Apple has unveiled its latest iPad Pro in 11-inch and 12.9-inch models and it looks identical to the 2019 model.
However, it is very very different iPad Pro on the inside and Apple might be onto a winner.
Apple preferred to highlight a new processor and new camera system. However, it’s the keyboard which Apple calls the Magic Keyboard that will likely impress users.
The keyboard unfolds and elevates the iPad to a more comfortable viewing position and it also has a trackpad on it.
“Rather than copying the experience from macOS®, trackpad support has been completely reimagined for iPad. As users move their finger across the trackpad, the pointer elegantly transforms to highlight user interface elements,” Apple said in a statement.
“With a floating design with smooth angle adjustment, a backlit keyboard and trackpad, the Magic Keyboard delivers the best typing experience ever on iPad.”
Apple used the “Magic” term for its redesigned and improved MacBook keyboard. The iPad Pro Magic Keyboard is backlit, supports USB-C passthrough charging, and has a smooth angle adjustment.
It is not available until May, but is compatible with last year’s iPad Pros. Apple, which is making a habit of this, is charging US$299 for the 11-inch model and US$349 for the 12.9-inch Magic Keyboard.
“The new iPad Pro introduces advanced technologies never before available in mobile computing,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Combining the most advanced mobile display with powerful performance, pro cameras, pro audio, the breakthrough LiDAR Scanner and new Magic Keyboard with Trackpad, this is another huge leap forward for iPad. There’s no other device in the world like the new iPad Pro and we think our customers are going to love it.”
“We’re making iPad even more capable and versatile by bringing trackpad support to iPadOS,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “We carefully considered the best way to integrate trackpad use into a touch-first environment while retaining everything our customers know and love about iPad. We’re thrilled to bring this new way of interacting with iPad to the millions of people using iPadOS today.”
The new processor and camera system is also a worthy feature.
With the A12Z Bionic chip, iPad Pro is faster and more powerful than most Windows PC laptops, according to Apple.
“The new iPad Pro adds an Ultra Wide camera, studio-quality mics and a breakthrough LiDAR Scanner that delivers cutting-edge depth-sensing capabilities, opening up more pro workflows and supporting pro photo and video apps. The LiDAR Scanner, along with pro cameras, motion sensors, pro performance, pro audio, the stunning Liquid Retina display and powerful apps, extends the lead of iPad Pro as the world’s best device for augmented reality (AR).”
The display on the new iPad Pro is something else too.
“The edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display — in both 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes — is the world’s most advanced mobile display,” Apple said. “Featuring P3 wide colour support, it lets customers see photos, videos, apps and games in vivid, true-to-life detail. ProMotion technology automatically adjusts the display refresh rate up to 120 Hz for ultra-smooth scrolling and responsiveness. And no matter where customers take iPad Pro or how they interact with it, True Tone, high brightness and an anti-reflective coating deliver the best viewing experience possible on any mobile device.”
Battery life is estimated at 10 hours and the smaller version costs US$799 or US$949 for the 12.9-inch model, with 128GB Wi-Fi configurations. They’re available to order online now with Apple adding that it will start shipping on 25 March.
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