All New 2020 iPad Pro Models Feature 6GB RAM and Ultra Wideband Chip

Apple this morning introduced updated iPad Pro models with A12Z Bionic chips, dual camera setups, a new LiDAR Scanner for augmented reality, and a new Magic Keyboard accessory that adds a trackpad to the ‌iPad Pro‌ for the first time.

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Based on code in iOS 13.4, there are also a couple other ‌iPad Pro‌ features that have remained hidden. According to 9to5Mac, the new ‌iPad Pro‌ models all feature 6GB RAM and include Apple's Ultra Wideband chips.

With the 2018 ‌iPad Pro‌, the higher-capacity models with 1TB of storage were equipped with 6GB RAM, while the other models with lower storage capacities featured 4GB RAM. This year, the RAM has been upped and all models have the same 6GB of RAM available.

The new ‌iPad Pro‌ models also appear to have Apple's U1 Ultra-Wideband chip, which was first introduced in the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max.

There is no mention of the U1 chip in the ‌iPad Pro‌'s feature list, and it's not clear why. 9to5Mac speculates that perhaps the features are not available at this time and will be enabled with a future software update.

The U1 chip is designed for indoor positioning, and Apple has likened it to "GPS at the scale of the living room." In the iPhone, Apple uses the U1 chip for AirDrop, allowing an ‌iPhone‌ with U1 chip to be pointed at another ‌iPhone‌ for directional file sharing.

It's believed that Apple's upcoming AirTag item trackers will also be equipped with U1 chips and will be able to be precisely located by devices that feature Ultra Wideband support.

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Top Rated Comments

Baymowe335 Avatar
24 months ago

iOS is getting bloated and needs this ram.
Considering android devices are shipping with 16GB of RAM with not much improvement, I think iOS is doing well.
Score: 44 Votes (Like | Disagree)
smulji Avatar
24 months ago

Android devices have much more advanced OS
Nonsense
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cgsnipinva Avatar
24 months ago

Android devices have much more advanced OS that let the users run multiple apps comfortably just like on a desktop. Samsung's DeX is an example. That said, most of this RAM is used by the apps not by OS. What we have is that the apps on Samsung phones have more memory in their disposal than the apps on iPad Pros which are supposed to be used for productivity.
I think android devices have more RAM. But there is no evidence that Android is a more advance operating system. Considering the status of their apps and their fragmented software base -- I would say iPadOS is far superior for a tablet platform.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aevan Avatar
24 months ago

Android devices have much more advanced OS that let the users run multiple apps comfortably just like on a desktop.
On tablets? Not even close. As for DeX, I wonder if anyone is actually using it for anything. You know, actually using it.


I think it says a lot when everyone around me has no idea what Dex is. A feature that requires you to plug in a monitor, keyboard and mouse is pretty much dead in the water, compared to the iPad which has the strength of a strong app ecosystem behind it.

And that’s really the crux here. iOS get the best apps, which in turn means that pound for pound, more people are going to be using ios for meaningful work over android simply because that’s where the tools are.
People often confuse complexity with being advanced. In terms of usability, which OS is better thought out on tablets - I think iPadOS wins even without the app comparisons.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
robotfist Avatar
24 months ago
I think the last thing I want to do is splurge on a consumer electronic device while standing on the precipice of an unprecedented global recession.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Abazigal Avatar
24 months ago
Android devices have much more advanced OS that let the users run multiple apps comfortably just like on a desktop. Samsung's DeX is an example. That said, most of this RAM is used by the apps not by OS. What we have is that the apps on Samsung phones have more memory in their disposal than the apps on iPad Pros which are supposed to be used for productivity.
I think it says a lot when everyone around me has no idea what Dex is. A feature that requires you to plug in a monitor, keyboard and mouse is pretty much dead in the water, compared to the iPad which has the strength of a strong app ecosystem behind it.

And that’s really the crux here. iOS get the best apps, which in turn means that pound for pound, more people are going to be using ios for meaningful work over android simply because that’s where the tools are.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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