Presented together with the iPad Air , the iPad 8 (2020) replaces the iPad 7 (2019) in the catalog. Marketed from 389 euros , it now embodies the entry level of Apple tablets with all that that implies.
Roughly speaking, the iPad 8 is an iPad 7 with a more powerful A12 Bionic chip, and that's it. Not enough to jump to the ceiling, but enough to introduce the wonderful world of the iPad to young users (high school students, students) or neophytes, the main targets of this product. By the way, Apple may recycle for an additional year components and materials that are starting to age but are still relevant to the intended audience. At least on paper. What about in use? Here is my opinion after several days of testing.
Price and release date of the iPad 8 (2020)
The iPad 8 is available at a price of 389 euros in its WiFi / 32 GB version. Allow 489 euros to extend the storage to 128 GB, 529 euros for the WiFi + Cellular model with 32 GB and 629 euros for the most premium version ( 128 GB + WiFi + Cellular). All models are available in three colors: space gray (my test model), silver or gold.
No big change therefore compared to the previous model except for a attractive price, particularly for high school and / or students. Note that the iPad 8 is compatible with the 1st generation Apple Pencil (99 euros) as well as the Smart Keyboard (179 euros). Count 667 euros for the complete kit iPad 8 + Apple Pencil + Smart Keyboard.
Design and screen unchanged
No need to beat around the bush: in terms of design, the 2020 iPad version is identical to that of 2019 in all respects. Same dimensions (250.6 x 174.1 x 7.5 mm), same weight (490 g for the WiFi model, 495 g for the WiFi + Cellular), same materials, same lines, Apple keeps all the codes of what an iPad is.
The 10.2-inch screen is surrounded by wide s, the drive d Touch ID fingerprints are still there, the Smart Connector on the left side too. The different physical buttons haven't changed places either, and charging still goes through a Lightning port surrounded by two stereo speakers. On the back, Apple retains a single 8 Mpx photo sensor (lens aperture f / 2.4) as well as a 3.5 mm jack on the upper .
Nothing looks more like an iPad than the iPad 8 (2020). Apple is making its production chains profitable, which allows it to market a tablet at a more affordable price. That is. This design has nevertheless taken a bit of age.
Performance: fully on the A12
The only novelty of this 8th generation, the A12 Bionic chip gives the iPad a real boost . Integrated for the first time in the iPhone Xr, XS and XS Max, it is no longer very young. Nevertheless, it marks a real leap forward compared to the A10 of the iPad 7 and ensures better longevity of the product. The A12 Bionic is expected to enable the iPad8 to accommodate iPadOS updates for a few years, a huge plus for a tablet at this price.
The iPad 8 logically gains in fluidity and speed of execution. You can even turn it into a graphic creation tool from time to time. Please note, the iPad Pro is still more recommended for this type of use, but if necessary the iPad 8 can provide the essentials.
Amateur photographers can also gain comfort in photo editing provided, of course, to use the Apple Pencil, very precise. Finally, the most demanding 3D games from the App Store or the Apple Arcade service run smoothly. In short, this boost in power breathes new life into the iPad.
Battery life and recharging
No changes either on this criterion , Apple always promises 10 hours of battery life (9 hours with the WiFi + Cel modellular) is roughly a day of versatile use. Would the A12 Bionic chip have unsuspected resources? May be. Still, the iPad 8 (2020) proved to be much more enduring than advertised during my test. I easily spent the day of versatile use (productivity, web browsing, social networks, photo editing, office automation and a few videos) and even reached the day and a half.
These good impressions are reinforced by the adoption of a new USB-C / Lightning charger ( the same as that of the iPhone 11 ) compatible with fast charging 18 W. Enough to accelerate (a little) the charging time too long on the previous version. Apple doesn't work a miracle either: allow almost 3 hours for a full charge.
My opinion on the iPad 8 (2020)
The iPad 8 (2020) is therefore only a small update of the iPad 7 launched in the year oflast. Also, it seems to me not advisable to go for this model if you have the previous version. But as they say "the best soup is made in the old pots." And Apple seems to have a good handle on its recipe. The new kid brings a breath of fresh air thanks to the integration of the A12 Bionic.
More powerful, more fluid, the iPad 8 (2020) will undoubtedly be a product that lasts. Versatile, durable and definitely pleasant to use, it especially integrates iPadOS, more ergonomic than ever. For all these reasons and despite an aging design, it perfectly meets the needs of its target (students, high school students or even college students). The iPad 8 will also appeal to those looking for an efficient tablet, going straight to the point.