Apple Quietly Releases New iPad Pro with LiDAR and Trackpad Support

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In an alarming time for the news at large, Apple quietly pulled the curtain off an updated iPad Pro. With the outbreak of Coronavirus spreading through the globe as major events are being cancelled daily, it is no surprise. Even Apple’s famed WWDC has been switched to a virtual only format in June.

From the iPad’s outside appearance very little as changed until you locate the camera bump. What else did Apple pack under the hood? Let’s find out!

Spec Improvements

  • Horsepower comes from an updated A12Z Bionic Chip. The new iPad Pro processor will include eight-core GPU with enhanced thermal architecture and tuned performance controllers. This will make the iPad Pro the highest performing iPad yet to date naturally.
  • As mentioned earlier the outside appearance will change with a camera upgrade. The Pro camera system will include a 12MP Wide camera with 4K video recording matched with a 10MP Ultra Wide lens. These will give more shooting options for creatives using the iPad for video recording.
  • Right along side the Pro camera system is a small grey circle. Inside it holds the new LiDar Scanner. This addition will give the iPad an ability to measure objects 5 meters away either indoor or out. LiDar with combination of software in iPadOS and A12Z chip will gain more understanding of your scene. This will improve AR applications placing objects immediately in the space you are in.
  • The ability to record those videos not only will look better but also sound better. These microphones will adjust to what you are recording regardless of which way it is held.

Apple has included a welcome change to the new iPad Pro, track pad support. Beginning in May you can pick the new Magic Keyboard. It will include a backlit keyboard, USB-C power pass through, and trackpad. All of this is very similar to the Brydge keyboard that has been out for some time now. The 11” version will cost $299 and the 12.9” is $349. This addition brings the iPad even closer to merging with Apple’s laptop line of hardware. With the Magic Keyboard attached the iPad Pro even match’s the number of USB-C ports as a MacBook Air at two.

The standard iPad features are still included. Such as a 10 hour batter life, two Liquid Retina display choices in 11” and 12.9” and storage options of a boosted entry level 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. Connecting you to the outside world will be WiFi and cellular versions with gigabit-class LTE.

How much will these cost? The 11” variant will cost $799 (128GB), $899 (256GB), $1099 (512GB) and $1299 (1TB). Going to the larger 12.9” display will add an additional $200 to each storage size and then if you’d like any version with LTE add on $150.

Is the iPad closer to the Pro level than it was before? Will it be your new laptop replacement if you are in the market? If it is you are able to order it directly from Apple online, as retailer are closed at the moment due to Coronavirus.