Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) introduced an all-new iPad Pro models at WWDC on Monday. The Cupertino-based tech giant unveiled a 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a 12.9-inch model, featuring an advanced display, a powerful chip, and an upgraded camera technology. This new iPad lineup seems to be a strong competitor to Microsoft Surface Pro series.
The new iPad Pro lineup will run iOS 11, the company’s latest operating system that includes powerful new features. These iPads with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard will make users “even more productive and creative,” the tech giant said in a statement.
Apple Calls iPad Pro Its Most Powerful Tablets Ever
Apple introduced a new technology in the new iPad Pro models. Called ProMotion, the new technology automatically adjusts the display to the movement of the content.
ProMotion delivers refresh rates of up to 120Hz for fluid scrolling, greater responsiveness, and smoother motion content. It makes Apple Pencil more responsive with “an industry-best, 20-millisecond latency for even more fluid and natural drawing.”
Apple claims that the new iPad Pro will deliver “groundbreaking performance” to perform the most demanding tasks, thanks to the new 64-bit A10X Fusion chip.
The new chip is designed to provide “performance that is faster than most PC laptops shipping today”, Apple said, adding that performing complex tasks such as editing photos and 4K video, rendering 3D images or playing games will feel “effortless.”
According to the tech giant, the new iPad Pro models features a six-core CPU and 12-core GPU, delivering up to 30% faster CPU performance and 40% faster graphics performance than the A9X chip. The new tablets will deliver all-day battery life, according to the company.
The new iPad Pro are getting improved camera technology. It features a 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization as well as a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera.
In addition, the new tablets feature a four-speaker audio system, an embedded SIM2, and support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE Advanced.
“These are by far the most powerful iPads we’ve ever created with the world’s most advanced displays featuring ProMotion, the powerful new A10X Fusion chip and the advanced camera system of iPhone 7,” Greg Joswiak, vice president of product marketing at Apple, said.
iOS 11 for iPads
Joswiak said that, together with iOS 11, the new iPad Pro “will radically change what users can do with iPad.”
The new operating system includes following new features for iPad:
– New customizable Dock providing quick access to frequently used apps and documents from any screen;
-Improved multitasking, including a redesigned app switcher.
– New Files app that keeps everything in one place, whether files are stored locally, in iCloud Drive or across other providers like Box, Dropbox.
– Multi-Touch Drag and Drop which is available across the system to move text, photos, and files from one app to another, anywhere on the screen.
– New document scanner in Notes, which lets users easily scan single or multi-page documents, removes shadows and uses powerful image filters to enhance readability.
-Deeper integration with Apple Pencil, with support for inline drawing to write along text in Notes and Mail, Instant Markup to easily sign documents, annotate PDFs or draw on screenshots, and a new Instant Notes feature, which opens Notes from the Lock Screen.
The 10.5-inch iPad Pro will come in silver, space gray, gold and rose gold and starts at $650 for the 64GB with Wi-Fi model and $780 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver, space gray and gold and starts at $800 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model and $930 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.