Apple’s new iPad Pro weighs in with trackpad support and a new keyboard cover

Apple may have been saving its biggest reveals for its March event (which likely won’t happen now, thanks to the spread of COVID-19), but that hasn’t stopped the Cupertino giant from having some fun with its newest release – a refreshed and (somewhat) reimagined iPad Pro that now brings exclusive features to its tablet lineup.

Perhaps the most genre-defining (or genre-breaking) feature is the presence of a new keyboard cover, officially called the Magic Keyboard. Not only does it have USB Type-C passthrough for charging as well as ‘smooth angle adjustment’, it also features a trackpad that will, for the first time, work on iPad OS.

“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”, Apple quipped on release.

The news brings cursor support to iPad OS, which supplements the presence of touch sensitivity (naturally) and Apple Pen support.

The other major highlight Apple but its branding prowess behind was the presence of a tri-camera setup that’s formed by a wide, ultra-wide, and LIDAR sensing unit. The latter is designed for depth-sensing and augmented reality, which continues Apple’s tradition of punting its iPad and iPhone as at the cutting edge of augmented reality research.

In more general news, the iPad is powered by a new A12Z Bionic chipset, features up to ten hours of battery life, and supports LTE but not 5G. The range is formed by 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB options, with entry-level models retailing for  $799 or $949 USD for the 128 WiFi-only version.

What are your thoughts? Would the iPad Pro’s new feature set be enough to entice you to join Apple’s ranks? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!