In addition to taking the time out to announce new Apple Watches, Apple also used its special event to unveil new iPads. While we didn’t see a new iPad Pro, the two iPads we did see were impressive in their own rights. One is a refresh on the standard iPad, while the other bridges the gap between the iPad Air and iPad Pro. Both bring incredible processing updates to the iPad, and will no doubt prove to be sales goldmines when they release.
Let’s start with the 8th generation iPad.
The 8th gen iPad maintains the same frame and weight as its predecessor while adding power and functionality. So, for the first time in an entry-level iPad, users will get an Apple A12 Bionic processor and access to Apple’s Neural Engine. This means users will see a major bump in graphics and task processing, along with improved battery life. It’ll also retain compatibility with the 1st Generation Apple Pencil.
The iPad Air got an insane spec bump and was easily the most exciting announcement from Apple’s event. The new iPad Air gets a whole new redesign, gaining a bigger display, a faster processor, and camera improvements to boot. For starters, the new iPad Air will come with the Apple A14 Bionic processor on board. This allows the iPad Air to perform tasks like rendering full 3D graphics and editing 4K videos without any hesitation. Apple is also saying its A14 chip makes the iPad Air up to 40% faster than most PC laptops.
In addition to the bump in processing power, the new iPad Air is also gaining support for two of Apple’s coolest new accessories. Both the second-generation Apple Pencil and the newly released Magic Keyboard are both compatible with the new iPad Air. The Magic Keyboard is an exceptionally awesome add-on, as it brings laptop-like functionality to the iPad thanks to the included trackpad, and backlit keyboard. Apple also added a 12MP rear camera, a 7MP Facetime HD camera up front, and an embedded Touch ID sensor in the power button.
Users will also notice the new iPad Air also gains the gorgeous Liquid Retina display that the current iPad Pro utilizes, along with USB-C charging. The iPad Air will be available in five new colors (silver, space gray, rose gold, green, and sky blue), and will be available next month with a starting price of $599.99