Everyone is expecting an Apple event in the next two weeks and the star of the show is likely to be updated 11″ and 12.9″ iPad Pros. The highlight feature for this year according to months of rumors is the new triple-camera system found on the iPhone 11 Pro.
There is likely a bit more to these new high-end tablets, such as an A13X processor. I also wouldn’t be shocked if there are some modifications made to the aluminum frame to make it more rigid, as well. However, after a significant hardware redesign last year, I wouldn’t expect sweeping changes. Still, Apple adding their latest and greatest camera array is nothing to sneeze at. If this turns out to be true, it would be the first time that the company has included a multiple-lens array on an iPad.
There’s no questioning what this new camera system brings to the table. Before the release of the iPhone 11 Pro, I knew there would be an improvement in the quality of the cameras. However, I have to admit that I didn’t expect to be as impressed with them as I have been. The combination of faster glass, more focus pixels and much improved software have made a big difference and gotten Apple back into the center of the smartphone camera conversation. The new Ultra-Wide Angle lens and the huge shots and depth effects that it adds is the perfect cherry on top. A real Night Mode doesn’t hurt, either.
So now we will have these same cameras on the iPad Pro. Will you use them? At first thought, a triple-lens system doesn’t seem like an essential upgrade for a tablet, especially the large 12.9″ model that I use. However, after thinking about it, I will still get some mileage out of them. First off, I do actually use my current iPad Pro to take photos whenever I review anything having to do with the iPhone. Even though the cameras are usually good, it’s always a much bigger challenge to get a great shot with my iPad than with an iPhone. That should no longer be the case.
I will also get mileage using the new camera array for document scans for work. One of my primary uses for my iPad Pro today is to handle blueprints for job takeoffs and project management. You can’t always count on digital copies of the documents you need, especially if you are working with contractors who prefer old-school paper prints with markings all over in pencil and highlighter. I know I can use my iPhone to get better scans and then use iCloud or AirDrop to move the pics to my tablet. However, it will save time being able to get the same quality scan right on the device I will be using the document on.
At the end of the day, Apple adding its latest and greatest cameras to the iPad Pro may not be essential, but it is still a good move that will prove useful to many users, even if it’s in small ways. And that’s just thinking about today. Based on a few early rumors of the 2020 iPad Pro, this may also be the first step in a bigger camera upgrade for AR purposes coming next year.
So I will definitely be taking advantage of the new cameras in the coming iPad Pro. How about you?