This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
At a special event on September 15, Apple unveiled its latest 8th generation iPad.
It's still styled with a 10.2-inch Retina display and Touch ID, but it uses the same A12 Bionic processor as the iPhone XS and third-generation iPad Air, more than doubling the speed of its predecessor while being the least expensive basic model.
It's also the first entry-level iPad model to include the Neural Engine, a machine learning core that makes previously impossible tasks such as image editing possible.
The A12 Bionic chip delivers a huge leap in performance, with 40 percent faster CPU performance and twice the graphics capability. Apple describes it as "up to two times faster than the top-selling Windows laptop, up to three times faster than the top-selling Android tablet and up to six times faster than the top-selling Chromebook."
The new iPad is still compatible with the Apple Pencil (1st generation) and supports the Smart Keyboard with the Smart Connector, and the Lightning connection remains unchanged.
The battery life, display specifications (resolution and brightness), camera, speakers, and other features of the new iPad are almost all the same as in the previous 7th generation. (Only the front-facing FaceTime HD camera has its aperture changed from f/2.2 to 2.4 in the catalog.)
U.S. prices start at $329, unchanged from the current 7th generation. In Japan, the 32GB Wi-Fi model starts at 34,800 yen (excluding tax).
The new 8th generation iPad comes in space gray, silver, and gold finishes. Unfortunately, the new iPad Air's green and blue are not available.
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