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Here is the new 10.2-inch iPad in all its eighth-generational glory

This is the tablet that started it all.

8th generation apple ipad
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It’s been ten years since the iPad irrevocably changed the face of mobile computing, with over 500 million in the hands of users. Now it’s time for the eighth-generation of iPad, bringing the “most powerful entry iPad experience ever.”

Powered by the A12 Bionic chip, the 10.2-inch screen is 40-percent faster on CPU performance than the previous generation, with up to twice the graphics power. That’s pretty impressive, since the $329 price tag hasn’t changed. That A12 chip also brings the Neural Engine to iPad for the first time, allowing for augmented reality motion tracking, and better photography tricks.

According to CEO Tim Cook, “More than half of our iPad customers are buying their very first iPad.” Does that show the market for tablets has room to grow, or does it just mean that nobody wants an Android tablet nowadays?

8th generation apple ipad on purple background

Image: KnowTechie

Anyway, back to the 10.2-inch iPad. You can get one with LTE cellular connectivity, if you want, and the Apple Pencil 1st-gen works with it for all your sketching needs. Oh, and before I forget – Touch ID is back. Can we get that back on the iPhone 12, please? Thanks, Tim. It also comes in three colors, Space Grey, Silver, and Rose Gold.

The new iPad comes with iOS 14, which brings multitasking improvements, better note-taking capability, and Smart Selection, which can turn written text into typed text for pasting into documents or other apps. Scribble also comes to the iPad, letting you fill those pesky web forms with the Apple Pencil.

You can order the 8th-gen iPad starting today, for $329 for the WiFi model and $459 for the cellular model. They’re available from Friday, September 18.

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