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THE EIGHTH GEN­ER­A­TION IPAD FROM AP­PLE

Bristol Post - - TECH NOW -

IN SOME ways this new iPad from Ap­ple rep­re­sents the per­fect form of the orig­i­nal – just vastly su­pe­rior in ev­ery way – thin­ner, lighter, faster, more ca­pa­ble, and a lot cheaper.

The gen­eral idea is the same – a sim­ple touch-screen can­vas with straight­for­ward soft­ware.

This iPad re­tains the look and form of its pre­de­ces­sor – there’s a Home but­ton and sup­port only for the older first gen­er­a­tion Ap­ple Pen­cil. It might be the last of its breed – but if it is, what a way to go.

With a start­ing price of £329 for the 32GB wi-fi ver­sion (£100 more gets you 128GB), you get a whole load of com­put­ing.

The only ma­jor dif­fer­ence be­tween this and one it re­places is its pro­ces­sor. We have moved from the A10 to the A12 Bionic (found in the iPhone XS and XR and last year’s iPad Air) bring­ing real power and speed.

Photo edit­ing app Pix­el­ma­tor Photo is avail­able for it, and the new­est ver­sion can make amaz­ing im­prove­ments to im­age res­o­lu­tion. The fea­ture took the lat­est iPad Pro around a minute to im­prove an im­age from my iPhone 11. The iPad did it in 90secs. The Pro costs at least £769. I hope you get my point.

At least half the story is the new op­er­at­ing sys­tem – iPadOS 14. The big im­prove­ments re­volve around the Ap­ple Pen­cil (£89) which is fast be­com­ing a must-have ac­ces­sory.

iPadOS 14 up­grades the way the sys­tem han­dles writ­ten text – any text field (like your browser’s search field) can be writ­ten into with the pen­cil and it con­verts your hand­writ­ing to text.

In the Notes app you can se­lect and copy hand­writ­ten words as if they were typed, and even drop it into other doc­u­ments as text.

There is still sup­port for the Smart Key­board cover, which comes in at £159… and is well worth it if you write a lot.

So there you have it – a “real com­puter” that can do al­most ev­ery­thing a lap­top can, and a whole lot it can’t. At £329 it’s a bar­gain – 90% of the com­puter 90% of peo­ple will ever need.

Find out more at ap­ple.com/ ipad-10.2

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