Apple iPad: The most powerful and affordable 8th gen iPad models have launched

Along with Apple Watches, Apple also introduced its Apple iPad models, the new iPad 9 and iPad Air 4.

Apple on Tuesday hosted its Time Flies event wherein the company refreshed its iPad lineup by launching the 8th generation iPad. The newly launched 8th generation iPad replaces the 7th generation iPad that was launched in the fall last year as the entry-level iPad.

On Tuesday, Apple hosted their second #appleevent of the year, where the Cupertino based company introduced the new reinvented iPad lineup by launching the 8th gen iPads. These models are expected to replace the previous gen (7th gen Apple iPad models) that was launched in the last year fall. This series of Apple iPad is also a massive upgrade to the iPad 2020 launched in April 2020.

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Apple iPad Air 4

While all of the announcements made by Apple at the event were important, the most interesting ones were arguably around the new iPads. The iPad Air 4 has been launched by the company with a design that features a 10.9-inch edge-to-edge retina display, Touch ID, A14 Bionic processor and USB-C connectivity. The chipset promises 40 percent faster CPU, 30 percent faster graphics, and 70 percent faster machine learning with next-generation Neural Engine.5

Apple Newsroom, iPad Air features an all-screen design with a larger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, a new Touch ID sensor integrated into the top button, camera and audio upgrades, and debuts the powerful A14 Bionic, Apple’s most powerful chip ever

The most exciting announcement for Apple for the Time Flies event was definitely the new Apple iPad 8th Gen models. Among the models the most promising model was the iPad Air 4, which the company launched with a 10.9 inch edge to edge retina display, side mounted Touch ID and USB-C connectivity. Along with these features, the Apple iPad Air 4 has also been introduced with the most advanced chipset, the first of its kind, the A14 bionic. The A14 Bionic is the first 5nm chipset produced by any major manufacturers.

The chipset also promises a massive 40 percent improved CPU, 30 percent improved graphics and 70 percent faster machine learning with the new Neural Engine 5. It was very unlikely to see that the Apple iPad Air 4 has been installed with a more powerful chipset than that of the iPad Pro. To add to it, the iPad Air 4 also gets the new A14 Bionic ARM based chipset before the launch of the new iPhones, which is probably scheduled for an October Apple Event. This is for the first time that iPad has received Apple’s newest chipset before the iPhone.

Along with this, the Apple iPad Air also features a single lens rear camera unlike its predecessor which was packed with a two camera and LiDAR setup. There is a 12-megapixel rear camera with Focus point and a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. The camera has come with an improved low-light performance.

The Apple iPad Air 4 has been announced at a starting price of $599. For India, the device is expected to be available at the Apple Authorized Reseller by October. The WiFi model will be available at a starting price of Rs. 54,900 and WiFi+Cellular model at Rs. 66,900. The new iPad Air, in 64GB and 256GB configurations, will be available in five finishes including silver, space gray, rose gold, green, and sky blue.

Apple Newsroom, A14 Bionic includes a new 16-core Neural Engine that’s capable of performing up to 11 trillion operations per second, taking machine learning apps like djay Pro AI to a whole new level.

Apple iPad 8 (Pro)

Apart from the iPad Air 4, Apple also introduced a budget friendly 8th gen iPad at the event. This iPad does not feature the powerful A14 Bionic chipset. However the device comes with a narrow bezel and thus a 10.2 inch display.

The 8th gen Apple iPad features the last gen powerful chipset the A12 Bionic SoC. This is however a big upgrade to the 7th gen iPad which featured a much older A10 Fusion chip. As of the design, the device shares a lot of its feature with the 7th gen with a home button and a built in Touch ID.

The iPad 8 also features an 8-megapixel rear camera and a FaceTime HD camera. Along with the chipset’s new machine learning capabilities, Apple states that the device can now enhance your photos.

Apple iPad

Apple iPad 8th Gen is available at a starting price of $329. In India, the new iPad 8 will be available soon at Apple Authorised Resellers at a starting price of Rs 29,900 for the Wi-Fi model, with the Wi-Fi+ Cellular one being sold at Rs 41,900. This new iPad will come in silver, space grey, and gold finishes in 32GB and 128GB configurations.

Other details

Both the Apple iPad comes with an advanced iPad OS, but the 8th generation iPad runs on iOS 14 and it features support for the Apple Pencil. Apple will start rolling out the iPadOS 14 on all its iPads starting September 16. Apart from the two new iPad models, Apple also announced a bunch of new accessories for its iPad. The second-generation Apple Pencil costs ₹10,900, while the Magic Keyboard and the Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad Air are available for ₹27,900 and ₹15,900, respectively. Lastly, the Smart Folios for iPad Air are available for ₹7,500 in Black, White, Deep Navy, Cyprus Green, and Pink Citrus colour options.

Also to empower environment, Apple has also stopped providing charger along with the device, however the chargers will be available at stores to be purchased as an extra accessory.

Amal Varghese

A lecturer by profession and an admirer of transitions. I love the way the technological world revolves around me from the introduction of an earpiece to the computing device in a space shuttle, every tiny detail amuses me. I try to put my fascination to words for all the fanatics of this evolution who are ironically hooked to its benefits anyway. Proud to be a part of this generation who saw a tape-recording cassette with 5 songs and a cloud streaming service with a zillion songs inside your pocket.

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