Apple’s iPad Pro lineup just got updated and now consists of a new 10.5-inch model, with slimmer bezels and a light 1 pound metal body and a refined 12.9-inch powerhouse. The new and refined unibody shells wrap around redesigned Retina Displays.
Apple’s new True Tone panel is a true high-performer, featuring a wide color gamut, ultralow reflectivity, an impressive 600 nit peek brightness and HDR support. So, it is set for the the new wave of trendy multimedia content.
Yet the most important update is probably the 120Hz native refresh rate of the new screens. This newfound responsiveness, makes for an industry-leading 20ms latency when using the Apple Pencil. The panels support variable refresh rate, so you can enjoy fluent motion when needed and then save energy when viewing slower-moving or static content.
This all adds up to the promise of up to 10 hours of battery life on the devices. And thanks to Fast charging support, it shouldn’t take too long to charge. Besides fast power transfer, USB 3 also facilitates rapid data transfers (although, we are likely looking at USB 3.0, rather than 3.1).
The rest of the specs sheet is just as impressive. The tablets are powered by the Apple A10X Fusion chip, with six CPU cores and another twelve GPU ones. Apple says that adds up to 30% in CPU and 40% in GPU performance, respectively, over the previous chip generation. The new iPads hold great promise in the camera department as well. They borrow both the main and selfie snappers from the iPhone 7. That means a 12MP sensor and a f/1.8 lens, complete with OIS and a 7MP FaceTime HD camera at the front.
On the software side of things, iOS 11 comes with several new features that only the new iPads will get to enjoy. There is now drag and drop support and multi-window apps can finally be freely repositioned in the UI and snapped into place.
The iOS dock has been treated to both a visual and functional overhaul and now acts like a powerful taskbar, even complete with a trio of predictive icons to the far right. The new app switcher has a new multi window trick as well. It can save the relative position of your snapped apps so you can return to the same arrangement later.
Some other cool new software tricks on the Pad Pro line include a full sized keyboard, Multi-select, as well as use of Apple’s new Files app. Although the latter will likely be a way overdue an iOS wide release, so iPhone users can get up to speed as well.
The new iPad Pro duo is already available to order today, starting at $649 for a 64GB, 10.5-inch unit in the lower end and moving all the way up to $1099, for a 512GB 12.9-inch one. Mind you, these numbers don’t include an LTE modem. That will set you back another $130. Units will ship with iOS 10, with an upgrade to iOS 11 planned for this Fall.