If you’ve been tempted by the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro but wanted to check it out in person first, the new model is now available in Apple’s retail stores, alongside the updated 12.9-inch version. Here’s everything you need to know about the new iPad. Almost all of the tablet’s cool new features come baked into iOS 11, which won’t be released until sometime in September.
However, it doesn’t quite live up to Apple’s promise to be the iPad that can replace your laptop. Can they change the equation?
Before we look at the pros and cons of the new iPad Pro, context is important. In the meantime, I can tell you the hardware is solidly improved.
The Cupertino-based tech giant has swapped the model’s 9.7ins display for a 10.5ins screen, all while retaining nearly identical dimensions to the outgoing unit.
Apple has tweaked the proportions to accommodate the 10.5ins display, but it “feels mostly the same” as the 9.7ins model, the website says. “The iPad Pro is very much a spare-no-expense device”. It’s then that we’ll find out if this new iPad Pro is truly worth the money, though considering these early reactions, you probably can’t go wrong picking one even before iOS 11 drops. “As a heavy user of the 12.9” iPad Pro, I’ve been pleasantly deceived by this new iPad, and the more I think about it, the more I keep coming back to the display and the story behind its new form factor. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is available in silver, space gray and gold and starts at $799 (US) for the 64GB Wi-Fi model and $929 (US) for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
Despite releasing its best iPad ever, Apple has the same old problem. It’s also great for the Apple Pencil accessory, which means your drawings feels much more natural to write on. This pricing makes sense because an iPad, especially the Pro, can do more than an iPhone but, in many ways, falls short of a Mac. At a glance, the device looks to have the same footprint at the previous 9.7in iPad Pro.
In the end, he says that these display improvements further cement the iPad Pro’s status as a premium device, even if a lot of users won’t outright notice what’s better. It’s also pricey for a tablet, according to the site. It is 30 per cent faster and has a 40 per cent boost in graphics performance.
But, in one big way, reviewing the iPad Pro, now as a device for real work would only be telling half the story. Responsive to touch and optimised for multitasking, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is Apple’s best pitch yet against the laptop. It’s a more exciting update than it might initially seem: The screen is bigger and brighter than before, and the new A10X Fusion chipset makes this model one of the most powerful in Apple’s Pro lineup.