New Delhi | Jagran Technology Desk: Apple has launched the eighth-generation of its basic iPad with an upgraded processor and an A12 chipset. The highly-anticipated 8th generation Apple iPad was launched during Apple's September event named 'Time Flies'. Apple has priced its new 8th generation entry-level iPad at USD 329. Students will get the new iPad for a discounted USD 299.

This is the first time Apple has brought the "Neural Engine" processing to its entry-level iPad. The new iPad, one the Apple's cheapest, also promises twice the graphics performance. Also, the new iPad will be compatible with the first-gen Apple Pencil.

The new 8th generation Apple iPad will run iPadOS 14 and offers new Apple Pencil features like hand-written text input. The updated iPad will have a Lightning port instead of the USB-C port used by the new iPad Air announced at the same event.

The iPad also has a Touch ID home button. The new iPad will be available in three colour variants - space gray, silver, and gold colors - and two storage variants - 32GB and 128GB. The device will also support an LTE configuration, but the model with this feature will cost USD 459. Preorders for the new eighth-generation iPad start today (September 15), but the shipping will start from September 18.

The new iPad (8th generation) will have a starting price in India of Rs 29,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 41,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model in 32GB and 128GB configurations. The device will be compatible with Apple Pencil (1st generation) priced at Rs 8,500 and the Smart Keyboard priced Rs 13,900. Smart covers for iPad can be purchased at Rs 4,500.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma