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Now that the new iPad Pro is making its way to people, and tech enthusiasts are starting to get their hands on the new device, the benchmarks are starting to come out. All the preliminary tests seem to indicate that the 2020 iPad Pro is very minimal better than the 2018 model, and there are even some early rumors that there may be another new iPad Pro coming later this year.

So why would Apple release this iPad Pro? Well, Apple doesn't really care what the benchmarks say about their products; they care about the user experience. The 2020 iPad Pro is much more about a few new features that will likely appear on multiple new devices in the future, and this allows Apple to get them out there for people and developers to use.

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All about that LiDAR life

Without getting too technical, LiDAR uses light to measure distance, specifically green spectrum lasers. This is an essential technology for augmented reality (AR) going forward, as it allows the iPad Pro to get a better measurement of the environment around it.

What is LiDAR, and why do I want it in my iPad?

So why should you care if LiDAR is on your iPad? The truth is most people probably don't and don't need to care. This feature is new, and while it will improve the AR capabilities of the iPad Pro right away, the real potential will take developers a while to tap into.

New cameras and Magic Keyboard

Of course, LiDAR isn't the only significant change; the new camera array is now a dual-camera setup. This means better photos, and even 4K video recording, all of which are new to the iPad Pro lineup.

Plus, with the launch of iPadOS 13.4, the iPad Pro will have a much better mouse and trackpad implementation, which will only help people who choose to use those. This feature is also coming to the 2018 model, and even Apple's new Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro is compatible with both the 2020 and 2018 models.

The 2018 model is an excellent iPad Pro

The bottom line is the iPad Pro (2020) is just a small upgrade over the 2018 model, and that's all it's meant to be. The 2018 iPad Pro is still plenty fast, performs exceptionally well for all sorts of tasks, and there's absolutely no reason to upgrade to the 2020 model if you're happy with it.

While power and performance are important, benchmarks aren't everything. If you live and die on each device needing to be wildly more powerful than the previous iteration, you're missing the bigger picture.

Small upgrade

iPad Pro (2020)

An iPad camera that is now as good as an iPhone's.

The 2020 iPad Pro has a faster processor, an advanced camera system, a LiDAR scanner for AR, and support for a true cursor experience with the Magic Keyboard with Trackpad.

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