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Technology Spotlight – The New Pen & Paper

In this technology spotlight we take a look at the iPad Pro and subsequently the apple pencil.

The iPad Pro was introduced in late 2015 with a large 12.9 inch screen closely followed in March 2016 by the smaller 9.7 inch and it is the smaller screen we will be looking at, for obvious reasons we feel it is more portable and better suited to surveying.

The iPad Pro brings a faster CPU which is as powerful as a PC, a better camera including zoom, and is the first iPad to feature True Tone Flash and Retina Flash.

9.7-inch iPad Pro has a 12-megapixel rear camera capable of 4K video recording and a 5-megapixels front-facing camera. In comparison, the iPad Air 2 has 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2- megapixel front camera which makes the 9.7-inch iPad Pro the best camera ever seen on a tablet.  Naturally this is fully integrated with GoReport including the zoom function which is now available to clients when using GoReport including portrait or landscape accessibility.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has True Tone display, which allows the LCD to adapt to lighting conditions and change its colour and intensity in order to offer a more pleasant and natural experience. The surface is also brighter and less reflective than before, all of which is great news for the varied lighting conditions experienced onsite.

The iPad Pro introduces increased responsiveness and precision over previous iPads.  The iPad Pro has an improved on-the-go typing experience which will speed up data entry further.

The development we are most excited about is the compatibility of the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil.  The Apple Pencil is a precision stylus exclusive to the iPad Pro and is as natural and familiar as the classic approach of hand-writing notes but with the added versatility of being available to digitise the content.  The iPad Pro has sensors which detect tilt and pressure and touch system which recognises the difference between your hand, palm and the pencil. Advances in handwriting recognition along with a 3rd party apps such as MyScripts mean GoReport can transcribe those notes for inclusion in your reports allowing you to work as free as you would on piece of paper. The simplicity of seamlessly moving through a survey using a combination of data structure, phrases, keyboard, dictation, sketching and now handwriting converting to text is making the move from paper to tech easier than ever.


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