Trying to figure out the buying decision of iPad Pro vs iPad? Since Apple has launched the new iPad Pro 2020, complete with a new Magic Keyboard with trackpad, it’s a good time to do a round-by-round analysis of how these tablets compare.
The new iPad Pro is getting a lot of attention because it’s the fastest iPad yet (thanks to its A12Z Bionic processor) but especially because of its optional Magic Keyboard that includes a trackpad. But the iPad is a great entry-level tablet with a fairly large 10.1-inch display, support for Apple Pencil and an optional keyboard of its own with a touchpad.
For many years, shoppers have found the iPad to be a great tablet, and it’s getting better as iPadOS evolves.. But the iPad Pro is evolving to become a viable laptop replacement, and it’s now more worthy of consideration than before. Here’s everything you should know before buying an iPad or iPad Pro.
iPad Pro vs iPad: Specs
|11-inch iPad Pro (2020)||12.9-inch iPad Pro (2020||iPad (2019)|
|Starting price||$799||$999||$329 ($299 for schools)|
|Screen||11 inches (2388 x 1668)||12.9 inches (2732 x 2048)||10.2 inches (2160 x 1620)|
|Battery life||Up to 10 hours of web surfing (claim)||Up to 10 hours of web surfing (claim)||11:58 (tested)|
|Processor||A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Engine||A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Engine||A10 Fusion|
|Storage||128GB to 1TB||128GB to 1TB||32GB to 128GB|
|Cameras||12MP Wide + 10MP Ultra Wide (rear), 7MP TrueDepth (front)||12MP Wide + 10MP Ultra Wide (rear), 7MP TrueDepth (front)||8MP (rear) 1.2MP FaceTime HD (front)|
|Video recording||Up to 4K at 60 fps||Up to 4K at 60 fps||Up to 1080p HD at 30 fps|
|Security||Face ID||Face ID||Touch ID|
|Apple Keyboard support||Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio||Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio||Smart Keyboard|
|Pencil support||Apple Pencil (2nd generation)||Apple Pencil (2nd generation)||Apple Pencil (1st generation)|
|Dimensions||9.7 x 7 x 0.2 inches||11 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches||9.8 x 6.8 x 0.3 inches|
|Weight||1 pound||1.4 pounds||1.1 pound|
iPad Pro vs iPad: Design and ports
One is modern, the other is still clutching onto 2012’s looks. That’s right, this is a pretty simple comparison. Even though the 10.2-inch iPad released last year has a slightly bigger screen and slimmer bezels than the 9.7-inch iPad it replaced, it can’t hold a candle to the iPad Pro on design. It still looks a lot like the 4th Gen iPad, which came out in 2012.
The iPad Pro is one of the coolest-looking tablets there is; it’s almost all screen, with a slender bezel, that’s available in both 11-inch and 12.9-inch designs. But even though the iPad Pros are larger than the iPad, they don’t feel bulkier or harder to manage. In fact, the 11-inch iPad Pro manages to feel smaller than the iPad, due to its slightly slimmer chassis. The only bad thing you can say about the new iPad Pro is that its three-camera bump on the back is a bit much, but iPhone 11 Pro owners like myself have gotten over them.
Oh, and then there’s the manner of their charging ports. The 10.2-inch iPad sports the Lightning port (which it has since the aforementioned 2012 iPad), which seems to be on the way out. The iPad Pro, on the other hand, features USB-C, which you can charge with the same cable that charges modern MacBooks and many other devices.
iPad Pro vs iPad: Display
We really like the 10.2-inch iPad’s sharp Retina display. Not only does it boast a dense – 2160 x 1620-pixel resolution, it produces 105% of the sRGB color spectrum. It’s also plenty bright, producing 450 nits of brightness.
The iPad Pro’s displays are even better. First off, they offer shaper resolutions, with the 12.9-inch offering 2732 x 2048 pixels and the 11-inch 2388 x 1668 pixels. You should also expect more colors and brighter panels; both the 11-inch iPad Pro (111% sRGB, 572 nits) and the 12.9-inch (128.4% and 484 nits) outperformed the regular iPad. t 111% (11-inch) and 128.4% (12.9-inch) of the sRGB spectrum, and shined even brighter, at 572 nits (11-inch) and 484 nits (12.9-inch).
The iPad Pro’s big wins in the display category is solidified by its 120hz ProMotion display refresh rate, which is a techy way of saying web pages and other content scroll really smoothly. There’s also Apple’s True Tone technology, which adjusts the white balance of the screen to make it look more accurate, according to changes in the ambient light around it.
iPad Pro vs iPad: Keyboard and Apple Pencil
Last year, I was happy to see Apple finally give the regular iPad a smart connector for its smart keyboards. But, when Apple finally gave the iPad Pro a touchpad, in the new Magic Keyboard? I was both surprised and elated.
