The first 2020 iPad Pro orders will start reaching customers next Wednesday, March 25. You don’t need to wait that long to see what it will look like on your desk, complete with amazing Magic Keyboard, however.
Using the power of augmented reality, Apple can put a virtual iPad Pro anywhere in your home. But be warned: If you didn’t already want a 2020 iPad Pro, you will after you see one right in front of you.
It’s always a good idea to go and try out new Apple products at the Apple Store before you spend your hard-earned cash on them. That’s not possible right now, however, with all Apple Stores outside of Greater China out of action.
Apple previously stated that it expects stores to reopen on March 28 — three days after the new iPad Pro makes its debut — but a recent update to its notices suggests closures will be extended amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
So, how can you tell if the 2020 iPad Pro is right for you? You can start by using AR to put one on your desk.
Stick a virtual 2020 iPad Pro anywhere
To try it out for yourself, start by visiting the new iPad Pro webpage in Safari on your iPhone or iPad. In the “Your next computer is not a computer” section at the top of the page, you’ll see a link to “See iPad Pro in AR.”
Tap this link and you’ll be taken to the AR viewer, which will place the new iPad Pro almost anywhere. Point your camera at a flat surface and a virtual device will pop into view, giving you an idea of what it will look like in the flesh.
You may be prompted to move your iPhone or iPad around first so that it can get an idea of its surroundings. Once the 3D model appears, you can pinch to adjust its size, and drag it to move to place it somewhere else.
Order a 2020 iPad Pro today
A virtual iPad Pro is obviously no replacement for the real thing. There’s less than one week to go before it launches, and you can preorder yours today from Apple and Amazon, with prices starting at $799.
Sadly, we’ll have to wait longer for the Magic Keyboard. That’s not scheduled to debut until May, when it will cost $299 for the 11-inch option and $349 for the 12.9-inch options.