Apple unveiled two new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros today, and both come with fancy new technology that can make your childhood dreams come to life.
Remember when you were a kid and you played ‘The floor is lava‘, jumping from the couch to the armchair all while avoiding touching the floor? The iPad Pro’s new LiDAR scanner — which stands for Light Detection and Ranging — can turn your living room (or any room) into an augmented reality version of Klei’s Hot Lava, a game based around that very same concept.
The LiDAR scanner can create a detailed map of your living room by measuring objects and distances in a matter of nano-seconds. The game will then render those objects, and turn the floor into lava, letting you virtually jump your way through your very own living room obstacle course.
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LiDAR can also be used for a bunch of other more serious applications too, such as IKEA’s Place app, which will let you scan your room and then virtually (and accurately) decorate it.
Apple also showed off a medical app that uses LiDAR to measure the range of motion in someone’s arm.
Apple’s new iPads also come with a new, more powerful A12Z processor, which includes an eight-core GPU for 2.6x faster graphics performance, making it perfect for intensive gaming sessions.
Both new iPads also feature a new dual rear camera setup, featuring a 12-megapixel f/1.8 wide-angle camera paired with a 10-megapixel f/2.4 ultrawide.
The new iPad Pros will be available on March 25, starting at US$800 for the 11-inch model, and US$1,000 for the 12.9-inch model.