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Apple this morning introduced updated iPad Pro models with A12Z Bionic chips, dual camera setups, a new LiDAR Scanner for augmented reality, and a new Magic Keyboard accessory that adds a trackpad to the iPad Pro for the first time.

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Based on code in iOS 13.4, there are also a couple other iPad Pro features that have remained hidden. According to 9to5Mac, the new iPad Pro models all feature 6GB RAM and include Apple's Ultra Wideband chips.

With the 2018 iPad Pro, the higher-capacity models with 1TB of storage were equipped with 6GB RAM, while the other models with lower storage capacities featured 4GB RAM. This year, the RAM has been upped and all models have the same 6GB of RAM available.

The new iPad Pro models also appear to have Apple's U1 Ultra-Wideband chip, which was first introduced in the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max.

There is no mention of the U1 chip in the iPad Pro's feature list, and it's not clear why. 9to5Mac speculates that perhaps the features are not available at this time and will be enabled with a future software update.

The U1 chip is designed for indoor positioning, and Apple has likened it to "GPS at the scale of the living room." In the iPhone, Apple uses the U1 chip for AirDrop, allowing an iPhone with U1 chip to be pointed at another iPhone for directional file sharing.

It's believed that Apple's upcoming AirTag item trackers will also be equipped with U1 chips and will be able to be precisely located by devices that feature Ultra Wideband support.

Article Link: All New 2020 iPad Pro Models Feature 6GB RAM and Ultra Wideband Chip
 
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falainber

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Considering android devices are shipping with 16GB of RAM with not much improvement, I think iOS is doing well.
Android devices have much more advanced OS that let the users run multiple apps comfortably just like on a desktop. Samsung's DeX is an example. That said, most of this RAM is used by the apps not by OS. What we have is that the apps on Samsung phones have more memory in their disposal than the apps on iPad Pros which are supposed to be used for productivity.
 

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Android devices have much more advanced OS that let the users run multiple apps comfortably just like on a desktop. Samsung's DeX is an example. That said, most of this RAM is used by the apps not by OS. What we have is that the apps on Samsung phones have more memory in their disposal than the apps on iPad Pros which are supposed to be used for productivity.

I think android devices have more RAM. But there is no evidence that Android is a more advance operating system. Considering the status of their apps and their fragmented software base -- I would say iPadOS is far superior for a tablet platform.
 

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Have to pass on this one. Definitely not worth having an event over.

same. my 2018 iPPs are till a beast. ima sit this one out and possibly hit up the next refresh in a few years. trackpad support does peak my interest as my 12.9 is mainly used on my desk.
 

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Hmm.. I wonder if they'll explain the fact that according to some devs they can't use the extra 2GB in the 1TB 2018 models.. Despite other devs taking advantage of it fine.. Was it just an Apple guideline? Are these new iPads going to address the memory differently?

I have no need for more layers than my 2018 allows, its already crushing everything I throw at it, but if Procreate ends up supporting more layers on these 6GB iPads than the 2018 6GB iPads that'll be really interesting.
 

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Android devices have much more advanced OS that let the users run multiple apps comfortably just like on a desktop. Samsung's DeX is an example. That said, most of this RAM is used by the apps not by OS. What we have is that the apps on Samsung phones have more memory in their disposal than the apps on iPad Pros which are supposed to be used for productivity.

I think it says a lot when everyone around me has no idea what Dex is. A feature that requires you to plug in a monitor, keyboard and mouse is pretty much dead in the water, compared to the iPad which has the strength of a strong app ecosystem behind it.

And that’s really the crux here. iOS get the best apps, which in turn means that pound for pound, more people are going to be using ios for meaningful work over android simply because that’s where the tools are.
 

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Android devices have much more advanced OS that let the users run multiple apps comfortably just like on a desktop.

On tablets? Not even close. As for DeX, I wonder if anyone is actually using it for anything. You know, actually using it.
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I think it says a lot when everyone around me has no idea what Dex is. A feature that requires you to plug in a monitor, keyboard and mouse is pretty much dead in the water, compared to the iPad which has the strength of a strong app ecosystem behind it.

And that’s really the crux here. iOS get the best apps, which in turn means that pound for pound, more people are going to be using ios for meaningful work over android simply because that’s where the tools are.

People often confuse complexity with being advanced. In terms of usability, which OS is better thought out on tablets - I think iPadOS wins even without the app comparisons.
 
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