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Some devices are easy to review. Like this 8th-generation iPad, launched recently in India with a starting price of Rs 29,900. And the reason is simple. It is best in its class, it does everything it promises to do, it is very useful in this Stay-At-Home world, and by now is such a familiar product that there are no surprises, neither pleasant nor nasty. The new iPad, with its 10.2-inch screen, is a good enough tablet. But the sorry state of its competitors, which are Android tablets, means that it is an easy recommendation. If you are looking to buy a good tablet, and don’t mind paying Rs 29,900, just get the iPad.
How about the new iPad compared to the iPad 7th-generation? Well, in that case, it depends on the price. If you are getting the previous iPad for some Rs 6,000 less, go for it. There is little difference between the two tablets, except the faster A12 Bionic in the new iPad. But for all practical purposes, both are fast tablets.
Now that this important stuff is out, let’s talk about the 8th-generation iPad.
New iPad: What is different
Apple last year gave the basic iPad a bigger screen. It gained a 10.2-inch screen with a resolution of 2160 x 1620 pixels. The same screen makes an appearance in the new iPad. There is no change. It is still the Retina display and it is similarly good.
Then there are other key areas. The size is the same. The weight is similar at 490 grams compared to 483 grams for the previous iPad. The design is the same, complete with a plastic strip on top to help in network performance. The 8-megapixel rear camera is the same and sits flush with the sleek aluminum body of the tablet. Talking of the aluminum body and design, that too is the same. Same brushed metal and rounded edges. The 1.2-megapixel front camera is the same. There are stereo speakers. Same. There is the Touch ID, through that familiar round button below the screen.
So what has changed? The big change is the A12 Bionic processor instead of A10 Bionic in the previous iPad. The A12 is up to 40 per cent faster, though it won’t matter right now. It will matter two or three years from now when Apple will be deciding which iPad to support with its latest iPad OS.