2020 iPad vs 2019 iPad: The performance boost
The most notable change with the newer budget iPad is that it now rocks the A12 Bionic chip, which first appeared on the iPhone XS series in 2019. Thanks to it, the new 2020 iPad offers 40% faster CPU performance and twice the graphics capability of the 2019 iPad, which itself runs on the A10 Fusion chip from 2016.
And while the 2019 iPad is quite a capable tablet still, the new one is way more future proof, as was to be expected. It’s also an even more enticing choice for serious work, such as video editing, music production or school tasks, in addition to serious gaming.
2020 iPad vs 2019 iPad: No display differences
The display is essentially the same between the two – 10.2-inches in size, IPS LCD, and sadly still not laminated on the 2020 model. The lack of lamination means there’s a visible gap between the glass covering the display, and the display itself. So especially when you’re writing with the Apple Pencil, you get a slight hollow feel and sound when touching the screen of the iPad. For many users, though, this will be unnoticeable.
If we grasp for straws, the new budget iPad 8 has a slightly higher (1.08%) screen-to-body ratio than the iPad 7, but that’s it. No reason to upgrade purely in hopes of a better display. It still looks equally as sharp, nice and vivid on the 2020 iPad as it does on the 2019 one.
2020 iPad vs 2019 iPad: Same cameras
Yep, no upgrades on this front also, although cameras generally don’t hold much significance on tablets anyways. Both the new and old budget iPads sport a 1.2-megapixel selfie camera that’s acceptable for FaceTime and can shoot video at 1280 x 720 HD. On the back, both also have the same main camera, 8 megapixels, that can shoot video at 1920×1080.
2020 iPad vs 2019 iPad: Software and accessories
Both budget iPad models now run on iPadOS 14, but the 2020 one is going to continue getting software updates for several years longer, thanks to its more powerful internals. It’s also much less likely to start slowing down three or four years from now, for that same reason – its flagship 2019 chip.
The Apple Pencil and Apple Smart Keyboard accessories are available for both the iPad 7 and iPad 8, so students will be happy with either tablet for basic school tasks. The two iPads are more than powerful enough for writing essays, researching topics, video conferencing, sketching and the likes.
2020 iPad vs 2019 iPad: Color options and storage options
Apple still isn’t quite too generous with the iPad’s base storage option in 2020, as the new iPad 8 also starts at a measly 32GB of storage, much like last year’s iPad 7. For $100 extra, you can get 256GB of storage on the new iPad, which is also its only other option.
2020 iPad vs 2019 iPad: The verdict
Unless you want the more future proof and powerful iPad, you don’t need to upgrade from the iPad 7 to the iPad 8. Both have the same classic design, similar non-laminated displays, same two speakers on just one side, that fail to deliver true stereo in landscape mode, and the same Apple Pencil support. Both are perfect for students, children, or anyone looking for the best-priced iPad that’s still more capable than many laptops.