Eighth-generation iPad will be powered by A12 chip, claims leak

According to the anonymous L0vetodream Twitter account, Apple will release a new entry-level iPad this year, which will be powered by A12 chip. The current seventh-generation 10.2-inch tablet is the cheapest model in the iPad product line-up, retailing for $329, so the new eight-generation will likely debut for the same price.

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Although the current cheapest Apple tablet lacks the processor performance, display, and design of the high-end Pro models, it is still very popular, especially among students and educationalists alike. Despits its aging processor, it is still faster than many Intel-based PCs in the market. However, the A12 Chip could improve the device’s performance further and add more value to it.

This is not the first time that this anonymous twitter account has speculated on the new 2020 iPad with A12 chip. In March, the same account shared a list of Apple’s upcoming products and the new 2020 iPad was amongst them.

A recently published report by renowned tech analyst, Ming- Chi Kuo corroborates @L0vetodream account’s claim. Kuo stated that Apple will release a 10.8 inch iPad in 2021. Collectively, we know of the existence, size, display tech, processor, and possible release time frame of the upcoming tablet. Other details are yet to be leaked regarding design. Both sources have decent track records with regards to Apple products.

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A12 Bionic Chip

The leaks speculate an alleged major processor update in the upcoming Apple tablet. A12 Bionic chip based 64- bit ARM artchitecure, is completely designed by Apple. Running on dual cores, it delivers fast performance and consumes less energy to give longer battery life. Currently it is used in 2019 iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone XS, XS Max and XR series.

Seventh-generation iPad

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The current 10.2 inch iPad supports first generation Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. Available in gold, space gray and silver, it has two storage variants: 32GB and 128GB. The iPad is powered by an A10 chip, the same the sixth generation iPad. If the leak turns out to be true, then A12 Bionic will be a big upgrade for the low-costing tablet.

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