WWDC 2017: New iPad Pro
At their World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC 2017), Apple announced an all-new iPad Pro to replace the outgoing iPad Pro (9.7). The new iPad Pro has a 10.5-inch display which Apple is calling their most advanced display ever, partly because it has their ProMotion technology. The iPad Pro (12.9) also gets a spec bump and the improved display.
Apple’s ProMotion technology can deliver refresh rates of up to 120Hz, which would allow more fluid scrolling, greater screen responsiveness, and smoother motion content. When coupled with the Apple Pencil, it’s now more responsive with only 20-millisecond latency. The ProMotion technology also improves display quality while also reducing power consumption by automatically adjusting the refresh rate on the fly.
The advanced 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch Retina displays are also the brightness screens to be featured on an iPad, along with an antireflective coating and the new iPad Pro’s screen can easily be seen indoors and outdoors. The iPad Pro (10.5) and iPad Pro (12.9) have True Tone, which can automatically adjust the white balance of the screen to match the amount of light around you. This provides a more natural and accurate viewing experience overall.
The new iPad Pro models are being powered by the 64-bit A10X Fusion chip, and they can easily handle the most demanding tasks including multitasking. Apple says the chip provides performance that “is faster than most PC laptops shipping today,” which means it can easily handle stuff like editing photos, 4K video, rendering 3D images and playing games. The six-core CPU and 12-core GPU in the A10X Fusion can deliver up to 30 percent faster CPU performance and 40 performance faster graphics performance than the outgoing A9X chip.
You can expect the same 10 hours of battery life and like previous iOS devices, you’ll get great standby time as well. The new iPad Pro models have a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization, the front-facing camera is a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. Apple says the cameras on the new iPad Pro models are the same ones that are on the iPhone 7.
The new iPad Pro models feature the same four-speaker setup as previous iPad Pro models. The speakers are great for providing powerful, clear and rich stereo audio, no matter the orientation. The cellular models of the new iPad Pro models have embedded an Apple SIM, so you won’t have to switch out the SIM card when you travel to one of the 180 supported countries and regions.
The Touch ID sensor on the new iPad Pro models has been improved and is more responsive. Apple also showed off iOS 11 running on the new iPad Pro models during their WWDC 2017 keynote.
The new iOS 11 update features a new customizable dock on the iPad. It allows users to get quick access to their frequently used apps and documents from any screen. Multitasking has been improved on the iPad, there is now a redesigned app switcher which brings Spaces to iOS, to make it easier to move between apps or pairs of active apps in Split View and Slide Over.
iOS 11 also brings a new Files apps, so you can keep all your stuff in one place. This includes stuff stored locally and in iCloud Drive, Box, Dropbox and Google Drive.
Multi-Touch Drag and Drop is also coming to iOS 11 on the iPad, it allows users to move text, photos and files from one app to another to virtually anywhere on the screen. The Notes apps is getting a document scanner and can scan single and multi-page documents. It also removes shadows and uses image filters to enhance the document’s readability.
The Apple Pencil is also getting deeper integration in iOS 11, there’s now support for inline drawings that you can write alongside text in Notes. Instant Markup lets you sign documents, annotate PDFs or even draw on screenshots. There is also a new Instant Notes feature, that allows you to open Notes from the lock screen by simply tapping on the screen with the Apple Pencil. And handwritten notes are now searchable using Spotlight Search.
Apple also introduced a new leather sleeve for new iPad Pro (10.5) and iPad Pro (12.9), which feature a slot for the Apple Pencil. It retails for \$129 USD and \$149 USD respectively. But if you just want a case for your Apple Pencil, Apple has you covered with the new Apple Pencil Case for $29 USD.
The new iPad Pro (10.5) and iPad Pro (12.9) are available for pre-order now. The iPad Pro (10.5) comes in silver, space gray, gold and rose gold and starts at \$649 USD for the Wi-Fi only model and \$779 USD for the 64GB Wi-Fi & Cellular model. The iPad Pro (12.9) also comes in silver, space gray, gold and rose gold and starts at \$799 USD for the 64GB Wi-Fi only model and $929 USD for the 64GB Wi-Fi & Cellular model. All of the new iPad Pro models can be optioned with either 64, 256 or 512GB of internal storage.
The new iPad Pro models will start shipping next week for those in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. India, Turkey, UAE. It will be coming to Brazil, Mexico, South Korea and other countries in July.