Apple’s iPad Pro has always been about bringing tablets closer to laptops or I would better say according to Apple that iPad is a replacement to laptops. While in some cases iPad can now perform various tasks and thanks to iPad-OS the iPad can now do even more powerful tasks like image editing,video editing and office work with the new refresh in 2020 it has also gained support for trackpad.
Today, Apple announced its 4th Generation iPad Pro (iPad Pro), that on one hand further blurs the gaps between tablets and notebooks, but on the other hand uses the key advantage of the former over the latter — portability to enable new use cases. Among the highlights of the 2020 iPad Pro are its improved camera with a depth sensor (which Apple for describes as a LiDAR module, trackpad support (which requires a new keyboard), and faster connectivity.
The latest iPad Pros feature the same design with relatively thin bezels, coming in Space Gray or Silver aluminum chassis, and featuring 11-inch or a 12.9-inch Retina display with a smooth 120 Hz refresh rate, 600 nits brightness. Since the new tablets use exactly the same chassis as their predecessors, they have the same dimensions.
New iPad Pro 2020 specs: 11 inch and 12.9 inch
|iPad Pro (11 inches)||iPad Pro (12.9 inches)|
|Price||$799 (Wi-Fi), $949 (Wi-Fi + Celullar)||$999 (Wi-Fi), $1,149 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)|
|CPU||A12Z Bionic||A12Z Bionic|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB|
|OS||iPad OS 1.3.4||iPad OS 13.4|
|Display||11 inches (2388 x 1668 pixels)||12.9 inches (2732 x 2048 pixels)|
|Rear cameras||12-MP wide; 10MP ultra-wide||12-MP wide; 10MP ultra-wide|
|Battery life (rated)||10 hours||10 hours|
|Size||9.7 x 7 x 0.2 inches||11 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches|
|Weight||1.04 pounds||1.41 pounds|
New iPad Pro 2020 magic keyboard and iOS 13.4
The new Magic Keyboard attaches magnetically to the iPad Pro 2020 and gives the tablet a floating design. Apple says the the Magic Keyboard works as well in a lap or on a desk. The Magic Keyboard leverages cantilevered hinges to enable smooth adjustments up to 130 degrees.
You get a full-size keyboard with 1mm of travel, which is ironically even more travel than what we’ve measured on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. The keys are also backlit and use a scissor mechanism, similar to the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
The star of the show on the Magic Keyboard is the trackpad, which is designed to provide precise cursor movement. All of this is possible thanks to iPadOS 13.4, which brings trackpad support to the iPad for the first type. This makes it easier to select text and perform other tasks.
The cursor appears as a circle, and you can easily perform various gestures for switching between apps, activating the Dock and Control Center and more.
New iPad Pro 2020 A12Z Bionic chip
Building on the power of the A12X chip, the A12Z Bionic for the iPad Pro 2020 features an 8-core GPU, an enhanced thermal architecture and tuned performance controllers. The result is the fastest iPad yet. The new iPad Pro should be particularly well suited for editing 4K video and designing 3D models on the go.
New iPad Pro 2020 cameras and LiDAR Scanner
This scanner can measure the distance to nearby objects up to 5 meters away. The goal is to enable “a new class of AR experiences” on the iPad Pro. The new iPad Pro should make AR apps feel more real and there will be less lag. You’ll also get improved performance in the included Measure app, which uses AR.
On the connectivity side of matters, the new iPad Pros feature a USB Type-C connector, a Wi-Fi 6 chip that supports transfer speeds up to 1.2 Gbps, Bluetooth 5.0, and an optional 4G/LTE modem that now supports up to 30 bands.
- Full‑size, backlit keys and a scissor mechanism with 1 mm travel for quiet, responsive typing.
- Designed for Multi‑Touch gestures and the cursor in iPad-OS.
- Smooth angle adjustability delivers the perfect viewing angle.
- USB-C port for charging iPad Pro, freeing up the port on iPad Pro for other accessories.
- Folds into a case to provide front and back protection for traveling with iPad Pro.
As far as the price of the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is concerned, the unit is going to cost $299 for the 11-inch model, $349 for the 12.9-inch model, and will start shipping this May.