Apple unveils new iPad and MacBook amid COVID-19 pandemic

The iPads will work with a new Magic Keyboard that has a trackpad
Posted at 3:15 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 17:15:40-04

CUPERTINO — Even though some stores and malls are closing around the world amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple has unveiled a new iPad Pro tablet and MacBook Air laptop.

The new iPad Pro adds an Ultra Wide camera, studio-quality microphones and a LiDAR Scanner.

The LiDAR Scanner, along with the upgraded cameras and motion sensors, is said to improve augmented reality (AR) apps and experiences.

With the new iPad comes new operating software (iPadOS 13.4). This brings trackpad support to the iPad.

As users move their finger across the trackpad, the pointer transforms to highlight user interface elements. Multi-Touch gestures on the trackpad make it faster and easier to navigate the entire system without lifting your hand.

This software update works alongside the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro. It has a floating design with angle adjustment, a backlit keyboard, and a trackpad, similar to that of a laptop.

The new iPad Pro is available to order starting March 25th 2020, and the Magic Keyboard will be available in May 2020.

The iPad starts at $799 and comes in two colors, silver and space gray and the Magic Keyboard starts at $299.

The newly updated MacBook Air has a performance upgrade, a new Magic Keyboard, and twice the storage of the old one.

It now features a new keyboard, which is essentially the old kind of keyboard they used in 2016 MacBook Pro models.

MacBook Air now starts with 256GB of storage, which is double that of the previous generation.

Apple also offers up to a 2TB of storage, which is also double the previous maximum storage.

The updated MacBook Air will be available on the week of March 23rd, starting at $999.