10 years ago, Steve Jobs announced the launch of the iPad. It was supposed to be a bridge between the iPhone and a laptop. Sort of like an in between – the middle child of tech devices. And while its purpose was never to replace a laptop computer, the big question that everyone has asked was “Can the iPad replace your laptop computer?”
The answer to this is finally answered after 10 years of iteration – we are finally seeing a version of the iPad Pro that resembles a laptop computer, but honestly, it was designed to be much much more than just that.
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The Chip Just Got Better
For starters, the new and improved A12Z Bionic Chip is built for intensive tasks like video editing, handling 4K footage with ease. Combined with eight-core CPU and the powerful Neural Engine, this chip optimises the battery life, giving you up to 10 hours of use. For the layman who doesn’t use apps that require heavy processing, it’s worth knowing that your apps now run faster, even if you’re multi-tasking. And when things get really intense, there’s no whirring of fans like a laptop computer would; just raw power in a compact tablet that rivals the speed of most laptop computers.
The new 2020 iPad Pro sees the addition of an ultra-wide angle lens along with a wide angle lens. Much like what you would see with the iPhone 11. This gives you the option for a wider field of view and with a Filmic Pro’s DoubleTake app, it allows you to take videos with multiple lenses at the same time.
It’s Like Magic
With the announcement of the 2020 iPad Pro, comes a new accessory – The Magic Keyboard. With a hinge that has a USB-C port, it allows your iPad Pro to elegantly float above the keyboard and for you to adjust the angle. The Magic Keyboard has back-lit keys and scissor mechanism for an amazing typing experience. However, if shelling out $439 for the 11″ version is not up your alley, the Smart Folio is still available for this version of the iPad Pro.
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There’s A Trackpad Now
People have lamented on the lack of cursor support in the iPad. With the introduction of the iPadOS last year, there was limited mouse support in the Accessibility functions, but it’s just a precursor (see what we did there?), to the possibilities that would be in the 2020 iPad Pro. The Trackpad included in the Magic Keyboard, would function as a mouse as well as the gesture familiar to the MacBook and Macbook Pro users.
The 2020 iPad Pro is finally shaping up to be a worthy purchase, and this joins the string of successes which Apple has released in the last year. Looks like Apple is finally listening to what the people want, and then going above and beyond that. We’d like to think that Steve Jobs would be really proud of this version of the iPad Pro and can’t wait for a proper review when they are available.
The 2020 iPad Pro will be available from 25 March 2020, and prices start at $1,199 for the Wi-Fi model and $1,419 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,499 for the Wi-Fi model and $1,719 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. As Apple stores at Orchard and Jewel will remain closed until further notice, we highly recommend ordering online at apple.com/sg for first dibs.
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