In 2018, Apple redesigned the iPad Pro lineup with a completely new 11 and 12.9-inch tablets. In March 2020, these were refreshed, but the physical dimensions remain the same.
Many were waiting for the new iPad to come out, only to get the 2018 version cheaper. What came as a surprise is that Apple released the 11-inch new tablet starting at $799 – the same as what the 2018 11-inch costed. This brings the following questions:
- Is it worth the upgrade?
- Is the 2018 iPad worth buying in 2020?
- What’s different in the 2020 iPad Pro?
What’s Stayed the Same with the New iPad?
Physical Dimensions The physical dimensions of the two devices have stayed the same and come in 11 and 12.9 inches.
Screen Display Both the devices also retain the same Liquid Retina displays (2388 x 1688) for the 11-inch and (2732 x 2048) for the 12-inch model. Once again, they feature True Tone and ProMotion technology on board, as well as a P3 wide color gamut.
Apple Pencil & USB-C Both versions are also compatible with the second generation of Apple Pencil. Also, the Lightning connector has been switched out in favor of USB-C.
iPadOS 14 Update Both Apple tablets will get the new iPadOS14 update.
Processor Apple is touting its new A12Z Bionic chip (the 2018 iPad came with an “X” chip). It has an 8-core CPU and an 8-core GPU. In plain English, this means less heating and more efficiency in terms of running graphic-intensive apps. Also, more efficient processors are suitable for batteries.
Storage & Ram Storage options start with 128GB instead of 64GB. Also, all the new iPads will come with 6GB of RAM instead of 4GB. (The only expectation for the 2018 model was the 1TB storage version).
- iPad Pro (2020): 12 MP Wide lens, 10MP Ultrawide lens, 4K video at 24, 30, 60fps
- iPad Pro (2018): 12 MP Wide lens, 4K video at 30 and 60 fps only
The camera is a major update, but there is even more, a LiDAR scanner is included in the new iPad. This makes a huge difference for AR (augmented reality) apps.
Is an Upgrade Worth It?
Users that already have the 2018 iPad Pro don’t necessarily have to rush for an upgrade. Even the new Apple keyboard that will be released in May will be compatible with the old model.
Is Buying the iPad 2018 Worth It?
For users looking for a cheaper option, yes, it is. The only issue might be finding a new one. However, the refurbished models will be even less expensive, which is even better for budget seekers.
If the iPad 2018 Is Still Worth It, Why Should One Buy the 2020 iPad?
Two years ago, people paid the same amount of money for the iPad 2018. The 2020 model, however, comes with more RAM, a better camera, a better processor, double the base storage option, and offers impressive AR experience. So, if this is going to be your first iPad, or you have an older than the 2018 model, definitely buy the iPad 2020!
Geely Has Partnered With Tencent to Develop Smart Car Features
The Chinese automaker Geely announced that it has partnered with the social media and gaming giant Tencent. The two companies will join forces in an effort to build the cars of the future. The goal of the partnership is to develop the necessary features for smart cars and autonomous driving tech.
Tencent Said They Will Work With Geely to Make Mobile Apps and Functions for Drivers and Passengers
In a recent statement, Tencent said that the two companies would work together to make mobile apps and functions that include multi-screen interaction, intelligent speech, and smart surfaces. These would all be developed with the goal of being accessible to drivers and passengers alike. Neither of the two companies has yet said how much money it would commit to the new partnership.
Geely Has Already Partnered With Baidu to Build Electric Cars
Recently, Geely also announced that it was teaming up with the search giant Baidu to develop electric cars. This is just the latest example of automakers working with tech companies to build vehicles that are better for the environment. The partnership sent Tencent stock 3.7% higher in Hong Kong and boosted the Shares in Geely by 5.6%, resulting in a new record high for its stock.
Geely was apparently busy entering into partnerships because the one with Tencent was the third in recent weeks. In addition to its agreement with Baidu, Geely also signed a deal with Apple supplier Foxconn. This deal was about making cars for other automakers and consulting on electric vehicles. Apparently, Geely is getting ready to take the next step in making the cars of the future.
The recent flurry of corporate activity in the Chinese car-making industry is due to the rising competition for next-generation cars. More importantly, it is about who would win the market in China, which is the largest market for cars in the world. In addition to the steps Geely took recently, Tesla began rolling out its own made-in-China vehicle – the Model Y, while Volkswagen launched its electric SUV.