Apple unveils new iPad Pro with LiDAR Scanner, Magic Keyboard

Cupertino, March 18, 2020-

In these depressing coronavirus times, Apple on Wednesday brought some cheers in the market with launching an advanced iPad Pro with the A12Z Bionic chip and edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display.

The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at Rs 71,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 85,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at Rs 89,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 103,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The aviliability for the India market will be announced at a later date.

The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro will be available for purchase in May for Rs 27,900 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and Rs 31,900 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with layouts for over 30 languages.

“The new iPad Pro introduces advanced technologies never before available in mobile computing,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

The new iPad Pro adds an Ultra Wide camera, studio-quality mics and a breakthrough LiDAR Scanner that measures the distance to surrounding objects up to 5 metres away and works both indoors and outdoors.

“Combining the most advanced mobile display with powerful performance, pro cameras, pro audio, the breakthrough LiDAR Scanner and new Magic Keyboard with Trackpad, this is another huge leap forward for iPad,” he added.

The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space grey finishes. A starting configuration of 128GB offers Pro customers more room for their apps and content, along with 256GB, 512GB and 1TB configurations.

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, said Apple.


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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.

The second-generation Apple Pencil for iPad Pro is available for Rs 10,900. The new Smart Keyboard Folio for the new iPad Pro is available in space grey for Rs. 7,500 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and Rs 9,900 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

With iPadOS 13.4, Apple brings trackpad support to iPad, giving customers an all-new way to interact with their iPad.

Rather than copying the experience from macOS, trackpad support has been completely reimagined for iPad.

“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.

Built for the most demanding tasks, like editing 4K video or designing 3D models, iPad Pro gets another performance boost with the new A12Z Bionic chip.

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.

The Pro camera system on iPad Pro features a 12MP Wide camera for capturing stunning photos and 4K video, and now includes a 10MP Ultra Wide camera.

iPad Pro now features five studio-quality microphones for capturing audio and the quietest details, and delivers an immersive sound experience with four-speaker audio that automatically adjusts to any orientation, no matter how it is held.  (Agency)

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