On the new 10.2-inch iPad, the three dots represent the Smart Connector. With a bigger screen, a faster A10 CPU, and the Smart Connector, there's less distance between this and the costly iPad Pro than ever before. The freshly resurrected iPad Mini and iPad Air are lost somewhere in the midst.
The new iPad is now the most expensive iPad ever at $529 for the 16GB model. It's more than double the price of the previous record holder, the 6th-generation iPad at $224.
Apple claims the new iPad is "the best tablet you can buy," which is quite a statement considering how much competition there is in the market today. But if you need a larger screen to get the most out of your tablet experience, then the new iPad is the clear winner. It has the highest resolution display of any iPad so far and offers great viewing angles. The smaller models are still good values if you don't need the largest screen possible. All iPads come with Apple's Smart Keyboard case or its newer version, which adds bluetooth support.
If you prefer a keyboard that doesn't look like a laptop keyboard, but instead looks more like a regular keyboard, then you should consider Amazon's Kindle Keyboard. It costs around $100 and comes pre-loaded with hundreds of books from Amazon. Otherwise, the Android platform is also very popular among tablet users.
Also on the rear is Apple's smart connector, which provides power and handles connections for peripherals such as the Smart Keyboard.
If you look closely at one of the new iPhone 12 Pro models or the most recent iPad Pro, you'll see a little black dot near the camera lenses, roughly the size of the flash. That's the lidar sensor, a new form of depth-sensing device that might make a difference in a variety of intriguing ways.
Lidar sensors work by projecting a beam of light into its surrounding environment and measuring how much time it takes for the beam to return to the detector. Because objects interrupt and refract the beam, they can be detected from a distance. Modern lidar devices use laser beams instead. The first generation of these tools was used by police departments to detect traffic violations and illegal street racing activities. They're now also used by autonomous cars to detect obstacles during navigation tasks.
Laser beams are expensive to produce and require careful handling because they can cause eye damage if not used properly. That's why most current lidar devices use conventional lights instead.
The LED used as a lidar light source needs to be powerful enough to reach far away targets but still bright enough to avoid causing glare when reflected off nearby objects. It also needs to have a wide angle of view so as not to miss large areas when scanning through the environment. Conventional headlights fit these requirements well; they're already available in many car models and able to measure distances up to 20 meters (66 feet).
But traditional headlights aren't perfect.
The powerful A12 Bionic with the Neural Engine, a stunning 10.2-inch Retina display, and much more are all included in the eighth-generation iPad. The new eighth-generation iPad is available in space gray, silver, and gold colors. It has a price tag of $329 for the 32GB model and $429 for the 128GB version.