With the latest iPad Pro from Apple one thing is sure to think about future iPads is that Apple is trying its best to compete iPads with laptops. iPad pro has been the best all round tablets you can buy and the new one is now 30 percent faster with more bigger screen and twice as smooth to draw or play games. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro represents Apple deciding to make a tablet with absolutely everything crammed in. This slate is complete entertainment hub and can perform almost all what you need in digital world in a compact form.
There were two versions launched in the new iPad pro tablets one that comes with 10.5 inch and other with 12.9 inch. Both new tablets come with 4GB of RAM. So now Apple seems to have introduced more memory to the smaller 10.5-inch iPad Pro model as well.
The 10.5-inch iPad Pro gets a new faster processor. It’s called the A10X Fusion chip and you can think of it as the turbocharged version of the A10 that you get on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7s Plus. It is a hexa-core beast with 3 high-performance cores, 3 high-efficiency cores, and 12 graphics-processing cores. It is also paired with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. Apple claims the A10X offers 30% faster CPU performance and 40% faster graphics performance than the A9X chip found in last generation 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets.
As for storage, Apple has doubled all the storage options. So the most basic model will come with 64GB. For those who want more, there’s a 256GB and 512GB option.
10.5-inch is an all-new display size for the iPad and weighs 469g for the non-cellular model and 477g for the cellular model – nearly identical to the 9.7-inch iPad.
The display resolution is 2,224 x 1,668 pixels. The larger screen size is helpful because it makes multitasking more convenient – you can see more in Split View. In addition, the on-screen keys of the virtual keyboard can be made larger, almost as large as the keycap on a physical keyboard, which makes typing with the on-screen virtual keyboard a little more comfortable.
Also it features ProMotion technology, with 120Hz or the equivalent of many of today’s high-end gaming monitors. Scrolling through webpages is noticeably more fluid. Also games look incredibly smooth.
Apple Pencil is more responsive pencil, in the latest generation iPad Pro tablets. On the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil is now crazy responsive and fast. Apple claims input lag has been cut down to just 20 milliseconds, that’s 5 times faster than you can blink your eyes.
The 10.5-inch iPad Pro also has a brighter display that is rated at 600 nits, which is 20% brighter than last year’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The display also has a less reflective coating. Coupled with the brighter display, this makes the 10.5-inch iPad Pro more suitable for use outdoors. This new model also has features like TrueTone display technology and support for the more vibrant DCI-P3 color space.
The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro has an upgraded camera system. With 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization and quad-LED True Tone flash it can also take 4K video and shoot slow motion videos of up to 240fps.
Similarly, the front-facing camera shoots at 7-megapixels and features Retina flash with True Tone for more natural-looking photos in dimly lit environments.
Keyboard and Pencil
There’s an all-new Smart Keyboard designed especially for this new 10.5-inch model. For owners who already have a Smart Keyboard, note that you can use it with this new 10.5-inch iPad Pro as the Smart Connector is unchanged. However, it will look a bit odd if you do decide to fold it up. Plus, the sleep and awake functions that the Smart Keyboard enables won’t work properly as the keyboard doesn’t align properly with the iPad.
Fortunately, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro uses the same Apple Pencil as last generation’s iPad Pro tablets. So if you already have an Apple Pencil, you can use it readily with this new 10.5-inch model.
The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro has a battery capacity of 8,134mAh, which is about 11% larger than the battery capacity of last year’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Note that not only does the new iPad Pro 10.5-inch have a larger and brighter display, its display also refreshes more frequently because of ProMotion technology. This factors would have affected battery life negatively. So in light of this, its battery life isn’t so bad after all. So the new iPad Pro’s battery life is definitely quite decent.
Prices and Accessories
Following are the Apple’s pricing for its two new iPad pro-level tablets:
Apple iPad Pro, 10.5-inch: Apple iPad Pro (64GB, Wi-Fi): AU$979; (256GB, Wi-Fi): $1129; (512GB, Wi-Fi): AU$1429; (64GB, Cellular + Wi-Fi): AU$1179; (256GB, Cellular + Wi-Fi): AU$1329 and (512GB, Cellular + Wi-Fi): AU$1629
Apple iPad Pro, 12.9-inch: Apple iPad Pro (64GB, Wi-Fi): AU$1199; (256GB, Wi-Fi): AU$1349; (512GB, Wi-Fi): AU$1649; (64GB, Cellular + Wi-Fi): AU$1399; (256GB, Cellular + Wi-Fi): AU$1549 and (512GB, Cellular + Wi-Fi): AU$1849
Accessories: The Apple Pencil will set you back AU$145, while a Smart Keyboard is AU$235 for a 10.5-inch and $245 for a 12.9-inch. There’s a new leather sleeve ($189 for 10.5-inch, $219 for 12.9-inch) and a new Apple Pencil Case ($45). There are also new Smart Covers in polyurethane and leather for the 10.5-inch ($75 and $105 respectively) and for the 12.9-inch ($89 and $129 respectively).
Note that the prices mentioned are what were found at the time of writing and are subject to change.