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This article was published on March 18, 2020


It’s finally happened: An iPad Pro with trackpad support (and better cameras)

It’s finally happened: An iPad Pro with trackpad support (and better cameras)
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

In the past, Apple has made fun of Microsoft with its “What’s a computer?” commercial, mocking a laptop-like form factor, and claiming that an iPad can work as a laptop. Now, Apple has gone full laptop with its new iPad Pro, which now comes with support for a trackpad.

The new iPad Pro also has an iPhone 11-like camera assembly on the back with a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 10-megapixel ultra-wide camera.

It comes in two sizes — 11-inch and 12.9-inch — and it’s powered by Apple‘s own A12Z bionic chip. The company says the new iPad also features studio-quality mics for better audio recording.

The trackpad support comes with a special magic keyboard Apple is releasing. The company says the cursor, that you can control with the trackpad, appears in the form of a circle that highlights user interface elements such as text fields and apps. Apple claims the cursor “only appears when you need it,” so it won’t stay permanently on your screen like a mouse cursor on a Macbook or a Windows laptop. 

The trackpad also features a USB-C pass-through charging slot on the side, and a “smooth angle adjustment,” allowing for viewing angles up to 130 degrees. 

The device also has a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensor, which measures the distance of objects from the device up to five meters away. This kind of sensor is often used in self-driving cars to detect surrounding vehicles and objects to avoid the collision. Apple is using LiDAR sensor to power Augmented Reality (AR) applications like CAD tools and an upcoming IKEA app to virtually furnish your home.

The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $999; the magic keyboard with trackpad costs $249 and $349 for these models respectively. The device will be in stores starting next week in more than 30 countries.

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