Apple iPad 8 Introduction
September 15 Cook has set his sights on the iPad line after updating the current generation of the Apple Watch line. The real highlight of the 8th generation iPad is the Apple pencil and full-size smart keyboard support, which, along with iPad OS 14, provides a better experience for users.
The iPad 8 supports a first-generation Apple pencil, a full-size smart keyboard, and other existing third-party keyboards, a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox wireless controller, a PlayStation DualShock controller, or an MFi-certified gamepad.
“We’re excited to offer our customers a faster, more powerful 8th generation iPad,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, “With performance enhancements like its beautiful 10.2-inch Retina display, A12 Bionic chip, and a great camera, the new iPad offers incredible value when dealing with customers who (more than ever) need a powerful and varied way to work, play, learn, and connect with loved ones.”
Elsewhere, the iPad 8 features an 8 MP rear lens and FaceTime HD camera, a 10.2-inch retina screen and stereo speakers, and 10 hours of battery life. The A12 Bionic chip that powers iPad 8 is familiar to all of us from the iPhone Xs series and the iPhone XR. It was the industry’s first 7nm chip that year and contains a six-core CPU. The quad-core GPU delivers a 40 percent CPU boost and a twofold increase in GPU performance over the previous generation chip.
Besides, iPadOS 14 brings new features and designs to both iPads, taking full advantage of the iPad’s unique capabilities, large multitouch display, and versatile accessories. iPadOS 14 further integrates the Apple Pencil into the iPad experience to provide better note-taking and new ways to use handwritten notes.
When taking notes on iPad, smart selection uses on-device machine learning to distinguish between handwriting and drawing, so handwritten text can be easily selected, cut, and pasted into another document as text typed using the same familiar gestures.
Shape recognition allows users to draw geometrically perfect shapes that capture in place as they add diagrams and illustrations in Notes. Data detectors work seamlessly with handwritten text to recognize phone numbers, dates, addresses, and links, making it easy for users to perform actions such as clicking a handwritten number to make a call.
Finally, iPadOS 14 also brings doodle functionality to the iPad, allowing Apple Pencil users to handwrite directly into any text, making actions like responding to a quick iMessage or searching quickly and easily in Safari. And Scribble will use the device’s machine learning to convert handwritten content into typed text in real-time, so writing remains private and secure at all times.
Apple iPad 8 Price and Versions
- 32GB Wi-fi: $329
- 128GB Wi-fi: $429
- 32GB Cellular: $459
- 128GB Cellular: $559