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Inside the new iPad Pro: 6GB of RAM, worse camera and more

With much pomp and circumstance, Apple presented yesterday, after months of rumors and leaks, its new iPads Pro with Face ID, USB-C port, reduced edges and a new Apple Pencil.

The main novelties of the new tablets are right in front of us, as evidenced by the very visible characteristics that I have listed above. But what about what the eyes do not see that the heart does not feel? We have no way of knowing yet, but we can start to list some peculiarities of the new iPad Pro so that you can judge with your own consciences.

Design and canvas

As I said, the main differences of the new iPad Pro compared to the previous generation are very clear. Starting with new screens, which extend much closer to the edges and exchange the dry vertices for rounded corners, following the device's own body. Unlike the most expensive iPhones, the most expensive iPads still have panels LCD and all features of previous generation screens (ProMotion, True Tone, support for the DCI-P3 color space) remain.

The resolution of the larger model remains the same, with 2732 × 2048 pixels; the 11 ? model, however, is 2388 × 1668 pixels, slightly more than the 2224 × 1668 pixels found in the old 10.5 ?. They all have the same pixel density per inch: 264.

The body of the devices has also undergone changes: the rounded sides have been replaced by a board format totally straight, with sides and bottom without any curvature in that sense, the new iPad Pro looks like a very extended version of the iPhone SE. In addition, the Smart Connector if you moved from the side of the tablet to the back, that is, now, accessories that want to use the connector must have a design designed for rear fitting. On the side, a new magnetic connector it serves to attach, load and synchronize the new Apple Pencil (which we talk about here).

Person drawing on a new iPad Pro with Apple Pencil

The measurements, due to the end-to-end screen, have also changed compared to the tablets of the previous generation. In the case of the new 12.9 ? iPad Pro, we have 280.6 × 214.9 × 5.9cm against 305.7 × 220.6 × 6.9mm from the previous one; j in the 11 ? iPad Pro we have a body of 247.6 × 178.5 × 5.9mm against 250.6 × 174.1 × 6.1mm of the old 10.5 ?.

J the weights of the tablets looked like this:

  • 11 ? (Wi-Fi): 468 grams vs. 469 grams of the previous;
  • 11 ? (Wi-Fi + Cellular): 468 grams vs. 477 grams of the previous;
  • 12.9 ? (Wi-Fi): 631 grams vs. 677 grams of the previous;
  • 12.9 ? (Wi-Fi + Cellular): 633 grams vs. 692 grams of the previous.

Processor, front camera connector and RAM

The previous generation A10X Fusion chip was replaced by A12X Bionic with Neural Engine, to make machine learning related tasks even faster. Such a chip gives the new iPads a 3x higher CPU performance, while on the GPU we are talking about 8x more speed.

The storage options, in turn, remain the same (64GB, 256GB and 512GB) with the addition of a fourth: 1TB, for the absolutely needy for all possible space. The Lightning port, as already mentioned, has been replaced by a USB-C connector.

The addition of Face ID replacing the Touch ID (remember, the new iPad Pro does not have a Home button) brings some extra benefits. The new tablets support the infamous Animojis and Memojis, and its front camera, despite continuing with 7 megapixels and with all the features present in previous models, brings the Portrait Mode it's the Portrait Lighting Mode thanks to the TrueDepth system.

Since its launch, the iPad Pro line has 4GB of RAM in all its models. Now, for the first time the number has changed and some versions of the new generation come with 6GB of memory but you will have to spend a note for this.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith discovered, after a slight spin on Xcode, that only models (astronomically expensive) with 1TB of capacity bring the largest amount of RAM, both in the 11-inch and 12.9-inch versions. All other configurations continue to bring the same 4GB of usual memory.

iPad Pro running heavy game thanks to the A12X Bionic chip

Until Apple takes a decision on the topic (which I think is unlikely to happen), we can only speculate the reason behind this difference. Obviously, the initial impetus would be to think that, having a huge capacity to save files, iPad Pro 1TB would need more memory to handle all the processes happening simultaneously. It turns out that iOS is, by itself, quite able to deal with this type of overhead, just see that iGadgets with 4GB of RAM they outperform Android devices with twice that in speed tests, for example.

So, for now, the mystery remains.

Improved rear camera worsened

If you were surprised that Apple didn't even mention the subject rear camera in the presentation of the new iPad Pro, here is the explanation: the module of the new tablets is not identical to that of the previous generation because slightly worse. At least on paper.

What people should photograph with an iPad, but what's going on here?

As the comparative table above (and the tablet specification page) shows, compared to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro (from the old generation, but still on sale), Ma's new professional tablets lose optical stabilization on the camera. The lens is also no longer a composition of six elements and becomes one of five, both in the 11 and 12.9 inch models.

