While everyone is cooped up at home thanks to COVID-19 and Apple’s annual WWDC conference has been resigned to an online-only existence, the company has managed to announce some new gear, dropping the news by way of a press release. There is a new iPad Pro and, folks, it has a trackpad now.
The iPad Pro’s evolutionary progression has long been on a collision course with honest-to-god MacBooks, but Apple insists the new iPad Pro still retains an unique approach to the control scheme laptops have used for so long, saying that “[rather] than copying the experience from macOS, trackpad support has been completely reimagined for iPad.”
Instead of piloting an actual mouse, the iPad Pro touchpad simply highlights various UI elements as you swipe around, which means pinpoint accuracy won’t be required. It is an intriguing approach to a small trackpad, small screen combination that could be great with an OS that is set up specifically to support it.
The iPad Pro also sports a new two-camera cluster with a 12MP Wide camera and a 10MP Ultra Wide, in addition to a LiDAR Scanner designed for augmented reality applications — likely an early test case for the cameras we’re expecting to find on the iPhone 12.
The new iPad Pro is available today, no small feat given how COVID-19 has disrupted global supply chains. The 11-inch model starts at $799, the 12.9-inch at $999. The (extremely expensive!!) keyboards will be available in May, with the 11-inch model running $299(!) and the 12.9-inch model running $349(!!).
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