Apple has officially used the opening keynote of this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference to introduce the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. In addition to the new iMac Pro, 2017 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, there’s also an update to the existing iMac and of course, 12.9-inch iPad Pro for those prefer to have their slates on the larger side of life.
When compared, the new 10.5-inch iPad may be slightly larger than existing 9.7-inch version, though, it still weighs in at just 1 pound and comes with a stunning Retina display with slimmer left and right bezels. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest 10.5-inch model.
The new display of the 10.5-inch iPad also gives enough room for a full-size on-screen keyboard for those individuals who want a more professional typing experience. From an accessory perspective, the company also releasing a new updated Smart Keyboard (wireless keyboard) that will support more than 30 languages directly on launch.
As for the display of any iPad is always going to be where the attention is, found no different with this one. Updates include a True Tone display with a wider color gamut, ultra-low reflectivity, and up to 600 nits brightness. Consumers will find a revamp in the maximum refresh rate using new tech called ProMotion, bumping it up from 60Hz to an impressive 120Hz. About the existing 12.9-inch iPad Pro also getting the same treatment to ensure that it stays best in class and isn’t overshadowed by the brand new 10.5-inch model. Of course, this will improve the responsiveness of the Apple Pencil as well, reducing latency to a more 20ms.
Both the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad models are getting a brand new A10X Fusion Chip, which is a six-core CPU with three high-performance cores and three high-efficiency cores. That’s accompanied by a 12-core GPU (graphics chip) offering up to 40% improvements visually.
To those who prefer walking around with an iPad taking photographs, Apple has also integrated the same wonderful camera from iPhone 7 offering the same high-level performance. There’s a fast charging, a brand new set of gorgeous Smart Covers, and a high level battery package that users have become accustomed to on this type of hardware from Apple.
Both versions will ship with 64GB of base storage, with the newly introduced model starting at $649 and the larger model with 12.9-inch retailing for $799.
These two models can be ordered immediately and will start shipping next week. Also being added to Apple’s collection of iPad accessories is a new leather sleeve that includes a pocket for the Apple Pencil as well as a seperate case for the latter retailing for $129 and $29 respectively.
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