Apple announced a number of new products at its 15 September Time Flies event, including an update to its 10.2in iPad from 2019.
The new 8th-gen iPad now comes packed a new A12 Bionic chip which promises better performance, twice the graphics power, and all the benefits of the Neural Engine (more on this below).
Perhaps the greatest news of all is that the new iPad will also be cheaper than last year’s model (hooray!).
The new iPad 2020 went on sale Friday 18 September over at Apple. Here we’re looking at all the retailers offering the new iPad 2020, pricing, and what makes the new iPad worth buying.
Where to buy the iPad 2020 (8th Gen.)
Apple began selling the iPad 2020 on 18 September along with other select retailers, but stocks are already limited. Delivery from Apple is free but will take at least two to three weeks to arrive. If you want it sooner, you may have to look elsewhere.
Carphone Warehouse is your best bet, where the device is in stock and available for free next day delivery. Get the iPad 8 from Currys now.
Here are all the retailers that are selling the iPad 8th gen (2020) – we’ve pointed out any that no longer have the device in stock, but be sure to check back often:
Carphone Warehouse – In stock with free next-day delivery
Very – In stock, £3.99 for home delivery
Vodafone – Free home delivery in 1-2 weeks, plans start at £36 per month, £25 upfront
Sky – In stock, delivery in 4-6 weeks; available on contract from £10 per month over 36 months
O2 – Delivery in up to 6 weeks, plans start at £22.50 per month, £20 upfront for 1GB data (includes 6 months of Disney+)
The following retailers are currently out of stock but keep an eye on them:
How much does the iPad 2020 cost?
The new iPad is available in 32GB and 128GB storage capacities, both of which are available with cellular connectivity:
iPad 10.2in (2020, 32GB): £329/$329/AUD$499
iPad 10.2in (2020, 128GB): £429/$429/AUD$649
iPad 10.2in (2020, 32GB, cellular): £459/$459/AUD$699
iPad 10.2in (2020, 128GB, cellular): £559/$559/AUD$849
This makes the 8th generation iPad £20 cheaper in the UK than its 2019 predecessor, which had prices as follows (though US pricing remains the same) :
Wi-Fi, 32GB – £349/US$329
Wi-Fi, 128GB – £449/US$429
Wi-Fi + Cellular, 32GB – £479/US$459
Wi-Fi + Cellular, 128GB – £579/US$559
Is there an Apple Education discount on the iPad 2020?
Yes, if you’re affiliated with a university – whether a student, staff, or parent of a university student – you can get an Apple Education discount. Apple’s current promotion includes a credit towards a free pair of Apple AirPods. Read more about Apple’s Back to School sale, which ends 29 October.
Should I get the 10.2in iPad 8th gen (2020)?
The 10.2in iPad 8 comes with several improvements. First off, it is the first iPad with Apple’s Neural Engine. If you’re not sure what that means, it’s essentially Apple’s AI and machine learning software that allows its devices to operate more energy-efficiently, while improving speech recognition and image processing. This translates to faster performance, better AR (augmented reality) experiences, and of course a more natural interaction with Siri.
The A12 Bionic chip also means CPU performance ramps up by 40% compared to the 7th gen iPad, which is still available to buy, but more expensive. Apple claims the A12 chip upgrade should make the iPad 2020 “up to three times faster than the top-selling Android tablet”. It’s not difficult to imagine Apple alludes to Samsung’s offerings, which released the Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus tablets on 21 August.
Of course, Samsung’s wares sit in an ultra-premium tier, starting at £619/US$649 for the Tab S7, and £799/US$849 for the S7+. Those prices are closer to the upcoming iPad Air which starts at 579/$599, which isn’t surprising as both the Air 2020 and Galaxy Tab S7 feature stronger processors (you get a high-end Snapdragon 865+ on the Tab S7 range and the A14 Bionic on the Air 2020).
The Tab S7 screens are larger, however, with a 12.4in display on the S7+ and an 11in display on the S7.
If a smaller 10.2in screen isn’t an issue, the iPad 2020 is a no brainer – especially if you were already considering to buy the 7th generation (which you definitely should not buy new, now that the 8th gen is out). The 8th gen iPad marries performance with a palatable price, and trade-in deals make the device even more attractive.
See our round-up of the best tablet deals of the month, along with the best Galaxy Tab S7 range deals. For more Apple iPad deals see all the best offers over at our sister site Macworld UK.