Along with the new Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE, we were able to test for a few hours the new 8th generation iPad that stands up to the whole iPad family. A device that demonstrates everything Apple has learned with its tablet launched ten years ago and which materializes in this model. We must remember here that we are facing the brand’s entry team, the most affordable for its price and that renew a processor to go even further.
A12 Bionic chip to set you apart from the competition
The main novelty of the 8th generation iPad is the A12 Bionic chip. The same processor as the iPhone XS of 2018 and it now comes to the most affordable iPad on the apple. This model an improvement over the A10 Fusion of the previous generation in several points:
- 40% increase in processor performance.
- Graphics twice as fast.
- New 8-core neural motor.
This results in a significant performance improvement, especially to have for the first time on an iPad “input” with a neural engine. This translates into greater versatility for managing graphics. In the keynote itself, we’ve already seen how tools like Pixelmator can now work like a charm on a device like this. The first tests I did with Geekbench place it with these values:
It’s a change in performance that puts it on par with other devices with the A12 chip, update and prepare it so that we can use it in the usual applications that we may need, or even in those where we sometimes need a little more power.
From photographic or video editing, to augmented reality with occlusion of objects and people, including video games. This iPad promises to offer a more than satisfactory basic experience, which is enhanced by the compatibility of accessories such as Apple Pencil or 1st generation smart keyboard. Those devices that were once exclusive and defining to the iPad Pro are now also found on this iPad. I tried the latest version of Call of Duty pour iPad and the performance is practically perfect.
Call of Duty mobile image on the new 8th gen iPad
With iPadOS 14, the 8th generation iPad go further in terms of productivity, especially for the handwriting recognition and all the advantages offered by the new operating system services. Very soon, we will bring the full analysis of this new iPad which is not at all limited because it is a “basic” model.
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