The 8th-generation iPad brings a lot of upgrades

Already available for orders



Whereas the new iPad Air touts the more powerful A14 Bionic chip, Apple is also bolstering its entry iPad through a much-needed upgrade. Though its slimmer sibling took the spotlight, there’s a lot to love about the 8th-generation iPad.

A12 under the hood

With the powerful A12 Bionic chip, the new iPad boasts up to 40 percent faster CPU performance and with twice as much graphics capabilities. In this iteration, Apple is bringing its machine-learning Neural Engine system to the iPad for the first time.

Strengthened by iPadOS 14

Starting September 16, Apple is rolling out the upcoming iPadOS 14 to compatible devices including the new iPad. Among other things, the update will ease functionalities between the iPad and the Apple Pencil. Bolstered by the new Neural Engine, users can now accurately transcribe their handwriting into typed text in no time at all.

Further, the new iPad will have updated, cleaner designs for several functions including FaceTime, Siri, Search, Photos, and Files. The update also redesigns widgets for a more seamless home screen.

A greener iPad

In 2030, Apple hopes to become carbon neutral, marking a vital green goal for the tech maker. In line with that, the new iPad uses 100 percent recycle aluminum and 100 percent recycled tin. It also remains free from harmful chemicals and uses wood fiber for its packaging.

Pricing and availability

The 8th-generation iPad is already up for preorders starting today. Apple will ship the units beginning Friday, September 18. The iPad will retail for as low as US$ 329.

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With Apple’s recent event (excluding the new iPhone 12 series), they revealed us not one, but two iPads in a row.

Other than the refreshed iPad 8th-Generation, Apple also unveiled an updated iPad Air with a newer design, similar to the design cues of the newer generation of iPad Pro. The delay of the iPhone 12 might have forced Apple to show the A14 Bionic first on an iPad. While it carries the latest chipset, the new iPad Air, in no doubt, comes with several cuts to make it cheaper than its premium sibling.

Are you having a hard time picking between them? Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

Just head over here to watch our Apple 2020 iPad Air vs 2020 iPad Pro buyer’s guide.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Review: Ahead of Its Time!

Experience the future for $1999



The first Galaxy Fold may have encountered several issues, but this year’s Fold is all about polishing and revamping things.

With a more durable hinge mechanism, maximized screen, improved materials, better cameras, and the fastest internals around, the Galaxy Z Fold2 is an impressive engineering feat.

$1999 isn’t cheap, but this device is meant for those who want to experience the future in their hands today.

Head over to our in-depth Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 review here.

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Apple Event September 2020: new iPads, Apple Watch SE, A14 Bionic, and more

iPhone 12 announcement coming real soon



The annual Apple Event in September isn’t like the usual as we don’t have the new iPhone 12 series today. Instead, Apple unveils not just one, but two iPads — and even twice the number of Apple Watch models.

There’s a refreshed iPad 8th-Generation, as well as the redesigned iPad Air that houses the power-packed A14 Bionic chipset — that will also be in the upcoming iPhone 12 models. Other than that, there’s the newly-updated Watch Series 6 that can now measure blood oxygen levels. There’s even an the Apple Watch SE for the whole family.

Of course, there are other announcements talking about Apple’s services. You can watch more about that in our Apple event highlights video right here.

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