Apple iPad Pro (2018) is now official: the new models offer huge updates, combine productivity with portability


Well, well, Apple held its anticipated October event today and, lo and behold, the rumors were true — we got an update to the iPad Pro family to get all giddy for! An updated design language that echoes the 2018 iPhone look, and a number of small but significant improvements, it's a definite head-turner.

So, what's new about the new iPad Pros? Let's check them out!

Design: the thinning!


Apple iPad Pro (2018) is now official: the new models offer huge updates, combine productivity with portability

Apple is jumping in the anti-bezel war guns blazing. After launching three new all-screen iPhones this year, it now does the same for its iPad Pro line. The 10.5-inch sized version of the tablet has been upgraded to have an 11-inch display, surrounded by a thin frame. The 12.9-inch variant benefits from having its body slimmed down — that'd make the gargantuan tablet a little bit easier on the eyes and hands.

The screens are still LCD panels — there's no switch to OLED here, at least not yet. Apple calls them Liquid Retina displays, as it does with the iPhone XR's screen. And, if we go by Apple's past products, these should treat us to accurate colors and beautiful imagery. Of course, True Tone and Night Shift make a return to make the screens easy on the eyes, no matter the environmental luminance.

Apple iPad Pro (2018) is now official: the new models offer huge updates, combine productivity with portability


You will notice that, with the thin bezels, there's no room for an actual home button or Touch ID. And yes, you guessed it, the new iPad Pro models sport Face ID — Apple's proprietary face-recognition tech, which was introduced with the iPhone X last year.

It's worth noting that the new iPads don't have a glass back, which is cool. There's no wireless charging, so no need to replace the soft feel of a matte-finished aluminum with that of a sticky or slippery glass panel. No need for the added weight, either.

Apple iPad Pro (2018) is now official: the new models offer huge updates, combine productivity with portability

Last but not least, the tablet has a total of 102 tiny magnets positioned inside its body, all made to snap on to its respectable accessories, such as the Smart Keyboard and the new Apple Pencil. Yes, you will now be able to simply snap the Pencil on to the iPad Pro, instead of wondering where to store it, and it will charge wirelessly, too!

Software: iOS 12 was already hinting at this


Of course, the newest iPads will launch with the newest iOS build. But, of course, we already have access to iOS 12 on a ton of older iDevices — iPads and iPhones from years back. Installing iOS 12 on our older iPads already had us thinking that we might see a shrinking of the bezels. Why? Well, it's got a brand-new gesture-based interface.

Apple iPad Pro (2018) is now official: the new models offer huge updates, combine productivity with portability


Mirroring the way you would use the iPhone XS, the new iPad Pros make up for the lack of a home button with an entirely gesture-controllable UI. Swipe up from the bottom to get the App Dock, but continue swiping and you get multitasking. Swipe down from the top-right and you get Control Center, while pulling down from the top-middle or top-left will drop the notifications shade.

Of course, the iPads have Split View and Slide Over multitasking, which makes great use of the large screen real estate by running 2 or even 3 apps on the screen.

Hardware: Pro-grade power


Apple iPad Pro (2018) is now official: the new models offer huge updates, combine productivity with portability

In typical Apple fashion, the new iPads have a slightly upgraded version of the latest iPhone chip. Called the Apple A12X Bionic, the new System-on-Chip has 8 CPU cores and 7 GPU cores. To showcase its power, Apple showed the iPad Pro operating a full-blown version of Adobe Photoshop on stage — optimized for touch interface, of course, but still running the Photoshop engine. The app will be available in 2019 and we'll see if it's an iPad Pro 2018 exclusive when it hits the App Store.

Apple iPad Pro (2018) is now official: the new models offer huge updates, combine productivity with portability

Of course, things like the quad speaker setup make a return, but here's something new for Apple mobile products — a USB Type-C port replaces the proprietary Lightning port at the bottom of the tablet! Now, that's a big deal for two reasons. One, it's interesting to see how much options for 3rd party accessories this will actually open. Apple already promised that the USB Type-C would be able to power external monitors and connect to pro equipment like cameras, which is a pretty huge deal for the iPad family. But two, we already have tons and tons of accessories, controllers, and other niche devices made specifically to connect to Apple's Lightning. Needless to say, a lot of users that invested in said items might feel a bit sour about this change. We assume USB Type-C to Lightning adapters will be a hot topic among iPad users over the next couple of years.

But that's not all — the iPad Pro (2018) models will also be able to charge out of that USB Type-C port. So, for example, if you own a USB Type-C Lightning cable (sold separately), you will be able to charge your iPhone by using the iPad as a power bank.

In terms of storage, we have 4 tiers to choose from — both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models come in variations of 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, and the impressive (and costly) 1 TB of storage.

Cameras


On the back, the two new iPads have a 12 MP camera with a lens aperture of F1.8. On paper, that sounds a lot like the sensor we had on the 2017 iPad Pros. However, on the new models, we get Smart HDR — Apple's own take on HDR+, which was just introduced with the iPhone XS and XR last month. Also, the TrueDepth camera on the front unlocks Selfie Portrait as well as the use of Animoji and Memoji on the iPad. 

Accessories


Apple iPad Pro (2018) is now official: the new models offer huge updates, combine productivity with portability
Apple iPad Pro (2018) is now official: the new models offer huge updates, combine productivity with portability
The two official iPad Pro accessories are making a return, of course. The new Apple Pencil is only compatible with this new generation of Apple tablets — you will recognize it by the groove that runs along its side. It attaches magnetically to the iPad Pro 2018's side and gets charged that way. In contrast, the old Apple Pencil needed to be plugged into the iPad's Lightning port in order to charge up. Of course, since there's no more Lightning on these models, you can't use the old Pencil here.

