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The fourth generation iPad Pro is a line of
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designed, developed and marketed by
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. Two models, with a 12.9 inch or 11 inch screen, were both announced on March 18, 2020, and released on March 25. A larger screen size and stylus compatibility were a point of difference from many of Apple's available iPads at release, although other models, like the fifth generation iPad mini were able to utilize the older, first generation
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Apple Pencil
. The iPad Pro features a similar design, and the same screen sizes, as the previous generation, but has an upgraded camera module with
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capabilities and an upgraded
A12Z
A12Z
processor.


Features


Hardware

The 2020 model features an
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Apple A12Z
processor, with an octa-core
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CPU
and
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, support for
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, and an upgraded camera setup with a 12MP wide camera, a 10MP ultra-wide camera, and a
LiDAR Lidar (, also LIDAR, or LiDAR; sometimes LADAR) is a method for determining ranges (variable distance) by targeting an object with a laser A laser is a device that emits light Light or visible light is electromagnetic radiati ...
scanner for
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. From the 2018 to 2020 models, the
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was increased from 4 to 6
GB
GB
(4-6
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) on the 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB models. The 4th Generation 1 TB models have the same 6 GB of RAM as the 2018 models. The base storage option was doubled from 64 GB to 128 GB.


Accessories

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
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, which was released on March 24, 2020. Like its predecessor, this version of iPad Pro supports the
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Apple Pencil
, a variety of cases, and
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USB-C
accessories.


Reception

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 ''
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'' 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."


Timeline


See also

*
Pen computing Pen computing refers to any computer user-interface using a pen or stylus A stylus (plural styli or styluses) is a writing utensil A writing implement or writing instrument is an object used to produce writing. Writing consists of different f ...
*
Graphics tablet A graphics tablet (also known as a digitizer, digital graphic tablet, pen tablet, or digital art board) is a computer input device In computing, an input device is a piece of equipment used to provide data and control signals to an information ...


Notes


References


External links

* Pro
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