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Apple quietly unveils the new iPad Pro

Now with better cameras, LiDAR Scanner, and Trackpad Support

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It’s been a while since Apple updated the iPad Pro. Six months ago, there was a leak that showed the new camera setup a la iPhone 11 Pro — and now it’s finally confirmed as Apple quietly announced the new iPad Pro for 2020.

Pro performance and trackpad support

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The new iPad Pro features a newer A12Z Bionic Chipset. Built to meet your needs, it can handle tasks like 4K video editing or even 3D modeling. It’s currently the highest performing iPad in the market. Apple even claims that it performs faster than most Windows laptops.

With its incredible performance, the power-efficient eight-core chipset also saves battery life by up to 10 hours of usage. Although it doesn’t support 5G yet, it promises faster Wi-Fi connectivity and LTE speed is 60 percent faster with more LTE band support.

With the newer iPadOS 13.4, it now has a trackpad support. It’s responsible for making the user’s typing experience more natural, while text selection is more precise. The cursor displays as a circle which highlights UI elements, text fields, and even apps on both the home screen and dock. It also lets you enjoy web scrolling, photo viewing, organizing mails, text editing, presentations, spreadsheets, and more.

Pro audiovisual experience

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Just like its predecessor, the new iPad Pro features an edge-to-edge Liquid Retina Display that comes in two sizes — 11-inch and a bigger 12.9-inch. TrueTone still exists to automatically adjust screen tint. Thanks to ProMotion technology, you’ll still enjoy fluid animations with 120Hz refresh rate. It also supports P3 wide color display gamut with vivid colors and better contrast which makes it the world’s “most advanced mobile display”.

As the new iPad Pro are made for professionals and content creators, the audio experience is also upgraded. You get five studio-quality microphones for a cleaner and more dynamic audio. Other than that, you also get a four-speaker setup which brings an immersive audio experience right in front of you.

Pro cameras

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Even though the new iPad Pro has an iPhone 11 Pro-like camera bump, don’t be mistaken as it only features a dual camera setup instead of three. Nonetheless, it’s still an upgrade from last year’s iPad Pro. There’s a 12-megapixel wide camera for your regular shots, combined with a 10-megapixel ultra-wide camera for a wider shot perspective. It improves not just photo capabilities, but also video shooting meant for the creative pros.

The third sensor you’ll find on the square cutout is the LiDAR Scanner — a breakthrough feature of the new iPad Pro. The scanner is responsible for measuring distance of objects around you of up to 5 meters away. Whether indoors or outdoors, you’ll have a great AR experience with Apple’s new tablet.

It also improves your usage with the Measure app. The scanner can automatically calculate someone’s height while measuring the width and length of objects is faster and more accurate. The app now comes with Ruler View that displays precise measurements and allows the user to save everything through screenshots for future use.

Pro accessories

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The new iPad Pro comes with new accessories including the second-generation Apple Pencil and an updated Smart Keyboard Folio. Other than those accessories, the new Magic Keyboard now features a floating design with cantilevered hinges that allow smooth adjustments of viewing angles up to 130 degrees. The keyboard design relies on scissor mechanism that delivers 1mm travel and has backlit support.

The new keyboard also features USB-C pass-through charging which keeps the USB-C port on the new iPad Pro free for accessories like external drives and displays. There’s also the click-anywhere trackpad for easy navigation and precise touch experience and adjustments.

Pricing and availability

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You can order the new iPad Pro on Apple’s website right now. Starting with the 11-inch new iPad Pro, the base model (128GB + Wi-Fi only) starts at US$ 799 while the Wi-Fi + Cellular model with base storage has a retail price of US$ 949. Meanwhile, the base configuration of the bigger 12.9-inch new iPad Pro starts at US$ 999 and the Wi-Fi + cellular model retails at US$ 1,149.

Other than the 128GB storage option, you also get to choose between 256GB, 512GB, and even a 1TB configuration. Color options are limited to silver and space gray only.

For the accessories, the new Magic Keyboard will be available starting in May for US$ 299 (11-inch model) and US$ 349 (12.9-inch). Meanwhile the new Smart Keyboard Folio is being sold for US$ 179 and US$ 199 respectively. Lastly, the second-generation Apple Pencil retails at US$ 129.

