His very appearance was a surprise. The new iPad Pro was expected, but not earlier than March 31, and according to rumors, he did not even have time for this date. He appeared on March 18th. He was introduced online, and Craig Federigi even shot a short video about him – exciting. Press release and two commercials. If this is an “innovative online format”, everything is even worse than we imagined. Nevertheless, they managed to learn something about the new product. This is not the iPad Pro you’ve been waiting for. There are too many surprises in it, there are too many unanswered questions to it. Nevertheless, everything is very interesting, and most likely – not bad.
In my opinion, lately Apple has gotten too many “magic keyboards”. For the new iPad Pro, there are two of them: the second generation Magic Keyboard is offered for the 11-inch model. For the 12.9-inch model – the fourth-generation Magic Keyboard. What are these generations?
The keyboard mechanism of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, the new MacBook Air, and both iPad Pro models – “scissors”. Maybe the reason is this? A whole bunch of surprises are connected with the keyboards for the iPad Pro: firstly, the trackpad is integrated in them, and secondly, although this keyboard with the trackpad seems to be a natural and absolutely necessary part of the new iPad Pro, it is not included in the package, it needs to be bought separately.
Thirdly, their price kills on the spot: Magic Keyboard II (for the 11-inch iPad Pro) costs 26 thousand rubles, and Magic Keyboard IV (for the iPad Pro with a diagonal of 12.9 inches) costs 30 thousand rubles. But – an adjustable angle of the screen, fantastic (in appearance) ergonomics. The fact that using Lidar technology (or LiDAR, by apple), which scans the world around with short laser pulses of safe power, is easy and simple to use is another surprise. This is the same ToF that was expected, wanted and feared.
Really Apple presentations will now be go like this?
And the on-chip system that revitalizes the iPad Pro is not at all the Apple A13X, and not the Apple A12X. In the heated debates on the forums, no one guessed. This is an Apple A12Z. A system-on-a-chip that no one knows about anything outside of Apple. There are many unanswered questions: has the “unbending” 2018 iPad Pro really become unbending? Is the perfect new heat dissipation enough for the iPad Pro to run longer at maximum speed? And what will happen with the keyboard for the 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros from Brydge, which also has a trackpad that has function keys (which are not on the Magic Keyboard II / IV), and which is half the price?
Prices, configurations, colors iPad Pro 2020
System-on-Chip – Apple A12Z. The 8-core central processor (which, according to Phil Schiller, surpasses most of the Windows laptops in today's market) has not become more productive, almost nothing is known about the 8-core neural processor, like in the Apple A12X. In the GPU, compared to the A12X, the number of cores has increased by one.
Photos of the surface of the A12X were not even seen by experts; they suggest that the eighth core was already present on the chip, but it was blocked. Due to the only extra core, did the graphics system performance grow 2.6 times? Kind of weird. Most likely, the A12Z is the result of a major modernization of selected seats in the A12X. Why not the A13X? There are several versions, the correct answer is unknown. Either due to the fact that A14 and A14X already reach the finish line, and in the second half of the year, or at the beginning of the next, they will replace A12Z. To create the A13 variant for such a short period, apparently, was considered impractical. Or the departure of a dozen key and talented engineers, together with a leading developer of apple SoC, still affected the work of the unit. There are other versions.
Like all iPads, the 2020 iPad Pro comes in two flavors: without cellular support, and with its support. As expected, March iPad Pros do not support 5G, only 4G. In each size and variant there are four configurations that differ from each other in the amount of flash memory installed in them.
In all sizes and options they are the same: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB. There are no more configurations with 64 GB, and the price difference between the configurations has become smaller. Versions of the 11-inch iPad Pro “only Wi-Fi” cost (without taxes and fees) 69 990, 78 990, 96 990 and 114 990 rubles. Configurations with cellular support, as always, are more expensive than the “Wi-Fi only” options – 83 990, 92 990, 110 990 and 126 990 rubles.
There is no 5G support, but Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is supported. The camera is two-touch, with a distance sensor. Lidar (in apple style – LiDAR) will discuss another time. Two colors – silver and space gray, this is a tradition. Microphones, speakers, and everything else – at first glance super. Surely as soon as these devices are in the hands of ordinary people, some problems will be discovered. So far, everything seems wonderful and interesting.
When iPad Pro 2020 goes on sale
The first iPad Pro 2020 promise to deliver to those who have them ordered March 25 this year. 9 days before the iPad’s birthday, but Apple doesn’t seem to care – and that’s probably right. When sales begin, everyone who ordered it before 5 pm is promised to deliver it not only free of charge, but also the day after placing the order. This is in the USA, and so far this is nothing more than a promise. If the demand is too large, it will not be easy to fulfill. We will not guess. And I’ll write about certain aspects of the new product, its operating system and LiDAR. Judging by how badly the pages of the iPad Pro in Apple's online stores are buggy, they are, at a minimum, of interest to many.