Apple launches 8th generation iPad with A12 Bionic chip for $329

Apple Ipad 8th Gen W Keyboard
Apple Ipad 8th Gen W Keyboard (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple has launched a new eighth-generation iPad.
  • The new iPad features the A12 Bionic chip.
  • It retails for $329 and preorders begin today.

After finishing up with services at its September event, Apple launched a new, eighth-generation iPad.

The new iPad features an A12 Bionic chip, a 40% faster CPU, and 2X faster graphics performance than its predecessor. The new chip brings features like the Neural Engine, which can muster 5 trillion calculations per second, to the iPad for the first time.

According to Apple, the A12 Bionix will make the iPad two times faster than the top-selling Windows laptop, three times faster than the top-selling Android tablet, and six times faster than the top-selling Chromebook.

The new iPad, just like the seventh generation, supports the first-generation Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard.

Apple notes that 53% of iPad customers are new to the iPad, so the company is obviously packing the new iPad with even more power so that you can hold on to your iPad for longer.

Ipad 8th Gen Apple Event

Ipad 8th Gen Apple Event (Image credit: Apple)

The eighth-generation iPad, just like the seventh-generation, will cost $329 for consumers and $299 for those who can enjoy the Education discount. You can preorder today with a release on Friday.

For everything you need to know about Apple's new iPad, check out our full guide.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.