This major iPad Pro upgrade will also work on third-party apps
What you need to know
- Apple released a brand new iPad Pro with M1 at its Apple event yesterday.
- It includes a beefier TrueDepth camera with a feature called Center Stage.
- A new report says that Center Stage will be available to third-party apps and developers.
At its April Apple event Tuesday the company unveiled a brand new iPad Pro featuring an all-new M1 processor and a mini-LED display.
One major new feature is the iPad's new front-facing camera and Center Stage technology, as explained by Apple:
A new report says Center Stage will be available for third-party apps. From Federico Viticci:
Center Stage, the new iPad Pro feature that uses the front-facing camera to automatically follow the user during video calls, is *not* exclusive to FaceTime. Third-party apps can use Center Stage and there'll be an API available to toggle it on/off. #AppleEventCenter Stage, the new iPad Pro feature that uses the front-facing camera to automatically follow the user during video calls, is *not* exclusive to FaceTime. Third-party apps can use Center Stage and there'll be an API available to toggle it on/off. #AppleEvent— Federico Viticci (@viticci) April 20, 2021April 20, 2021
It means the feature could be included in other apps like Facebook Messenger, Zoom, and more.
As mentioned, the new iPad Pro is also powered by Apple silicon thanks to the M1 chip. It has an awesome new mini-LED display, up to 2TB of storage, and even up to 16GB of RAM.
Everything you want and more
This is the biggest update we've seen to the iPad Pro lineup in years. With new storage options, better RAM, and the incredible M1 chip powering it all, the iPad Pro (2021) is going to be a force to be reckoned with. Pre-orders at Apple start April 30, 2021.
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