iPad (8th generation)

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iPad
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iPad (8th generation) in Space Gray
Also known asiPad (8th generation), iPad 10.2-inch
DeveloperApple Inc.
ManufacturerFoxconn
Product familyiPad
TypeTablet computer
Generation8th
Release dateSeptember 18, 2020; 10 months ago (2020-09-18)
Operating systemOriginal: iPadOS 14
Current: iPadOS 14.7, released July 21, 2021
System on a chipApple A12 Bionic with 64-bit architecture and Apple M12 motion co-processor
CPUHexa-core 64-bit
Memory3 GB LPDDR4X SDRAM
Storage32 or 128 GB[a]
Display10.2 inches (260 mm) 2,160 × 1,620 px (264 ppi) with a 4:3 aspect ratio, 500 nits max brightness (typical)[1]
SoundStereo
InputMulti-touch screen, headset controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, dual microphone, Touch ID fingerprint reader, barometer
CameraFront: 1.2 MP, 720p HD, ƒ/2.4 aperture
Rear: 8.0 MP AF, iSight with Five Element Lens, Hybrid IR filter, video stabilization, face detection, HDR, ƒ/2.4 aperture
Power32.4 W·h, up to 10 hours of battery life.
Online servicesApp Store, iTunes Store, iBookstore, iCloud, Game Center
Dimensions250.6 mm (9.87 in) H
174.1 mm (6.85 in) W
7.5 mm (0.30 in) D
MassWi-Fi: 490 g (1.08 lb)
Wi-Fi + Cellular: 495 g (1.091 lb)
PredecessoriPad (7th generation)
Related articlesiPad Air (3rd generation)
iPad mini (5th generation)
Websitehttps://www.apple.com/ipad-10.2/

The iPad 10.2-inch[2] (officially iPad (8th generation)[3]) is a tablet computer developed and marketed by Apple Inc. as the successor to the 7th-generation iPad. It was announced on September 15, 2020 and released on September 18, 2020.[4]

Features[edit]

It uses the Apple A12 Bionic chip, with a 40% faster 6-core CPU and a 2x faster 4 core GPU. It is the first iPad tablet that includes a Neural Engine. It features a 10.2-inch Retina display identical to the previous model with 1668 by 2388 pixels at a pixel density of 264-pixel PPI.[5]

It was released running iPadOS 14,[5] with iPadOS 15 unveiled later at WWDC 2021.[6]

It is compatible with Apple Pencil (first generation), Smart Keyboard and Smart Connector for keyboard attachments.[7]

Reception[edit]

Miles Somerville of 9to5Mac found the tablet to be a good value proposition at its price point.[8][9] He described it as having a nearly identical appearance to its predecessor, but with improved battery life, enhanced performance owing to the upgrade from the A10 Fusion to the A12 Bionic, and better screen sensitivity for Apple Pencil use, while continuing the poor implementation of Pencil charging on a perpendicular direction from the tablet's Lightning port.[8][9] He found it sufficient for basic activities, gaming, everyday content consumption, and general multitasking, although not measuring up to the 2020 iPad Pro or the simultaneously released fourth generation iPad Air, in part due to its display that supports only a 60 Hz refresh rate instead of 120 Hz.[8][9] He especially faulted Apple's choice of keeping a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front of the tablet, which could be a strong negative factor for an intended audience of students, who might plan to use the device for teleconference classes over platforms such as Zoom.[8][9]

Scott Stein of CNET rated the tablet 8.1 out of 10.[10] Stein commended it for its faster processing that handled iPadOS better than previous models, better support for Apple Pencil and keyboard cases, and a faster charger included in the box.[10] He faulted it for the large bezels that lead to a cramped feel of its screen during multitasking with two apps open, lack of support for the second generation Apple Pencil and newer Magic Keyboard cases, the outdated 720p camera that does not function well in landscape mode teleconferencing because of placement, the display limited to a 60 Hz refresh rate and lacking True Tone color temperature auto-adjustment, and the insufficient 32 gigabytes of storage for the entry-level model.[10]

David Price of Macworld UK echoed many of the other critiques while noting that this model of iPad would find an audience among average consumers who had not upgraded their iPads in years.[11] He described the continuing design as "comfortably big enough" for typical content, with thoughtful touches, but a dated look because of the large bezels, and welcomed the ongoing inclusion of a headphone jack and rear-facing camera that sits flush with the tablet body.[11] He noted that the lack of screen lamination and consequent flex of the screen during touches could be noticeable to users of higher-end tablets, that the lack of flash on either rear or front camera would hinder low-light teleconferencing and FaceTime Video use, and that the included amount of RAM was low compared to other tablets.[11]

Timeline[edit]

iPad Pro (5th generation)iPad Pro (5th generation)iPad Pro (4th generation)iPad Pro (4th generation)iPad Pro (3rd generation)iPad Pro (3rd generation)iPad Pro (2nd generation)iPad Pro (2nd generation)iPad Pro (1st generation)iPad Pro (1st generation)iPad Mini (5th generation)iPad Mini 4iPad Mini 3iPad Mini 2iPad Mini (1st generation)iPad Air (4th generation)iPad Air (3rd generation)iPad Air 2iPad AiriPad (8th generation)iPad (7th generation)iPad (6th generation)iPad (5th generation)iPad (4th generation)iPad (3rd generation)iPad 2iPad (1st generation)
Source: Apple Newsroom Archive.[12]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 1 GB = 1 billion bytes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Compare iPad models". apple.com. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "iPad 10.2-inch". Apple. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  3. ^ "iPad (8th generation) - Technical specifications". support.apple.com. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  4. ^ "What did Apple Reveal during their September 2020 Keynote? We summarised". www.techlunar.com. Retrieved September 26, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Dieter Bohn (September 23, 2020). "The New 2020 iPad isn't enough for Zoom school". The Verge. Archived from the original on March 25, 2021. Retrieved May 29, 2021.
  6. ^ Tom Bedford (April 20, 2021). "iPadOS 14.5 release date, compatible iPads and every new feature on your tablet". Techradar. Archived from the original on April 30, 2021. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  7. ^ Julian Chokkattu (January 8, 2021). "The Best iPad Accessories". Wired. Archived from the original on January 24, 2021. Retrieved May 29, 2021.
  8. ^ a b c d Somerville, Miles (October 1, 2020). "iPad 8 (2020) Unboxing + Review: The best value iPad [Video]". 9to5Mac. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d Somerville, Miles (October 1, 2020). iPad 8 (2020) Unboxing + Review: the best value iPad! (YouTube). 9to5Mac. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  10. ^ a b c Stein, Scott (September 30, 2020). "Apple iPad (8th-gen, 2020) review: Still the one you should buy". Cnet. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  11. ^ a b c Price, David (September 30, 2020). "iPad 10.2in (2020) review". Macworld UK. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  12. ^ Apple Inc. (2010–2011). iPad News - Newsroom Archive. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
Preceded by
iPad (7th generation)
iPad (8th generation)
2020
Succeeded by
None; latest model