The New iPad (8th Gen) Price, Release Date, Specs, and News

Here's what you need to know about the iPad 2020

Image of an open 8th gen iPad with apps on the screen.

The 8th Gen iPad is Apple's newest iteration in its trusted 'basic' product line. This entry-level version upgrades on previous versions with a 40% faster CPU, a faster charger, and double the graphics capabilities.

When is the New iPad Being Released?

Apple released the iPad 10.2 on September 18, 2020. It's available at to buy directly from Apple plus local retailers like Best Buy and Walmart.

How Much is the New iPad?

Like its predecessors, the 8th gen iPad is easy on the budget. It sells for $329 for the 32GB version and $429 for the 128GB version. Engraving can be added free of charge if you order directly from Apple.

What's in the Box?

You'll get three things in the box: The iPad, a USB-C to Lightning cable, and a 20W USB-C power adapter.

The Latest News about the 8th Gen iPad

You can get all the latest news about computers, laptops & tablets from Lifewire; here are more ways to learn about the iPad.

8th Gen iPad Features

This basic iPad shares a variety of features with other versions in the line, such as compatibility with a trackpad or mouse, the (first generation) Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard (not the newer Magic Keyboard), but there are some key differences to separate it from the pack.

  • The charger has been upgraded to 20W for fast charging via the USB-C to Lightning cable.
  • This bad boy uses the powerful A12 Bionic chipset.
  • It comes with the iOS 14 update.
  • A one year Apple TV+ subscription.
  • Includes Scribble, so you can easily enter handwritten text across apps using Apple Pencil.

Plus, it's got all the goods an iPad should have: Digital writing and sketching as always, enough power to stream movies and music, the ability to pair with Xbox or PS4 wireless controllers, and front and back cameras so you can easily FaceTime or grab great pics. Combine it all with 10 hours of battery life inside a lightweight, 100 percent recycled aluminum case and you've got a capable gem of a tablet.

8th gen iPad showing files and storage with iOS 14

At a Glance: iPad Specs and Hardware

Apple gave the 8th Gen iPad a bit of a boost in some places to make it worth the upgrade. It comes with a one year manufacturer's warranty on parts and labor, too. Here's how it all breaks down.

8th Gen iPad Specs-at-a-Glance
Screen size 10.2 inches
Screen resolution 2160 x 1620
Display type LED
Screen type Retina display
Processor model A12 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture, Neural Engine
Processor brand Apple
Total Storage  32GB or 128GB
Operating System iPad OS
Battery type Lithium-polymer
Battery life 10 hours
Back Camera 8 MP, 1080p
Front Camera 1.2 megapixels, 720p
Security Fingerprint reader
Internet options Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Cellular
Compatible Wireless Wireless A, AC, B, G, N
Bluetooth Enabled, version 4.2
Headphone jack Yes
Color options Gold, Space Gray, or Silver
Voice Assistant Siri

At a Glance: iPad Software

All iPads have access to the App Store and more than a million apps. This iPad already includes the following software (and then some!):

  • App Store
  • Books
  • Calendar
  • Camera
  • Clock
  • Contacts
  • FaceTime
  • Files
  • Find My
  • Home
  • iTunes Store
  • Mail
  • Maps
  • Measure
  • Messages
  • Music
  • News
  • Notes
  • Photo Booth
  • Photos
  • Podcasts
  • Reminders
  • Safari
  • Siri
  • Stocks
  • Tips
  • TV
  • Voice Memos

iPad Accessories

The 8th gen iPad with a Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil next to it.
Apple 

If you're looking to add a little more to your new iPad, you can attach a full-size Smart Keyboard to it with no charging or pairing required.

The 8th gen does not come with the Apple Pencil, but you can easily add it to your iPad to convert it to an instant notepad, artistic canvas, or whatever else you can imagine. Remember, though, that it doesn’t work with the newer Apple Pencil, only the first generation.

It's also compatible with everyone's favorite headphones: Airpods. Head over to Apple to see all the rest of the accessories available.