6 Surprising Facts About the New Apple iPads

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This year, Apple added two new exciting products to their ever-expanding iPad line: the new iPad Pro and iPad Air. 

With each Apple product release comes a whole host of technological advancements, features and hardware to take advantage of. No matter whether it’s 4K video recording or TouchID, there’s always something special to entice new customers, and get existing iPad users to upgrade.

We’ve found some of the most interesting and surprising facts about the new iPad releases this year, to help you see whether it’s worth the switch…

2020 Apple iPad Pro

1. The new iPad pro is faster and more powerful than most Windows PCs and laptops

Yes that’s right, Apple claims its new A12Z Bionic chip beats the processing power of most Windows PCs and laptops. This means that the iPad is becoming a viable alternative for traditional PC and laptop users. 

The A12Z chip is a 64-bit ARM-based chip, designed by Apple themselves. It has a maximum clock speed of 2.49GHz, a collection of 8 GPU cores, an M12 coprocessor and more to make it one of the most powerful chips in a tablet.

2. You get more storage as standard

With the new iPad pro, the base model offers 128gb of storage as standard. Whereas the previous iPad pro model only offered 64gb of storage in its base model. 

Whilst this model is slightly more expensive than the 2019 iPad pro, the huge increase in storage, arguably, makes the additional cost worth it. 

3. The new LiDAR scanner

The iPad pro 2020 includes a new LiDAR scanner that aims to enhance the Augmented Reality (AR) experience. 

This scanner uses reflected light to accurately measure the distance of objects up to a maximum of 5 metres away. This can be used indoors or outdoors, and the measurements are taken at the photon level at nano-second speeds. This technology helps to take the AR experience to the next level, and it means that the new iPad pro has even more real-life applications than its predecessor. 

2020 Apple iPad Air

1. Touch iD is built into top button, and not the home screen button

Interestingly, the iPad air comes with Touch iD and not Face iD. In addition to this, for the first time ever, there is a fingerprint sensor in the top (lock) button, rather than the home screen button. 

The Touch iD in the new iPad air is second generation, which means that despite it’s new placement, it should still be fast and reliable. 

2. The new iPad air is 3mm shorter and 4.4mm wider than the 2019 iPad air

You may know that the new iPad air is slightly larger than the 2019 model. The newer version sports a 10.9inch screen, which is a decent size upgrade when compared to the older version’s 10.5inch screen.

What does this look like in real life? The new 2020 iPad air is in fact 3mm shorter and 4.4mm wider than its predecessor. This is partially made possible by the removal of the home screen button. 

If you’re unsure whether your existing iPad air case will fit your new iPad, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can help you to find an option that suits your needs. 

3. It is compatible with the Apple Pencil 2 & Magic Keyboard

The new iPad air is compatible with a wider range of Apple accessories, including the Apple Pencil 2 and Magic Keyboard. 

The latest version of the Apple Pencil supports wireless and attaches magnetically to the side of your tablet. This, however, means that wireless charging will not work if you’re using an iPad case or cover. 

The added Magic Keyboard compatibility, on the other hand, means that the new iPad will be accessible to a wider range of tablet users. 

Sources:

https://www.macworld.co.uk/news/ipad/new-ipad-air-release-date-3696145/

https://www.apple.com/uk/newsroom/2020/03/apple-unveils-new-ipad-pro-with-lidar-scanner-and-trackpad-support-in-ipados/

https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/ipad-pro/

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