Apple unveils its new iPad Pro 2020 with a LiDAR scanner, dual rear camera, A12Z Bionic chip and support for the trackpad via iPadOS 13.4 and especially the new Smart Keyboard called Magic Keyboard.
iPad Pro 2020: what’s new
As always, Apple is talking about the most advanced iPad Pro ever designed, accompanied by the new Smart Keyboard which finally includes a trackpad.
If the design changes very little, the upgrade is substantial on Apple’s professional tablets.
First, there is a new A12Z Bionic chip, which makes the iPad Pro faster and more powerful than most Windows laptops. The new iPad Pro also adds an ultra wide camera, studio quality microphones and a LiDAR scanner which offers advanced depth detection capabilities, ideal for professional photo and video applications, as well as augmented reality. Apple claims that the iPad Pro is the best device in the world for augmented reality (AR). Without forgetting Wifi 6, as on iPhone 11/11 Pro, and the U1 chip for precise localization.
Finally, the Cupertino company took care of the sound with 4 speakers and 5 microphones.
iPadOS 13.4 and the trackpad on Magic Keyboard
With iPadOS 13.4, Apple brings trackpad support to the iPad, offering customers a whole new way of interacting with their tablet. Rather than copying the experience from macOS, the trackpad support has been completely redesigned for iPad. When users move their finger on the trackpad, the pointer changes to highlight elements of the user interface. Multi-touch gestures on the trackpad allow you to navigate quickly and easily throughout the system without users raising their hands.
This will require the new Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro with trackpad. With a design for angle adjustment, a backlit keyboard and a trackpad, the Magic Keyboard offers the best typing experience ever on an iPad. The Magic Keyboard will be available for purchase in May.
A12Z Bionic chip
Designed for the most demanding tasks, such as editing 4K videos or designing 3D models, the iPad Pro 20220 benefits from a new performance improvement with the A12Z Bionic chip. The A12Z Bionic’s eight-core graphics processor, along with improved thermal architecture and optimized performance controllers, give the iPad Pro the highest performance ever recorded on an iPad. No doubt the 6 GB of RAM has something to do with it.
If we can not wait to compare with the A12X chip which was already of a very good level, we will note that the new processor improves the autonomy to reach 10 hours. Similarly, Wi-Fi is announced as faster and the 4G LTE connection 60% more efficient.
In any case, it is strange to see that Apple did not integrate an A13X chip in its iPad Pro, but a variant never seen before of the A12X chip, itself derived from the A12 chip of the iPhone XS.
Like the latest iPhone 2019s, the iPad Pro is going to speed up to the Wifi level with the management of Wi-Fi 6. This protocol is starting to be adopted by many Internet boxes and routers, promising significant gains in terms of band- busy. 802.11ax Wi-Fi can reach a theoretical speed of 9.6 Gb/s.
The edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display – for sizes 11 and 12.9 inches – is almost identical based on our initial findings. Apple does not seem to have changed it, we did not have the right to MiniLED as expected by the rumors. We thus have support for P3 colors, ProMotion technology which automatically adjusts the refresh rate of the display up to 120 Hz, True Tone, high brightness and an anti-reflective coating.
The camera system on iPad Pro has a 12 Mp wide camera to capture 4K photos and videos, but also now an ultra-large 10 Mp camera that zooms out twice to capture a much wider field of view. The addition of a second camera doubles the photo and video possibilities, allowing different perspectives and multi-camera use.
The iPad Pro 2020 now has five studio-quality microphones to capture clean, detailed sound, and offers a sound experience comparable to that of the 16-inch MacBook Pro with four-speaker sound that automatically adapts to any no matter what orientation, no matter how it is held.
Applications like FiLMiC Pro’s DoubleTake, available next month, leverage professional cameras and studio-quality microphones to turn the iPad Pro into a mobile video production studio.
Last but not least, the LiDAR scanner. This new component offers capabilities never before possible on any mobile device. The LiDAR scanner measures the distance to surrounding objects up to 5 meters away, indoors and outdoors and operates at the photon level at speeds of one nanosecond.
New depth frames in iPadOS combine the depth points measured by the LiDAR scanner, camera data and motion sensors, and are enhanced by computer vision algorithms on the A12Z Bionic for a more detailed understanding of a scene. The tight integration of these elements allows a whole new class of AR experiences on iPad Pro.
Each existing ARKit application automatically obtains instant AR placement, improved motion capture and occlusion of people. Using the latest ARKit update with a new Scene Geometry API, developers will be able to harness the power of the new LiDAR scanner.
For your information, the LiDAR scanner improves the Measurements application, which makes the automatic calculation of a person’s height faster and easier, while vertical guides and useful edges automatically appear to allow users to measure objects. faster and more precisely.