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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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Quarantined man asks neighbor on a date through a drone, posts video on TikTok

Coronavirus can’t stop love

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Needless to say, today is the worst time to go on a date. With social distancing in full effect, getting naughty in bed is a risky proposition. Regardless, even with physical distances, humans will always find a way to get intimate.

In New York, a man just upped his game in the coronavirus dating scene. Jeremy Cohen, a resident of Bushwick, invited his next door neighbor out on a date in the most creative way in the quarantine era.

In Brooklyn, rooftop antics and parties are commonplace. Recently, Cohen spotted his neighbor, Toni Cignarella, dancing alone on the rooftop next door.

“I looked out on the street, saw this girl dancing. I needed to say hi to her,” Cohen said in an NBC New York report. They waved at each other, but Cohen wondered how they could contact each other.

Of course, with the distance today, everyone needs to get creative. Cohen sent his number through a small drone. Naturally, his smooth moves didn’t go undocumented. Throughout the whole process, Cohen filmed the whole thing and posted the video on TikTok. (Where else? He also posted it on his Instagram.)

After Cignarella’s yes, the two went “out on a date.” Specifically, they had dinner on their respective rooftops and talked through FaceTime. Cignarelli commented that it was the “coolest thing anyone’s done for [her].”

Currently, the TikTok video already has 30 million views. Even then, Cohen’s cute gesture is a ray of hope in today’s desolate times.

SEE ALSO: 4 ways you can use TikTok to help during the COVID-19 crisis

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Huawei Sound X with hi-end audio launches

Will work seamlessly with the P40 series

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Huawei is slowly but surely venturing out into more and more devices. After wearables, the company is now showing off a hi-end speaker — the Huawei Sound X.

It’s never easy to describe sound on text but Huawei claims the Sound X “will revolutionize high-end acoustic technology with sonorous audio that leaves an enduring, life-altering impression on the listener.”

It was made in collaboration with Devialet — a global audio brand known for its High-Fidelity products.

It’s not a smart speaker in the way that there’s a voice assistant integrated like the Google Home or the Amazon Echo, but it does have some ‘smart’ qualities.

For instance, it will work seamlessly with your Huawei P40 series phone. Gently tapping your phone against the Sound X transmits audio to the speaker.

The audio, Huawei says, is lossless and low-latency and can be tweaked thanks to a proprietary EMUI 10.1 multi-device control panel. Think of like Huawei’s own version of Apple’s AirPlay.

Another thing that Huawei is proud of about the Sound X is how compact it is compared to other speakers that promise to deliver the same level of hi-end audio. It’s able to deliver 60W of bass despite being relatively smaller than other speakers with the same capability.

The company says the “exterior design was inspired by the golden dome of the black, glazed surface hints at the robust sound that seems to emanate from a bottomless well.” But it really just reminds of Darth Vader from Star Wars.

The press photos even have the Sound X in this red room of sorts. Screams Sith to me.

Imagine playing the “Imperial Death March” on this thing! Whether you see the resemblance or not, it does kind of look cool.

SEE ALSO: Huawei P40 Series with ‘visionary photography’ now official

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Huawei Watch GT 2e unveiled with more than 100 workout modes

Designed for fitness freaks

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Continuing the Watch GT series, Huawei has unveiled the latest addition — the Watch GT 2e. The brand intends the watch to be a Fitbit-type replacement by equipping it with more than 100 workout modes. This ranges from outdoor activities to indoor exercises.

It has a 1.4-inch AMOLED display and the brand claims it has a “retina” grade display. It’s safe to assume the display has a higher pixel density, delivering sharper visuals. The Watch GT 2e is designed to look sporty and has an integrated strap. The primary body of the watch is built from stainless steel and the strap has four color options — Graphite Black, Lava Red, Mint Green, and Icy White.

For added comfort, the strap is made of TPU material that’s designed to withstand extreme movement caused during any kind of exercise. This shall ensure accurate data reading. The watch face is highly customizable and the user can also add dual time zones, reminders, and a photo gallery.

The watch supports 15 professional workout modes along with eight outdoor activities like running, walking, mountain climbing, hiking, trail running, cycling, open water swimming, and triathlon. Indoor activities include walking, running, cycling, pool, swimming, free training, elliptical machine, and rower.

That’s not all. The watch has 85 customized workout modes across groups like extreme, leisure, fitness, aquatics, ball games, and winter sports. It’ll constantly record the user’s duration, calories burnt, heart rate interval, exercise progress, recovery time, and more.

Lastly, it’s the first watch from Huawei to get blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitoring. Sleep and stress tracking, a commonly found feature today in fitness accessories, has also been included.

Powering the watch is Huawei’s proprietary Kirin A1 chip and it can last two weeks on a single charge. The company hasn’t announced pricing or availability yet.

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