Apple introduces the eighth-generation iPad, featuring the powerful A12 Bionic chip that brings the Neural Engine to the entry iPad for the first time.
The eighth-generation iPad with the A12 Bionic chip delivers a huge leap in performance, with 40 per cent faster CPU performance and twice the graphics capability. For the first time on iPad, A12 Bionic introduces the Neural Engine for next-level machine learning capabilities, including people occlusion and motion tracking in augmented reality (AR) apps, enhanced photo editing, Siri performance, and more.
In combination with A12 Bionic, the power of iPadOS, and Apple Pencil (1st generation), the new iPad is perfect for drawing, note-taking, marking up documents, and more. With its thin and light design, iPad is portable and durable with ultra-fast wireless performance, support for gigabit-class LTE connectivity, and all-day battery life, giving customers the freedom to work, learn, and connect at home or on the go.
With Touch ID, unlocking iPad is simple and secure using just a finger, to keep important information safe.
Distinct iPad Experience with iPadOS 14
iPadOS 14 is available beginning 17 September, for all supported iPad models including the new eighth-generation iPad.
iPadOS 14 further integrates Apple Pencil into the iPad experience for better note-taking capabilities and new ways to work with handwritten notes. When taking notes on iPad, Smart Selection uses on-device machine learning to distinguish handwriting from drawings, so handwritten text can easily be selected, cut, and pasted into another document as typed text using the same familiar gestures. Shape recognition allows users to draw shapes that are made geometrically perfect and snap right into place when adding diagrams and illustrations in Notes.
Data detectors work seamlessly with handwritten text, recognising phone numbers, dates, addresses, and links making it easy for users to perform actions like tapping a handwritten number to make a call.
iPadOS 14 also brings Scribble to iPad, allowing Apple Pencil users to handwrite directly in any text field, making actions like replying to a quick iMessage or searching in Safari fast and easy — all without ever needing to put Apple Pencil away. Scribble uses on-device machine learning to convert handwriting into typed text in real-time, so writing is always kept private and secure.
iPadOS 14 makes the iPad experience even more distinctive and powerful in other ways, including:
- All-new compact designs for incoming FaceTime and phone calls, Siri interactions, and Search to help users stay focused on the task at hand.
- Universal Search to quickly find practically anything, from locating and launching apps, to accessing contacts, files, and information, to getting answers to common questions about people or places.
- New sidebars for many apps including Photos and Files, and streamlined toolbars that consolidate controls into a single place, making them more useful than ever.
- Beautifully redesigned widgets that present timely information at a glance right on the Home Screen.
Pricing and Availability
The new iPad (8th generation) is available to order starting today here and in the Apple Store app in more than 25 countries and regions, including the US. iPad will be available beginning 18 September with a starting price of S$499 for the Wi-Fi model and S$699 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model and comes in silver, space grey, and gold finishes in 32GB and 128GB configurations.
iPadOS 14 ships for free with the new eighth-generation iPad and new iPad Air and will be available as a free software update 17 September for all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later.
Apple Pencil (1st generation), available for purchase separately, is compatible with iPad (8th generation) for S$138.
Smart Keyboard for iPad is available for purchase separately for S$239 with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
Smart Covers for iPad are available for S$75 in black, white, and three new seasonal colours including deep navy, cyprus green, and pink citrus.
Apple One is the easiest way to get all Apple subscription services at a great value, so customers can choose the one plan that is right for them or their whole family. Customers can sign up for Apple One starting this fall.
For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Mac, or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free.
Customers looking for convenient, contactless service are able to find many of the same shopping and support services from apple.com/sg. In-store pickup is also available. Customers are encouraged to check here for more information on the health and safety measures in place, and the services available at their local store.
When customers buy online from Apple, they can make iPad their own with free engraving. They can also extend their limited warranty with AppleCare+ and get 24/7 priority access to technical support.
Every customer who buys iPad from Apple can enjoy a free Online Personal Session with an Apple Specialist to help them explore and discover all the amazing things they can do with their new iPad.
Education pricing for individuals, including current and newly accepted college students and their parents, as well as faculty, staff, and homeschool teachers of all grade levels is available for S$469 for iPad (8th generation). The first-generation Apple Pencil is also available for S$125 and Smart Keyboard for S$225. For more information, visit here.
Most Environmentally Friendly, Most Advanced iPad Lineup Ever
The new eighth-generation iPad is designed to be environmentally friendly and supports Apple’s plan to become carbon neutral by 2030. iPad uses a 100 per cent recycled aluminium enclosure and 100 per cent recycled tin for the solder on its main logic board, remains free of harmful substances, is highly energy-efficient, and uses wood fibre packaging that is recycled or comes from responsibly managed forests.
The new eighth-generation iPad joins the new iPad Air, the powerful iPad Pro, and iPad mini to form the most advanced iPad lineup ever. With support for Apple Pencil, best-in-class performance, advanced displays, and all-day battery life, whether customers prioritise portability, power, or price, there’s an iPad for everyone.
Learn more about the iPad family here.