WASHINGTON:Apple has released a new version of its top iPad Pro with new 3D depth-sensing lidar technology and a revamped MacBook Air with a new keyboard, as it attempts to continue normal business in spite of the coronavirus pandemic.
The new 11in and 12.9in iPad Pros resemble the previous major redesign made in 2018, complete with slim bezels all round and Face ID facial recognition. But they also have a new lidar-based depth sensing system, a technology typically found on self-driving cars.
The lidar scanner can measure the distance of objects up to five metres away, working both indoors and outside, designed for enhanced augmented reality.
The tablet also has a new ultra-wide camera and is aimed at media creation, with improved microphones and new, more powerful A12Z Bionic processor, which Apple says is more powerful than most Windows PC laptops.