Apple has unveiled an updated iPad Pro and a new laptop-style keyboard trackpad to go with it.
The move sees the iPad Pro range inching closer toward laptops in terms of appearance and functionality.
However, the new trackpad keyboard (called the “Magic Keyboard”) will not perform exactly the same way as a MacBook or PC keyboard.
“Rather than copying the experience from macOS, trackpad support has been completely reimagined for iPad. As users move their finger across the trackpad, the pointer elegantly transforms to highlight user interface elements,” the company said in its release. “Multi-Touch gestures on the trackpad make it fast and easy to navigate the entire system without users ever lifting their hand.”
The new keyboard will also work on the existing 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, but will cost a lot more than current iPad keyboards: €339 for an 11-inch compatible keyboard and €399 for a 12.9-inch compatible keyboard.
The keyboard is backlit, like many laptop keyboards, and has a “smooth angle adjustment” which is intended to be more ergonomic for users.
The updated iPad Pros are the same sizes as the existing models. But their baseline storage is now higher, starting at 128GB and available in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB configurations.
It also has a more power chip, Apple’s own A12Z processor, as well as new ultrawide 10mp camera as a second lens.
It also has a Lidar scanner that is used for measuring depth. This is used for apps such as the Measure app, where it will now (Apple says) be faster and easier to automatically calculate someone’s height, while vertical and edge guides automatically appear to let users more quickly and accurately measure objects.
The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space grey finishes, starting at €909 for the Wi-Fi model and €1,079 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at €1,129 for the Wi-Fi model and €1,299 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Schools can purchase the device at a discounted price.