Apple’s new 2020 iPad Pro vs. the 2018 iPad Pro

The new 2020 iPad Pro line may not be as big an external overhaul as its 2018 predecessor, but Apple’s new professional iPad lineup does offer significant improvements.

With the A12Z Bionic chip, iPad Pro is faster and more powerful than most Windows PC laptops. The new iPad Pro adds an Ultra Wide camera, studio-quality mics and a breakthrough LiDAR Scanner that delivers cutting-edge depth-sensing capabilities, opening up more pro workflows and supporting pro photo and video apps. The LiDAR Scanner, along with pro cameras, motion sensors, pro performance, pro audio, the stunning Liquid Retina display and powerful apps, extends the lead of iPad Pro as the world’s best device for augmented reality (AR).

2020 iPad Pro. Apple's most advanced iPad Pro ever with its optional, all-new Magic Keyboard.
Apple’s most advanced iPad Pro ever with its optional, all-new Magic Keyboard.

Andrew O’Hara for AppleInsider:

Externally, the new iPad Pro looks remarkably the same. It retains the stunning edge-to-edge Liquid Retina Display that debuted on the previous third-gen design touting impressive specs such as a 120Hz ProMotion display, industry-leading color accuracy, 600 nits of brightness, True Tone, and support for the P3 wide color gamut.

The only visible change you’d notice is the camera module. Instead of a single circular lens protrusion, there is now a rounded square camera bump not dissimilar from the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max…

MacDailyNews Take: The biggest difference in Apple’s new 2020 iPad Pro family is the LiDAR scanner as it begins to lay the hardware foundation into Apple’s products – coming next the iPhone – that will encourage the long-expected augmented reality revolution to finally commence in earnest.


  1. Is Apple kidding? They release a product now. Are they thinking it will take our minds off of trying to survive? Or is the product so poor that they quietly want to remove one dog of a product? Or they just want to dump surplus components in a do nothing more upgrade?

    1. Why don’t you just f@@k off and you stupid, negative a@@hole ! Should every business in the world just stop, curl up and die because of the current situation. Apple need to keep generating cash and new products are the surest way to do this, especially when the R&D costs are sunk costs.

      1. Plus there’s a demand, a market for newer and improved technology as more and ore of us either work from or are confined to their homes. Go ahead, crawl under the covers… and Wait.

  2. OK. upDate. Not upGrade.
    more speed. expected. better cam. expected. bio chip. expected.
    LiDAR, fine.
    same shape. nothing revolutionary/exciting since intro Jan 2010.

    is anyone else perplexed at the iPad PRO
    being STUCK at 12.9″ since 2015-09?!
    PRO users want BIGGER not miniaturized mobility – except for videographers etc.

    How many of you would like 15-17″ iPads?!

    iPad size so far:
    iPad Air 9.7″ 2010-01
    iPad mini 7.9″ 2012-10
    iPad Pro 12.9″ 2015-09

    1. Are we looking at the ‘ARM MacBook’? Hiding in plain sight? Right there?

      To me the promotion pictures of the iPad begins to look like a MacBook with a detachable keyboard. Also: recently a patent application for a ‘laptop shell’ with an indention for fitting an iPad where the screen was supposed to be.

      Could the transition needed be as light and smooth as an update to XCode with a new check box option to compile your macOS code to run on ipadOS?

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