apple ipad pro 2020 review 28
(Last Updated On: 2020年3月25日)

Although Apple’s iPad has developed over the past ten years, it still can’t escape the ridicule of many users for its “pre purchase productivity, post purchase Netflix”. But when Jobs released his first iPad in San Francisco a decade ago, he positioned the iPad as a productivity tool that could replace a personal computer, and it hasn’t changed in the past years. Now will happen in 2020 with new version iPad Pro?

On March 18, 2020, Apple’s official website quietly updated the latest iPad Pro 2020. In addition to the configuration changes, it also added a smart keyboard supporting the touch pad, which made the productivity of iPad Pro suddenly improve. We got this iPad Pro for the first time. We hope that through the following Quick Start experience, we can answer your doubts about this product.

Key features of the new iPad Pro 2020:

  • A12z bionic chip, with 8-core GPU (previous generation A12x is 7-core GPU)
  • Liquid retina screen (120Hz refresh, 600nit brightness, P3 wide color gamut)
  • Dual camera (12 megapixel wide angle, 10 megapixel super wide angle)
  • Add LiDAR for the first time for AR application
  • 5 recording microphones, 4 speakers
  • Wi-fi6 support, 4G LTE advanced 6 can download up to 60% faster than the previous iPad pro.
  • New special cursor for iPad OS
  • Full size smart keyboard with touchpad

Housing Design

The iPad Pro 2020 is basically the same design as the previous generation (the third generation), and still has 11 “and 12.9” dimensions. The only difference is that the back of the new iPad Pro features a dual camera + Lidar Design.

In terms of screen, it is confirmed that this generation of liquid retina screen adopts the same hardware design as the previous generation, which is still 120 Hz refresh, 600 nit brightness and P3 wide color gamut. Although the screen has not been upgraded, it is still one of the best screens on the market at present, especially for creative workers such as photographers and video workers.

In terms of interface, the iPad still uses the popular USB type-C, and the iPad Pro uses the second generation technology of USB 3.1, with the transmission speed up to 10Gbps. It is still convenient to connect and use various USB-C products, such as: solid state drive, card reader, video adapter, etc.

The biggest change in the appearance of the new iPad Pro is the three lenses on the back, namely, two camera lenses and a LiDAR laser radar.

Processor Performance

The new iPad Pro 2020 is equipped with a new A12z processor. Many people’s biggest doubts about the new iPad come from this processor. Although before that, the A12x processor of the previous iPad Pro ranked fourth and first on IOS devices with 1113 points for single core and 4608 points for multi-core on geekbench. But many people still have some objections to Apple’s failure to upgrade the processor to the A13 series this time.

Previous generation iPad pro’s A12x processor geekbench multi-core score
Previous generation iPad pro’s A12x processor geekbench single-core score

In terms of parameters, the most significant difference between the latest iPad Pro A12z chip and the previous A12x chip is as follows:

  • Upgrade from 7 core GPU to 8 core GPU
  • Adjustment of cooling architecture and performance controller

In terms of parameters, the GPU core can achieve 2.6 times of the A10x processor, slightly higher than the previous generation A12x. With the adjustment of the cooling architecture and performance controller, it can be said that A12z is still the strongest processor of IOS at present.

IPad Pro 2020’s A12z processor geekbench single core score 1126
IPad Pro 2020’s A12z processor geekbench multi-core score 4734

CPU running score: from the perspective of geekbench’s CPU running score, it is also basically in line with the adjustment of A12z processor’s cooling architecture and performance controller mentioned by apple. The overall score is slightly higher than that of the previous generation A12x, which can be seen as the result of processor optimization.

GPU score: then we used geekbench5’s compute to score the A12z’s graphics processing performance. The final score is 9633, which is also slightly higher than the 9146 of the previous generation A12x. That is to say, the 8-core GPU still improves the graphics performance.

But on the whole, whether it’s CPU performance or GPU performance, iPad Pro 2020 has not greatly improved compared with the previous generation of products. This is also in line with our previous expectations for this processor. For Apple products, the improvement of the experience is more achieved through the combination of hardware and software. Hardware score can’t explain all the problems.

Camera

Many people are wondering whether it is necessary to carry high-quality cameras on the iPad. Is it true that someone will take photos with the iPad and create photos? Then I’ll tell you, it’s true, and there are many.

To some extent, using iPad to take photos is the same as using big picture camera. Especially for many middle-aged and old people who have poor eyesight, the way iPad takes photos can make them clearer. In addition, such as travel photography or video, taking documents at will and so on can be completed with the help of iPad, which at least saves the process of transferring from other devices to iPad processing and is more convenient.

The latest iPad Pro is equipped with two lenses of 12 megapixel wide angle + 10 megapixel super wide angle, of which the 10 megapixel super wide angle is different from the 12 megapixel super wide angle of the iPhone 11 series. But this wide-angle lens should be the same as the iPhone 11 in terms of parameters.

  • Wide angle: 12 megapixel and f/1.8 aperture
  • Super wide angle: 10 megapixel, f/2.4 aperture and 125 ° viewing angle

In terms of photo taking function, the iPad Pro 2020 has the same zoom pulley design as the iPhone 11 series, which is placed on the left side of the screen. With two lenses, it can achieve 0.5 times of super wide angle zoom and 5 times of digital zoom. The whole zooming process is the same as the iPhone 11 series, and the smoothness of focal section switching and the consistency of color temperature are still very good.

Compare iPhone 11 photos:

IPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPad Pro 2020 wide angle lens 100% enlarged screenshot

Wide angle lens: consistent with our previous judgment on lens parameters, the wide angle lens used on iPad and iPhone should be the same model. But the two products are different in color temperature reduction.

IPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPad Pro 2020 super wide angle lens 100% enlarged screenshot

Ultra wide angle lens: it can be seen that the resolution of the 12 megapixel ultra wide angle lens on the iPhone 11 Pro Max is much better than that of the 10 megapixel ultra wide angle lens on the iPad pro in terms of resolution and detail restoration. The iPad pro’s super wide-angle lens zooms in to see a lot of details that have been pasted out.

More iPad Pro Photo samples:

New LiDAR Laser Radar

The LiDAR laser radar added to the iPad Pro is placed on the back of the iPad Pro together with the dual camera. The LiDAR laser radar added this time is also the first time in Apple products.

LiDAR is simply to use the time of light reflecting objects to calculate the distance accurately. Compared with the traditional infrared ToF, the LiDAR laser radar used in the new iPad Pro has more accurate space computing ability and more efficient and intelligent ar practical application.

The improvement of iPad pro in AR mainly depends on the cooperation of LiDAR radar, dual cameras and in-flight sensors. Compared with previous Apple products, there are three obvious perceptual improvements in AR reality enhancement:

The improvement of scene recognition speed

The built-in “rangefinder” of iPhone 11 Pro Max needs to be calibrated when it starts

Before using Apple products for ranging and other AR applications, you need to calibrate the space of the mobile phone every time you start the app. The built-in “rangefinder” of iPad Pro 2020 doesn’t need to calibrate the mobile phone at all when it is started, which is also due to the efficiency improvement after adding lidar.

More accurate ranging

The new “rangefinder” app also adds the height measurement function, which does not need to set the app. As long as the figure enters the picture and remains upright, the iPad Pro will automatically identify the figure subject and give the height data of the measured object. After several data tests, the height data given by iPad Pro is quite accurate.

More intelligent scene recognition

Similarly, due to the LiDAR, the AR function of iPad Pro is more accurate for scene recognition. Through the above GIF, we can see that the “rangefinder” can recognize some objects. In addition, the new AR can distinguish the surfaces of different objects.

In fact, the LiDAR added this time is the biggest upgrade of iPad Pro 2020. Apple has been deploying AR applications for many years, and even focused on demonstrating AR applications at product conferences for many times. However, after several years of development, the third-party software seems to have never found a better application scenario. AR function more or let people put furniture, play simple games. It is hoped that the lidar added this time will improve the efficiency and accuracy of AR, and will play a real role in promoting the future software development. Instead of just having the AR function stay in the demo.

Sound System

In addition to the hardware upgrade we mentioned above, there is another hardware upgrade that is easy to be ignored in this iPad pro, that is, its sound system. Sound system is a link that many mobile device manufacturers are easy to ignore, but Apple has always had a more accurate understanding of the hardware sound system.

As an iPhone user for many years, he often uses the microphone of iPhone for interview recording, field recording and even occasionally watching live. From personal experience, the recording effect of iPhone has always been the leader of smart phones, especially in the performance environment with super high decibel, the videos taken by iPhone will not burst, which will make many mobile phone manufacturers blush.

The sound hardware of iPad Pro is designed with 5 microphones + 4 speakers. The five microphones are exactly the same as the “studio microphone” on the 16 inch MacBook Pro, except that there are three on the MBP16 and five on the iPad Pro!

In terms of loudspeakers, the configuration of four loudspeakers is still adopted. All four loudspeakers are equipped with bass units, and it is very interesting that with the help of gravity sensor, the iPad Pro can ensure that the mid-range and high-frequency sound comes from the top loudspeakers whether it is placed horizontally or vertically. Full marks can be given for this detail.

For the second time since the MacBook Pro was 16 inches, Apple has used studio microphones on mobile products. From this detail, we can see that apple is trying to encourage creators to use Apple’s products for multimedia creation. Whether it’s podcast recording or vlog shooting, Apple hopes that through hardware upgrading, creators can complete content production with only one device. This is not a small step forward for other mobile devices and notebook brands. We often say that content is the king, and providing excellent productivity tools to content producers can make them more willing to buy more of their own products.

iPadOS 13.4

When it comes to the iPad, many people talk about whether it’s ” Netflix” or “Productivity”. Of course, after several generations of changes, especially since the birth of iPad OS, the productivity of iPad is gradually improving. In this new iPad OS, Apple’s newly designed cursor, combined with the use of the touch pad, makes the iPad more and more close to what people think of as a “Productivity Tool”.

The new cursor in iPad OS is Apple’s redesigned “mouse pointer” for the interaction of iPad system. By default, the cursor appears in the form of “small dot”. However, when it touches different interfaces and icon of the system, it will automatically “absorb” to the corresponding functions and become a special tool. As shown above.

Apple’s design actually involves a detail, that is, on the iPad, a device with a smaller display size than a notebook, the accuracy of using the “cursor” to operate actually decreases with the size of the display panel year on year. The smaller the display area, the greater the probability of misoperation. And “adsorption” and automatic switching function can solve the problem of misoperation.

In addition to using the touchpad to operate the cursor, the touchpad also inherits the multi finger shortcut function of the MacBook touchpad. For users who are familiar with the multi finger operation of the MAC system, they hardly need to learn to use it.

Summary

Use the iPad as a productivity tool to see if it’s up to the job. I believe you have your own answer after reading the above content. If iPad can replace laptop, it seems too early. But judging from Apple’s renewed emphasis on the iPad in recent years, perhaps the future of the iPad as a major model is not far away. Next we will test the smart keyboard supporting the touch pad.

The strength of a12z chip can make apple write the slogan “fast enough to make many laptops envy”. With the continuous improvement of chip technology, continuous optimization of system and continuous improvement of software ecology. Maybe the days of iPad office are not far away?

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