With the iPad Pro, available as an 11" or 12.9" version, Apple is positioning its tablet even further in the direction of a powerful and flexible creative tool ("Your next computer is not a computer"). The iPad Pro is now equipped with an A12Z Bionic Chip including an eight-core graphics processor, an eight-core processor and a Neural Engine -- powerful enough to edit 4K video or create 3D models.
A newly integrated LiDAR scanner, which operates at the photon level at speeds in the nanosecond range, captures depth information at a distance of up to five meters and is expected to enable entirely new augmented reality applications. The new Depth Frameworks in iPadOS combine the depth points measured by the LiDAR scanner with data from both cameras and motion sensors and are enhanced on the A12Z Bionic with computer vision algorithms for a deeper understanding of a scene.
The camera system on the iPad Pro includes a 12 MP f/1.8 wide-angle camera and a ten MP f/2.4 ultra-wide angle camera that zooms out twice (125° angle of view). 4K video can be recorded at 24, 30 or 60 fps (Wide) or 60 fps (Ultra Wide). In 1080p, slow motion can be captured at up to 240p. A "cinematic" video stabilisation (whatever that may be) is only available in 1080p and 720p. In addition, there are now five microphones "in studio quality" on board, accompanied by four loudspeakers, which should automatically adjust to any orientation, no matter how it is held.
The rimless, 600 nits bright Liquid Retina Display supports the P3 color space. ProMotion technology automatically adjusts the display&s refresh rate up to 120 Hz for extremely smooth scrolling and incredible responsiveness.
Also introduced is a new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, which also includes a trackpad. It is supported by iPadOS 13.4 and higher and offers a new way of interacting with the iPad; the implementation was not copied from MacOS but redesigned for the iPad. Most third party apps should also work with it. The Magic Keyboard connects magnetically to the iPad Pro and features USB-C pass-through charging, leaving the iPad Pro´s USB-C port free for accessories such as external drives and displays.
According to Apple, the battery life of the new iPad Pro models is up to 10 hours (depending on use, of course). WLAN connectivity is said to be faster, and the tablet also offers Gigabit-capable LTE as an option.
The basic configuration includes 128 GB of storage space, further configurations with 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB are available for an additional charge. The 11" iPad Pro starts at a price of 879 euros including VAT for the Wi-Fi model and 1,049 euros including VAT for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at €1,099 including VAT for the Wi-Fi model and €1,269 including VAT for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
The Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro will be available in May for 339 euros including VAT for the 11" iPad Pro and 399 euros including VAT for the 12.9" iPad Pro with layouts for over 30 languages.
iPadOS 13.4 with trackpad support will be available on March 24th as a free software update for all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 or later, iPad 5th generation or later and iPad mini 4 or later.