In addition to new Apple Watches and Apple One, Apple today also announced two new iPads, a new 10.2-inch iPad and a new iPad Air, the latter of which resembles iPad Pro and uses a USB-C connection instead of Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector.
“I love my iPad because it’s such a versatile device,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said during a virtual announcement event. “[And] this is a big year for iPad.”
First up is the “full-sized” iPad, or 10.2-inch iPad, which Apple described as its most popular iPad. The form factor isn’t changing—it still features huge bezels and uses a Lightning connector—but it’s being updated internally with an A12 Bionic chipset that is 40 percent faster than its predecessor with 2x graphics performance. The new 8th-generation iPad starts at $329 and will be available this Friday.
The new iPad Air has been completely redesigned as noted above and comes in several fun new colors. It’s powered by the A14 Bionic chipset, which utilizes a 5-nanometer manufacturing process, has improved front and rear cameras, and stereo speakers. It starts at $599 and is available next month.