You might have seen Apple promo video on YouTube right corner with the title “iPad Pro – Your next computer is not a computer.” With this promo video, it is quite obvious that this iPad Pro 2020 does not work like a conventional computer works but it is just as capable. It seems that Apple is trying to change everything that we expect from a computer. Here is what you need to know about Apple iPad Pro 12.9.
Apple kept in mind the last version of the iPad Pro, replaced some components and gave it some updated software. Apparently, that wouldn’t seem like much to get inspired over, but taken as a whole, these developments take the iPad Pro closer than ever to work as a high-performing computer.
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
The 2020 Apple iPad Pro 12.9 is a tremendous tablet that, thanks to peculiarities like trackpad support and some under-the-hood tweaks, comes closer than ever to feel like a regular computer. It doesn’t really get there because of some basic iPad’s boundaries, but there are sufficient performance and compliance here that we’ve mostly been able to leave our laptop to the side.
This iPad Pro is the identical size, shape, and weight as the model it substitutes. The front-facing camera and TrueDepth Face ID sensor perform as well as they did before, though their arrangement still seems irritating. Most of the people are more apt to hold their tablets horizontally, which indicates the TrueDepth camera used for Face Unlock usually gets wrapped up by the hand.
The three-pin Smart Connector still lies low on the iPad’s back, so the one accessory that uses it — Apple’s magnetic keyboard case — operates great here. The second-generation Apple Pencil continues to be a fabulous tool for digital designers and students, and nothing in the current OS appears to improve on it.
This 12.9-inch display also continues to be a stunner with wonderful colors and viewing edges, and it’s once again supported by features like True Tone, which regulates the screen’s color temperature automatically.
This iPad Pro still comes four speakers, one in each of the tablet’s edges. They deliver some surprisingly immersive audio when you’re trying to watch movies or listening to music. But one thing you will hate about this model is the lack of headphone jack.
Rather than use a modification of the iPhone 11’s A13 Bionic chipset, Apple sought something a little unconventional this year: It renewed the current A12 architecture to provide us the new(ish) A12Z Bionic.
Apart from some modifications to the thermal design and performance controllers to support it manage more-sustained loads; the most prominent distinction is the updated GPU: Apple claims it added one extra processing core, taking the total to eight.
Even in 2020, a great number of people use their tablets to capture photos. This year, the iPad Pro is packed with two rear cameras: a 12-megapixel wide sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and a new 10-megapixel ultra-wide module that shoots a 125-degree field of view.
You can shoot video at resolutions as high as 4K at 60 fps with both cameras, but you can’t switch between the two while you’re recording.
LiDAR Scanner and AR
Now comes the interesting part, the iPad Pro 2020 has a feature we’ve never seen before on any Apple device. It has a LiDAR scanner on the back (aka time-of-flight sensor) that measures the time it takes to reach an object and reflect. The aim is to empower developers to produce more engaging augmented reality apps.
Generally, when you use an AR app like IKEA Place, you have to spend a few seconds scanning the floor or surface to start using the app. Thanks to this LiDAR scanner, which operates in close accord with the A12Z Bionic chip and Apple’s Neural Engine, AR placement is now immediate.
The latest iPad Pro runs 10 hours and 16 minutes on our Battery Test that is similar to iPad 10.2, which includes constant web surfing over Wi-Fi on 150 nits of screen brightness. We will be conducting the test a few more times to reach an average, but this result looks assuring.
Expected in May, the Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro 2020 seems like it will be a tremendous upgrade over the $199 Smart Keyboard Folio accessory, but it’s also a lot more costly at $349.
iPad Pro 12.9 2020 specs
- OS: iPadOS 13.4
- CPU: A12Z Bionic
- Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
- Display: 12.9 inches (2732 x 2048 pixels) 120Hz
- Rear cameras: 12MP wide (f/1.8), 10-MP ultra-wide (f/2.4)
- Video: 4K up to 60 fps
- Front camera: 7MP TrueDepth
- Wireless: Wi-Fi 6, optional 4G LTE
- Battery: 36.71 watt-hour
- Battery life (tested): 10 hours 16 minutes
- Size: 11.04 x 8.46 x 0.23 inches
- Weight: 1.41 pounds
Price and Availability
The 12.9-inch model is set for a price of $999 for the 128GB WiFi model and $1,149 for the 128GB cellular model. Extra storage is possible at higher prices. The latest iPad Pro 2020 is available for order from the online Apple Store with new order shipping out within a week or two.