In replacement of the projected Apple Special Event for this March, Apple released an improved iPad Pro with LiDAR cameras, MacBook Air with a scissor keyboard in a T-layout and minor changes to the Mac mini. The iPad Pro 2020 comes with a new Magic Keyboard folio that keeps the iPad standing at any angle, without falling over. Let’s break it down to three sections, where the magic begins about these new Apple products and its accessories.
iPad Pro (4th generation)
First off, the iPad Pro 2020 comes with dual cameras, LiDAR technology for ARKit, an A12Z Bionic chip and the same 11’ and 12.9’ inch sizes as the 2018 models. It has an Ultra-Wide camera and 5 studio-quality microphones, making it an ideal iPad for digital photography, art, photo editing, video production and cinematography. The ProMotion display, Magic Keyboard and speed significantly faster than a typical PC imply that the iPad Pro 4th generation is the perfect iPad for drawing, digital art, work and gaming. iPadOS 13.4 also adds an improved pointer with trackpad support, in conjunction with the mouse support initially introduced in iPadOS 13. The dual cameras are Wide and Ultra Wide like the regular iPhone 11, bringing more detail to images and the LiDAR camera features realistic ARKit features and measures distance of surrounding areas up to 5 meters. This makes measurements in the Measure app more accurate and placement of AR objects more accurately in apps.
The 4th generation iPad Pro is available for preorders right now and will be available for 30 countries in retailers next week. 11-inch models will be selling for a base price of $799 for WiFi-only models and $949 for added cellular connectivity. Larger 12.9-inch models go from $999 for WiFi models and $1,149 for WiFi and cellular models. Available from 128GB configurations to a terabyte. The floating, Magic Keyboard for 3rd and 4th generation iPad Pro models will be available in May.
Second, this year’s MacBook Air has a few minor changes to its 2018 model, with the same colours of gold, space grey and silver and the same shape. Storage amounts are twice as much as the 2018 MacBook Air and the price is the same as the previous models. The MacBook Air features a T-style keyboard layout and scissor lift keyboard with 1mm key transfer, similar to the new keyboard on the current 16-inch MacBook Pro. The Intel i7 processor chip is twice as many of the CPU performance and it is indeed a perfect MacBook from leisure time, work and light to moderate workloads at a time.
The 2020 MacBook Air pricing starts at $999 for the regular price and $899 for educational institutions, with a base storage amount of 256GB. The maximum storage amount is 2TB, which is a bit less than the 8TB SSD storage capacity in the biggest and latest 16-inch MacBook Pro. Now 6K displays can be connected from this year’s MacBook Air for the first time of its lineup. Preorders are now available on the Apple website, with its launch date next week.
Last but not least, the space-saving Mac mini is a desktop tower that is powerful from browsing on the web, developing apps on Xcode, video production on iMovie and making soundtracks on GarageBand. The base configuration starts at $799 with 256GB SSD storage. The upgraded 512GB model priced at $1,099 and all Mac minis come in space grey and silver, composed of 100% recycled aluminium. The 2020 Mac mini is available for purchase on the Apple website and authorised resellers now.
Overall, this is all the new Macs and iPads announced by Apple for this spring. There are also new colours for Apple-branded Apple Watch bands, iPhone silicone and leather cases, iPad and MacBook leather sleeves and leather Hermès bands. Order these Apple products online on Apple.com and visit an authorised reseller, because all Apple Stores are closed, except the China locations.