The reason, as a Twitter user speculated in response to that tweet above, it can only be the reduced thickness of the new models (5.9mm versus 6.1mm from the previous generation). It remains to be seen whether the changes will translate into actually worse photos or if Ma made up for the lack with improvements in the software for that, we will have to wait.

End of output for headphones

We sang this ball yesterday when talking about the new USB-C adapter for 3.5mm output, but it?s worth remembering: the new iPad Pro are the first Apple products, apart from iPhones, the miss the headphone output.

USB-C adapter for 3.5mm headphone output

No one knows exactly the reason for the cut: when the iPhone 7 was launched, Apple claimed that the outlet occupied a precious space for the development and application of new technologies within such a compact housing; iPads, on the other hand, do not seem to me to have any problems with space in that boardroom. Bad for professionals who use tablets for audio-related tasks, such as controlling studio sounds or mixing instruments in GarageBand.

The fact is that the trend is spreading and I envision, in the not too distant future, an Apple completely free of headphone outlets, from iPhones to Mac Pro which is absolutely shameful and I hope I am wrong.

Connectivity

Apple mentioned in the keynote that the new iPad Pro are able to connect to external monitors via the USB-C port, but did not go so far as to give more technical details about the feature. So here it is: the interface capable of feeding a 5K monitor that uses the second generation USB 3.1 protocol. Few bring the feature at the moment, and if you try to connect a new iPad Pro to the LG UltraFine 5K, for example, you will not be able to reproduce the maximum resolution on the peripheral because it uses the Thunderbolt 3 protocol, and not USB 3.1.

Person working on new iPad Pro connected to external USB-C monitor

Still, just being able to connect an iPad Pro so easily to an external monitor is already quite a hand on the wheel; any USB-C to USB-C or USB-C to HDMI cables are supported by new tablets. And the support goes beyond monitors: you can connect devices to cameras, musical instruments or docks to expand their functionality even further, they even plug an iPhone into the USB-C port (with the appropriate cable) to recharge it.

In addition, we have a new WiFi chip (802.11a / b / g / n / ac) that supports two simultaneous bands (2.4GHz and 5GHz), as well as the arrival of Bluetooth 5.0 (compared to 4.2 of the old ones).

Face ID covered? Smoothly

Apple made it very clear on the stage: there is no right position to use the new iPad Pro anywhere that is pointing up the top and that's it. The salutary decision, considering that now we no longer have the visual reference of the Home button, but it brings up a doubt: what if we inadvertently cover the TrueDepth camera with our finger? Does Face ID just settle for not working?

Fortunately, Apple thought about it, as the editor in chief of the site showed TechCrunch, Matthew Panzarino:

If you cover the Face ID camera, the iPad will tell you that it is covered and point it with an arrow on the screen.

It's the little details, isn't it?

AppleCare + and repairs

As with every new product she launches, Apple released repair prices and the extended warranty plan AppleCare + for the new iPad Pro and, spoiler, any user slightly more prone to incidents with the devices should think very carefully about investing that extra money, judging by the amounts charged outside the warranty.

First, the individual repairs (which have not yet been announced here in Brazil). To replace an 11-inch iPad Pro, you must pay $ 500; the replacement of the new 12.9-inch model will cost its unfortunate owner $ 650. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro, from the previous generation, continues to have its replacement set at $ 450.

J AppleCare +, which totals the device warranty in two years and guarantees two repairs due to accidental damage at special prices, cost $ 130 for the new iPads. The two repairs come out by $ 50 each, and if you buy an Apple Pencil with your iPad Pro, it automatically enters the plan $ 30 each, within the same limit of two occurrences.

How's the line?

The only product effectively discontinued yesterday was the 12.9-inch iPad Pro from the previous generation, still with a Start button (Touch ID). In addition, everyone survives and is the largest family of iPads in existence, with options for all tastes and pockets. Even the iPad mini, which no one knew was going to die or be replaced, remained enclosed (that is, with the exception of its price).

In summary, the iPad line was as follows:

  • iPad mini 4: between R $ 3,300 and R $ 4,300
  • 6th generation iPad: between R $ 2,800 and R $ 4,600
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro (with start button): between R $ 5,300 and R $ 9,200
  • 11-inch iPad Pro: between R $ 6,800 and R $ 14,000
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (third generation): between R $ 8,400 and R $ 15,600

Yes, there are some inconsistencies in the line, such as the iPad mini starting at a higher price than the sixth generation iPad, bigger and more modern, simply because it is offered in a single version of 128GB. This is certainly something that Apple should correct in the coming months, either with a specification / price adjustment or updating the model, as has been speculated.

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Now with you: did you like the news? Who is going to run into the embrace with one of the new models? Have fun!


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