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19 March 2020 10:45

The new MacBook Air (2020) launched (Credit: Apple) It borrows the new MacBook Pro's Magic Keyboard.

Appe unveils new iPad Pro with LiDAR scanner, upgraded MacBook Air

According to The Verge, both the 11-inch and 12,9-inch iPads look identical to last year's models, but there's a new processor and new camera system inside them both. Well buckle in, because one of the new features on the new iPad is a LIDAR scanner, which will let you turn your living room into a game of 'Hot Lava'. In the meantime, you can get your hands on an all-new iPad Pro at Digicape, South Africa's largest independent Apple retailer. The new Apple MacBook Air 2020 was launched in March 2020, and the company promises that it's a big step up from the MacBook Air 2019 – but does that mean the latest model is the right one for you? To help you decide, we've put together this guide that pits the new MacBook Air against the older model, helping you decide which one to go for.

In fact, this year's MacBook Air is even more affordable, as it has a new lower entry price. The MacBook Air 2019 launched with an entry-level model that cost $1,099 / £1,099 / AU$1,699. This model comes with a 1.6GHz dual-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 128GB storage and Intel UHD Graphics 617. Not only is this cheaper, but the specs are better, with the entry-level model featuring a dual-core 10th-generation 1.1GHz Intel Core i3 processor with a boost of 3.2GHz, 256GB storage and 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM. There's also a higher-end MacBook Air 2020, priced at $1,299 / £1,299 / AU$1,999, which comes with a 10th-generation quad-core Intel Core i5 processor – the first time a quad-core CPU has been included in a MacBook Air – 512GB SSD storage and 8GB of RAM.

On the outside, it doesn't look like much has changed in the design of the MacBook Air. The MacBook Air (2019) is a remarkably thin and light laptop with dimensions of 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.61 inches (30.41 x 21.24 x 1.56cm) and a weight of 2.75 pounds (1.25kg). However, there is a more noticeable change with the MacBook Air 2020 – it has a new keyboard. The MacBook Air 2020 comes with a new keyboard (Image credit: Apple) The new Magic keyboard of the Apple MacBook Air 2020 first debuted on last year's MacBook Pro 16-inch. The MacBook Air has an improved screen with True Tone technology (Image credit: Future) One of the most noteworthy changes the MacBook Air (2019) brought was a display that boasts True Tone technology, bringing it in line with the MacBook Pro 13-inch (2019). The MacBook Air (2020) also comes with the True Tone technology, and like its predecessor, it features a 13.3-inch display with LED backlighting, IPS technology and a native resolution of 2,560 x 1,600.

Not only does it have more recent and powerful hardware, leading to better performance, it's also launching at a lower price than the MacBook Air 2019. While we imagine the price of the 2019 MacBook Air will drop now that the 2020 model is available to buy, unless it drops by a huge amount, it'll still be worth going for the newer model due to the power difference. "Much more than a computer." In a market that it monopolizes, Apple has no lack of ambition for its new iPad Pro. The tablet will be released on March 25 but is already available for pre-order on the Apple Online Store (physical stores are currently closed) from $749 for the 11-inch model (128GB) and $999 for the 12.9-inch model. But the big novelty of this iPad Pro is the keyboard so aptly named the 'Magic Keyboard', equipped with a trackpad and sold separately (obviously) for the handsome price of $299 euros for the 11-inch version and $349 euros for the 12.9-inch. Of course, Apple focuses on the performance and screen quality with this iPad Pro. When it comes to the display, there's a Liquid Retina (LCD) panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and very thin bezels.

