At the end of Day one at the Apple WWDC, a lot of announcements were made and one of them was the new iPad Pro lineup. The two iPads are 10.5 and 12.9 inches and this is a step from last year’s 9.7 and 12.9 inch iPad Pros.
So here are some key features of the new iPad Pros
Display: 10.5 and 12.9 inch screen
Processor: Apple’s six-core A10X processor and 12-core GPU. Apple says this is 30 percent faster than the A9X, 40 percent faster in graphics, and 500 times faster than the first iPad.
Battery life: up to 10 hours on full charge
Audio: Four speaker technology that we saw in last year’s iPad Pro. This means that sound is adjusted according to the position it is being held.
Camera: a 12-megapixel f/1.8 sensor with optical image stabilization at the rear, and a 7-megapixel HD camera in front which the same as the iPhone 7
Storage: 32GB and 64GB
Availability: from next week
Pricing: The 10.5-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space gray, gold and rose gold and starts at $649 (US) for the 64GB with Wi-Fi model and $779 (US) for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. 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
Accessory: USB-3 and USB-C adapters working via a dongle. The Apple Pencil has some upgrades in that you can now markup documents and convert them to PDF and now do handwritten emails using Apple’s Mail app. “Apple Pencil is even more responsive with an industry-best, 20-millisecond latency for even more fluid and natural drawing. ProMotion also improves display quality and reduces power consumption by automatically adjusting the display refresh rate to match the movement of the content.”
The new iPad’s Retina display is the same as last year’s iPad Pro models using Apple’s True Tone technology which is a technology that adjusts colour temperature based on surrounding light conditions.
The new tablet feature something called Pro Motion which improves the iPad Pro’s screen refresh rate from 60Hz to 120Hz.
Perhaps what makes the new iPads more interesting is the software additions. When Apple’s latest iOS 11 launches, there will be a Flick keyboard which is a full size on-screen keyboard and will support more than 30 languages
You will now be able to drag and drop on the iPad meaning you can now drag images and texts alike between split windows. This is done by simply tapping and holding down the item you wish to drag to the new destination. .
Another interesting feature is what they call Infinity Photo which is an editing tool that lets you sketch photos in real time.
There is also a document scanner in Notes now that allows you launch a document from the lock screen. Like Android, Apple finally has an app called Files from where you can access files stored on your local storage and other third party tools. You will be able to see recent documents and iCloud files.