Apple has announced a new iPad Pro that should be ideal for video and photo professionals. A new MacBook Air has also been announced, replacing the much criticised butterfly keyboard with a version with scissor mechanisms.
Apple reports that the new iPad Pro is faster than most Windows laptops because it includes a new A12Z Bionic chip. As for the rest, the new version largely resembles the previous model. In terms of appearance, and the integrated facial recognition makes a reappearance too.
However, now the back has an ultra-wide lens, and the microphones and speakers are of studio quality, according to Apple. In addition, a new depth sensor is added, which is meant for the precise recognition of the distance between certain objects and the sensor. This is especially useful for professional video or photo applications, as it allows professionals to better choose the right settings for their project. In short, this new version of the iPad Pro focuses strongly on professional photo and video content creators.
A trackpad has also been added to the keyboard case of the new iPad, which should also provide an improved overall experience. According to Apple, the trackpad is a unique extension to the functionality of the device because the cursor changes according to where it is on the display. For example, it takes on the shape of certain elements on the screen. As far as we’re concerned, however, this means that the iPad Pro will just look and feel a bit more like a ‘normal’ laptop.
Speaking of keyboards, the butterfly keyboard on the new MacBook Air has been replaced by an “old-fashioned” keyboard with scissor mechanisms. So, the problems with stuck keys are now a thing of the past. Further innovations on the new MacBook are mainly located on the inside, where the processor and the Intel Iris Plus Graphics have been refreshed. The MacBook Air is available with either a 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core i3 processor or a 1.1 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor; these are tenth generation versions. Also, the entry-level model now has 256GB of storage instead of 128GB.
The two new devices will appear on the market on March 25th and April 6th, respectively.