The new Smart Keyboard enhances the experience with two viewing angles. Everything snaps into place magnetically for ease of use and less fiddling around.

Price and release


Both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch 2018 iPad Pro models are available for pre-order starting today and will begin shipping on the 7th of November. Pricing starts at $799 for the 11-inch variant and $999 for the 12.9-inch model and tops out at $1,549 and $1,749 respectively for the 1 TB variants. Add $150 if you want to have an LTE radio inside.

As for the accessories, that'll be $179 for the 11-inch Smart Keyboard, $199 for the 12.9-inch one, and $129 for the new Apple Pencil. And, as we mentioned, you can't use your old Pencil with these new iPads.


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64 Comments

1. japkoslav

Posts: 1373; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

"rumor review" desperate for more ad revenue?

2. notfair

Posts: 687; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

tbh they always do these type of articles for every upcoming device.

3. nepalisherpa

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Wouldn't you want to maximize your income as well?

48. eli577

Posts: 141; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

I thought that the tablet industry is on a downhill. Who buys tablets in 2018 anyway?

56. japkoslav

Posts: 1373; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I might buy new iPad Pro ;)

58. lcpljones

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

Pilots. I have a mini that I use as a knee board on small planes

60. Loveneesh

Posts: 423; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

I agree, as more and more size of smartphones increases,more and more need of tablets decreases. Btw if iphone Xr come with this type of tech and design(type C and Face ID with no notch) it may be the most successful iphone of this year.

61. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

My iPad Pro 10.5 has taken over as my primary work device and at home device. I never thought i would end up like this but its been outstanding ever since iOS 11 came out. Very few thing i need my work surface pro or personal MacBook Pro anymore

63. japkoslav

Posts: 1373; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Yeah, I actually do stuff on my PC, so having only the tablet with iOS at my disposal sounds like a proper nightmare. IT world without a proper multitasking with limited apps, thank you, not for me. iPad is a good tablet, it's sure as is not a replacement for PC running Windows, Linux or MacOS.

4. Jrod99

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Apple ambush is inbound. Take cover.

5. floridawilson

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 12, 2018

I love the way you present the review and complete information about iPad Pro (2018). it helps the user those who want to buy this iPad. I am also a user of iPad and recently I got iTunes Sync Error 54 then i went through and they helped me a lot.

6. whatev

Posts: 2116; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

This iPad will set the biggest gap with android and chrome tablets, it will be closer to an alternative for ultra books, can’t wait to have it

13. TechNeck

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

iPads will never become an alternative for Ultrabooks unless they put MacOS in them. Other than that it's a nice tablet, but I'd prefer the more productive ChromeOS.

40. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 356; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I liked your post bcoz it is legit but having said that, we can't deny the fact of this being a Beast. I mean I am assuming a Antutu of 425K & Geekbench of 14K atleast which is in my books is insane in todays standards. Another thing is this will run as smooth as it is running today 5 years down the line which we can't say the same with Chrome book.

54. TechNeck

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Oh I've been using the same Samsung Chromebook for 6 years and it's running smoothly. You just gotta know how to take care of your devices then the longevity will increase.

62. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The largest issue with Chrome os is what if i dont want (obvious privacy concerns) or often times cant (coporate decision) use the google suite? I haven’t used chrome os very much at all but the company i work for presents both of those issues above.

7. monkeyb

Posts: 378; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

“and it will certainly piss off a ton of the userbase that has invested in Lightning accessories for their pro needs — musical equipment and whatnot.” So if they change ppl get pissed off, if they dont ppl get pissed off. Its really sad. I completely support usb c for all devices including iPhone.

8. gamehead unregistered

That design is beautiful

9. AmashAziz

Posts: 2873; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Tell me about the A12X quickkkkk!!!!!!

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That is a bad ass tablet, my 2016 12.9 Pro may be getting sold.

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2118; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Dammmn....A12X should = 5700 single core / 18,000 multi core...The dreams of being faster than A-series is good bye Qualcomm, Exynos, and Kirin. LOL!!! A13 = 6000 / 20,000 multicore for 2019!!!

35. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1161; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

And the saddest thing will be that despite all that it still won't do anything more than it did before. Just just pay more money for it.

38. kiko007

Posts: 7469; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

And Android does more than it did in 2012? What? Just shut up and take the L.

46. Kibzara

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

it did more in 2012 than apple does now in 2018. LOL

43. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 356; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Too much to ask for bruh. Apple is using 2 extra performance cores here in A12X. In iPhone, it is 2 big & 4 small architecture. Here it is 4+4 which means 2 extra performance cores. Single core will be same around 5k but multi core will be a staggering 15K which is Insane in todays standards :)

44. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 356; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Too much to ask for bruh. Apple is using 2 extra performance cores here in A12X. In iPhone, it is 2 big & 4 small architecture. Here it is 4+4 which means 2 extra performance cores. Single core will be same around 5k but multi core will be a staggering 15K which is Insane in todays standards :)

53. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2118; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

On my iPad Pro 10.5 I’m getting 4107 single / 9618 multi 4107 x .35 performance increase = 5544 single 9618 x.90 perfamce increase = 18,274 multi So inessense 5500 / 18000

12. Valdomero

Posts: 635; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

My goodness! Photoshop in the new iPad pro is insane! I kinda regret spending my money on my new ultrabook :o

14. palmguy

Posts: 955; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

No lightning! Wow. Didn't see that coming. :-)

15. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2118; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

$999 Ouch...for the 12.9"

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