What changes and what stays the same on iPad Pro 2020

And we continue with the coverage of the news presented this morning by Apple! In the last article, we delved into the changes brought about by the new MacBook Air; now, we will do the same for the new iPad Pro.

Below, we will list all the news of the new generation of Apple professional tablets – in addition to commenting, as usual, what remained unchanged on the devices. Let’s go then?

Processor

At first glance, you might think that Apple hasn’t made any major changes to the iPad Pro chip – after all, we went from an A12X Bionic to a A12Z Bionic, remaining (at least in numbers) in the same “generation”. That would be a mistake, however: the processor that equips the new iPad Pro has received significant performance gains, specifically in the graphics.

iPad Pro

In terms of gross processing, there’s no big news here: Apple didn’t even report performance gains on the new generation of chips, so we’ll have to wait for the benchmarks to find out how much faster the A12Z Bionic is compared to its predecessor. This shouldn’t ruffle anyone’s hair, anyway, considering that the chip from the previous generation of iPad Pro is already quite fast.

The focus of this “Z”, therefore, is really on the graphics. We have here, eight cores graphics processing (the double present in the A13 chip of the most recent iPhones, for example), which will allow even more demanding applications and content to run. Think of 3D design, 4K video (playback and editing) and augmented reality, for example. Speaking of which …

LiDAR Scanner

At first glance, the rear camera module of the new iPad Pro (more about them below) looks the same as that of the iPhones 11 Pro. Not quite, however – the new tablets have something new among Apple devices: a LiDAR scanner.

iPad Pro

And what the hell is that? LiDAR is an acronym for light detection and ranging (detection and variation of light), and represents a remote sensing optical technology that measures properties of the reflected light in order to obtain the distance and / or other information about a given distant object.

If that made little sense to you, just know the following: this is a sensor much more refined to “read” volumes and distances, capable of scanning an entire room – it works within a radius of 5 meters – with precise measurements and volumetries, at the photon level, of everything in it. Just know that this is the same technology used by Apple in vehicles that capture street information for Maps.

iPad Pro

In practice, this means a number of things: first, the applications of augmented reality (AR) will be much more realistic and powerful in the new iPad Pro, with instant placement of objects in the correct scale. It will also be possible to make 3D captures of objects and people for all types of purposes; the Measures application (Mesures), in fact, will be even more accurate and will give correct information at the millimeter level.

The possibilities are enormous – and exciting.

Cameras

In terms of “ordinary” cameras, the new iPad Pro has, for the first time, an array of options on the rear. In addition to the 12MP with wide-angle lens, we now also have a sensor 10MP with ultra-angular lens, similar to the iPhone 11 and capable of capturing a much wider viewing angle.

Microphones

The new generation of iPad Pro has 5 microphones “studio quality,” according to Apple. The components have the capture adjusted automatically according to the way the tablet is being held, to ensure smooth and constant recording in any orientation; some professional applications, such as DoubleTake by FiLMiC Pro, will take advantage of the new system to present even more in-depth audio capture options.

Connections

The new Apple tablets incorporate, as well as the latest iPhones, support for the new protocol Wi-Fi 6, which brings connection speeds of up to 1.2Gbps. It is worth noting that Macs have not yet taken the same path – so far, no Apple computer is able to take advantage of these new ultra-fast networks.

In addition, for models with an LTE connection, we have an even more versatile radio – now it can connect to up to 30 bands different from the cellular network, one more than previous models.

Apparently, all models (A2068, A2069, A2230 and A2232 – Apple has already informed that the models sold in Brazil will be the A2068 and A2069) support the bands / frequencies most used in Brazil – that is, regardless of where in the world you are. buy the new iPad Pro, you will be able to use 4G in a good way in Brazilian lands.

Storage

As with the new MacBook Air, fortunately, we took a leap in initial storage for iPad Pro: now, entry models bring 128GB (before it was 64GB). The other options remain the same: 256GB, 512GB and 1TB, for those who need a lot of internal space.

RAM

According to iPadOS 13.4 codes analyzed by 9to5Mac, there is no doubt: * all * the new iPad Pro have 6GB of RAM – in the previous generation, only models with 1TB of storage had this amount of memory; all others were limited to 4GB. Good news, therefore.

U1 chip

Still according to the 9to5Mac, the new professional tablets from Apple bring the same U1 chip introduced in the latest iPhones. With this, the new iPad Pro effectively become transmitters and receivers of ultra-wideband waves, being compatible with the (still to come) “AirTags” and with a series of other interesting applications.

Trackpad support

This is not an exclusive feature of the new iPad Pro, but of all models of the tablet that will receive the iPadOS 13.4; still, it is worth commenting on.

iPad Pro

In the new version of the system, cursor support (introduced in iPadOS 13.1 as an accessibility feature) will be significantly expanded. You will now be able to use trackpads to interact with the device, with a series of news at the interface level to enrich that experience.

The cursor interacts with the icons on the screen and changes its appearance according to the type of element, bringing an even more dynamic experience than what we get used to on computers. This video first released by The Verge, starring Craig Federighi in person, it provides an overview of what awaits us.

https://twitter.com/reneritchie/status/1240448374727417860

Obviously, we can only get a deeper idea of ​​these changes when we get our hands on a tablet running iPadOS 13.4, but the message from Apple is clear: the transition from iPad, from content device to production device, is happening at a gallop.

Magic Keyboard

To keep up with the news, Apple launched a very interesting accessory for the new tablets. THE Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro it is, at the same time, cover, keyboard and trackpad; it attaches to the device magnetically and connects via the Smart Connector, without requiring its own battery.

iPad Pro

Its keys are backlit and have a scissor mechanism, similar to the 16-inch MacBook Pro and the new MacBook Air; the trackpad, in turn, supports multitouch gestures. We also have a USB-C port on the accessory that can be used to recharge the iPad Pro – and more than that, it releases the port on the tablet itself so you can connect another accessory, such as a card reader or an adapter of video.

The design of the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro deserves a side note: with an extra-strong hinge, it allows the tablet to “float” during use, bringing the screen to a much more comfortable level for the eyes and providing almost infinite adjustment angle. When closed, the keyboard protects the front of the device, like a regular cover. Really, a beautiful design work by the Apple team.

Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro

For those interested, the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro will cost R $ 2,600 (for the 11-inch model) and R $ 3,000 (for the 12.9 inch model), and is also compatible with the previous generation of the Pro models. The availability forecast is for next May.

What stays the same

Everything else remains unchanged: the design of the devices (except for the rear cameras, of course), screen, weight, battery, speakers, Face ID, USB-C port and support for the second generation Apple Pencil.

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