Can the New iPad Pro Be a Laptop Replacement? Let’s Find Out!
Apple launched its 11 and 12.9 inch iPad Pros with a few significant changes – new cameras, compact, beefy Bionic processor, and a 3D sensor for an enhanced and more accurate augmented reality user experience.
Thanks to the software update, it now supports mouse input. It is a radical departure from the previous suggestions by Apple, where the iPads were exclusively enabled with touch-only interaction. With the mouse and the peripheral Magic Keyboard, the new iPad Pro is gradually inching towards a real laptop replacement, something the tech giant has promised its users for years, but with mixed results.
Finally, Real Mouse Support!
The latest update to the operating system of the iPad has made it even more compelling and impressive. It can finally support a mouse! Combined with the magic trackpad that supports gestures, you will be able to view the open apps, close apps, move with more ease and accuracy across the screen, scroll through websites, texts, and do a lot more. The mouse and trackpad compatibility is a neat feature indeed.
The iPad Pro works with a regular wireless mouse. The cursor can be a small circle in place of the standard arrow that you are accustomed to while selecting a text without needing to touch the screen. Also, Apple made certain areas more comfortable to access with a mouse, such as the control centre that shows volume levels, Wi-Fi connection, and a slew of other basic settings. Before the mouse, users had to swipe down from the top right area of the iPad for accessing this. Now, they just need to tap on the battery icon for opening it up.
The bottom line is that the iPad Pro can now seriously compete for laptops, thanks to the mouse support.
The Magic Keyboard
The Magic Keyboard serves as a fantastic companion to the iPad Pro. It is compatible with the 11 inches iPad Pro (1st and 2nd Generation) and 12.9 inches iPad Pro (3rd and 4th Generation). All of its incredible features deliver the best experience that the fans have been waiting for. These include the best typing experience ever on an iPad, backlit keys that have individual hard caps along with scissor mechanism for a solid 1 millimetre of travel, and both front and back protection. The touchpad offers new ways of working on iPadOS. There is also a USB-C port for doing pass-through charging, which means you can charge your iPad Pro through that USB-C port itself, while keeping the USB-C slot of the tablet-free for other purposes.
With the built-in touchpad, you won’t even require a separate mouse. The iPadOS has been redesigned so that it is optimized for this trackpad. The multi-touch gestures and the cursor shape change as you hover over different shapes and elements. The front and back protection features allow the iPad to fold into a case, to provide safety while traveling. The keyboard also has another neat feature up its sleeve, which is the floating cantilever design. This feature allows you to magnetically attach the iPad Pro and adjust the viewing angle anywhere between zero and 130 degrees, just like how you adjust your laptop screen. This goes a long way in explaining the hefty Rs 27,900 (for the 11 inch) or Rs 31,900 (for the 12.9 inch) price tag you pay for the accessory. This also explains how users may gradually move more towards mobile computing, away from laptops and desktops.
The Folio Keyboard
Before the advent of the breathtaking Magic Keyboard, Apple already had a Smart Keyboard Folio, originally designed for the 2nd Generation 11 inch iPad Pro. This Keyboard Folio takes convenience and connectivity to a whole new level. It is a full-size keyboard that has elegant back and front protection and allows all suitable viewing angles. Built with precision, it can minimize the impact of the resulting vibration and pressure from typing, to safeguard your beautiful piece of art, which is your iPad Pro. It’s easy to install and use, as no kind of pairing or charging is required. Just attach it to your iPad Pro and start typing. This utility feature makes the Smart Keyboard Folio extremely useful for life on the go, and an absolute must for the already fabulous iPad Pro. The Smart Keyboard Folio is priced at Rs 9,900 for the 12.9 inch and Rs 7,500 for the 11 inches 2020 iPad Pro models, respectively.
The Folio Keyboard does not have a built-in trackpad like the Magic Keyboard, a separate Mouse or Trackpad is needed if required.
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A New and Exclusive 3D Camera
Apple has also enhanced the cameras on the latest iPad Pro. The individual wide-angle 10 MP lenses let you capture a scene in-depth and with better quality, just like the 12 MP cameras on the latest iPhones. Now, videographers can do professional shooting in 4k with the ultra-wide-angle and wide-angle lenses. The mics have been upgraded in specs as well, thanks to the five inbuilt “studio-quality” mics. The most important aspect that takes the iPadOS to a whole new level is the LiDAR scanner that can be referred to as the 3D sensor.
Scanning through the 3D sensor provides you Augmented Reality (AR) that lets you accurately scan your real-world environment in a much better way than with standard cameras. For example, designers can use this feature to create a 3D mesh of a room and then attribute other elements such as curtains, walls, and floors.
The iPhones and iPads have had this feature for a few years now, but the LiDAR scanner of the iPad Pro makes the AR experience so much faster and better. You can test it by dropping furniture into a new room to see how it fits before you buy the furniture. Scan the rooms for a few seconds, and the AR will work immediately, providing you with a floor plan in a jiffy. You can use third-party apps like “AR Plan 3D” to use this feature faster. Gamers can use this feature with augmented reality games like ARise platform as the scanner can start the game more quickly.
Apple has released some new tools called “scene geometry,” which will help the apps scan the room even faster. Furniture retail store managers can use this to understand the size of a room and accordingly suggest furniture to its customers.
Other Likeable Features
The iPad Pro can run tons of apps at a time, such as Safari and Slack on one side, Twitter and Spotify on another, along with a TV streaming happening in a tiny window, without any sluggishness. The screen refreshes much faster compared to the regular iPads, which means that the animations are super smooth for games, and scrolling through news articles is a cakewalk. You can use it for 10 hours straight, on a single charge, which is more than enough for most people. You can sketch and draw and also take notes on the screen with the Apple Pencil.
Making a Choice
So, wondering which one you should choose? The performance of the MacBook Pro is well-aligned with its price. The macOS operating system runs heavy-duty apps such as Adobe Premiere and Premiere Pro, being a sophisticated system. It’s built for your computer, allowing you to install the available desktop software like Linux and Windows. If you look at it, both platforms have their own app advantages. Like, the iPad Pro has the convenience of the robust ecosystem of iOS apps. In contrast, the MacBook Pro laptop has the professional native desktop apps, lacking in the iPad Pro.
Ultimately, the usage and application of the product will determine its purchase and affordability aspects. If you consider AR to be essential as a designer, developer, or videographer who does video editing or 3D modelling, then iPad Pro is just right for you.
The bottom line is, iPad Pro is expensive indeed, but, it comes with numerous improved features that can make it worthwhile. This especially holds true when it comes to replacing a laptop.