Apple’s finally launched the new iPad Pro and it’s pretty clear that the company’s vision is to make the tablet more than just a large-screened multimedia device. The 2020 iPad Pro bridges the gap between a tablet and a laptop. I’d argue it creates a new sort of device that helps creators be productive in new sorts of ways. The new iPad Pro comes with 2 camera lenses that capture wide and ultrawide shots as well as 4K video, and a LiDAR sensor to help bolster Apple’s efforts in Augmented Reality. They’re complemented by powerful studio microphones that allow you to shoot incredible professional videos on your iPad. Needless to say, even the most powerful MacBooks can’t do that yet!
That bridge between Tablet and Laptop comes with the iPad’s use of a Liquid Retina screen that’s arguably the best in the tablet industry in terms of color representation. The screen comes with a 120Hz refresh rate for smooth interaction, giving you an experience comparable to the iMac but in a portable format. It finally makes sense now, that the iPad Pro has a version of Photoshop that rivals its desktop application.
The most interesting addition, however, to the iPad Pro 2020 is its Magic Keyboard case that features a floating design that lets you dock or angle your tablet in any way, and a keyboard with a built-in multi-touch trackpad that lets you alternate between a laptop mode with a cursor, and a professional tablet mode with Apple’s Pencil.
The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 (US) for the Wi-Fi model while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $999. That glorious magic-keyboard will cost you an extra $299 a pop.