Ap­ple’s new 2020 iPad up­grades the pro­ces­sor and noth­ing else

The good news is that the price is the same. The bad news is that so is nearly ev­ery­thing else.

iPad&iPhone user - - CONTENTS - Ja­son Cross re­ports

If you’re fa­mil­iar with Ap­ple’s pop­u­lar and eco­nom­i­cal 7th-gen­er­a­tion iPad (in­tro­duced about a year ago), you al­ready know what to ex­pect from the 8th-gen­er­a­tion model. As the new base-model iPad, the 8th-gen iPad is es­sen­tially just the 7th-gen model with an up­graded pro­ces­sor. The 7th-gen model had an A10 pro­ces­sor, which of­fered very good per­for­mance for the

price. The newly up­dated model fea­tures an A12, which is a big up­grade. First in­tro­duced in the iPhone XS, the A12 is much faster than the A10. Ap­ple says it of­fers 40 per cent faster CPU per­for­mance and dou­ble the graph­ics per­for­mance.

Look­ing at our per­for­mance bench­marks (fave.co/3izHXOp) of the iPhone XS (fea­tur­ing the A12) and com­par­ing it with the iPhone 7 Plus (which fea­tures the A10), those fig­ures seem about right.

Ap­ple doesn’t say the new iPad will have longer bat­tery life, but we found the A12 to be much more pow­er­ef­fi­cient than the A10. Given that the new iPad has the same 32.4Wh bat­tery, it wouldn’t be sur­pris­ing to see it last quite a bit longer on a sin­gle charge.

Out­side of the pro­ces­sor up­grade, ev­ery­thing about this year’s iPad is the same as the pre­vi­ous model. It has the same de­sign and di­men­sions, the same dis­play, the same cam­eras (8MP f/2.4 on the rear, 1.2Mp f/2.4 on the front), speak­ers, mi­cro­phones, home but­ton, and smart con­nec­tor.

For­tu­nately, it also has the same price. At £329 for 32GB or £429 for 128GB, with cel­lu­lar mod­els cost­ing £130 more, the iPad re­mains a fan­tas­tic value. As much as we would like Ap­ple to unify the iPad line around a com­mon set of con­nec­tors and Ap­ple Pen­cil com­pat­i­bil­ity (hav­ing two Pen­cils on the mar­ket with the same name and dif­fer­ent com­pat­i­bil­ity is not a great user ex­pe­ri­ence), there’s no deny­ing that you’re not go­ing to find a bet­ter tablet on the mar­ket at this price.

The 8th-gen­er­a­tion iPad sup­ports all the ac­ces­sories as the cur­rent base model iPads.

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