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Toys What We Know About Apple's New iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Magic Keyboard

What We Know About Apple's New iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Magic Keyboard

What We Know About Apple's New iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Magic Keyboard
By AFP
March 19, 2020
The new iPad Pro is available to order starting today

Apple has announced a collection of new hardware including a new iPad Pro, complementary keyboard attachment and MacBook Air. Without any sort of prior announcement, Apple introduced an updated iPad Pro and MacBook Air, both of which are sporting (or can sport via an attachment) a refreshed Magic keyboard on Wednesday. 

Here's what we know about the new products:

(Related: Apple is Expected to Launch the New iPhone 9 in Two Sizes)

iPad Pro

Apple's most advanced iPad got a performance-enhancing upgrade: an A12Z Bionic chip. The new processor supports an eight-core CPU and the company's Neural Engine to give professional creators more intelligent performance, a longer battery life and stronger connectivity.

The rear is outfitted with a double camera array consisting of a 12MP Wide camera and a 10MP Ultra Wide camera. According to Apple, "adding a second camera doubles the photo and video possibilities, enabling different perspectives and multi-camera use." The lenses are complemented by a series of five microphones that record studio-quality audio.

An integrated LiDAR Scanner gives the iPad the capacity to measure objects around it up to five meters away. Because of this new method of understanding a scene, the device can deliver AR experiences more in tune with real-life than previous generations.

With the simultaneous launch of iOS 13.4, the iPad gains trackpad support, offering users a more laptop-like experience than ever, a tool which people can enjoy with the brand's new Magic Keyboard. The attachment provides a full-size experience complete with scissor-style, backlit keys.

The new iPad Pro is available to order starting today on Apple's online store and on the Apple Store app. The iPad Pro will be available in stores starting next week. The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space grey finishes; a starting configuration of 128GB offers pro customers more room for their apps and content, along with 256GB, 512GB and 1TB configurations.

MacBook Air

Now equipped with quad-core processors, the new laptop provides globally faster performance across all apps and tools. Graphics performance has likewise been improved by 80 per cent compared with the last generation thanks to the Intel Iris Plus Graphics card.

Apple is straying from the problematic butterfly keys and has reinstalled those with a scissor mechanism. Storage now starts at 256GB but can be up to 2TB if necessary. The new MacBook Air also features a unibody wedge design made from 100 per cent recycled aluminium and comes in three finishes—gold, silver and space grey. 

It will be available online and on the Apple Store app soon, while the Magic Keyboard will reportedly launch in May.

(Related: These are the Most Anticipated Smart Phones of 2020: Samsung, Huawei, Apple, Microsoft and Motorola)

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