New 10.2-inch iPad bumps up to faster A12 chip for same $329 price

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New 2020 iPad
The same great iPad, only faster.
Photo: Apple

Apple’s entry-level iPad, unveiled Tuesday during the “Time Flies” event, is better than ever with a faster processor and graphics, and gigabit-class LTE. It’s also just as affordable as its predecessor.

Order yours today ahead of its release this Friday for just $329 (or $299 if you’re a student).

With every iPad update, Apple makes its cheapest tablet even more compelling — and gives the budget-conscious greater reasons to part with their cash. That continues with the eighth-generation model.

Apple hasn’t made vast changes this time around, but it has taken steps to ensure iPad continues to be a great buy in late 2020.

iPad offers even more for $329

The new model packs an A12 Bionic chip with a six-core CPU that makes it 2X as fast as the best-selling Windows laptop, and 6X as fast as the most popular Chromebook, Apple says. It also features a four-core GPU that offers 2X faster graphics performance over the A10 in the previous 10.2-inch iPad, and gigabit-class LTE for snappier browsing on the go.

Other features include Apple Pencil support, a Smart Connector that lets you connect a Smart Keyboard, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.

New 2020 iPad colors
Available in silver, space gray, and gold.
Photo: Apple

“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.”

Order yours today

The new iPad is available to order today ahead of its official release on Friday, September 18. Prices start at $329 (or $299 for students) for a 32GB model, or $429 for a 128GB model. Cellular options are also available, starting at $459.