The new Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models are now official

The new Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models are now official

As predicted, Apple has just made its latest upgrades to the iPad Pro line official at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference. The iPad Pro 12.9-inch is an upgrade to the original iPad Pro from way back in 2015, while the smaller, 10.5-inch model supersedes last year’s 9.7-inch outing.

Unlike what some leaks have previously suggested, the standalone Touch ID is still there in its full glory, and the visual design is pretty similar to the previous generation. However, there's some serious changes going on under the hood, both in terms of hardware and software, so let's dive in:


Display


The new Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models are now official

First of all, there's the displays, which Apple calls "the most advanced displays on the planet." They now support a wide color gamut and a much higher brightness of 600 nits, meaning you can freely enjoy HDR content, while the lower reflectivity will ensure you won't be distracted by unnecessary reflections. But the biggest new feature here is what Apple calls ProMotion: in simple terms, the displays now support a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, but can also automatically switch to a lower one when needed to conserve battery.

Also, the new displays will also work better with the Apple Pencil, which now offers "industry-leading" latency of just 20 ms. New features will be added to iOS 11 to make use of it as well, with a new feature called Instant Notes letting users take notes directly from their lock screen, as well as inline drawing inside apps such as Notes and Mail.

Hardware


The new Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models are now official
The new iPads are powered by a new A10X Fusion chip, which offers up to 30 percent better CPU performance compared to the last generation. But graphics performance is upgraded as well, and is reportedly 40 percent better than its predecessor. The new chip has a six-core configuration, with three low- and three high-powered cores switching on and off in accordance with the current processing load.

The camera is also upgraded to the same setup as the one found in the iPhone 7 (not the iPhone 7 Plus, mind you). So this means that all features found on Apple's current flagship phone will now also be available on iPads as well.

Apple also promised the same 10 hour battery life as the previous generation of iPad Pros. A big change, however, is the long-awaited move to bigger minimum storage options: the smallest available amount of storage is now 64 GB. Other available variants will include a 256 GB and a 512 GB-equipped units.

The new iPad Pro models will feature the same camera as the one in the iPhone 7

The new iPad Pro models will feature the same camera as the one in the iPhone 7


Software


The new iPads will initially ship with iOS 10, but the iOS 11 update will be available immediately upon release. This is very good news, as the new iOS version brings a number of new features to the iPad line. These include the much-coveted split-screen multitasking, which will also support a brand-new drag-and-drop functionality between apps. Also, the app switcher now has the ability to remember open app pairings, instead of just singular apps.

But what will most probably immediately draw the user's attention is the new, customizable dock, which is a big improvement over the current implementation, offering quick access to frequently used apps and files from any app.


But all the other new iOS 11 features will make it in as well, including the new, ARKit-enabled augmented reality experiences, more Siri functionality, machine learning-powered personalization, as well as the upgrades to the App Store, Apple Pay, Camera, and other apps. For the full list, however, make sure to check out our full iOS 11 new feature writeup.


Pricing and availability


The latest iPad Pros will be available for pre-order as of today, and will start shipping next week, with the smaller, 10.5-inch version starting at $649, while its bigger sibling will start at $799. As is usual, models both with and without cellular connectivity will be released, with the cellular-equipped ones respectively costing $779 and $929 at minimum.

Apple also announced a few new accessories to the iPad Pro line, including a USB-C to Lightning cable, an SD card reader, and a USB camera adapter. A full-size smart keyboard will also be released soon, with support for 30 languages, while a new Leather Sleeve will be available for both models in a variety of colors.

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iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • Display 10.5" 1668 x 2224 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10X Fusion, Hexa-core, 2380 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 8134 mAh
iPad Pro 12.9-inch
  • Display 12.9" 2048 x 2732 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10X Fusion, Hexa-core, 2380 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 10891 mAh

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74 Comments

1. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I have been waiting for an update for my Air 2 and it looks like I found it. I definitely will be pre-ordering the cellular version as soon as they put the page up!

18. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

i was thikning the same thing. The best part is the air 2 is still worth a pretty penny.

22. adecvat

Posts: 598; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Same here. Updating from Air.

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

whats is the pressure sensitiviy of apple pencil?

24. japkoslav

Posts: 1331; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

256 levels or something like that. But pressure sensitivity isn't everything. Hopefuly there will also be a new stylus to pair with new iPad Pros ... hopefully. Apple Pencil 1 is atrocious in terms in terms of ergonomics.

51. Cat97

Posts: 1708; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

If you care about that, get a Microsoft Surface Pro. Way more advanced and way more software available to take advantage of.

52. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

not a fan of the surface pro at all. Not really a laptop and not really a tablet. windows app store sucks and the desktop apps are not touch friendly at all.

53. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It is a laptop. It is a tablet. You're just to lame to understand. As far as desktop apps not being touch friendly? Repeating what Cook says really gives you credibility. Yet, fingers work exactly the same as a mouse. Anything your mouse can activate in the Windows UI, your fingers can too. Just because everything isn't in big ugly icons, doesn't mean its not touch friendly. It also comes with a pen, in case you are one of those fat fools with sausage fingers. The fact you're saying that, shows you've never used one. As far as the Windows store? It has all the mainstream apps and they work the same or better do to the fact the devs actually use the benefits of having a larger screen, and you aren't using blown up phone apps, like on the iPad. Don' comment about products you don't even use, it makes you sound stupid. If you don't like the Surface, just say I don't like the Surface; it doesn't offer what I want. I rather have an iPad. That would sound more credible and is acceptable because at least it would be honest. But making up bullsh*t excuses with false claims, makes what you said ignorant.

