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Apple's eighth-generation 10.2-inch iPad saw few upgrades over the previous seventh-generation iPad. The main update it received was an A12 Bionic processor for speedier performance, including Apple's Neural Engine.
● 10.2-inch display
● A12 Bionic processor
● Smart Connector for Apple Smart Keyboard
● Support for first-generation Apple Pencil
● iPadOS 14
The new eighth-generation 10.2-inch iPad was announced at Apple's "Time Flies" event in September 2020. It offers a faster A12 Bionic processor that makes it 40% faster than the previous model.
Acting as the budget model of iPad, this device is as much about what is withheld to keep the price down as it is flashy features. Despite that, the 10.2-inch iPad still benefits from all the features of iPadOS.
10.2-inch iPad Features
Display and Design
The eighth-generation iPad stands pat with the same 10.2-inch screen size we saw in its predecessor, the seventh-generation iPad.
The display has a 2160 x 1620 resolution at 264 pixels per inch. It has a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating but lacks features like P3 color gamut and anti-reflective coating found in more expensive iPads.
The tablet measures 250.6mm tall, 174.1mm wide, and 7.5mm thick. It weighs 490 grams for the WiFi model and 495 grams for the cellular variant. Size is identical to the previous generation, but the new model is a little heavier.
The most significant upgrade in the eighth-generation iPad is a leap to an A12 Bionic processor. The new silicon will give a considerable performance boost over the A10 chip found in both the sixth-generation and seventh-generation iPads. Apple says it's up to 40% faster than the A10 chip in the seventh-generation iPad.
The A12 Bionic marks the first time Apple's Neural Engine arrives on the budget iPad. It offers powerful machine learning capabilities, including people occlusion and motion tracking in augmented reality (AR) apps, enhanced photo editing, and improved Siri performance.
Support for Apple Pencil
The 10.2-inch iPad supports the first-generation Apple Pencil. The responsiveness from the first-generation Apple Pencil on the eighth-generation iPad is roughly the same as it is on the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The 10.2-inch iPad does not support the second-generation Apple Pencil.
Apple Pencil support on Apple's budget iPad does mean that this is the cheapest way to get a powerful drawing tablet. While it lacks some higher-end technologies like P3 color or laminated display tech, this device is still a fantastic value for those who want the drawing functionality.
Inclusion of the Smart Connector
The eighth-generation 10.2-inch iPad is the second entry-level model to support the Smart Connector, enabling Apple's Smart Keyboard or any accessory that uses the connector. Very few third-party accessory makers utilize the smart connector and usually connect accessories via Bluetooth instead.
The eighth-generation iPad ships in 32GB and 128GB storage tiers.
Apple offers the tablet in silver, space gray, and gold color options.
The iPad has an 8MP rear camera with f/2.4 aperture.
On the front is a FaceTime HD camera that supports 720p video and 1.2MP photos with f/2.4 aperture.
10.2-inch iPad Pricing
Interested parties can purchase this iPad with or without cellular support. Here is how pricing breaks down:
- 32GB with WiFi - $329
- 32GB with WiFi + cellular - $459
- 128GB with WiFi - $429
- 128GB with WiFi + cellular - $559
This updated 10.2-inch iPad that Apple released in September 2020 replaces a seventh-generation model of the same screen size.
The previous (seventh-generation) iPad also had a 10.2-inch display and many other identical specs to its successor. The most significant difference is that it used a slower A10 processor.
It was the first budget iPad with a smart connector for Apple Smart Keyboard support. It also supported the first-generation Apple Pencil.
The seventh-generation iPad started at the same $329 for 32GB storage as the new model.