Apple was quiet last night, but somewhat unsurprisingly unveiled the new iPad Pro, which includes the second-generation 11-inch and fourth-generation 12.9-inch versions. The new iPad Pro basically maintains the design of the 2018 model, such as a flat straight form factor, a Liquid Retina full screen that supports 120Hz ProMotion adaptive refresh rate technology, P3 wide color gamut display, 600 nits maximum brightness, and a 5.9 mm thinnest i-bodyPad.
So where is the new iPad Pro?
Double-camera and lidar scanner
The new iPad Pro features a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera with a dual-camera combination of 10-megapixel ultra-wide-angle cameras with apertures of 1.1.8 and s/2.4, respectively. In addition, the original flash has been upgraded to achieve a higher brightness complement.
More important is the lidar scanner.
From the official demo, the new iPad Pro’s “lidar scanner” appears to consist of two cameras, a feature that determines the distance (up to 5 meters) by measuring the time it takes for light to touch an object and reflect it back. The distance information collected translates into “depth information” with the help of the processor and iPadOS’ new depth architecture, and coordinates two cameras, motion sensors, and other components for a better AR experience.
With the addition of the Lidar scanner, each existing ARKit app automatically gets instant augmented reality placement, as well as optimized motion capture and character masking. For example, the rangefinder app makes it easy and fast to automatically calculate a person’s height, while automatically displaying practical vertical and edge guides, and the new Ruler View enables finer measurements.
In addition to Apple’s official AR app enhancements, three AR apps will initially be available with the new iPad Pro’s “Lidar scanner” for a more immersive AR experience:
▪ Complete Anatomy’s upcoming new activity capability assessment tool: this app provides physiotherapists and their patients with the information they need to quantify progress, and also supports tracking patients’ mobility throughout their recovery;
▪ the IKEA Place app adds new AR features: New features will take advantage of lidar scanners and ARKit on the iPad Pro, allowing users to place a single piece of furniture and intelligently position the entire room in augmented reality mode. With Studio Mode, users can browse the different parts of their home and discover more Room Sets to complement their existing furniture, space and style;
▪ Shapr3D: This professional CAD system app, based on Siemens Parasolid technology, will be available later this year with a new version that includes the ability to automatically generate accurate 2D interior plans and 3D models with lidar scanners to make it easier for users to renovate their homes. For example, build additional bathrooms, add lockers and so on.
In my opinion, the addition of a dual-camera combination on the iPad Pro means a “lidar scanner”. Because the iPad Pro, which often takes photos through iPad, is still in the minority, the iPad Pro, which includes ultra-wide-angle cameras, adds more images to the indoor AR experience, which is “augmented reality” after all, the full name of the AR’s Augmented Reality translates into “augmented reality” The pursuit is to realize the virtual level of information based on the images collected by the camera.
A12Z Bionic Chip , Full Line 6GB RAM , U1 Chip
What’s surprising is that the new iPad Pro is actually equipped with an A12Z bionic chip, not the A13X. Little is known about the chip, and Apple used the line on its official website that previously promoted the 2018 iPad Pro: “Fast enough to make many laptops envious.”
In fact, the A12X bionic chip on the 2018 iPad Pro is already showing great performance, with a 7nm process-based chip with four performance cores and four energy efficiency core SMs, with a 90 percent improvement in multithreaded task performance over the previous A10X. At the time, Apple even said the A12X bionic chip was performing more than 92% of laptops sold in the past 12 months.
Just over a year later, Apple launched the A13 last year, and the A12Z’s performance may not be known until it’s released.
In addition, according to the code found bymedia from iPad OS 13.4, the new iPad Pro will be fully equipped with 6GB RAM and U1 ultra-wideband chips. By contrast, the 2018 iPad Pro has only 6GB of RAM in the 1TB version, and other storage-capacity versions with only 4GB of RAM.
The U1 ultra-wideband chip, a new component first introduced by Apple in last year’s iPhone 11 series, allows the device to be space-aware, sense other Nearby Apple devices equipped with U1 chips, and accurately determine their location, but is now able to achieve a more single functionality, only in use The ability to “point to prioritization” is implemented when AirDrop. But in the future, the chip will have a greater impact with the AR layout, and may even turn the device into a “car key” with the new CarKey API.
Trackpad and more complete mouse support
Strictly speaking, this should be a new feature for iPad OS 13.4, as older iPads that are updated to the new system will also get these new features. Apple has announced that it will release the official version of iOS 13.4 and iPad OS 13.4 on March 24 (around 1 a.m. Beijing time on March 25).
Trackpad support, one of the most important new features in iPadOS 13.4, will give the iPad a more natural experience and a more granular way of doing things. But unlike the trackpad/mouse experience that copied your Mac or PC, iPadOS offers more fit-to-touch improvements for mouse/trackpad support, including a redesigned cursor and new trackpad gestures.
Redesigned cursor: The cursor in iPad OS is designed for the iPad. When you move the cursor, it intelligently adjusts the shape with the screen content you point to, such as the app icon on the home screen and the dock, and the buttons in the app. You can also automatically become an I-pointer when you point to a text input area.
In addition, for the iPad Touch screen feature, when the cursor stays or taps in some part of the screen, it triggers the same effect as a touch screen slide, such as moving the cursor to the bottom edge of the screen to activate the dock;
New trackpad gestures: In addition to precise operation through the cursor, another great advantage of the trackpad is the ability to perform gestures. iPadOS 13.4 brings a number of more efficient gestures to the trackpad, including two-finger swipe scrolling, three-finger swipe up to stay open to the background, three-finger swipe to switch apps, three-finger swipe up to return to the home screen, and more.
When it comes to the trackpad, you have to mention the “magic keyboard” with the new iPad Pro, a newly designed keyboard accessory that retains the two-in-one features of previous generations of smart keyboards, opens a handy keyboard, and is a protective case for the new iPad Pro and 2018 iPad Pro.
But with a slight difference, the “magic keyboard” comes with a trackpad and features a levitation bracket design that connects to the iPad Pro through magnetic adsorption. What’s more, the key slot of the “Magic Keyboard” is a one-millimeter keystroke scissor-style structure and full-backlit design, an attractive upgrade for text workers.
Of course, the premise of all this is that you think it’s worth spending $2,399 on a keyboard accessory.
The new iPad Pro starts with a 64GB upgrade to 128GB from the previous generation, and starts at $6,229 (11-inch Wi-Fi version) and 7899 yuan (12-inch Wi-Fi version) with no premium.