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March 21 saw the release of the 2020 iPad Pro, but with the world preoccupied with the Coronavirus pandemic it was a date you may well have missed.
Unveiled with very little fanfare, this year’s iPad Pro offers slightly improved features on the 2018 model, but still packs a major punch in terms of performance.
Here’s a rundown on what’s on offer with this year’s iPad Pro…
The iPad Pro is Apple’s high-spec option when it comes to a tablet designed to meet all your computing needs in one streamlined place. It features all the latest and greatest Apple technology, including top of the line processors, quality hardware, and the best available screen resolution.
This year’s model marks the fourth generation of the Pro after it was added to the line-up back in 2015.
Along the way each generation has received an upgrade, with the biggest occurring in 2018. That year, the third generation iPad Pro saw the welcome introduction of USB-C, along with an edge-to-edge retina display.
Sizing on the smaller model also increased from 10.5 to 11-inches, unlocking shifted from TouchID to FaceID, while the 3.5mm headphone jack was removed.
As a result of the extensive upgrades to the 2018 model, the 2020 release hasn’t seen major design overhauls or whizz-bang additions. Instead this is a solid performer that reviewers suggest you might look to if you’re looking to supersede the earlier Pro models.
So what exactly does it offer?
This year’s Pro is again available in two sizes; 11-inches and 12.9. It comes with a sleek aluminium casing and boasts a liquid retina display which Apple claims is the world’s most advanced for a mobile device.
Accessories are aplenty, but they do command an extra cost. We’ll dive into these shortly because there are some serious upgrades.
Meanwhile, this year’s models kick off with 128GB of storage and are available with up to a 1TB. They each come with the colour options of space grey or silver.
There aren’t a lot of new features to write about, but the ones that have been added a pretty schmick. Improved cameras are among the additions, with the Pros now featuring a new camera system that includes a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 10-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera that can zoom out two times for a wider field of view.
A LiDAR scanner is also incorporated into the camera array, although its potential is yet to be fully explored.
The scanner uses reflected light to measure the distance of objects up to five meters away in literally a fraction of a second and is touted by Apple as opening up tremendous possibilities for augmented reality and beyond.
Indeed, AR is a major focus of this latest model. Apple notes: “On the new iPad Pro, AR apps become even more realistic” while they also claim “placing an AR object now happens instantly” and “developers will be able to create even more immersive experiences”.
Driving the new features is an improved processor. The latest Pros run off the A12Z Bionic chip, which Apple says outpaces most current day PCs.
It’s designed to handle the grunt you’d associate with professional usage, enabling seamless multi-tasking across apps while accommodating intensive tasks like video and photo editing. The A12Z Bionic chip is complemented by an 8-core graphics processor, which equates to greater realism and better performance for apps and games.
The iPad Pro itself may feature meaningful yet minor improvements, but the Apple accessories you can now pair with it really see this machine take true professional shape.
In addition to the Apple Pencil 2, the 2020 iPad Pro also pairs with an all-new Magic Keyboard which offers a floating cantilevered design, backlit keys, trackpad and full-sized keyboard.
In big news, it also supports use of a mouse. Of course the keyboard and pencil both require additional outlay beyond the significant sum you’re already forking out for the Pro. Which brings us to the cold hard topic of price…
This year’s iPad Pro kicks off at $799 (AU$1329) for the 128GB 11-inch model and $999 (AU$1649) for the 12.9-inch.
Then of course you’ll need to add the keyboard, which starts at $299 (AU$499) and isn’t available until May.
Is it worth it? Well quite possibly. Apple rarely fails to deliver when it comes to a premium product with future use front of mind.
This year’s model may not feature a major line-up of all-new specs and breakthrough technology, but the additions it does offer could soon be worth it. The iPad Pro fourth generation may not have bells and whistles above and beyond the Pro 3, but there’s little doubt the 2020 Pro represents a significant upgrade on generations 1 and 2.