After a series of leaks and mounting speculation, Apple has finally unveiled its latest futuristic flagship device. The tech giant spilled the beans on its new iPad Pro at a virtual release in front of journalists on Wednesday, finally giving us all a much-needed hit of good news. For Apple fans, the new release marks improved speed, features and trackpad support.
According to Apple, the new iPad Pro is its most advanced yet. Featuring an A12Z Bionic chip, designed for demanding tasks, like editing 4K video or designing 3D modelling, the latest incarnation cops a significant speed and power boost, along with a few cheeky additions. An ultra-wide camera and studio-quality mics have been added, but the biggest update comes in the form of a new augmented reality-focused LiDAR Scanner. According to reports, the LiDAR Scanner measures the distance to surrounding objects up to 5 metres away, works both indoors and outdoors, and “operates at the photon level at nano-second speeds”. Apple claims the new scanner will deliver “cutting-edge depth-sensing capabilities, opening up more pro workflows and supporting pro photo and video apps”.
For the first time, the iPad Pro also cops Apple’s trackpad support, thanks to the iPadOS 13.4 update, giving customers an all-new way to interact with the device. “As users move their finger across the trackpad, the pointer elegantly transforms to highlight user interface elements. Multi-touch gestures on the trackpad make it fast and easy to navigate the entire system without users ever lifting their hand,” Apple said in a product release. Apple also dropped a new Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro, that features a floating design, backlit keyboard and smooth angle adjustment, but that will set you back an extra $499 once officially released in May.
“We’re making iPad even more capable and versatile by bringing trackpad support to iPadOS,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering. “We carefully considered the best way to integrate trackpad use into a touch-first environment while retaining everything our customers know and love about iPad. We’re thrilled to bring this new way of interacting with iPad to the millions of people using iPadOS today.”
Fans of the iPad Pro will also enjoy a battery that lasts up to 10 hours, faster Wi-Fi connectivity, an edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display — in both 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes and a gigabit-class LTE that Apple says is 60 per cent faster with support for more LTE bands than any other tablet.
The new Apple iPad Pro is available for order online now, however with Apple shutting a number of stores, you might have to wait a while to see one up close. It comes in both silver and space grey finishes, with 11-inch iPad Pro from A$1,329 for the Wi-Fi model and RRP A$1,579for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro will set you back A$1,649 for the Wi-Fi model and RRP A$1,899 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.