Introducing the new iPad Pro. It’s faster than most PC laptops and features the most advanced mobile display, ever. With Wide and Ultra Wide Pro cameras and the new LiDAR Scanner to take AR to the next level. Oh, and it floats on a new backlit Magic Keyboard with trackpad.
The 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models were updated in March 2020 with a faster A12Z Bionic chip, a new 10MP Ultra Wide camera to complement the traditional 12MP camera, a LiDAR depth scanner for improved augmented reality experiences, and more. There’s also a new Magic Keyboard with Trackpad, and the new iPad Pro models continue to work with the Apple Pencil 2.
- 12.9-inch 2732 x 2048 or 11-inch 2388 x 1668 display
- A12Z Bionic processor
- Edge-to-edge display without Home button
- 12MP Wide and 10MP Ultra Wide rear cameras
- LiDAR depth scanner for AR
- TrueDepth Camera with Face ID
- Optional Apple Pencil 2, Magic Keyboard With Trackpad, and Smart Keyboard Folio
- Available in Silver and Space Gray
The 2020 iPad Pro
Apple in March 2020 refreshed its iPad Pro lineup, introducing a faster A12Z Bionic processor, dual rear cameras, a new LiDAR scanner for improved augmented reality capabilities, improved audio, and an optional Magic Keyboard accessory that adds a trackpad to the iPad for the first time.
According to Apple, the 2020 iPad Pro is its most advanced iPad Pro to date, with a number of “pro” improvements for those who want an iPad that’s able to replace a computer.
When it comes to design, the iPad Pro is unchanged, available in 11 and 12.9-inch sizes with an all-screen design and an edge-to-edge display that does not include a Home button. Like the 2018 iPad Pro models, the 2020 iPad Pro features a TrueDepth camera system with Face ID that uses facial recognition for biometric authentication and a 7-megapixel camera for selfies.
Both of the iPad Pro models feature an aluminum chassis in Silver or Space Gray with flat, rounded edges that wrap around the Liquid Retina display. The Liquid Retina display is unchanged from the 2018 model, featuring wide color support, True Tone for adjusting to ambient light, an anti-reflective coating, and ProMotion 120Hz refresh capabilities.
While the general design of the iPad Pro has remained the same, there’s a new rear camera system. There are two cameras, including a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 10-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera that can zoom out two times for a wider field of view.
Features like Smart HDR, Quad-LED True Tone Flash, wide color, and 4K video recording at up to 60fps are included.
Accompanying the two-camera setup is a new LiDAR Scanner that uses reflected light to measure the distance of objects up to five meters away in nano-second speeds. Apple says that new depth frameworks in iPadOS combine depth points from the LiDAR scanner with data from cameras and motion sensors for a whole new class of AR experiences on the iPad Pro.
Existing ARKit apps will benefit from instant AR placement, improved motion capture, and people occlusion. With new ARKit capabilities, developers can access a new Scene Geometry API that will result in new scenarios not possible without the LiDAR Scanner.
Apple has improved the Measure app using the LiDAR Scanner, and it can now automatically calculate a person’s height. Object measurements are faster and more accurate thanks to automatic vertical and edge guides, plus there’s a new Ruler View for more granular measurements.
Inside, the 2020 iPad Pro is equipped with an A12Z Bionic Chip that features an 8-core GPU, 8-core CPU, and enhanced thermal architecture and tuned performance controllers for faster than ever performance. The Neural Engine handles Core ML tasks and augmented reality features, and processes data from the LiDAR Scanner.