Apple’s massive 12.9-inch iPad Pro was announced back in November of 2015 and became an instant success from designers and other creators, thanks to the Apple Pencil that launched right beside it. Apple then came out with a smaller 9.7-inch model for people who didn’t want the massive size of the 12.9-inch but still wanted the Pencil support. Now, at WWDC 2017, Apple is replacing the 9.7-inch model with a new 10.5-inch model.
Don’t get worried about the bigger size just yet, Apple managed to squeeze the bigger display into the same form factor as the 9.7-inch model by reducing bezels by 40 percent. The company also managed to reduce the weight of the tablet to just about a pound. With the addition of the bigger screen and smaller bezels, Apple can now call the on-screen keyboard “full-size.” The Smart Keyboard accessory that the company sells is also full sized. There is even a Japanese-language keyboard option for the first time, as well.
Alongside the new 10.5-inch model, Apple is also refreshing the larger 12.9-inch model. Both iPads now feature the new “True Tone” display that the company introduced last year with the iPhone 7. There is also improved color gamut, low reflectivity, and 600-nit brightness.
When looking at the specifications, the new iPad Pro rocks a new A10X Fusion processor, with a six-core CPU, which brings three high-performance cores and three high-efficiency ones. Alongside the six-core CPU, there is also a 12-core GPU, with translates to a 40 percent increase in graphics performance, according to Apple. There is a new 12-Megapixel camera (the same one that’s found on the iPhone 7) and a 7-Megapixel FaceTime HD camera with OIS and a high-speed sensor with a f/1.8 aperture. There is a six-element lens, quad-LED True Tone Flash, wide color capture and the option to record all in 4K resolution for the rear shooter.
Both iPad Pro models support fast charging and retain the 10-hour battery life that Apple has claimed for the devices. As far as storage is concerned, the entry models now have 64GB of storage, which is twice the amount the entry line had previously. The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro starts at $649, which is up $50 than last year’s model. The improved 12.9-inch model starts at $799. For an extra $100, you’ll be receiving 256GB of storage. And for the first time, there is even 512GB of storage, which will set you back $949 or $1049, for the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models, respectively. If that’s not enough to entice you, Apple also debuted a ton of new features in iOS 11 that makes great use of the bigger screen. However, while the new iPad models are expected to arrive next week, iOS 11 won’t be due out until the fall.
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