New iPad Pro with LiDAR Scanner, dual rear cameras is here, starts at Rs 71,900

By Prakhar Khanna | Published on 18 Mar 2020
New iPad Pro with LiDAR Scanner, dual rear cameras is here, starts at Rs 71,900
HIGHLIGHTS

iPadOS 13.4 brings trackpad support to the iPads.

The iPadOS 13.4 will be available on March 24 as a free software update for all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later.

The iPad Pro now sports a dual rear camera setup housed in a module similar to the one seen on the latest iPhones.

Apple has also introduced a new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro.

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Apple has announced the launch of its new iPad Pro. The new tablet comes with  A12Z Bionic chip making it faster and more powerful than before. Further, it adds an ultra-wide camera,  LiDAR Scanner that delivers depth-sensing capabilities and more. The company claims it is the best device for augmented reality (AR).

New iPadOS

The company says “ trackpad support has been completely reimagined for iPad” instead of copying it from the macOS. As users move their finger across the trackpad, the pointer elegantly transforms to highlight user interface elements. It also supports multi-touch gestures. The iPadOS 13.4 is designed for the touch-first experience on iPad. The cursor appears as a circle that highlights user interface elements, text fields and apps on the Home screen and Dock, giving a clear indication of what users can click on. 

Most third-party apps work with no change at all, and developers can go even further with new APIs that let them deliver unique experiences in their apps. Further, updates coming to Apple’s iWork suite of productivity apps — Pages, Numbers and Keynote — take full advantage of the trackpad.

The iPadOS 13.4 with trackpad support will be available on March 24 as a free software update for all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later. 

Trackpad support will be available on any iPad running iPadOS 13.4 and work with Apple’s Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro. Third-party mice connected over Bluetooth or USB are also supported.

Display and Performance

The new Apple tablet comes with Liquid Retina display — in both 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes. It features P3 wide colour support, a 120Hz refresh rate, and an anti-reflective coating. The eight-core GPU in the A12Z Bionic, along with an enhanced thermal architecture and tuned performance controllers, gives iPad Pro the highest performance ever in an iPad. It is combined with eight-core CPU and Neural Engine. The new iPad Pro is claimed to last up to 10 hours on a single charge.

Camera

The iPad Pro now sports a dual rear camera setup housed in a module similar to the one seen on the latest iPhones. It features a 12MP Wide camera for capturing photos and 4K video + a 10MP Ultra-Wide camera that zooms out two times. The new tablet now features five studio-quality microphones and four-speaker audio. 

LiDAR Scanner 

Apple is focusing on “LiDAR Scanner with the new iPad Pro. It measures the distance to surrounding objects up to 5 meters away, works both indoors and outdoors, and operates at the photon level at nano-second speeds. New depth frameworks in iPadOS combine depth points measured by the LiDAR Scanner, data from both cameras and motion sensors, and is enhanced by computer vision algorithms on the A12Z Bionic for a more detailed understanding of a scene. 

Every existing ARKit app automatically gets instant AR placement, improved motion capture and people occlusion. Using the latest update to ARKit with a new Scene Geometry API, developers can harness the power of the new LiDAR Scanner to unleash scenarios never before possible.

The LiDAR Scanner improves the Measure app, making it faster and easier to automatically calculate someone’s height, while helpful vertical and edge guides automatically appear to let users more quickly and accurately measure objects. 

Magic Keyboard 

Apple has also introduced a new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro. It comes with a floating design with smooth angle adjustment, a backlit keyboard and trackpad. The new keyboard attaches magnetically to iPad Pro. Unique cantilevered hinges allow smooth adjustments of the viewing angle up to 130 degrees. It features a scissor mechanism. Further, it comes with  USB-C pass-through charging, keeping the USB-C port on iPad Pro free for accessories including external drives and displays. It will be available for purchase in May.

Pricing and Availability

The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space grey finishes.Storage configurations include 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.

The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at INR 71,900 for the Wi-Fi model and INR 85,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at INR 89,900 for the Wi-Fi model and INR 1,03,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro will be available for purchase in May for INR 27,900 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and INR 31,900 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

The second-generation Apple Pencil for iPad Pro is available for INR 10,900. The new Smart Keyboard Folio for the new iPad Pro is available in space grey for INR 7,500 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and INR 9.900 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

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