Yes, after years of barely budging an inch, Apple has optimized iPadOS for touchpad input. This feature was formerly stuck inside of the Accessibility settings. But it appears that the excited reaction to that kinda-hidden feature inside of iPadOS has let Apple know that the public really wanted a touchpad to make the iPad Pro more like a laptop.
So, meet the Magic Keyboard, an optional accessory for the iPad Pro that’s coming in May, and even works with the previous generation iPad Pros. Not only does it have that touchpad, but it puts the iPad Pro on a cantilever hinge that grants it 130 degrees of movement, whereas the iPad’s keyboard only lets the iPad sit in one position. Another plus is that the Magic Keyboard is backlit.
However, the Magic Keyboard is very pricey. It costs $299 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and $349 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
The good news for the regular iPad is that Logitech is offering a keyboard called the Combo Touch Keyboard Case with Trackpad. It has a backlit keyboard with a trackpad as well, as well as a built-in kickstand that offers 40 degrees of movement. The cost is just $150.
As for the Apple Pencils, much like the recommended pencil for standardized tests, we go with No. 2. The iPad Pro is the only Apple tablet that supports the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil ($129), which conveniently magnetically snaps onto its top edge, where it also charges. That’s a whole lot better than the regular Apple Pencil ($99), which charges by removing its little cap — which is so easily lost — and plugging it into the Lightning port on the side of the iPad. Not only does that look awkward, it just doesn’t feel right either, like the connector may snap off in the port.
iPad Pro vs iPad: Performance
It’s hard to say how much faster the iPad Pro will be, when compared to the normal iPad, but it’s fairly safe to say this is not going to be a fair fight.
That’s because the iPad Pro rocks the new A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Engine and an 8-core graphics processor, a combination so snappy that Apple says it “outpaces most PC laptops available today.” It’s made for the pro-level applications, such as editing the 4K video that the iPad Pro can record (the iPad can only capture 1080p video), and optimized for the more demanding apps, like the Procreate drawing app and the more-complete Photoshop that Apple and Adobe have worked to bring to the stage.
Meanwhile the iPad’s A10 Fusion chip is far from new, having debuted on the iPhone 7 in 2016. It’s not a slow chip, it’s just not as fast. On the Geekbench 5 general performance benchmark, the iPad Air (2,519) even beat the iPad (1,429), and the Air uses an A12 Bionic chip, which will most certainly be outpaced by the A12Z chip.
Oh, and the iPad Pro’s for more tricks, thanks to the LiDAR Scanner in the cameras, which greatly improves performance in AR (augmented reality) apps. Those apps, such as Ikea’s app that lets you place items around your rooms, should move even faster, with objects rendering at a speed Apple describes as “instantly,” among other enhancements.
iPad Pro vs iPad: Battery life
While we’ll likely see faster charging on the iPad Pro with its USB-C port, the iPad may win this round in the end. Apple rates the new iPad Pro for lasting up to 10 hours (for both models) when surfing the web, a time that the iPad beat with a time of 11:58 on our battery test. We can’t wait to test the iPad Pro’s endurance for ourselves.
iPad Pro vs iPad: Value and price
While this face-off feels a little lopsided in the iPad Pro’s favor, let’s break down how much you’re gonna pay to get these devices, to see how much more expensive the Pro is. For starters, its $799 price tag is so big, it covers two iPads, with $141 left over (just $18 shy of the iPad’s Smart Keyboard’s price).
And if you get the 11-inch iPad Pro with both the new Magic Keyboard (the touchpad beckons) and the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil, your total is $1,227… which is more than twice as much as it costs to get the two iPads with Smart Keyboard covers and Pencils. So, you’re going to need to ask yourself how much you need pro-level apps, and how much you want to spend to get them moving speedily on a tablet.
Because at this price, in this economy? The iPad’s $329 price is still one of its best features, at least in Apple’s ecosystem.
iPad Pro vs iPad: Early verdict
Overall, the iPad continues to be a great value, especially for students or for anyone who wants a solid tablet for work and play. You’re not going to get the fastest performance, but the regular iPad lasts a long time on a charge and it offers a bright and colorful display. And even though the first-gen Apple Pencil isn’t ideal, you can still write and draw on the iPad. With third-party accessories like Logitech’s keyboard, the iPad can pinch hit as a mini laptop.
