In comparison to its iPhone devices, Apple has never placed as much emphasis on the camera hardware built into its much larger iPad and iPad Pro tablets.
And while modern updates like the mid-2017 iPad Pro models feature relatively powerful camera hardware (namely, the same 12 MP rear-facing and 7 MP front-facing camera as iPhone 7) one sharp-eyed Twitter user is being credited with uncovering that the latest iPad Pros aren’t quite up-to-par with the photo-taking prowess of their predecessors.
Ravi Chowdhury, a Public Health professional employed here in the U.S., pointed out in a Tweet published to his account yesterday that the rear 12 MP camera Apple used in the latest iPad Pro models feature a 5-element lens, which notably takes the place of the 6-element lens Apple employed on its 10.5-inch iPad Pro last summer.
The new 11- and 12.9- iPads, in comparison to their predecessors, also lack the optical image stabilization (OIS) feature, which is actually quite important for anything of or relating to the field of augmented reality (AR).
As we mentioned, Apple has never before placed such importance on the quality of its iPad camera hardware — and while recent models have proven to be at least on par with recent iPhones, the company’s decision to literally downgrade its iPad Pro camera tech this year is puzzling, to say the least.
— Rav (@techixir) October 30, 2018
Of course, in order to slim the new iPads down to just 5.9 mm thickness, Apple understandably had to remove something from the spec-sheet — it’s just sad to think that taking away the headphone jack wasn’t enough..
More New iPad Pro Findings
In addition to Chowdhury’s downgraded camera lens discovery, prominent iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith pointed out in a separate Tweet that Apple failed to mention how some high-tier iPad Pro configurations feature 6 GB of RAM.
The new iPad Pros both have 6GB of RAM, according to Xcode (technically the kCoreThemeMemoryClass enum doesn't map 1:1 but CoreUI only knows about 6GB devices so the iPad must be 6GB if not any prior value) pic.twitter.com/Oas1nOM5BM
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) October 30, 2018
Apple has always been vague about the numerical details pertaining to its device components, however multiple reports have since noted that while all 2018 iPad Pro models boast the same 4 GB RAM allotment as their predecessors, the company is apparently throwing in an additional 2 GB for those deep-pocketed enough to afford its highest-tier 1 TB configuration. That’s $1749 or, for a Wi-Fi/LTE variant, over $1900!