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Apple unveils a $329 iPad that features the tech giant’s new A13 Bionic Chip


Apple hosted its annual product event on Tuesday, which opened with the unveiling of a new iPad that is three times more powerful than a Chrome book and six times more powerful than an Android Tablet.

The iPad features the tech giant’s new A13 Bionic Chip, giving it 20 percent faster performance than its predecessor with the A12 chip.

Apple’s Melody Kuna, a senior manager of iPad product design, who announced the upgraded device, said it features improved rear and front cameras.

The iPad includes a 12 megapixel front-facing camera for better video calls, like on Zoom and includes a wider lens to capture more people in a single scene.

The upgraded iPad costs $329 with 64GB of storage and goes on sale next week.

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Apple hosted its annual fall event on Tuesday, which opened with the unveiling of a new iPad that is three times more powerful than a Chrome book and six times more than an Android Tablet

Apple hosted the event online for the second time since the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe in 2020.

But the virus has not stopped the tech giant from sharing its latest and greatest products with the world.

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said in a statement: ‘iPad has never been more essential for working, learning, and communicating, and we’re excited to bring one of the biggest updates ever to our most popular iPad.

‘With the powerful A13 Bionic, more engaging video calls with Center Stage, and double the storage, the new iPad delivers advanced capabilities, versatility, and simplicity at an incredible value.’

The iPad also supports the ‘Center Stage’ feature, which moves the camera’s perspective a you move around in the real world.

Center Stage uses machine learning to adjust the front-facing Ultra Wide camera during FaceTime video calls, but has only been available on iPad Pro models. 

‘As users move around, Center Stage automatically pans the camera to keep them in view,’ Apple shared in a statement.

‘When others join in, the camera detects them too, and smoothly zooms out to include them in the conversation. Center Stage makes video calls more natural in FaceTime as well as third-party video-calling apps.’

The Apple tablet also includes True Tone display, which  adjusts color temperature to match environment. 

This is thanks to upgraded ambient light sensors that allows the feature to adjust screen content to the color temperature of the room. 

‘True Tone on the new iPad makes images appear more natural and provides users with a more comfortable viewing experience in all lighting environments,’ shares Apple.  

Apple also announced a new iPad mini that also saw a slew of updates, which the tech giant says make it the most powerful iPad mini yet. The 8.3-inch device features and all-screen display

Apple also announced a new iPad mini that also saw a slew of updates, which the tech giant says make it the most powerful iPad mini yet. The 8.3-inch device features and all-screen display

This year's line-up includes more gorgeous colors: purple, pink, starlight, space gray

This year’s line-up includes more gorgeous colors: purple, pink, starlight, space gray

Apple also announced a new iPad mini that also saw a slew of updates, which the tech giant says make it the most powerful iPad mini yet.

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The 8.3-inch device features and all-screen display, but this year’s line-up includes more gorgeous colors: purple, pink, starlight, space gray.

It also features the A13 Bionic Chip, which gives it an impressive 40 percent increase in CPU performance and an 80 percent increase in its GPU.

And it is also available with USB-C port rather than Lightning.

The upgraded iPad mini comes with as $499 price tag and is available for pre-order starting today – customers should receive their device sometime next week.



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