iPad (4th generation)
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A 12.9" iPad Pro (4th generation), with the Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard for iPad add-ons, on a desk
DeveloperApple Inc.
ManufacturerFoxconn (on contract)
Product familyiPad Pro
TypeTablet computer
Generation4th
Release dateMarch 25, 2020 (2020-03-25)
Introductory price11": $799 (£769)
12.9": $999 (£969)
DiscontinuedApril 20, 2021
Operating systemOriginal: iPadOS 13.4
Current: iPadOS 16.1, released October 24, 2022
System on a chipApple A12Z Bionic with 64-bit architecture and Apple M12 motion co-processor
Memory6 GB RAM
Storage128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB
Display11 inch: (28 cm) (2,388 x 1,668) px (264 ppi), 600-nits Max Brightness, Wide-Color Display (P3), True Tone Display, and Fully Laminated Display
12.9 inch: (33 cm) (2,732 x 2,048) px (264 ppi), 600-nits Max Brightness, Wide-Color Display (P3), True Tone Display, and Fully Laminated Display
SoundFour speakers, adjusting sound to device orientation
CameraRear: 12 MP + 10 MP + LiDAR; 4K@60 video recording; slow-mo 1080p@240
Front: 7 MP
Dimensions11-inch:
247.6 mm (9.75 in) (h)
178.5 mm (7.03 in) (w)
5.9 mm (0.23 in) (d)
PredecessoriPad Pro (3rd generation)
SuccessoriPad Pro (5th generation)
Websitehttps://www.apple.com/ipad-pro/

The fourth-generation iPad Pro[a] is a line of tablet computers designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc. Two models, with a 12.9 inch or 11 inch screen, were both announced on March 18, 2020, and released on March 25.[1]

The iPad Pro features a similar design, and the same screen sizes, as the previous generation, but has an upgraded camera module with Lidar capabilities and an upgraded A12Z processor.

Features

Hardware

Lidar scanner on iPad Pro
Lidar scanner on iPad Pro

The 2020 model features an Apple A12Z processor, with an octa-core CPU and GPU, support for Wi-Fi 6, and an upgraded camera setup with a 12MP wide camera, a 10MP ultra-wide camera, and a LiDAR scanner for augmented reality. From the 2018 to 2020 models, the RAM was increased from 4 to 6 GB (4-6 GiB)[2] on the 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB models.[3][4] The 4th Generation 1 TB models have the same 6 GB of RAM as the 2018 models.[5][6] The base storage option was doubled from 64 GB to 128 GB.

Accessories

A new Magic Keyboard was released on April 22, 2020, which includes a trackpad, backlit keys, USB-C port for pass-through charging, and a cantilever design, allowing the iPad Pro to "float" above the keys.[7] The Magic Keyboard is compatible with the 3rd and 4th generation iPad Pro. Support for trackpads, mice, and pointing devices was announced as a feature of version 13.4 of iPadOS, which was released on March 24, 2020.

Like its predecessor, this version of iPad Pro supports the Apple Pencil, a variety of cases, and USB-C accessories.

Reception

The 2020 model of the iPad Pro was seen as a minor spec bump amongst tech reviewers. Although the addition in RAM and change in storage options were welcomed, the LiDAR sensor that Apple added for increased AR capability was touted as a feature only a few customers would use. Dieter Bohn from The Verge welcomed the new camera setup. However, he considered the device lacking as a tool for video conferencing. Bohn noted that even though most iPad users now use the device primarily in landscape mode in a keyboard case, Apple continues to place the front-facing camera on the device's short edge, a positioning more compatible with use in portrait mode. He added, "in iPadOS, Apple doesn't allow apps to use the camera unless they're active in the foreground. That's nice from a peace-of-mind perspective but absolutely terrible for video conferencing."[8] Despite receiving an update to iPadOS, the 2020 model will not receive one of the leading features, Stage Manager. This has cause controversy as Apple has provided inconclusive reasons as to why Stage Manager could not be supported.[9][10][11]

Timeline

Timeline of iPad models
iPad Pro (6th generation)iPad Pro (5th generation)iPad Pro (4th generation)iPad Pro (3rd generation)iPad Pro (2nd generation)iPad Pro (1st generation)iPad Pro (6th generation)iPad Pro (5th generation)iPad Pro (4th generation)iPad Pro (3rd generation)iPad Pro (2nd generation)iPad Pro (1st generation)iPad Air (5th generation)iPad Air (4th generation)iPad Air (3rd generation)iPad Air 2iPad Mini (6th generation)iPad Mini (5th generation)iPad Mini 4iPad Mini 3iPad Mini 2iPad Mini (1st generation)iPad AiriPad (10th generation)iPad (4th generation)iPad (3rd generation)iPad (9th generation)iPad (8th generation)iPad (7th generation)iPad (6th generation)iPad (5th generation)iPad 2iPad (1st generation)

Source: Apple Newsroom Archive.[12]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Apple markets iPad Pro models by specific screen size. The two models are designated "iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (4th generation)" and "iPad Pro 11‑inch (2nd generation)".

References

  1. ^ "Apple unveils new iPad Pro with breakthrough LiDAR Scanner and brings trackpad support to iPadOS". Apple. March 18, 2020.
  2. ^ 1 GiB = 10243 bytes
  3. ^ 1 GB = 10003 (one billion) bytes
  4. ^ Clover, Juli (March 18, 2020). "All New 2020 iPad Pro Models Feature 6GB RAM and Ultra Wideband Chip". MacRumors. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  5. ^ Broussard, Mitchel (October 30, 2018). "2018 iPad Pro With 1TB Storage Has 6GB RAM, Lower Capacities Have 4GB". MacRumors. MacRumors.com. Retrieved April 11, 2021. Using Xcode, developer Steve Troughton-Smith has discovered that the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models with 1TB of storage have 6GB of RAM, compared to 4GB for previous generation iPad Pros.
  6. ^ Welch, Chris (September 11, 2019). "Apple's 1TB iPad Pro just got $200 cheaper". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved April 11, 2021. The 1TB iPad Pro is the only iPad with 6GB of RAM; other 2018 iPad Pros have 4GB.
  7. ^ "Apple's new iPad Pro keyboard with trackpad will cost up to $349". The Verge. 2020-03-18.
  8. ^ Bohn, Dieter (March 24, 2020). "Apple iPad Pro review 2020: small spec bump, big camera bump". The Verge.
  9. ^ Lovejoy, Ben (2022-06-14). "Stage Manager controversy won't go away, and Apple can still fix it". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 2022-06-16.
  10. ^ Espósito, Filipe (2022-06-15). "iPad Air 5 base model lacks memory swap despite being a requirement for Stage Manager". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 2022-06-16.
  11. ^ Espósito, Filipe (2022-06-16). "iPadOS 16 code confirms Apple has internal mode to enable Stage Manager on older iPads". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 2022-06-16.
  12. ^ Apple Inc. (2010–2011). iPad News – Newsroom Archive. Retrieved June 7, 2018.