The new iPad Pro is here. Apple has updated its flagship range of tablets, almost 18 months after its predecessor.
While it's not a major redesign, there are plenty of exciting upgrades across the board. There's also some new accessories worth talking about.
The iPad Pro was already the most capable tablet on the market, and this latest version looks set to stretch the the lead over its rivals. Here's everything you need to know.
When is the new iPad Pro coming out?
The iPad Pro was announced on 18 March 2020, and will be available worldwide from 25 March. Apple is taking orders on its official site now.
The company has decided against holding an official event, presumably due to the coronavirus outbreak.
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How much will the new iPad Pro cost?
Both new iPad Pro sizes start at the same price as the 2018 models, although the baseline storage has been doubled to 128GB. Here's the pricing across all configurations:
- iPad Pro 11in (2020, Wi-Fi): £769/$799, £869/$899, £1,069/$1,099, £1,269/$1,299
- iPad Pro 11in (2020, cellular): £919/$949, £1,019/$1,049, £1,219/$1,249, £1,419/$1,449
- iPad Pro 12.9in (2020, Wi-Fi): £969/$999, £1,069/$1,099, £1,269/$1,299, £1,469/$1,499
- iPad Pro 12.9in (2020, cellular: £1,119/$1,149, £1,219/$1,249, £1,419/$1,449, £1,619/$1,649
What's new with the latest iPad Pro?
Despite rumours of a new 12in size, the new iPad Pro is still available in 11in and 12.9 models. However, there are substantial upgrades in a number of other key areas.
The big news in the camera department is the addition of a 10Mp ultra-wide camera, in addition to the existing 12Mp main sensor.
Apple is touting the introduction of a Pro-grade camera system, making it comparable to the latest iPhone on image quality.
Apple's sensors have long been revered for their video quality, and it will be no different on the latest iPad Pro.
The 2020 model will make stride forwards on the audio side, with the addition of a fifth microphone. Apple now claims all the microphones are now studio-quality, as it becomes an increasingly powerful tool for filmmakers and video professions.
LiDAR scanner and AR improvmenets
The introduction of a LiDAR scanner is a brand new feature on the 2020 iPad Pro. Short for light detection and ranging, this is used to measure how long it takes light to reach an object and be reflected back.
This will be used throughout the iPad Pro, in order to enhance the user experience. The biggest enhancements will be in augmented reality (AR), where LiDAR can be used to dramatically improve its effectiveness.
This will enable instant placement of virtual objects in a scene, improved motion capture and people occlusion. The latter should make for a far more immersive experience when using AR for gaming.
LiDAR will also help to improve the accuracy of the Measure app that Apple launched in 2018.
A12Z bionic chip and enhanced performance
The iPad Pro has always been a ridiculously fast tablet, and the introduction Apple's custom-made A12Z bionic chip will take this to the next level.
This latest and greatest chipset has been designed with the demanding tasks in mind, with Apple claiming it will be able to handle 4K video editing without a problem.
Combining this with the existing eight-core CPU and Neural engine should result in stellar performance.
There's no 5G option on the iPad Pro yet, but we'd expect that to be introduced on the 2020 iPhone first.
Are there any new accessories?
Yes, Apple has unveiled a new keyboard designed to work with the latest iPad Pro.
Known as the Magic Keyboard, this will feature a touchpad for the first time on any iPad accessory, making an iPad truly look like a laptop for the first time.
The keyboard also has a floating design, allowing the display to be suspended in the air thanks to an adjustable hinge. There's also improvements to key travel and an additional USB-C port for greater flexibility. .
While Apple introduced mouse support with the previous iPad, its clunky implementation meant many people were reluctant to use it. The lack of alternative methods of navigation to touch has been one of the big barriers to the iPad Pro being a laptop replacement for many, so the introduction of touchpad support with iPadOS 13.4 will make that one step closer for a lot of people.
The latest iPad Pro will also be compatible with an updated Keyboard Folio case and second generation Apple Pencil.