The iPad 8 2020, (officially the eighth-generation iPad, or iPad 8th Gen) was the follow-on to the 10.2” screen iPad 7, which had been released in 2019. The newest addition to the Apple tablet family has the same large-screen iPad Retina display, aimed at the education market and other users looking for a budget iPad with a bigger display than the older 9.7” models. As with previous iPad models, the sale price from new was adjusted according to the category of end-user, with students and educators getting a cheaper deal than other consumers. The iPad 8 received praise for its significant jump in performance compared to earlier models thanks to its snappy A12 Bionic chip.
The iPad 8th Gen was announced in September 2020 and released on 18 September, coinciding with the release of the iPad Air (fourth-generation) 2020. Complete with the fast Apple A12 Bionic processor and a 10-hour battery life, the iPad 8 boasted better support for the 1st Generation Apple Pencil and was fitted with a connector for a full-sized Smart Keyboard, making this a notable upgrade from previous models at an attractive price point.
Following on the success of the iPad 7th Gen’s larger screen and a shift towards educational purposes and average everyday tablet users, the iPad 8 kept what worked well for the iPad 7 and improved the internal hardware. The size, weight, storage, and colour options are virtually identical, but the Apple A12 Bionic processor is what sets the iPad 8 apart. Yielding far superior responsiveness and performance, the iPad 8 is far better suited to handle iPadOS 14 and the rigours of its users.
There are some drawbacks, however. While the 32GB storage was already problematic for everyday users with the iPad 7, this problem is even more pronounced for iPad 8 users as 32GB just isn’t enough and you’ll find yourself managing your storage in short order.
Furthermore, the iPad 8’s bezels are too large and clunky for tablet users in 2020. Competitors have all but reduced or eliminated bezels altogether, yet Apple continues to use what was already going out of fashion in 2015.
When it comes to repairs, many of the same issues faced by owners of previous iPads persist, including cameras, connectors, and buttons failing rather easily due to dust or being packed without care in a rucksack, for example. Moreover, the iPad 8’s wonderful screen can be easily scratched or cracked with as little as being dropped or mishandled. The good news is that iTechnician can handle on-demand iPad 8 screen replacement and return functionality to the cameras, connectors, and charging ports as well.
Apple’s support can be notoriously lacking when it comes to these extremely common causes of damage to iPads, but a local iTechnician repair centre can resolve these problems with care and precision either in-person at an approved repair centre or at your home, college, or workplace. The cost of repairs is affordable and competitive, and easily a fraction of what you would pay by taking it into your local Apple shop.
iPad 8 repair costs vary and are constantly changing. We will keep updating this page so you can get an idea on what you should be paying for repairs in your area.