Apple announces new iPad Pro, Magic Keyboard, other tech

iPad Pro

Apple is once again announcing new technology.

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Bloomberg reported that it has been 18 months since Apple brought out new iPad variations, but that dry spell came to an end on Tuesday.

Apple held an online event called “Let Loose” that showed the new slate of technology the Cupertino, California-based company will release next week.

iPad Pro

The new iPad will be in 11- or 13-inch models and will have the M4 chip for better performance, 9 to 5 Mac reported. They will have OLED displays and will be smaller and lighter than the current models.

The 11-inch iPad will be 5.3 mm thick and will start at $999 while the larger iPad will be 5.1 mm thick with the starting price of $1,299. Apple said the device is the thinnest item it has created.

The OLED display will be called the “Ultra Retina XDR display” and will be thinner than a traditional LCD, with an anti-glare nano-texture glass option.

The iPad Pro will also have a better 12MP camera with adaptive flash.

They will come in either silver or Space Black and will have 100% recycled aluminum enclosures, Mac Rumors reported.

They can be ordered starting on Tuesday.

iPad Air

The company has redesigned the 11-inch iPad Air and is introducing a new 13-inch version. The tablets were “designed to make features pioneered on iPad Pro at a more affordable price,” the company said, according to Mac Rumors.

The iPads will have an M2 processor and come in four colors: New blue, new purple, Starlight and Space Gray. They will also be in a 100% recycled aluminum case.

They will work with the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil.

The 11-inch iPad Air starts at $599 while the 13-inch starts at $799, with prices increasing depending on storage, Mac Rumors reported.

They can be ordered Tuesday and will be available next week.


The current 10-inch iPad will also still be available, but at a lower cost, starting at $349, USA Today reported.

New Apps, updates

Two popular programs are getting massive updates — Final Cut Pro 2 and Logic Pro 2. Both will use AI features for music and video editing, according to TechRadar.

Final Cut Pro will let you record, edit and share professional videos directly from the iPad, rendering twice as fast than it did in the past. It will also have options to do a “Live Multicam” shoot, in which you can connect up to four cameras at a single time. You can also control exposure, white balance and focus from the iPad.

Final Cut Camera will allow you to connect several iPhones and iPads so that you can shoot different angles, syncing the video from production to editing.

Session Player adds new keyboard and string instruments using AI. It will also split channels to isolate various parts of a single track.

Magic Keyboard, Apple Pencil

The new Magic Keyboard still has a floating design. The devices will match the colors of the iPad Pro. There will be a function row with various controls, an aluminum palm rest and a larger trackpad.

They are thinner and lighter than previous Magic Keyboards, USA Today reported.

The company said the new Magic Keyboard “Feels just like using a MacBook.”

The Magic Keyboard will cost $299 for the 11-inch version and $349 for the 13-inch.

The company is rolling out a new Apple Pencil Pro. The barrel will allow a user to squeeze it to bring up the tool palette. It will also have a haptic engine, be included in the “Find My” app and pair, charge and store magnetically to the iPad, Mac Rumors reported.

The pencil’s gyroscope will allow users to change size of the brush they are using, among other features.

The Apple Pencil Pro will cost $129.

Both the keyboard and the pencil can be ordered now but will be available next week.

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