After series of rumors and leaks, Apple has finally launched the updated version of iPad Pro tablets. The new version includes the iPad Pro 12.9-inch, which is now in its fourth generation, and the second generation of the iPad Pro 11-inch.
Although the new iPad Pro tablets comes with many new features, one of the most notable eatures of these updated iPads is the new camera system. The new iPad Pro models comes with dual-rear camera module similar to what we have already seen in iPhone 11. The camera system includes a 12MP f/1.8 regular camera carried over from the previous generation model and a new 10MP f/2.4 ultrawide camera exclusive to these tablets. Both cameras can do 4K video up to 60fps.
With the new iPad Pro tablets, the tech giant is introducing a new hardware called the LiDAR scanner, which further targets on the company’s dedication to AR. For those who don’t know what this LiDAR scanner is – it is a ToF depth sensor that works by bouncing laser off an object to determine its distance from the sensor. This sensor is commonly used to accurately map the shape of the Earth’s surface for mapping applications, and also in autonomous vehicles.
On the new iPad Pro, this sensor works along with the dual-camera system and motion sensors to accurately measure depth for all sorts of augmented reality applications.
Coming to the specs of the new iPad Pro models. Both of the new models are powered by the latest Apple A12Z Bionic chipset which comes with an eight-core CPU and a new eight-core GPU along with improved thermal design and tuned performance controllers. The company claims that this chipset provides more performance than most laptops which if true is incredible! Apart from this, the new iPad Pro models comes in four different storage variants – 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.
The new iPad Pro models comes with the support for the new Magic Keyboard. It features cantilever hinges that allows you to position the iPad at any angle up to 130 degrees that makes it flot above the keyboard to give a feel of all-in-one PC. The keyboard has backlit keys and USB-C passthrough that lets you can charge the iPad Pro and still use the port on the iPad for other accessories.
Although iPad Pro comes with the support for mice, but the new Magic Keyboard comes with an integrated trackpad which is integrated with the iPad Pro with the new iPadOS 13.4. The new trackpad support in iPadOS is designed to embrace the touch-first nature of the UI and also works automatically with all iPad apps with no effort required by developers.
The new trackpad support is coming with iPadOS 13.4 arriving on March 24. It will also support Apple’s Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2, and other third-part mice over USB or Bluetooth. The new iPad Pro models also feature an updated microphone system. You now get five “studio-quality” microphones for calls, voice recording and audio recording.
In terms of connectivity, the new iPad Pro models adds the Wi-Fi 6 standard, along with Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and USB-C connectivity. LTE is available as an option with eSIM. The iPad Pro 12.9-inch model has a 36.71 watt-hour battery while the 11-inch model has a 28.65 watt-hour battery. Apple claims 10 hours of use for both of them on Wi-Fi. Both can be fast-charged over USB-C Power Delivery chargers.
Coming to the pricing of the updated iPad Pro models. The 11-inch model starting at $799 in the US for the Wi-Fi model and $949 for the LTE model with 128GB storage. The 12.9-inch model starts at $999 for the Wi-Fi model and $1149 for the LTE model with 128GB storage. The new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is priced at $299 for the 11-inch model and $349 for the 12.9-inch model.
As for the availability, the new iPad Pro models are now available online in 30 countries today and will hit the retail stores staring next week.
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