Apple has announced the fastest, most cutting-edge iPad Pro it has ever produced, alongside a new, more capable keyboard. The latest iteration of Apple's flagship tablet also boasts a dual-camera setup and LIDAR scanner that expand the possibilities for creatives.
The new unit, available now at B&H Photo, with models starting at $799 and ranging up to $1,149, adds a 10-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera to work alongside its 12-megapixel wide-angle camera for capturing photos and 4K video. The ultra-wide camera zooms out two times to capture a much wider field of view. It also features five studio-quality microphones for capturing premium sound, and its four-speaker audio system automatically adjusts whether it is held in landscape or portrait orientation.
Apple says: "The combination of pro cameras, pro audio, and the large display make iPad Pro a versatile mobile studio for creative pros including filmmakers, video professionals, podcasters, and other content creators." Utilizing the A12Z Bionic chip, Apple boasts that its new iPad is more powerful than most Windows PC laptops.
The addition of a LIDAR scanner opens up even more creative possibilities in augmented reality, as the iPad Pro can measure the distance to surrounding objects up to 5 meters away. The scanner works both indoors and outdoors and "operates at the photon level at nanosecond speeds." That all sounds pretty fancy, but what it basically means is that it drastically improves the Measure app, which now comes with Ruler View, allowing users to measure people, small objects, and more, and to save those measurements and screenshots for future use. In addition, developers will be able to take advantage of the latest update to ARKit's new Scene Geometry API to unleash their creative potential.
Apple also announced the upcoming release of its new Magic Keyboard, which brings trackpad support to iPad for the first time. Available for purchase in May at $299 for the 11-inch version and $349 for the 12.9-inch version, the Magic Keyboard sports a floating design, backlit keyboard, and "the best typing experience ever on iPad." The nifty-looking keyboard addresses one drawback that has always prevented iPad Pro from replacing laptops, as it aims to drastically improve the keyboard experience.
"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 says.
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