IPAD UPDATE: New 10.5-inch iPad Pro unveiled at WWDC 2017
Planning on snapping up a new tablet? Well, you might want to hold off, at least for a couple more days.
That’s because Apple has just announced its biggest iPad upgrade in years, with its next-generation tablets formally unveiled during WWDC 2017.
Building on its existing line of super slates, the Cupertino company has unveiled a brand new 10.5-inch tablet.
This isn’t the firm’s only new slate, however, with the screen-heavy, reduced framed iPad Pro joined by a new 12.9-inch device.
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Despite Apple’s WWDC gathering largely focusing on software, Apple took time out from the iOS 11, macOS High Sierra and watchOS 4 reveals to discuss its latest hardware plans.
“As you know there are two iPad Pro models today, a 13-inch and a 9.7-inch,” the Cupertino based company stated.
“Today we’re going to introduce an all new iPad Pro. It’s going to take everything you love about the 9.7-inch, and take it even further.”
In taking things further, Apple has introduced a revised design, ensuring this increased screen size doesn’t come at the cost of added device inches.
Instead, the larger screen will be slotted into a device with a near identical overall footprint to Apple’s past tablets.
This has been achieved by dramatically reducing the device’s bezels and increasing the screen to framing ratio.
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This isn’t just a standard screen that’s been slotted in either.
Instead, Apple has taken its display to the next level, with the new TrueTone panel offering automatic white balance and brightness that been increased by 50%.
Letting you enjoy HDR video on the move, the screen is also enhanced by ProMotion technology which, amongst other improvements will reduce latency for Apple Pencil users to a mere 20 milliseconds.
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So, aside from its revised size and more visually impressive display, what’s different about the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro?
Well, quite a lot.
The tablet features the same A10X Fusion processor that powers the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
This chip, which boasts six GPU cores and 12 GPU cores, offers 30% faster processing and 40% faster graphics than existing iPad Pro models.
The tablet will also move to a new 64GB minimum storage option, with those after more on-board space also able to choose between 256GB and 512GB storage capacities.
These increased storage options are also being echoed by the revised 12.9-inch tablets.
While beneath the surface the new iPad Pro is brimmed with high-end specs, the tablet’s software isn’t being overlooked either.
Instead, the tablet will be iOS 11 friendly on day one.
This means it will play nice with the platform’s upcoming drag and drop and enhanced app dock options.
The revamped dock feature a new predictive area that will intelligently predict what apps you’re going to use next.
Elsewhere, a number of Apple Pencil features are set to be added.
These include art-friendly features, as well as the tablet gaining the ability to recognise users’ handwriting and transforming it into editable text.
When it comes to price, Apple’s new super slate isn’t going to be cheap.
Although finalised UK pricing is still yet to be confirmed, the tablets will cost from $649 (64GB) in the US, with prices rising to $949 (512GB) depending on the spec.
Things get even more expensive if you favour the revamped 12.9-inch model.
The supersize slate starts at $799 (64GB), with the tablet topping out a wallet-busting $1,099 for the top storage capacity.
With orders available right now, the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro will hit retailers’ shelves next week.