Apple yesterday announced the 2020 MacBook Air refresh and its 2020 iPad Pro lineup. The new devices are not a major upgrade over their predecessor but the company has improved them in all the key regions.
2020 MacBook Air
With the 2020 refresh, Apple has given the MacBook Air lineup exactly what it needs — better performance, a reliable keyboard, and more storage. The best part is that the company has given all this as a lower price tag of $999. The Air desperately needed more powerful processors and the switch to quad-core CPUs from Intel should greatly improve their performance. Do note, however, that the base Air model ships with a 1.1GHz dual-core Core i3 processor. Apple is using Intel’s 10th generation processors which offer faster GPU performance as well.
The new Magic Keyboard should also give many consumers the confidence of going ahead and buying the machine without worrying about its reliability. Lastly, the lower price tag and twice the storage act as a cherry on top of the cake to make the 2020 MacBook Air a very viable machine for a lot of regular folks. It will now also have enough grunt for some light photo editing and Photoshop work without turning into a sluggish mess.
2020 iPad Pro
With the 2020 iPad Pro lineup, Apple has focused on improving the usability of its tablets. The additional RAM, trackpad support, and the new Magic Keyboard with trackpad are all a move in that direction. The new Magic Keyboard and native cursor and trackpad support in iPadOS is a big deal as they instantly turn the 2020 iPad Pro into a viable laptop-replacement for many. At $299-$349, the Magic Keyboard is definitely an expensive accessory for the iPad Pro though. The good thing is that it is also compatible with the 2018 iPad Pro lineup so you won’t have to upgrade to the 2020 iPad Pro just to use it.
As for the LiDaAR scanner at the rear, its true potential is something that we are going to see down the line. Right now, Apple is using the LiDAR scanner in the Measure app to offer more accurate measurements. All other ARKit-based apps should perform better as they will now rely on the depth sensor instead of the camera.
For creators, the addition of the five microphone array is going to be a bigger deal than the new 10MP ultra-wide angle shooter at the rear. It will allow them to record voiceovers right on their iPad with crystal clear quality. Just like the MacBook Air lineup, Apple has also bumped the base storage across its 2020 iPad Pro lineup to 128GB which is always a welcome addition.
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