This just in! Remember when we emphasized that Apple would be holding its March event online? Well, that didn’t happen. Instead, the company decided to quietly roll out a couple of its new products! These products are the two new models of the iPad Pro. Two because as per the usual, the iPad Pro comes in two different sizes: an 11-inch model and a 12.9-inch one.
As Ishan Agarwal was one of the first to tweet about the news, the iPads feature a LiDAR Scanner and a redesigned Magic Keyboard.
Apple unveils new iPad Pro with breakthrough LiDAR Scanner and brand new Magic Keyboard with Trackpad!
-Pro Performance with A12Z Bionic Chip
-11-inch & 12.9-inch Pro Motion Display
-12MP Wide & 10MP Ultra Wide Cameras
India, US Prices in the tweet below ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/OH0XZHHCHB
— Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) March 18, 2020
Firstly with the LiDAR scanner, this a first for many products, not just for Apple. It is a piece of technology that helps the device to actually see the dynamic footprint of an object. This includes the depth and the distance an object is from the observer. As Apple adds on its website, this is similar to technology adopted by NASA for its next Mars Landing mission. This basically applies to the augmented reality applications that were expected from the device when it was first hinted.
Secondly, the Magic Keyboard. Wow! Did not see this one coming. From the first look, the keyboard looks quite similar to the butterfly keyboard used in Macbooks (except for the 16-inch model). Though there seems to be a bit of key travel. A good installment is the addition of a trackpad. This is a reference from the article noted by us at Appuals. The keyboard has a USB-C pass-through which means you’ll be able to charge your iPad as you use it with the Keyboard. Additionally, has backlit keys as well. The keyboard is a full size one. One big advantage of the keyboard would be the added benefit of backward compatibility. This means you do not have to buy a new iPad Pro to make use of this keyboard.
Hey so the new iPad Pro Magic Keyboard is officially backward-compatible with the 2018 iPad Pro! One downside? We have to wait until May! pic.twitter.com/HrnazkvdMd
— Saleem Vaillancourt (@SaleemFAV) March 18, 2020
Other than that, the device packs in power. It is powered by the A12Z Bionic chip which would power desktop-level apps on the iPad. This is all a part of Apple’s plan to replace your computers with iPads. Since the iPad is used by a lot of media artists, the device features a similar camera setup with two cameras: one main sensor (12MP) and an ultra-wide-angle (10MP) one. The previously mentioned LiDAR sensor is included as well. It also includes the studio-quality mics that are found on the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Although these won’t replace your typical studio microphones, they will get the job done.
The iPad Pro starts at $799 for the base model (128GB, 11-inch) and $999 for the 12.9-inch one. As for the Magic Keyboards, for the 11-inch model, it goes for $299 and $349 for the 12.9-inch one. The iPad Pro would be available from the 25th of March and the Keyboard, sometime in May.