However, if you want the power to truly replace your notebook, the iPad Pro has the potential to do just that. Its A12Z Bionic processor should be able to keep pace with — or exceed — the performance of Windows laptops. And the dual camera system combined with the LiDAR sensor will let you capture content and use a wide variety of AR apps without lag.
Once we’ve seen how the iPad Pro’s Magic Keyboard works in our own hands, we’ll start to get a better understanding of the case for spending so much more than what it costs to get a regular iPad. But for the iPad superfans among us, those who are already editing videos and podcasts on the tablet, the new iPad Pro looks like it could be worth the splurge.
A $1,000 Samsung phone with a removable battery just went on sale in US – Android Authority
A not-so-new Samsung Galaxy phone with a removable battery just went on sale in the US. With internals that somewhat match those of the Galaxy S9, the Galaxy XCover FieldPro is a $1,100 phone that’s now up for grabs through AT&T.
The device was first introduced in October 2019 but its availability at the time was limited to enterprise customers.
The rugged phone has a removable battery and is designed for people like law enforcement officers, emergency workers, hikers, trekkers, technicians, and other users who basically need a rough and tough device for extreme conditions.
The phone carries US military standard certification (MIL-STD-810G) for durability and ruggedness. This gives it the ability to survive extreme temperatures, shocks, vibrations, and drops. It’s also IP68 rated for water and dust resistance.
Samsung Galaxy XCover FieldPro specs
As far as the specs of the phone are concerned, it features 2018’s flagship Exynos 9810 chipset. It also gets a 5.1-inch QHD display, 4GB RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 4,500mAh removable battery.
In terms of cameras, the Galaxy XCover FieldPro houses a 12MP dual aperture primary shooter and an 8MP selfie snapper. The camera setup is exactly the same as the one found on the Galaxy S9.
There’s a fingerprint sensor at the back of the device and it uses a pogo pin connector for charging or attaching peripherals.
Just like the XCover Pro, the FieldPro also gets a dedicated push-to-talk button that facilitates two-way communication during emergencies.
You get a USB-C cable, a travel adapter, a pogo pin charger, a push-to-talk earphone, an an extra battery in the box.
This rugged smartphone doesn’t come cheap. In fact, the retail price listed on AT&T’s website is a whopping $1,104.99. This brings it in the same league as the Samsung Galaxy S20 series as far as premium pricing is concerned.
However, if you are looking to buy the device on the cheap, you can also pick it up with a 30-month AT&T instalment plan for $36.84/month. The carrier will start shipping the phone between April 13 and April 15. There’s also an option to pick it up from an AT&T retail outlet.
Like the idea of a rugged Samsung phone with a removable battery? Then you can check out the phone on AT&T’s website via the button below.
Samsung Galaxy XCover FieldPro A rugged phone with removable battery
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Cooking Mama dev shuts down rumours of Switch version mining crytocurrency – GamesIndustry.biz
The developer of Cooking Mama: Cookstar has assured that the Switch game does not utilise Nintendo’s hardware to mine for Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency.
Responding to various queries on Twitter, New York-based studio 1st Playable said “Those are all rumours.”
“As the developers, we can say with certainty there is no cryptocurrency or data collection or blockchain or anything else shady in the code,” the developer tweeted. “The Nintendo Switch is a very safe platform, with none of the data and privacy issues associated with some mobile and PC games.”
The rumours appear to centre around confusion over the game’s release. IGN has a detailed breakdown of the many oddities.
At the heart is the fact that Cooking Mama: Cookstar is — according to its own website — supposed to be available now. But it does not appear listed on Nintendo’s online store, Amazon is only selling copies through two third-party sellers, and Walmart is listing it as out of stock.
There are also reports that the game appeared briefly on the US eShop before being delisted and does not appear anywhere on the European eShop.
But some Twitter users appear to have received physical copies.
In another tweet, 1st Playable said it was “frustrated as everyone with the distribution situation,” although offered no further clarification.
This confusion, combined with a 2019 press release announcing Cooking Mama would feature blockchain functionality, led to the rumours that the game would be used for mining Bitcoin.
When presented with this press release, 1st Playable clarified that it was released back in February 2019, adding: “We presume [it was] hypothetical like most releases around blockchain are.”
The studio continued: “Blockchain was never brought up to us developers, and we were entertainment to hear about [it] in late 2019. Not happening anytime soon.”
Oddly, these tweets are the only activity from 1st Playable’s account since Novembr 2017.
GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to Nintendo and publisher Planet Entertainment via its PR agency Sandbox Strategies for clarification.
Distributor Koch Media responded but was unable to offer any clarification.
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