The big picture: During the “Time Flies” Apple event, the company said it’s sold over 500 million iPads since their debut a decade ago. The Cupertino company is updating its already capable tablets with a more powerful SoC at the entry-level, and a Pro-like redesign for the iPad Air, which is now faster than all current iPhone models powered by the A14 chipset.
As expected, Apple is updating the rest of its full-size tablets to complement the new iPad Pro launched in March. The company has revealed a redesigned iPad Air ($599), and much-improved internals for the standard iPad ($329), targeting people who study and work from home and are on a tighter budget.
The eighth generation iPad remains a 10.2-inch, entry-level option, but is now powered by the faster A12 Bionic SoC present in the 2019 versions of iPad mini and iPad Air. The biggest advantage of the A12 chip is the neural engine and a two-fold increase in graphics performance, which is a first for this class of iPad.
Just like the seventh generation, it starts at $329 ($299 for education) and will be available for order this Friday. For people in the US, you can also use Apple Card to pay through an interest-free instalment plan.