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The new (2020) iPad Pro is powered by the A12Z processor and features a new camera setup on the back. Apple has also unveiled a new Magic Keyboard with a trackpad for iPad Pro.

iPad Pro reviews

The iPad Pro is not available yet, so we are still waiting on reviews. As the product becomes available, 9to5Mac will have a review and a roundup of reviews from respected experts.

iPad Pro specs and features

The new A12Z Bionic chip in the iPad Pro offers the “highest performance ever in an iPad.” There’s an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU, alongside Apple’s Neural Engine. You’ll also get 10 hours of battery life and LTE that’s up to 60% faster . The iPad Pro is the first iPad to include Wi-Fi 6 support.

Apple describes the new Magic Keyboard as having a “floating design with smooth angle adjustment.” It attaches magnetically to the iPad Pro and features “unique cantilevered hinges” that allow it to adjust up to 130 degrees. The keyboard uses Apple’s scissor-switch mechanism and is backlit as well.

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In a video shared with the Verge, Federighi talks through some of the logic behind Apple’s decision to bring trackpad support to iPad Pro. Essentially, the decision came down to realizing how well that trackpad input complements typing on a physical keyboard:

Our goal with iPad has always been to create a device so capable and so versatile it can become whatever you want it to be. And that versatility is built on the power of touch. But of course we give you so many other ways to interact with your iPad, and sometimes you want to type. For typing, nothing beats the Magic Keyboard. It’s when typing that you most appreciate the precision and ergonomics of a trackpad.

Federighi also explained why they decided to make the iPadOS cursor a rounded icon rather than a traditional pointer:

The shape of the cursor is the one most natural for the touch experience. It’s round, just like your fingertip. As you move over the controls, it automatically transforms to make them easy to select. And of course the trackpad is amazing for text — the cursor transforms into a precise tool that makes it super easy to select text, apply formatting, and even select whole blocks of text.

The new iPad Pro Magic Keyboard case also features a USB-C port on its hinge. Apple says the Magic Keyboard features “USB-C pass-through charging. This keeps the USB-C port free for accessories including external drives and displays.” Apple also notes that there is an “updated Smart Keyboard Folio” without a trackpad as well.

Apple says it will update its iWork suite of productivity apps to take “full advantage of the trackpad and open up a whole new way to work with documents on iPad.” There will also be new templates in Pages and Keynote to make use of the new trackpad.

There’s also a new LiDAR camera array on the back of the new model. Apple says this LiDar Scanner measures the distance to surrounding objects up to 5 meters away:

The breakthrough LiDAR Scanner enables capabilities never before possible on any mobile device. The LiDAR Scanner 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.

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iPad Pro Stories March 29

One of the ideas I’ve championed for a few years now is that using the iPad for hours a day is a struggle ergonomically. When I am at my desk, I like having a large monitor, external keyboard, and external mouse. I can work for hours at a time without taking my hands off the keyboard and mouse. When I’ve tried to use the iPad in the same situation, my arm gets tired of always touching the screen. In iPadOS 13, Apple introduced cursor support as an accessibility feature. After almost a year of “tinkering” with the feature, I am 100% of the opinion that iPadOS needs full mouse support to achieve its full potential. With iOS 13.4 now available, I am glad we are seeing expanded mouse support in iPadOS. expand full story

iPad Pro Stories March 28

After tearing down the new MacBook Air earlier this week, iFixit is back this weekend with a video teardown of the 2020 iPad Pro. The video offers our first look at just how similar the new iPad Pro is to the 2018 model that it replaces.

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iPad Pro Stories March 26

Early benchmarks and reviews of the 2020 iPad Pro have indicated that performance is only marginally better than the 2018 iPad Pro. This year’s model features a new A12Z Bionic processor, but early indications from Notebook Check suggest there are minimal physical differences compared to the 2018 iPad Pro’s A12X Bionic processor.

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PSA: Don’t try and bend your new iPad Pro

When the 2018 iPad Pro came out, its radically fresh redesign inevitably brought with it an Apple hardware scandal. A portion of users noticed that their iPad was slightly bent out of the box, and the name #BendGate was coined. Apple ultimately released a support article that quietened most of the outrage, saying that some slight bend was within operating tolerances.

It was also observed that the iPad’s design meant it was easily bent in half with just a little amount of force. Some people reported that the iPad was getting bent just being carried around in a backpack. Now, we have a new iPad Pro, featuring the same thin aluminum enclosure, so did Apple do anything to reinforce the iPad’s structure? It doesn’t seem like it.

iPad Pro Stories March 25

How much is your iPad Pro worth right now?

The new 2020 iPad Pro has arrived, and while it might not be a major upgrade over the 2018 model, some might think its improved camera is essential! If you’re looking to upgrade to the latest model, you probably have an older iPad to trade in. Here’s what you need to know about trading in your iPad to maximize how much you’ll get to put toward a new 2020 model…

iPad Pro Stories March 24

Apple just unveiled its new iPad Pro lineup, bringing a LiDAR Scanner on the back, a more powerful A12Z Bionic processor, and the Magic Keyboard with trackpad accessory. As with most new Apple products, the 2020 iPad Pro also includes fresh wallpapers, and you can download them below.

Update 3/24: 9to5Mac reader Dylan has extracted all of the new iPad Pro wallpapers directly from iPadOS. You can download the light and dark mode versions here.

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