Apple is using updated chips to update its entry-level iPad. The eighth-generation tablet includes Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset, which the company said has twice the graphics performance of its previous entry-level iPad model’s A10 processor.
The way to switch to the A12 also means that Apple’s most affordable tablet will be equipped with a neural engine for the first time.
In addition to the new chipset, the tablet does not have many other new features. It still has a 10.2-inch display with plenty of bezels around the screen.
As before, it includes support for the company’s first-generation Apple Pencil. With the accompanying Smart Connector port, you can also combine your tablet with Apple’s Smart Keyboard.
The updated tablet starts at $329, which is the same price as the current model and will be available this Friday. Educational customers will be able to purchase tablets for $299.