We've heard rumbling recently that Apple had a new iPad Pro coming, and now it's officially official.
The new iPad Pro has a design similar to the previous model launched in 2018, but there are some major changes to be aware of. Inside there's a new A12Z Bionic processor with an eight-core GPU and eight-core CPU, which Apple says combine to give this new iPad Pro the "highest performance ever in an iPad."
Around back there's a new dual camera setup that includes a 12MP main sensor that can capture 4K video as well as a 10MP ultra wide camera with 125-degree field of view. There's a new LiDAR Scanner, too, which measures the distance of surrounding objects up to 5 meters (16 feet) away and works both inside and outside, giving this new iPad Pro some upgraded augmented reality capabilities.
Another major new feature of this iPad Pro is enabled with an accessory. Apple today introduced a new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro that includes a backlit keyboard and trackpad. The cursor appears as a circle that highlights UI elements, text fields, and apps on the home screen and dock. Gestures are supported, too, helping you to more quickly switch between apps, bring up the dock, activate Control Center, and more.
This new Magic Keyboard with trackpad supports the previous 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models that launched in 2018, too. Plus, Apple says that trackpad support will be available to any iPad running iPadOS 13.4 and will work with Apple's Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2. Third-party mice connected over USB or Bluetooth will work as well.
Apple has upgrade the microphones on the new iPad Pro models, packing five "studio-quality microphones" into the tablet to help you capture better sound. There are also four speakers built into the device.
The new iPad Pro is available with an 11-inch 2388x1668 display or a 12.9-inch 2732x2048 screen. No matter which size you choose, you'll get a fully-laminated display with antireflective coating, ProMotion for refresh rates up to 120Hz, a wide color display (P3), and True Tone, which uses sensors to make the white balance appear correct based on the light around you.
There's a 7MP selfie camera on the new iPad Pro with Portrait Mode support, and Face ID is included as well.
Like the 2018 iPad Pro models, these updated versions include a USB-C port for charging. Support for the Apple Pencil is included, too, and just like with the previous models, the Apple Pencil will magnetically attach to the side of the new iPad Pro for charging.
Apple's new iPad Pro models are available to purchase on Apple.com today in 30 countries and regions and will be in stores next week.
Pricing starts at $799 for the 11-inch iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and $949 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $999 for the Wi-Fi version and $1,149 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Storage options include 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.
The Magic Keyboard will launch in May for $299 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and $349 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.