M4 iPad Pro camera: What is the new sensor for?

What does the new sensor actually do next to the camera lens on the new one? iPad Pro with M4 chip? Why did Apple change the design and install a sensor instead of a second lens? These questions are answered in this guide. If you have experience with the new camera system or information about comparing the cameras of the M2 model from 2022 and the M4 model from 2024, please leave a comment on the topic or share your pictures in Forum.

Apple has replaced the predecessor's ultra-wide-angle camera on the M4 iPad Pro with a new sensor. Here you can find out what the sensor above the flash is for.
Apple has replaced the predecessor's ultra-wide-angle camera on the M4 iPad Pro with a new sensor. Here you can find out what the sensor above the flash is for.

Apple iPad Pro Camera: Comparison of the M2 and M4 models

To understand the extent of the new camera system design on the iPad Pro, we can use a simple comparison. We compare some technical data of the iPad Pro camera from 2022 and that from 2024. This creates the following overview:

M2 iPad Pro (2022) M4 iPad Pro (2024)
Wide 12 MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture 12 MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture
Ultra wide angle 10 MP, ƒ/2.4 aperture, 125° field of view -
LiDAR scanner ✔︎ ✔︎
Additional sensor - ✔︎
Microphone ✔︎ ✔︎
True Tone Flash ✔︎ New, “adaptive” version

What is the new sensor used for next to the M4 iPad Pro camera?

The ultra-wide-angle lens was removed to make room for the new sensor. There is also the new “adaptive” True Tone flash. And this already forms the answer to the question of what the new sensor is used for. It is an ambient light sensor that is already familiar from the FaceTime cameras on the display side of the iPad and iPhone. 

Like in the Introducing the new iPad Pro shown, e.g. B. “Scan” documents better with the tablet. To do this, several photos are taken, in which the new flash intelligently helps to ideally illuminate the document. If the individual photos are then put together, an image should be created without reflections, shadows or other disruptive factors. In addition, the white balance should be improved so that the paper does not have a blue, red or other color cast.

Additional fields of application possible via software update

It is entirely possible that with iPadOS 18 or updates to 18.x versions of this operating system, additional photo functions will come to the iPad Pro that use the ambient light sensor. This could be possible for landscape photos as well as for portraits and AR applications. The immersion for the latter arises not least from the integration of digital content into the camera image of the real environment as realistically as possible. So we can be excited to see what happens with the WWDC24 is presented.

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