Apple iPad, 8th Gen
Always a go-to tech gift, the iPad continues to receive useful updates year after year from Apple. And this year is no different: For its eighth-generation model, the entry-level iPad adds the A12 Bionic chip--best known as the processor in 2018 iPhones such as the iPhone XR. The A12 improves CPU performance by 40 percent and graphics speeds by 2X compared to the seventh-gen iPad. The new iPad retains the 10.2-inch display size and the ability to connect to a keyboard, as well as the option to use the first-gen Apple Pencil with the tablet (both sold separately). On battery life, the latest iPad offers up to 10 hours of usage over Wi-Fi or nine hours over cellular.
Apple’s iPad, eighth-generation, has a starting price of $329 (tablet only, Wi-Fi). The Wi-Fi + Cellular model starts at $459, while Apple’s Smart Keyboard costs $159 and the first-gen Apple Pencil adds another $99.