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Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020): The Magic Keyboard turns it into a notebook

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The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) is the iPad Pro series' current flagship. As its predecessors, the updated XXL tablet aims to fully replace laptops. The Magic Keyboard, which is scheduled to be available beginning at the end of May, will be a big step towards this.
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The iPad Pro (2020) is currently the best tablet on the market. As promised by the manufacturer, it is significantly faster than its Android competition, its well-calibrated True Tone display is a blessing for creative professionals, the user experience is incredibly smooth, the stereo sound produced by the 4 speakers is excellent and the battery life is at the top end compared to other devices within its category as well.

Apple is still holding on to its claim that the iPad Pro can fully replace a laptop. This applies to both the 12.9-inch and the 11-inch model. Aside from the usual accessories, which include the Apple Pencil (135 Euros/$129) and the Smart Keyboard (219 Euros/~$159), the Magic Keyboard will thus be available for both tablets at the end of May. The accessory is supposed to transform the tablet into a notebook.

The Magic Keyboard costs a hefty 399 Euros (~$349). For the price, buyers receive a full-featured notebook keyboard with backlit keys and an integrated touchpad. As with the Smart Keyboard, the Magic Keyboard magnetically attaches to the iPad Pro, but unlike the former, the Magic Keyboard suspends the tablet in the air above the keyboard, which allows users to freely adjust the angle.

The iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) can be purchased starting from 1099 Euros ($999). With the base model, buyers get 128 GB of storage and Wi-Fi connectivity. The top configuration includes 1 TB of storage space and an additional LTE module for 1819 Euros ($1649). The iPad Pro 11 (2020) starts at 879 Euros ($799).

The optional Magic Keyboard costs 399 Euros (~$432) and supposedly transforms the Apple iPad Pro (2020) into a full-featured notebook
The optional Magic Keyboard costs 399 Euros (~$432) and supposedly transforms the Apple iPad Pro (2020) into a full-featured notebook
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Manuel Masiero
Editor of the original article: Manuel Masiero - Senior Tech Writer - 151 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
My fascination for computers started with the C64. Since then, I’ve put everything that comes my way in terms of hardware through its paces. From the C64 to the Amiga 500 and the first PC with an 8088 CPU, my list of projects has grown increasingly longer. For more than 20 years now I have also turned my hobby into my profession and have been active in the mobile section of Notebookcheck since 2021. Before that, I worked as a hardware editor for IDG Media (tecChannel.de) and VNU Business Publications (PC professional), among others.
Marius Schell
Translator: Marius Schell - Tech Writer - 268 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
Even in my youth I was already very enthusiastic about technology, and as a result I started building PCs, optimizing them, and writing programs while I was still in school. When dealing with the inevitable hardware and software problems associated with computers, I was always relentless in my search for the necessary solutions. The compact forms of laptops and smartphones introduced further challenges in this regard. In my reviews for Notebookcheck I try to communicate as objectively as possible how well a device copes with these hurdles.
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Manuel Masiero, 2020-05-19 (Update: 2020-05-19)