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  • Hey everybody.

  • I'm Dieter, I'm working here from home

  • just like everybody else.

  • This is the iPad Pro review.

  • In the background is my TV

  • and in the next shot you're gonna see this,

  • which is a pretty cool wallpaper

  • which we'll have on theverge.com/wallpapers.

  • But it moves, because Apple thinks

  • that you want Ken Burns effect.

  • It's like screensaver, and that's annoying.

  • Other than that, though, great video,

  • check out the shots from Brennan King.

  • This is the all new just announced

  • iPad Pro that Apple put out last week.

  • I've got the 12.9 inch version of it right here.

  • And, you know, the iPad Pros

  • have been around for a few years now.

  • And we kinda know what to think about them at this point.

  • We've had every possible argument,

  • you could possibly have on

  • whether or not they're real computers

  • or if they could be your main computer

  • or if they can be really used for productivity or whatever.

  • I think that they're computers

  • no matter what Apple says

  • in their new marketing (chuckles) copy.

  • And I think they're really good computers,

  • that sometimes work in weird ways,

  • because Apple imposes some limitations on them

  • that bug me sometimes.

  • I'm just gonna say right at the top,

  • that you can take all the usual iPad Pro stuff for granted.

  • The screen is amazing, face ID is great.

  • Battery life is a full day.

  • Although now that I'm using it full time to work from home,

  • I can manage to kill the battery

  • by like three or four or five o'clock, I really push it.

  • There are lots of really good iPad apps.

  • The USBC port is still here,

  • and it does most of the USBC port stuff that you'd want.

  • It's an iPad Pro.

  • What you probably really wanna know is,

  • how this iPad Pro compares to 2018s model.

  • And there are a few things here.

  • But remember, I just don't think

  • that you're gonna take advantage

  • of most of the new stuff that's built into this thing,

  • which is the story with every iPad Pro.

  • So, let me just list the new things,

  • so that you've got them in your head.

  • There's three of them, well, three and a half.

  • (chuckles)

  • The first is this new camera module here.

  • It's got an ultra-wide lens and LiDAR.

  • There's a new processor inside,

  • that Apple calls the A12Z Bionic.

  • It has studio quality microphones.

  • And the third half thing is, the trackpad support.

  • And I only counted as half because,

  • trackpad support is coming to basically every iPad,

  • not just this iPad Pro.

  • Which means at this point, you're probably wondering,

  • "Hey, why do you have the dumb smart keyboard here

  • "and not the new fancy magic keyboard cover,

  • "the trackpad, Flippy Hands that Apple announced?"

  • Well, that's not shipping until May

  • and so we don't have under review yet.

  • Sorry.

  • Okay, so let's actually get into this stuff.

  • What should we do first?

  • Well, let's talk about the chip.

  • It's the A12Z Bionic, where in 2018, It was A12X.

  • Why is it called the Z?

  • Well, I guess Z is higher (chuckles) than X.

  • I don't know what's gonna happen,

  • they've run out of letters.

  • Anyway, the big change with the Z version

  • of this processor,

  • it has a more powerful graphics processor.

  • And you know what, kinda whatever, it's--

  • The thing is really fast.

  • I never felt a slow down,

  • but I also never really felt a slow down

  • on my old iPad Pro.

  • I guess now, there's just more headroom

  • in the GPU for graphics chops

  • and maybe Augmented Reality.

  • Look, a benchmarking anyway,

  • so that if you wanna argue about numbers, you can do that.

  • This 12.9 inch 2020 version of the iPad Pro,

  • got a 9981 GPU on Geekbench, whereas 2018 got a 9138.

  • But if you really wanna argue at GPU specs,

  • you can have way more fun doing that,

  • with the Xbox series X and the PS5 (chuckles) right now.

  • What does 800 more on a GPU score actually mean to you?

  • Probably not that much.

  • Look, it's fast.

  • Now potentially a bigger deal

  • is this new camera system here.

  • The standard wide-angle lens is 12 megapixels,

  • with a 1.8 aperture and the ultra-wide,

  • it's only 10 megapixels, with F/2.4

  • and 125 degree field of view, but I love ultra-wide cameras.

  • I think they're super fun.

  • So I'm actually kinda glad that they added this one here.

  • I am on team that,

  • it's okay to take pictures with your tablet.

  • I just am.

  • It's okay for people to do it.

  • It's also okay to use your tablet to make movies,

  • but I just think these cameras

  • might be a little bit overkill for the iPad.

  • I'm very impressed that you can shoot

  • 4K video at 2430 or 60fps.

  • But, I'm gonna be perfectly honest with you.

  • If Apple sold a version of this iPad

  • with kind of a dumpy camera on the back

  • and just no big square camera module or just flush,

  • I would probably buy that version,

  • especially if it cost a bit less.

  • Now on the iPad, I care way more about the selfie camera,

  • because I use it for video conferencing.

  • This camera takes 7 megapixel photos

  • and it also can record video at 1080p.

  • And I think this camera looks great.

  • But, I'm kind of annoyed that it's on the side here,

  • instead of on the top, when you're in landscape mode.

  • So when you're doing a video conference,

  • it never looks like you're looking at the camera,

  • you're always looking off to the side.

  • And I'm also a little bit annoyed

  • by the limitations on iPadOS, by the way.

  • iPadOS doesn't let video conferencing apps

  • have the camera on, when that app isn't the frontmost app.

  • Which means that, if I'm not just staring at Zoom

  • and I switch away to some other app,

  • my camera turns off which makes the iPad Pro,

  • basically the perfect machine for telling your coworkers

  • that you're not paying attention to them (chuckles).

  • Anyway, the biggest new thing on this iPad,

  • is this LiDAR sensor right here on the back.

  • Now, LiDAR is like radar, but with lasers,

  • and anytime there's lasers involved,

  • tech companies can't seem

  • to help themselves in their marketing copy.

  • So, Apple says that, "LiDAR operates at the photon level

  • "and at nanosecond speeds."

  • Yes, that's how lasers (chuckles) work.

  • They use photons, and they move at the speed of light.

  • Now, the reason that Apple put LiDAR in this iPad

  • is for Augmented Reality Apps.

  • And I need to disclose here, that my wife works for Oculus,

  • which makes virtual reality,

  • which is kind of like Augmented Reality, but it's different.

  • And anyway, none of that changes my opinion on this LiDAR,

  • which is that it works really well,

  • but that there aren't really any apps

  • that take significant advantage of it right now.

  • The main benefit of LiDAR, at least right now,

  • is that it can detect objects in the room

  • almost instantly, instead of having to wave

  • your iPad around like a goon,

  • so that it can detect all the right surfaces.

  • It also means that it can have a much, much,

  • more granular sense of objects

  • and their position and size in space.

  • And all of that helps with something called occlusion,

  • which is when there's a real physical thing

  • between your iPad and the virtual thing,

  • that you've put out in the world.

  • Now older iPads and iPhones can do occlusion with people.

  • But with a LiDAR on this iPad, you can hide, you know,

  • parts of virtual objects behind any objects.