Apple Quietly Updates iPad Pro (and Macbook Air)

Apple Quietly Updates iPad Pro (and Macbook Air)

The rumors mills were predicting a new iPad Pro would arrive at an Apple special event this month. However, after the coronavirus outbreak, most tech events were cancelled. It had folks wondering if Apple would still release the hardware or just wait. It turns out the analysts were correct. Apple quietly released an updated iPad Pro today. As was rumored, the company added a larger camera cluster to the mobile device and increased performance. They also added a revolutionary new LiDAR scanner, an optional backlit keyboard with trackpad, and a new stand/cover that allows the display to ‘float’ in midair (as shown above).

Two sizes, 11″ and 12.9″, will be available with internal storage ranging from 128 GB to 1 TB. Prices start at $799 for the 11″ model and $999 for 12.9″ model. Pre-orders start today with the first units hitting stores next week. Apple is touting this iPad as a laptop replacement. With these specs, that may not be far off.

Speaking of laptops, Apple also updated the Macbook Air today. The industrial design did not change but the performance increased significantly and the price dropped. The new Macbook Airs start at $999, the same price as the 12.9″ iPad Pro. A handful of new features like a redesigned keyboard and fingerprint reader have made their way into this model along with a new microphone array. They ship with 256 GB of internal storage and it can be upgraded to 512 GB, 1 TB, or even 2 TB. The RAM was also bumped to 8 GB standard and 16 GB optional. It’s a really nice notebook for the price.

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