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iPad 5th Gen vs iPad 8th Gen

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The 5th generation iPad was released in March 2017 and the 8th generation iPad was released in September 2020. The iPad (8th gen) features a 10.2” display, versus the smaller 9.7” display on the iPad (5th gen). The iPad (8th gen) also features a newer processor, the Apple A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, and supports the Apple Pencil (1st gen) and Smart Keyboard.

Price Comparison

iPad 5th Gen vs iPad 8th Gen Pricing

iPad 5th Gen prices start at $88, which is cheaper than the iPad 8th Gen low price of $168.

Specs Comparison

The 5th generation iPad specs include a 9.7” Retina display with an Apple A9 chip. The 8th generation iPad specs include a 10.2” Retina display, an Apple A12 chip with Neural Engine, and support for the Apple Smart Keyboard and 1st generation Apple Pencil. Both models feature up to 128GB of storage, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, stereo speakers, two microphones, a Lightning connector, and a home button with Touch ID. The camera setup on the 5th and 8th generation models includes a 1.2MP FaceTime HD front-facing camera and an 8MP wide-angle rear-facing camera.

Size

Size iPad 5th Gen iPad 8th Gen
Width 170 mm 6.7 inches 174 mm 6.9 inches
Height 240 mm 9.5 inches 251 mm 9.9 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches 8 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 478 g 16.9 ounces 490 g 17.3 ounces

Measurements for the iPad (5th gen) are as follows: 9.4” (H) x 6.6” (W) x 0.29” (D) with a 9.7” display size. The WiFi-only model weighs 1.03 pounds and the WiFi + Cellular model weighs 1.05 pounds. In comparison, the iPad (8th gen) measures 9.8” (H) x 6.8” (W) x 0.29” (D) and features a 10.2” display size. The WiFi-only model weighs 1.08 pounds and the WiFi + Cellular model weighs 1.09 pounds.

Camera

Camera iPad 5th Gen iPad 8th Gen
Primary 8.0 MP 8.0 MP
Resolution 3264x2448 3264x2448

The iPad (5th gen) and the iPad (8th gen) feature an 8MP wide-angle rear camera and a 1.2MP FaceTime HD front camera.

Screen

Display iPad 5th Gen iPad 8th Gen
Resolution 1536x2048 1620x2160
Screen Size 246 mm 9.7 in 259 mm 10.2 in
Pixels Per Inch 264 ppi 265 ppi

The 5th generation iPad features a 9.7” LED-backlit multi-touch Retina display with IPS technology. The iPad (5th gen) display supports a native resolution of 2048 x 1536 at 264 pixels per inch, an SDR brightness of 500 nits, and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. To compare, the 8th generation iPad features a 10.2” LED-backlit multi-touch Retina display with IPS technology. The iPad (8th gen) display supports a native resolution of 2160 x 1620 at 264 pixels per inch, an SDR brightness of 500 nits, and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. The iPad (8th gen) also supports the first-generation Apple Pencil.

Battery

Battery iPad 5th Gen iPad 8th Gen
Capacity 8827 mAh 8686 mAh
Longevity 10 hours 10 hours
USB Lightning Lightning

The 5th and 8th generation iPads are powered by a 32.4-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery. These two iPads charge with a Lightning to USB charging cable, and the battery capacities allow for up to 10 hours of battery life when on WiFi or up to 9 hours of battery life when on cellular.

Processing

Processor iPad 5th Gen iPad 8th Gen
CPU Apple A9 APL0898 (S8000) Apple A12 Bionic APL1081 / APL1W81 (T8020)

Color Choices

iPad 5th Gen

Available in 3 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Silver

Which iPad 5th Gen color should you buy?

iPad 8th Gen

Available in 3 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Silver

Which color iPad 8th Gen is the most popular?

iPad 5th Gen vs iPad 8th Gen Colors

The iPad 5th Gen introduces two new colors not found in the iPad 8th Gen color palette: Gold and Gray. Both the iPad 5th Gen and iPad 8th Gen share one color: Silver. However, the iPad 5th Gen does away with Gold and Gray, previously seen on the iPad 8th Gen.
Swappasaurus

The iPad (5th gen) and the iPad (8th gen) are available in three colors: Silver, Gold, and Space Gray. The Silver and Gold models feature a white bezel around the display, and the Space Gray model features a black bezel around the display.

Storage Options

iPad 5th Gen

Choose from 2 storage options:

  • 32GB
  • 128GB

Which iPad 5th Gen storage should I buy?

iPad 8th Gen

Choose from 2 storage options:

  • 32GB
  • 128GB

Which storage iPad 8th Gen is the most popular?

iPad 5th Gen vs iPad 8th Gen Storage

Both the iPad 5th Gen and iPad 8th Gen share two storage options: 32GB and 128GB.
Swappasaurus

The iPad (5th gen) and the iPad (8th gen) are available in two storage configurations: 32GB and 128GB.

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