor
The eighth generation iPad features an updated A12 Bionic processor, which is an upgrade over the A10 Fusion processor that was included in the seventh generation iPad.
A12 is a slightly older technology, first introduced in the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, but it’s still fast and offers improved performance compared to the previous iPad.
A12 Bionic is a hexa-core 64-bit CPU with four high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores. The chip also includes a neural engine to improve machine learning and augmented reality capabilities.
According to Apple, the eighth-generation iPad with the A12 Bionic chip is 40 percent faster when it comes to CPU performance with twice the graphics capability.
Apple says the new iPad is twice as fast as the best-selling Windows laptop, three times as fast as the best-selling Android tablet, and up to six times as fast as the best-selling Chromebook.
Apple doesn’t disclose the amount of RAM in its products, but the 8th generation iPad includes 3GB of RAM like the 7th generation model.
The eighth-generation iPad offers 10 hours of battery life, which Apple says is an “all-day” battery. That’s the same battery life that Apple targeted in its last several iPad releases, and the iPad’s battery size hasn’t changed.
Cellular models last up to nine hours when using an LTE connection. The iPad charges through the Lightning port on the bottom of the device.
The iPad has an 8-megapixel rear camera with f/2.4 aperture, the same camera that was available on the fifth generation iPad.
It supports Live Photos, Auto HDR, 43MP panoramic photos, Burst mode, and Timer mode, but it’s not as advanced as the iPad Pro’s camera. There is no back flash.
The iPad camera is capable of capturing 1080p HD video at 30 fps and 720p Slo-mo video at 120 fps. Compared to the iPad Pro, it lacks 4K video recording, improved video stabilization, and continuous autofocus.
As for the front facing camera, it is 1.2 megapixels and supports 720p HD video recording.
Touchpad and Mouse Support
iPadOS 13.4 brought trackpad and mouse support to all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later.
According to Apple, the iPad’s trackpad support and touch-first interface have been “completely reimagined,” although they’re still familiar to Mac users. The cursor appears as a circle that highlights various user interface elements, text fields, and applications on the home screen or dock, showing what can be clicked.
Gestures on the trackpad are designed to allow users to switch between apps, access the app switcher, and activate the Dock, Control Center, and apps in Slide Over. Multi-touch gestures on the control panel allow for quick and easy navigation across iPadOS.
Apple-designed trackpad support for integration into both first-party and third-party apps. Scrolling through web pages in Safari and image libraries in the Photos app is supported, for example, such as precisely editing text in Notes and other apps, viewing and organizing email, and more.
Most third-party apps work with a mouse or trackpad without any changes at all, and developers can take advantage of new APIs to get deeper trackpad support.
Compatible Mouse and Controllers
Trackpad and mouse support allows any of the above iPads running iPadOS 13.4 to connect to a Magic Mouse, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad, Magic Trackpad 2, or a third-party mouse using Bluetooth or USB.
When connected to the Magic Trackpad 2, iPads support gestures that include swiping, swiping between application areas, accessing the home screen, accessing the App Switcher, zooming in and out, tap-to-click, right-click, and scrolling between pages.
When connected to the Magic Mouse 2, iPads support scrolling, right-clicking, and scrolling between pages.
Apple built the Magic Keyboard accessory, a smart keyboard for iPad with a trackpad, but that’s limited to 2018 and 2020 iPad Pro models.
Logitech, a company that makes accessories for Apple devices, has developed keyboard cases with built-in trackpads for the 10.2-inch iPad and 10.5-inch iPad Air, allowing these models to access the trackpad features built into iPadOS 13.4.
The eighth generation iPad features a Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the front of the device, which is used to unlock the device, access apps, and make purchases with Apple Pay.
An NFC controller is built into the iPad secure element, so it can be used to make Apple Pay payments on the web and within apps using the built-in Touch ID Home button.
Wifi and Bluetooth
iPad supports Wi-Fi 802.11ac with speeds of up to 866Mbps and Bluetooth 4.2.
The WiFi + Cellular version of the iPad offers Gigabit-class LTE and includes an Apple SIM to connect to cellular data networks in more than 100 countries.
The iPad includes a three-axis gyro, an accelerometer, an ambient light sensor, and a barometer.
How Can I Buy
The 10.2-inch iPad, available in silver, space gray, silver, and gold, can be purchased from the Apple Store and online Apple retail stores. The 32GB storage option is priced at $329, with 128GB storage available for $429.
A Wi-Fi + Cellular option is also available, with 32GB of storage at $459 and 128GB of storage at $559. The Apple Pencil with the 10.2-inch iPad is available for purchase from the Online Store or Apple Retail Stores for $99. Smart Keyboard can be purchased for $149.