Apple has refreshed the iPad Pro. The new iPad Pro (2020) comes with a new updated design and trackpad support.
Apple’s new iPad Pro (2020) is an amazing tablet that comes with trackpad support. So Apple moved one step closure to turn iPad to MacBooks. It comes with a new A12Z processor that provides faster and smooth performance. The new iPad Pro offers a brilliant display and improved camera from the last iPad Pro (2018) model. The biggest change is that the new iPad Pro features a LiDAR sensor for the AR apps.
Design & Display
Design-wise Apple did not make any major changes. In fact, it is similar to the old iPad Pro (2018) model. The back panel is beautifully crafted with aluminum metal. The back panel also features a big square-shaped camera bump which houses a dual-camera setup along with LED flash. The three-pin smart connector is still located at the lower-end of iPad Pro.
The front panel features a selfie sensor along with the TrueDepth Face ID sensor. The TrueDepth sensor is used to Face Unlock the tablet. For connectivity, it still features a USB-C port, a headphone jack, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The iPad Pro (2020) features a dual-camera setup with a LED flash. The primary sensor is of 12MP paired with a 10MP Ultra-Wide-angle sensor. The camera is designed to capture stunning photos and videos. For selfies, it features a 7-megapixel sensor. The iPad Pro can shoot 4K video at 24, 30, or 60fps (frame per second).
The iPad Pro (2020) sports “liquid retina” display with 120Hz ProMotion. Apple launched a tablet in two variants–11-inch and 12.9-inch. The former has a pixel resolution of 2,388×1,668 pixels while later 2,732×2,048 pixels.
Processor & Performance
The new iPad Pro runs on the Octa-core A12Z Bionic chip. The processor is configured up to 6GB RAM and 128GB/256GB/1TB storage. Apple claims that the A12Z chip is 2.6 times faster than A10X (used in 2018 iPad models). The Octa-Core processor along with Octa-core GPU has enhanced the performance and thermal handling of iPad Pro.
According to Geekbench, the 2020 iPad Pro scored a 4,720 on the multi-core test and 1,126 on the single-core test. In comparison, iPad Pro (2018) scored 4,635 for multi-core and 1,114 for a single-core test.
The tablet performs efficiently fast. The apps and games installed and open superbly fast. We did not observe any lag while switching between the apps and playing the games. It also features a LiDAR scanner for depth sensing and AR capabilities.
The 2020 iPad Pro runs iPadOS 13.4. The OS supports a trackpad and a mouse. The cursor appears as a smaller bubble and turns to a vertical line when you hover over a text field. The trackpad works ok. Sometimes it doesn’t respond sometimes works flawlessly.
Apple claims that the new iPad Pro with gigabit LTE can run for 10-hours in a single charge. During our test, we found out after continuous usage for two days battery hit 20% mark. During our usage we use social networking sites, watching videos on Netflix and YouTube.
The biggest change in a new 2020 iPad Pro is that it now supports LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensor. The sensor is designed for AR (Augmented Reality) apps. The sensor helps ARKit apps to load up faster.
Another important feature is that it supports the trackpad feature. Apple says, “rather than copying the experience from macOS, trackpad support has been completely reimagined for iPad. As users move their finger across the trackpad, the pointer elegantly transforms to highlight user interface elements.”
Trackpad feature supports features like 3-fingers to swipe away the apps, 2-fingers to swipe between apps, a two-fingers click brings up those extra menu items you get when pressing and holding on the iPad screen. Apple also allows connecting Apple’s Magic Keyboard or Magic Mouse or any third-party keyboard to the tablet. Apple’s Magic won’t available until May.
Price & Availability
The 11-inch iPad Pro
Wi-Fi model: $799 (~Rs. 60,000)
Wi-Fi + cellular model $949 (~Rs. 70,000)
12.9-inch iPad Pro
Wi-Fi model $999 (~Rs. 75,000)
Wi-Fi + cellular model $1,149 (~Rs. 85,000)
The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro will be available in May. It will cost $299 (Rs. 22,500) for the 11-inch iPad Pro and $349 (Rs. 24,000) for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.