What's new and improved in the new Apple iPad Pro tablet - full review

April 24, 2020

Even in the face of stiff competition, following the release of Microsoft’s flagship product - Surface, Apple’s iPad continues to remain the undisputed king of the tablet world. Its newly launched Apple iPad Pro is dominating the modern tablet market and making news for all good reasons. Today, we’ll review the product and explain why it has managed to stay ahead of its competitors.

Apple iPad Pro

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch tablet full review

Building on the iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 (released in 2018), Apple launched two new iPad Pro models with some major updates. We managed to acquire the 11-inch Apple iPad Pro for review. Firstly, we found that both models take their features and design cues from the third generation (2018) iPad Pros. As earlier, the new variants continue to incorporate Apple Pencil support (now a second-generation Pencil), and focus on general productivity, art, and multitasking.

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iPad Pro Design
iPad Pro Design

Also, as seen in earlier Pro models, the new iPad does away with the Home button. The tablet has a sleek design. It’s super-slim at 5.9mm and feels quite light at 471 grams. We bet; you will never experience fatigue even if you are forced to rest iPad Pro on your lap for hours. The back of the tablet appears flat, as are its sides, punctuated by small holes for the quad speakers and other necessary items.

iPad Pro size comparison

The only visible difference between the 11-inch iPad Pro and the 12.9-inch version is their screen size. Rest, all appear similar. For instance, at 265 pixels-per-inch the pixel density in both models remains the same. Quite simply, one is bigger than the other. Depending on your requirements, choose the one that suits you best.

iPad Pro Camera
iPad Pro Camera

Most notably, we found that Apple has added a new dual-camera system on the rear side. The reinvented iPad is also equipped with a breakthrough LiDAR scanner (depth scanner).

iPad Pro LiDAR Scanner
iPad Pro LiDAR Scanner

It opens new possibilities for visualizing the world in 3D and enables Augmented Reality (AR) capabilities that were hitherto, not possible on any mobile device.

Apple seems to be pushing this concept as the flagship feature since the company believes, it holds the potential of blurring the lines between the physical and virtual world. The technology will allow games to interact with the real world like never before.

iPad Pro AR
iPad Pro AR

Besides, the LiDAR Scanner iPad also improves the Measure app, making it faster and easier to automatically calculate someone’s height. Its helpful vertical and edge guides automatically appear whenever a user intends to quickly and accurately measure objects.

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The Ruler View in the app offers more granular measurements and allows users to save a list of all measurements, complete with screenshots for future use.

ipad pro pencil
ipad pro pencil

The 2020 Pros do not support Lightning ports but that doesn’t mean the iPad wouldn’t charge the original Apple Pencil. It charges the newer one wirelessly while holding it in place magnetically. All you must do is attach Apple Pencil magnetically to pair it and charge wirelessly!

Under the hood, iPad Pro is powered by an A12X Bionic chip. Apple claims it is built on industry-leading seven-nanometer technology standards and thus, happens to be the smartest and most powerful chip ever seen in a tablet. The powerful eight-core A12X Bionic features 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores for up to 35 percent faster single-core performance and a new performance controller for simultaneous use of all 8 cores for up to 90 percent boost during multi-threaded tasks.

On the other hand, a seven-core, Apple-designed GPU delivers up to twice the graphics performance for incredibly rich and immersive AR experiences and console-quality graphics. The breakthrough performance and capability, fortunately, can last all day, thanks to great 10-hour battery life.

Put it simply, the internals are quite faster, support more advanced features & capable of performing multi-tasking operations!

Finally, the iPadOS 13.4 software update introduces trackpad support to iPad for a more natural typing experience and added precision for tasks such as writing and selecting the text, working with spreadsheets, and pro workflows. The cursor hovers over objects as a circle, giving a clear indication of what users can click on.

iPad Pro Keyboard
iPad Pro Keyboard

It’s a joy to use a trackpad with an iPad. Support for Fluid gestures makes navigation a breeze on the trackpad. It also helps in an easy switch between apps, accessing the app switcher, or enabling the Slide Over feature.

The full size-keyboard easily turns your tablet into a laptop and makes an amazing companion for iPad Pro. Read a complete review on Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro.

Further, the future for iPad Pro reveals, there are new updates coming to Apple’s iWork suite of productivity apps — Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — take full advantage of the trackpad and open up a whole new way to work with documents on iPad.

Finally, the capabilities in the latest iPadOS ensure most third-party apps work with no change at all. Besides, developers can go a step further with new APIs that let them deliver unique experiences in their apps for the new OS.

Concluding, we must say, some important changes including gains made via a full keyboard and trackpad support will increase the utility of the device by manifolds and Apple just can’t wait to hear rave reviews about its product!

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