iPad Pro (4th generation)

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iPad (4th generation)
Apple iPad Pro wordmark 2017.svg
DeveloperApple Inc.
ManufacturerFoxconn (on contract)
Product familyiPad
TypeTablet computer
Release dateMarch 25, 2020 (2020-03-25)
Operating systemOriginal: iPadOS 13.4
Current: iPadOS 14.2, released November 5, 2020 (2020-11-05)
System on a chipApple A12Z Bionic with 64-bit architecture and Apple M12 motion co-processor
SoundFour speakers, adjusting sound to device orientation
PredecessoriPad Pro (3rd generation)
Websitehttps://www.apple.com/ipad-pro/

The fourth generation of the iPad Pro was announced on March 18, 2020, with the same screen size options as the previous generation: 11-inch (28 cm) and 12.9-inch (33 cm). It has a redesigned camera module, an A12Z processor, 128 GB minimum storage, and support for the Magic Keyboard with a trackpad that is sold separately.[1] The iPad Pro was released on March 25, 2020, in 30 countries and regions.[2]

Features[edit]

Hardware[edit]

The 2020 model features an Apple A12Z processor, with an octa-core CPU and GPU, support for WiFi 6, and an upgraded camera setup with a 12MP wide camera, a 10MP ultra-wide camera, and a LiDAR scanner for augmented reality. From the 2018 to 2020 models, the RAM was increased from 4 to 6 GB[3] on the 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB models,[4] and remains at 6 GB for the 1 TB model.[5][6] The base storage option was doubled from 64 GB to 128 GB.

Accessories[edit]

A new Magic Keyboard was released on April 22, 2020, which includes a trackpad, backlit keys, USB-C port for pass-through charging, and a cantilever design, allowing the iPad Pro to "float" above the keys. The Magic Keyboard is compatible with the 3rd and 4th generation iPad Pro. Support for trackpads, mice, and pointing devices was announced as a feature of version 13.4 of iPadOS, which was released on March 24, 2020.

Like its predecessor, this version of iPad Pro supports the Apple Pencil, a variety of cases, and USB-C accessories.

Reception[edit]

The 2020 model of the iPad Pro was seen as a minor spec bump amongst tech reviewers. Although the addition in RAM and change in storage options were welcomed, the LiDAR sensor that Apple added for increased AR capability was touted as a feature only a few customers would use. Dieter Bohn from The Verge welcomed the new camera setup. However, he considered the device lacking as a tool for video conferencing. Bohn noted that even though most iPad users now use the device primarily in landscape mode in a keyboard case, Apple continues to place the front-facing camera on the device's short edge, a positioning more compatible with use in portrait mode. He added, "in iPadOS, Apple doesn't allow apps to use the camera unless they're active in the foreground. That's nice from a peace-of-mind perspective but absolutely terrible for video conferencing."[7]

Timeline[edit]

iPad Pro (4th generation)iPad Pro (4th generation)iPad Pro (3rd generation)iPad Pro (3rd generation)iPad Pro (2nd generation)iPad Pro (2nd generation)iPad Pro (1st generation)iPad Pro (1st generation)iPad Mini (5th generation)iPad Mini 4iPad Mini 3iPad Mini 2iPad Mini (1st generation)iPad Air (2020)iPad Air (2019)iPad Air 2iPad AiriPad (2020)iPad (2019)iPad (2018)iPad (2017)iPad (4th generation)iPad (3rd generation)iPad 2iPad (1st generation)
Source: Apple Newsroom Archive.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Apple's new iPad Pro keyboard with trackpad will cost up to $349". The Verge. 2020-03-18.
  2. ^ "Apple unveils new iPad Pro with breakthrough LiDAR Scanner and brings trackpad support to iPadOS". Apple. March 18, 2020.
  3. ^ 1 GiB = 10243 bytes
  4. ^ 1 GB = 10003 (one billion) bytes
  5. ^ 1 TB = 10004 (one trillion) bytes
  6. ^ Clover, Juli (March 18, 2020). "All New 2020 iPad Pro Models Feature 6GB RAM and Ultra Wideband Chip". MacRumors. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  7. ^ Bohn, Dieter (March 24, 2020). "Apple iPad Pro review 2020: small spec bump, big camera bump". The Verge.
  8. ^ Apple Inc. (2010–2011). iPad News - Newsroom Archive. Retrieved June 7, 2018.

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