Apple, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, refreshed its iPad Pro lineup and launched new iterations of the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets. The launch of the new iPad Pro models comes five years after the release of the original iPad models back in 2015 and represents the fourth generation of the iPad Pro series. The new models feature several advancements that range from a brand new camera system at the rear — and a LiDAR camera that is capable of measuring distances for AR-based apps. The new iPad Pro range also adds trackpad support with iOS 13.4 — thereby blurring the lines between tablets and laptops. Apple also announced the launch of a new Magic Keyboard that comes with a full-size keyboard with backlit keys. The Magic keyboard also boasts of a scissor mechanism that delivers 1mm travel and claims to deliver the best typing experience ever on an iPad.
Let us talk about the refreshed iPad Pro range in detail now.
Apple iPad Pro: Price in India
Hours after Apple announced the launch of the new 2020 iPad range, the company also announced the pricing for the Indian market. The base version of the iPad Pro 2020 is the 11-inch, 128GB Wi-Fi only version which will set you back by Rs 71,900. If you opt for the Wi-Fi+ cellular model, the price goes up to Rs 89,900.
Then we have the 12.9-inch Wi-Fi only model that has been priced at Rs 89,900 while the Wi-Fi + Cellular option will set you back by Rs 1,03,900. If you want the new keyboard experience, the new Magic Keyboard will cost you an additional Rs 27,900 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and Rs 31,900 for the 12.9-inch variant.
You will also need to wait until May till all these products officially go on sale in India. Along with these products, Apple also announced the launch of the new Smart Keyboard Folio which will set users back by Rs 7,700 for the 11-inch version and Rs 9,900 for the 12.9-inch version.
Apple iPad Pro: Specifications, Features
Both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models support Apple’s ProMotion displays with 120Hz refresh rate. The display also gets Apple’s TrueTone feature for accurate color reproduction. Viewing comfort under a wide variety of circumstances is ensured thanks to an anti-reflective coating.
Both the models come powered by Apple’s new eight-core A12Z Bionic chipset with Neural Engine which Apple claims makes the iPad Pro more powerful and faster than most Windows laptops. Consumers will be able to buy the iPad Pro 2020 models in 128GB/ 256GB/ 512GB/ 1TB storage options. The new tablets also claim up to 10 hours of battery life as well.
The iPad Pro 2020 lineup gets an improved camera system consisting of a 12MP primary wide-angle camera and a 10MP ultra-wide-angle camera. Then there is the new LiDAR camera which is aimed at people who use AR features. This sensor gives the iPad Pro the ability to measure distances and calculate heights. Apple has also refreshed its Measure app which now offers a ruler view for better granular measurements. Apart from these, the new models also get five studio-quality microphones that claim to capture high-quality audio.
While there is no doubt that the new iPad Pro lineup look like formidable products, what remains to be seen is if people will start looking at them as proper laptop replacements. It is also important to see how Apple moves ahead in this direction considering that at some point the iPad Pro lineup will affect it’s own MacBook Pro lineup of notebooks.