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LinkedIn has its own Stories feature

Including a refreshed design

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There is nothing more surprising than the mysterious longevity of LinkedIn. Despite the overwhelming dominance of Facebook and its ilk, Microsoft’s workplace-oriented social media platform is still chugging along joyously for some reason. Now, the world’s biggest virtual water cooler is trying to catch up with the times. Starting today, LinkedIn has its own Stories feature.

Much like what you can find on other platforms, LinkedIn’s Stories will allow users to share images and short videos (overlaid with very SFW GIFs) for 24 hours. Likewise, LinkedIn is also placing the feature right on top of your feed.

Why? Why, indeed. According to LinkedIn, users will likely share more content on the platform if the said content will last only for a short period of time. Currently, with its buttoned-up demeanor, LinkedIn presents itself as a no-monkey-business, no-frills platform for professionals. You won’t see content that you normally see in, for example, TikTok.

That said, LinkedIn’s latest feature aims to reel in more professionals apart from recruitment experts and hopeful applicants. Besides the Stories feature, the update also comes with a refreshed design complete with better filters and layouts. (It looks a lot like Facebook now.)

Currently, the update is available for all users in the United States and in Canada. LinkedIn hopes to roll out the update for everyone else in the coming weeks.

SEE ALSO: LinkedIn launches its digital skills initiative

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Amazon is launching its own cloud gaming service

Introducing the Luna

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Most gamers today are looking forward to the fast-approaching release dates for the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. However, a dedicated niche of the industry hopes to come in from behind and take some of the spotlight — cloud gaming. Since the Google Stadia, cloud gaming has developed into its own comfortable niche for device-agnostic gamers. Now, Amazon is launching its own cloud gaming service, Luna.

During an expansive hardware event today, Amazon officially announced the cloud gaming platform coming sometime in the future. On launch, the Luna will offer gaming service for PC, Mac, Fire TV, iPhone, and iPad. Further, an Android version will also launch after the initial offering.

Right off the bat, the Luna will launch with over a hundred titles including Abzu, Control, and Resident Evil 7. Of course, the service will expand beyond the initial list over time. For example, Ubisoft is separately developing its own Luna-compatible channel dedicated for its own titles like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Far Cry 6.

Since Amazon owns the streaming platform, Luna will stream seamlessly with Twitch. Users can watch Twitch directly from Luna. Likewise, Twitch viewers can link directly to play from Luna while watching a game’s stream.

While on early access at the moment, Luna users can purchase a Luna controller separately for US$ 49.99. Alternatively, players can still use a mouse-and-keyboard or their own controllers.

Amazon has not announced official launch dates for the Luna just yet. At the moment, Luna will launch first in the United States for US$ 5.99 per month. Users can play on two screens simultaneously and at 4K resolution for some titles.

SEE ALSO: Google Stadia now works on most Android phones

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vivo Watch with 18-day battery life now official

It’ll be available in two sizes

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vivo has launched its first smartwatch and it’s simply called the vivo Watch. At first glance, it might look like a generic circular smartwatch but has a ton of firepower under the hood. It looks premium while also being perfect for rough usage.

The body consists of stainless steel and brushed ceramic bezel. It’s available in two sizes — 42mm and 46mm. The 42mm one gets two rounded buttons on the side while the 46mm has flat ones. This is the only visual difference between the two.

The 42mm gets a 1.2-inch AMOLED display while the 46mm comes in at 1.4-inches. Powering the watch is an ST miniature main control processor along with the Apollo ultra-low power co-processor for heavy-duty tasks and background activities.

Coming to features, it’ll automatically track all your movement in the background and automatically recognize exercises like outdoor running, indoor running, outdoor walking, swimming, cycling, indoor cycling, mountain climbing, trail running, elliptical machine, and more.

Obviously, in-line with the competition, it gets a heart rate scanner, sleep tracking, and blood oxygen monitoring. Other functions include notifications, music controls, alarms, and vivo’s voice assistant Jovi. It also has NFC support for enabling contactless payments.

The complicated sensor array includes a 5-core optical heart rate monitor, blood oxygen sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, altimeter, ambient light sensor, and a geomagnetic sensor.

Lastly, the 42mm vivo Watch can chug along for nine days on a single charge. On the other hand, the 46mm watch can last a whopping 18 days in one go.

Sales are currently limited to China and both watches cost CNY 1,299 (US$ 190).

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