Apple iPad (2020) review | What Hi-Fi?

It’s not frequently our reviewing procedure begins through sticking a post-it be aware onto a product, however labelling the Apple iPad 8th Generation is essential within the company of the older technology model.

The new iPad is nearly just like its predecessor – and now not just bodily. It has the similar 10.2in retina show, same 8MP rear and 1.2MP entrance digital camera array, and kind of the same specifications – 3GB RAM, 32GB and 128GB storage options, and a 10-hour battery life. Even the Silver, Gold and Space Grey finishes lift over.

There’s only one important spec distinction between the 2 tablets, and that’s the processor: the iPad 2020 is powered through the Apple A12 Bionic additionally discovered in the iPhone XS, 2019 iPad Air and fifth-generation iPad Mini. It’s not the newest Apple chip – that's the A14 Bionic discovered within the new iPad Air and most probably the iPhone 12 too – but, nonetheless, it promises to be 40 consistent with cent sooner than the Apple iPad 7th Generation and offer twice the graphics efficiency.

To be underwhelmed by means of the transition from the seventh to 8th era of iPad could be an comprehensible reaction, however this operational development is notable and the associated fee tag has in fact gone down – in the UK and Australia, a minimum of. Despite its apparently incremental evolution, this iPad continues to be at the most sensible of the tablet recreation.


The new iPad is in truth a few grams heavier than the 7th generation model, but in a different way the 25cm by 17cm slate is simply as classy, its 7.5mm thickness and curved edges serving to it to be just as ergonomic.

The relocation of the Touch ID function to the highest edge within the new iPad Air and the shrinking of its bezels has us wishing the usual iPad had adopted suit. But whilst its bezels are more prominent, the 8th gen fashion retains the vintage iPad look, entire with the acquainted Home button with its correct Touch ID free up scanner.

Apple iPad (2020) tech specs

Storage 32GB or 128GB


Screen 10.2in

Finishes 3

Camera 8MP/1.2MP

Dimensions (hwd) 25 x 17.4 x 0.75cm

Weight 490g

The most sensible bezel also comprises the 1.2MP entrance ‘selfie’ digital camera, while the 8MP rear lens is tucked away in the top left nook of the back panel. It’s not going you’ll use the iPad’s pictures skills a lot – its main snapper captures perfectly superb footage and videos with decent ranges of brightness and color punch, but the effects will likely be softer than snaps taken via your phone. The front lens must in point of fact simply be for the benefit of video calls.

What every user is certain to have the benefit of, regardless that, is the upgraded processor, which isn't most effective super fast, but also feels future-proofed to deal with extra taxing apps and the simpler chips that can surely come along in the next few years.

In Apple’s latest devoted running gadget, iPadOS 14, widgets within the ‘Today View’ are actually portable and adjustable in size. Smart Stacks comes in handy to combine a couple of widgets in a single position. While those widgets will also be pinned to the home display screen with iOS 14 on iPhone, they can simplest have a presence on an iPad’s home display in panorama mode (after activating it within the ‘Home Screen & Dock’ settings).

Sidebars were redesigned too, and Siri and incoming call notifications have been minimised from their previous screen-hogging presence to be much less disruptive. Those who put money into the Pencil will benefit from one the update’s neatest features, Scribble, which will robotically convert handwriting to textual content.


Having jumped from 9.7in to 10.2in within the preceding transition, Apple has stored the display measurement the similar this time. The 10.2in screen is a good compromise between the iPad Mini’s 7.9in display and iPad Air’s 10.9in show, and is compatible with the Apple Keyboard and Apple Pencil for those taking a look to push the iPad to its ingenious, multi-tasking doable. The Smart Connector at the left-hand facet facilitates the attachment of the Keyboard, allowing the iPad to be used in panorama mode.

The high quality of the 2160 x 1620-pixel display hasn’t come on leaps and bounds, however it didn’t need to. A punchy yet natural color palette, sharply defined detail, and sleek smoothness all quantity to a lucid watch, whether we’re taking part in The Mandalorian season two trailer on YouTube or The Lion King reboot on Disney+. 

In the latter, the pridelands glance luscious, with colors compellingly (however now not inauthentically) saturated and elephant skin, tree bark and ostrich fur all finely etched. Thanks to a 500-nit peak brightness, presented within the previous-gen iPad, it stays watchable outdoor, too. 

There seems to be a touch more clarity on be offering – extra element in cave walls finds itself within the backdrop of the hyena’s lair, whilst spots of sunlight around Simba and Nala look reasonably more intense – however the differences are negligible. For watching movies and acting everyday duties, the iPad is ideal, then again the ones excited about drawing with the Pencil might wish to consider upgrading to the sharper, extra responsive Liquid Retina display in the pricier iPad Pros.


The tale is similar as we plug our Sennheiser Momentum M2 earbuds into the iPad’s 3.5mm headphone jack – yes, the iPad still has one. It retains the pleasant Apple sound – neutrally toned, detailed and dynamic – but adds an additional (modest) dose of readability.

Play Taylor Swift’s the 1 on Tidal and the ones opening piano chords and the masking beat sound without difficulty musical. Switch to the B&W PX wi-fi headphones and the plucked guitar strings in Radical Face’s Sunlight are tangible. There’s a presence to the anchoring bass rhythm, and his vocal comes throughout the center with self belief.

It’s a pity the audio system are still packed closely together at the iPad’s bottom edge, as there’s little stereo separation on be offering right here. Again, you’ll wish to splash out for the iPad Air to get a in point of fact involving soundstage in panorama mode.


Apple fans could be fairly perturbed via the modest development made here – the iPad 8th Generation’s developments received’t make owners of the former technology iPad rush out to upgrade.

However, they supply a welcome and reasonably priced alternative for any individual who's a couple of generations in the back of to catch up – those who don’t have the markedly progressed options brought in by way of the iPad 7th Generation, or get entry to to iPadOS 14, or someone whose price range doesn’t stretch as far as the iPad Air or iPad Pro.

The new iPad will not be significantly better this time round, nevertheless it’s nonetheless higher. And, due to its all-round excellence, it will get away with it.



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