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Apple doubles down on hardware with new iPad Pro

Apple's 2020 iPad Pro is now the most powerful and versatile mobile computing hardware available.

Apple’s 2020 iPad Pro is now the most powerful and versatile mobile computing hardware available.Credit:Apple

The 2020 revision of Apple’s iPad Pro seems quite modest in theory. At the announcement, three major changes over the 2018 iPad Pro were revealed – an improved camera, a slight bump to the processor, and the introduction of Lidar to improve the device’s Augmented Reality (AR) capabilities.

In practice, the improvements are a small step from the 2018 iPad Pro, a giant leap for all other iPad users. I use my 2018 iPad Pro constantly, and take for granted the processing power inside. The 2018 A12X chip is ridiculously fast – better than any Intel or AMD chip inside laptops, including Apple’s own MacBook Pros – so I can forgive the limited speed increase the A12Z provides.

And while the CPU bump is minimal, I found bouncing between apps, opening large Excel spreadsheets, or scrolling through large photo libraries feels much more fluid and faster on this iPad Pro than the previous generation. I assume the more responsive software has to do with more RAM on board, as Geekbench testing shows a smaller CPU jump than we’re used to seeing on iPad revisions.

The new camera module includes a regular wide camera, an ultrawide lens – just like the iPhone – and a Lidar sensor that can scan a short distance to more accurately measure people, rooms and movement. These new lenses will improve the lives of interior decorators, professional photographers, or anyone presenting visual ideas to clients. AR is the big focus, and I’m sure I’ll find a use for it one day.

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