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2020 iPad 8th-Gen. Uses Upgraded A12 Bionic Chip With More Keyboard Compatibility Options

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Half of Apple's Time Flies event focused on the new iPad models, specifically the 2020 eighth-generation iPad.

The new iPad features major upgrades from its predecessor that was previously released last September 2019. Available on Friday, September 18, 2020, the new iPad eighth-generation gives users access to the new Bionic chip with Neural Engine for faster processing speeds starting from $329.

In case you missed the details on the eighth-generation iPad during Apple's event, we took note of the important features that affect your purchase.


The Upgraded A12 Bionic iPad 8th-Gen.Processor

The previous seventh-generation iPad version utilized the A10 Fusion chip to support all your tasks. Now, the 2020 eighth-generation iPad uses the new A12 Bionic chip to introduce for the first time the power of the Neural Engine to the iPad.

The A12 Bionic chip performs 40% faster with 2x the graphics quality. This means you see all the details in every image, video game, and video you watch on the new iPad.

If you're unsure about how much faster the A12 Bionic chip is, Apple says the new iPad speed is 2x faster than the top-selling Windows laptop, 3x faster than the top-selling Android tablet, and 6x faster than the top-selling Chromebook.

By comparison, Apple has outdone itself with the iPad, but there's more.


On the same 10.2-inch size as the previous iPad model, the new 2020 iPad 8th-gen. showcases the Neural Engine. The Neural Engine, as Apple describes it, is a machine learning technology that supports functions on your iPad device at 5 trillion operations per second.


If you're not impressed with that, Apple added more accessory compatibilities to the iPad to enhance your experience. The new iPad works with a full Smart Keyboard, Logitech Keyboards, and Apple Pencil with support to the pressure sensitivity and tilt features provided by the pencil.

Lastly, we can't enjoy all these features without a reliable battery and Retina display. The battery life is said to last 10 hours.

Integrated iPadOS 14 for an Unforgettable iPad Experience

As mentioned in the previous section, the Apple Pencil is one of many major accessories for iPad users. With the iPadOS 14, you can use Scribble on your iPad to handwrite any notes and doodles to your work.

The amazing benefit you will love is the smart technology Scribble has to detect your handwriting to transform it into text. Don't worry, it will keep your messages secure and private.


Other updates to look forward to on your iPad are the universal search option, additional sidebars for quick access, remodeled widgets on the Home Screen, and an additional focus feature for incoming phone and FaceTime calls and interactions with Siri.


If you missed the live Apple Event, you can still watch it here:

Products Covered

allapplenews-product-iPad mini
iPad mini
Release Date
November 2012


• 64GB / 256GB
• 7.9" LED‑Backlit Multi‑Touch Display
• A12 Bionic Chip with 64‑Bit Architecture
• 8-Megapixel Camera
• Up to 10 Hours of Video Playback


Don't be fooled by its size; the iPad mini is a powerful device. Designed to be as compact as possible, the iPad mini can fit comfortably in any bag. But it's also powered by the A12 chip, so it can run excellent graphics on its Retina HD display. Combining maximum convenience with quality, the iPad mini is a great device for anyone.

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