Apple's New iPad Pro is Basically a Computer
“Your next computer is not a computer,” Apple says about the just-announced iPad Pro with the A12Z Bionic chip. A press release posted to the company’s website today details a slew of news specs like an Ultra Wide camera, studio-quality mics, a LiDAR Scanner, pro audio, motion sensors, and more wrapped up in a Liquid Retina display.
Backed by the eight-core GPU in the A12Z Bionic, the new iPad Pro is powerful enough for some of the most advanced tasks like editing 4K videos and designing 3D models. In fact, Apple says its latest device is more powerful than most Windows PC laptops, though the price is relatively similar. The latest iPad Pro is available in 11-inch and 12.9-inch displays, retailing for $799 and $999, respectively.
Some additional features that make this iPad feel more like a computer are the return of trackpad support and a new Magic Keyboard with backlighting. Along with a floating design with smooth angle adjustment, the Magic Keyboard offers “the best typing experience ever on iPad,” though you’ll have to wait until May to get your hands on it.
“The new iPad Pro introduces advanced technologies never before available in mobile computing,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Combining the most advanced mobile display with powerful performance, pro cameras, pro audio, the breakthrough LiDAR Scanner and new Magic Keyboard with Trackpad, this is another huge leap forward for iPad. There’s no other device in the world like the new iPad Pro and we think our customers are going to love it.”
Orders are not being processed on Apple.com for both sizes of the new iPad Pro in silver and space gray. Cellular support is available for an additional $150 and additional storage options are available for each size iPad. When the Magic Keyboard drops in May, it’ll cost $299 and $349, depending on the size of your iPad Pro.