The new iPad Pro and its $349 Magic Keyboard. The iPad Pro features a Bionic A12Z chip and little is known about its performance, but the press release states that the CPU is composed of 8 cores, as is its GPU, all with an improved thermal architecture and optimized performance controllers. In terms of design, the iPad Pro adopts the look of the iPhone 11 line with a photo module arranged in a square island and consisting of a dual wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle sensor with 12 and 10 megapixels each. Another new feature of the iPad Pro is a new depth sensor called LiDAR Scanner. Here, Apple enhances the augmented reality experience with the iPad Pro. The sensor will be able to measure the distance to objects in the environment, both indoors and outdoors, at a distance of up to five meters. New depth frameworks in iPadOS combine depth points measured by the LiDAR Scanner, data from both cameras and motion sensors, and is enhanced by computer vision algorithms on the A12Z Bionic for a more detailed understanding of a scene," the manufacturer explains. Thus, Apple's ARKit will in the future use data from both cameras, motion sensors, and the LiDAR scanner to further enhance RA applications. In an effort to appeal to creative professionals, the new iPad Pro is equipped with five studio-quality microphones to capture quality sound during your conferencing or video calls. As mentioned before, the big news with this generation of iPad Pro is its compatibility with the new "Magic Keyboard" keyboard/screen protector. The keyboard is adjustable to different viewing angles for ease of use, but also features a brand new trackpad to replace the mouse. The Apple Magic Keyboard is sold separately and works on older iPad models. The iPad Pro will also support the 2nd generation Apple Pencil with wireless pairing and charging. But at $299 for the keyboard for the 11-inch model and $349 for the large format, the price of this new iPad Pro is more than a deterrent. Apple iPad Pro 2020 12.9-inch: Cupertino-based technology major Apple pulled the wraps off the new iPad Pro with advanced AR capabilities along with the upgraded MacBook Air. It comes in two sizes--11-inch and 12.9-inch--with edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display and supports P3 wide colour, which lets users see photos, videos, apps and games in vivid, true-to-life detail. With ProMotion technology, the iPad Pro's screen automatically adjusts the display refresh rate up to 120 Hz for ultra-smooth scrolling and responsiveness. The company also adds the new iPad Pro is powerfull than most laptops in the market. It comes integrated with game-changing LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) scanner, which will set a new standard for tablets in the industry. The LiDAR scanner comes handy for accurately measuring the distance to surrounding objects up to 5 meters away and Apple says, it works both indoors and outdoors, and operates at the photon level at nano-second speeds. "New depth frameworks in iPadOS combine depth points measured by the LiDAR Scanner, data from both cameras and motion sensors, and is enhanced by computer vision algorithms on the A12Z Bionic for a more detailed understanding of a scene. The tight integration of these elements enables a whole new class of AR experiences on iPad Pro," Apple added. With this new feature, iPad Pro (2020) owners are assured to get access to top-notch AR games for tablets soon and also e-commerce shopping will get better. The LiDAR feature of the new iPad Pro (Credit: Apple) Another interesting aspect of the new iPad Pro is that it comes with five studio-quality microphones. Apple has also announced to bring new trackpad support with the upcoming iPadOS 13.4 update for the older iPad Pro models and yes, the new models too will have the same out-of-the-box. Designed specifically for the touch-first experience on iPad, the cursor appears as a circle that highlights user interface elements, text fields and apps on the Home screen and Dock, giving a clear indication of what users can click on. The Magic Keyboard also features USB-C pass-through charging, keeping the USB-C port on iPad Pro free for accessories including external drives and displays. The click-anywhere trackpad on the Magic Keyboard complements the touch-first design of iPad for easy navigation and precise adjustments, adding even more versatility and productivity to the iPad Pro experience. Apple MacBook Air (2020) The new MacBook Air sports 13-inch Retina display with 4 million pixels and millions of colours, which promises to offer vivid images, enjoy a movie or editing their photos and razor-sharp text for reading an email. The new MacBook Air (2020) launched (Credit: Apple) It borrows the new MacBook Pro's Magic Keyboard. The new MacBook Air delivers up to two times faster performance when compared to the previous generation. And with Intel Iris Plus Graphics, MacBook Air now delivers up to 80 percent faster graphics performance, so graphics-intensive activities like playing games and editing video are faster than ever, the company claims. Also for the first time, Apple is offering 256GB of storage, double that of the previous generation. And for those who need even more storage capacity, MacBook Air offers up to a 2TB SSD, double the previous maximum storage. As all MacBook devices, the new device too, offers a full day's battery life. Additional Features you should know about Apple MacBook Air (2020) Support for up to a 6K external display, a first for MacBook Air. In India, the new MacBook Air prices start at Rs 92,990 in India and will be available for purchase soon on authorised retail stores in the country.