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Apple launches new iPad Pro with LiDAR scanner and trackpad support on iPadOS

The rumors lately don't fail. A new iPad Pro it was expected soon and said and done!

Apple today announced the new generation of its professional tablet. Now equipped with chip A12Z Bionic (Eight-core CPU and GPU, Neural Engine and an improved thermal architecture, with tuned performance controllers), it is faster and more powerful than most laptops (PCs).

The new tablet has a 10 megapixel ultra-angular camera, in addition to the 12MP wide-angle camera; there are now five “studio quality” microphones to capture audio and quieter details, offering a more immersive sound experience, with four-speaker audio that automatically adjusts to any orientation, regardless of how it is performed.

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There is also a LiDAR scanner, which offers advanced depth detection capabilities. It measures the distance of objects around up to 5 meters, works indoors and outdoors and, according to the company, operates at the level of photons at nanosecond speeds. The new depth structures on iPadOS combine 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.

Using the latest ARKit update with a new scene geometry API, developers will be able to harness the power of the LiDAR scanner.

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The feature also enhances the Measures application (Measure), making the automatic calculation of someone's height faster and easier, while vertical and edge guides appear automatically to allow object measurements to be made faster and more accurately. The app now comes with Ruler View, for more granular measurements, and allows users to save a list of all measurements, with screenshots for future use.

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The Liquid Retina display remains the same, with P3 color support, ProMotion (automatically adjusts the display refresh rate up to 120Hz), True Tone, high brightness and anti-reflective coating.

Like iPadOS 13.4, Apple also starts to support the trackpad on the iPad, offering a new way to interact with the tablet. The company claims that, instead of copying the macOS experience, trackpad support has been completely reimagined on the iPad. As users move their finger across the trackpad, the pointer changes elegantly to highlight elements of the user interface. Multi-touch gestures on the trackpad make navigation quick and easy throughout the system, without users lifting their hands.

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To keep up with this news, Apple today announced the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro. It features a floating / hinged suspended design and smooth angle adjustment, backlit keyboard and trackpad, USB-C port for charging and even a cover to protect the front and back of the device. This is the best typing experience ever seen on the iPad, according to the company. It will, however, only be available for purchase in May.

The new iPad Pro features advanced technologies never before available in mobile computing. Combining the most advanced mobile screen with powerful performance, professional cameras, professional audio, the innovative LiDAR scanner and the new Magic Keyboard with trackpad, this is another great advance for the iPad. There is no other device in the world like the new iPad Pro and we think our customers will love it.

Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for Apple

Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering at Apple, said that Apple is “making the iPad even more capable and versatile by offering support for the iPadOS trackpad. He says the company considered “carefully the best way to integrate the use of the trackpad in an environment touch, keeping everything that customers know and love about the iPad ”.

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We are excited to bring this new way of interacting with the iPad to millions of people using iPadOS today.

Prices

In the United States and 29 other countries / regions, the new iPad Pro is already on sale at the Apple Online Store, as physical stores outside China are closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak until further notice.

The initial configuration now starts at 128GB (before it was 64GB), going through 256GB, 512GB and 1TB, in space gray and silver. Prices start at $ 800 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and $ 1,000 for the 12.9-inch iPad.

In Brazil, the product still needs to go through Anatel to start selling, but prices have already been disclosed: from R $ 8,500 for the 11 ″ model and R $ 10,500 for the 12.9 ″ model.

Accessories

In the US, the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro will be available for purchase in May, for $ 300 (11 ″) and $ 350 (12.9 ″), with keyboard layouts for more than 30 languages. In Brazil, they will cost R $ 2,600 and R $ 3,000, respectively.

The 2nd generation Folio Smart Keyboards that do not have a trackpad or backlit keyboards will now cost US $ 180 (11 ″) and US $ 200 (12.9 ″); in Brazil, they will cost R $ 1,450 and R $ 1,700, respectively.

It is worth mentioning that all these accessories are compatible with the iPads 11 ″ of 1 and 2 generations, as well as with the 12.9 ″ iPads of 3 and 4 generations.

iPadOS 13.4

According to Apple, iPadOS 13.4 with trackpad support will be available on March 24 for all models of iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later and iPad mini 4 and later, and will work with Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro.

Mice Third-party devices connected via Bluetooth or USB will also be supported.