Apple announced the new iPad Pro on its website without any presentations. The 2020 model received a more powerful processor, dual camera with LiDAR scanner, improved studio-quality microphones and keyboard support with a built-in trackpad.
As before, iPad Pro is available in two sizes with screen diagonals of 11 and 12.9 inches. Display has not changed in comparison with the previous generation: it is still the same IPS-matrix with a resolution of 2388×1668 in the smaller version and 2732×2048 in the higher, 120 Hz refresh rate, DCI-P3 color coverage and support for True Tone technology.
Visually differ the new products from its predecessors can be made by the camera, made in the same style as the iPhone 11 Pro. In addition to the usual 12-megapixel wide angle module, there is a 10-megapixel ultra-wide-angle and a completely new scanner LiDAR. Scanner can measure the distance between objects at a distance of up to 5 meters. One sphere of application of the scanner is augmented reality.
The new iPad Pro is equipped with a system of five studio-quality microphones. Apple says the tablet, paired with advanced cameras, can record high quality video and sound for filmmakers, podcastors and other content creators.
“Heart” of the tablets is the new A12Z Bionic processor with built-in M12 co-processor and eight-core graphics accelerator. According to Apple, with this chipset iPad Pro shows better performance than many notebooks.
With the release of the new iPad Pro, it was announced that full cursor support was added to the iPadOS operating system. That’s why the original Magic Keyboard with built-in trackpad, full-size 1mm keys, backlight, tablet angle fixation and USB Type-C connector for charging iPad was introduced.
The new trackpad will support gestures that let you switch between apps, open the app switcher and activate the Dock or Control Center. Third-party apps already support the trackpad without any change. But developers can release updates to improve support thanks to new APIs.
The keyboard of the Magic Keyboard now looks more like a traditional keyboard with separate keys. There’s a USB-C port, which recharges both the keyboard and the iPad attached to it. This way, you can recharge your device and plug another accessory to the iPad Pro itself.
The new keyboard accessory will be available in May and will cost $299 or $349, depending on the size of your iPad Pro. Yep, that’s an expensive keyboard.
The iPad Pro will be available next week — orders start today. There are two finishes — silver and space gray. The 11-inch iPad Pro with 128GB of storage costs $799. The 12.9-inch model with 128GB of storage costs $999. You can add cellular support for an additional $150. There are also more expensive options with more storage (256GB, 512GB and 1TB).