With the Apple press event now behind us we can look forward to some awesome new products making their way to us here in New Zealand. The first of these are looking to be the new iPads, specifically the new 8th gen iPad10.2” and iPad Air 10.9” versions!
Via Apple: The new eighth-generation iPad is designed to be environmentally friendly and supports Apple’s plan to become carbon neutral by 2030. iPad uses a 100 percent recycled aluminum enclosure and 100 percent recycled tin for the solder on its main logic board, remains free of harmful substances, is highly energy efficient, and uses wood fiber packaging that is recycled or comes from responsibly managed forests.
The eighth-generation version of their 10.2” iPad tablet upgrades the processor to the faster A12 Bionic chip, while adding support for a new Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard.
The use of the premium A12 Bionic chip brings with it a large speed upgrade, with upto 2x the graphics performance of previous models, making it particularly good for gaming (I sure hope the sort our that Fortnite debacle!). With Bluetooth we can pair our compatible Xbox or PlayStation controllers with the iPad turning it into a very portable game console.
“We’re excited to offer customers an even faster and more powerful experience with the eighth-generation iPad,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With its beautiful 10.2-inch Retina display, the performance boost from the A12 Bionic, great cameras, and so much more, the new iPad is an incredible value at a time when, more than ever, our customers need powerful and versatile ways to work, play, learn, and connect with loved ones.”
If you’ve already got some Apple accessories for the current iPad 10.2” model worry not, Apple assures us that the new model fits into existing cases, including the popular Logitech keyboard folios, and with the new 8th Gen iPad 10.2” still using the lightning plug our existing charge cables will likely be good to keep on going as spares to the kept in the car or office.
These new iPad 10.2” models also come with iPadOS 14 for an improved user experience, giving new features that take advantage of the unique capabilities of iPad, its large Multi-Touch display, and accessories such as that new pen.
iPadOS 14 further integrates Apple Pencil into the iPad experience for better note-taking capabilities and new ways to work with handwritten notes. When taking notes on iPad, Smart Selection uses on-device machine learning to distinguish handwriting from drawings, so handwritten text can easily be selected, cut, and pasted into another document as typed text using the same familiar gestures. Shape recognition allows users to draw shapes that are made geometrically perfect and snap right into place when adding diagrams and illustrations in Notes. Data detectors work seamlessly with handwritten text, recognizing phone numbers, dates, addresses, and links, making it easy for users to perform actions like tapping a handwritten number to make a call.
There is another updated model for the iPad Air also, these new versions offer quite the upgrade and use the new USB Type-C connector. The new all-screen design features a larger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display for a beautiful visual experience, with 3.8 million pixels and advanced technologies, including full lamination, P3 wide color support, True Tone, and an anti-reflective coating for an amazing visual experience.
To allow the display to extend on all sides, a next-generation Touch ID sensor is integrated into the top button, providing the same fast, easy, and secure way to unlock iPad Air, log in to apps, or use Apple Pay that customers know and love. iPad Air is compatible with Magic Keyboard and its floating design, and built-in trackpad, Smart Keyboard Folio, and new Smart Folio covers, as well as the Apple Pencil.
The new iPad 10.2 will be available soon in 32GB and 128GB configurations, colours available will be space gray, silver, and gold.
The new iPad Air set to be available in 64GB and 256GB, and colours for this one are looking to be space gray, silver, rose gold, green and sky blue!
All the new models are being added to the Apple Store right now, and the iPad 10.2" will be available for order in the next couple of days, with stocks for the new iPad Air 10.9" expected to land early October, we’ll add some quick links as soon as they go live!