60. MrHate

Posts: 313; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Are you dense? Normal desktop apps are a PAIN to use with touch. There is a reason why mobile OS's and desktop OS's differ so extremely in almost every aspect. I don't even know how one could deny that.

72. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

''Normal desktop apps are a PAIN to use with touch.'' You are dense! LOL No problem at all!!! Even with finger. BTW with pen is just brilliant to use everything pro. For common browsing and tablet apps, there is tablet mode. Get lost in your iJail.

71. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

No one say: WHO MADE THIS : "the most advanced displays on the planet." No way to be Apple? They are no more tech company since long ago. Can someone guess WHO? BTW if the pen is not embedded and with battery, is nonsense for such mobile device.

69. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Microsoft is still very fail on touch interface, really no point getting Microsoft Surface Pro. Need windows? I already got laptop. For tablet, the right choice for the moment still iPad.

70. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Microsoft is still very fail on touch interface, really no point getting Microsoft Surface Pro. Need windows? I already got laptop. For tablet, the right choice for the moment still iPad.

73. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

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74. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

@ Andrewtst iBS see 72 and 71

3. FatleoZ

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

mac book air is dying cuz apple refused to put touch screen on it like every other windows laptop becuz its gonna hit their ipad. Ipad is dying cuz its more toward entertainment than business.

4. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 653; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I think the new iOS productivity features for iPad make up for that. With the latest features, Apple has turned iPad into a really powerful productivity platform.

55. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

On what planet?

6. Foxgabanna

Posts: 576; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Chill macs aren't going anywhere.

67. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

Q1 of 2017 worldwide mac sales at less than 10% arent going anywhere...but windows desktop sales Q1 of 2017 at 90% is slowly declining and people are saying windows pc's are dead...go figure LOL

54. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The iPad is dying because phones are bigger and some repeat tablet functions. Tablets are heavy. They are boring too. Also with everyone getting a smart TV, you don't need a tablet. Most TV's have the media apps pre-installed. The apps I use the iPad for, were Netflix, Amazon Video, and games. Other than the games, my TV comes pre-installed with all my apps. Also my phone connects directly to my TV if I want to mirror, while the iPad cannot do this, without being buying some stupid dongle. All Apple has to do is add Miracast into iOS. But Apple wants people to use AirPlay, which is proprietary garbage. I look forward to Apple iPad market dropping even more this year. These new iPads are not offerign anything. I could care less about 120hz display. First off, none of the iPad apps or games need a refresh rate that high, because the screen is so small. Apple didn't give you that, they simply bought a display with that. The reason TV's need a refresh rate so high, is do to its larger size and having more pixels. Apple wasting money where we don't need it vs using it where we do.

5. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Let's see if these put any stop to their double digit decline in sales...

8. Foxgabanna

Posts: 576; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

It's alot better than the nonexistent sales of many other manufacturers.

11. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 653; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Well, Apple has been already ahead of Android on tablets. With the latest productivity features Apple has moved out of reach of Android for tablets. I just don't think one can practically code such features based on Java for Android. I think with this iOS reale for iPad, Apple kills Android on tablets. Microsoft Surface is the real competitor now and I see Apple taking on the Surface with the latest iPad features. The Surface remains more powerful both in hardware and software than the iPad as it runs native windows on desktop class hardware, however Apple seems to bet on people not asking for the sheer power of windows but a simpler solution.

14. kiko007

Posts: 7456; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Well, Apple has been already ahead of Android on tablets. " TBF, Android on tablets is garbage, so that isn't a very high bar to clear.

43. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

It's good to see the improvement made regardless of the platform.

44. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Say the Apple fan troll. I am sure those that buy an Android or Samsung Tab would disagree. Kiko007, do you think people would buy things if they don't have a use for it. Your behavior made Apple user look like got no class.

56. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because they don't have class. They try to argue semantics, that actually don't even matter. It would be better for them to say, they just don't like something vs just being against it. I personally like the iPad. Its just not worth what it costs. Its only worth half its cost. It should cost as much as a Windows PC, when it can't even do what a Windows PC does. You can't even print to a printer, unless that printer supports AirPlay. While all Samsung tablets can print to any printer on a network.

57. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Says you?! You have no credibilty. Question, what do iPad do that Android tablets can't that make iPad so much better? Because the few exclusive things you might mention, are lame vs the fact I can list 50 things right now no iPad can do out the box that Android tablets can...and all 50 are legit and usable.

38. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Them "latest productivity features" are merely drag and drop and improvements to split screen. Android tabs have had both for years. Android's only weakness compared to the iPad is its significant lack of apps. Against the Surface Pro, this going for the same price as Windows 2-in-1s yet still remaining significantly less versatile...doubt it'll have any effect on the growth of Windows Tablets at that price.

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