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The gold, 8th-generation iPad returns to $299 at Amazon

If you missed Black Friday sales, now's the time to grab the entry-level tablet.
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Update 2:55pm ET: The 32GB gold iPad has gone back up to $329.

Apple devices were some of the quickest to sell out during Black Friday, but now you have a chance to grab the company’s latest iPad for a bit less. The gold, 32GB iPad is down to $299, or $30 off its normal price. The last time it was that low was a little more than one week before Black Friday, making this a good opportunity to grab one if you’ve been holding out for that specific color. Just be aware that the tablet will be in stock again on December 10, which means you’ll receive your order a few days after that.

Buy 8th-generation iPad at Amazon - $299

Apple didn’t change too much about the latest iPad, but the upgrades it did make are noticeable. We gave the tablet a score of 86 and that was mostly due to under-the-hood improvements. Its design didn’t change much from the previous version — you’re still getting a 10.2-inch Retina display surrounded by chunkier bezels than those present on the latest iPad Air. You’re also still getting the physical Home button with TouchID, a feature that some will appreciate possibly even more than FaceID.

The most important new feature is the A12 Bionic chipset inside the iPad. This makes massive improvements to the tablet’s performance, helping it run smoother and handle new features of iPadOS more easily. Engadget’s Chris Velazco immediately noticed the difference in the way the new iPad ran in comparison to the generation that came before it. He also appreciated the iPad’s solid, 10.5-hour battery life and support for the first-generation Apple Pencil.

So are you getting the slickest or the fastest iPad in this device? No, but you’re getting a speedy tablet that has all of the iPadOS features that most will care about. While we still think the new iPad Air is probably the best iPad for most people, it’s undeniable that the entry-level iPad provides a ton of value for your money.

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