Apple announces updated eighth-generation 10.2-inch entry-level iPad for $329  09/15/2020 17:42:20   Chaim Gartenberg

Apple has announced the eighth-generation version of its basic iPad: an update of its entry-level 10.2-inch tablet that upgrades the processor to a faster A12 chipset (last seen in the 2019 iPad Air and iPad mini models), while still maintaining the same $329 price point. Education customers will also be able to get the new iPad for a discounted $299.

The A12 chip brings Apples Neural Engine processing capabilities to its entry-level iPad for the first time, with a promise of twice the graphics performance. Apple says that the new model will still fit existing cases, including its keyboard case and those made by Logitech. Itll also still work with the first-gen Apple Pencil, like the previous model.

The new iPad will also run iPadOS 14 and offer the new features that Apple had showed off for the upcoming software update, including the new Apple Pencil features like hand-written text input.

Unfortunately, it appears that Apple is still sticking with its proprietary Lightning port on the updated iPad, instead of the USB-C port thats used by Apples laptops, iPad Pro, and the just-announced iPad Air. It also features a standard Touch ID home button, something thats increasingly rare on Apples product lineup.

Apple announced a seventh-gen iPad last fall, expanding the 9.7-inch display that had been a staple of the companys lineup for years into a larger 10.2-inch panel. This years update is less dramatic than that, although the extra processing power does seem like a welcome addition.

Preorders for the new eighth-generation iPad start today, ahead of a release this Friday.

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