After months of rumours, Apple has today finally announced its all-new iPad Pro, refreshed with a full-screen display having slimmer bezels, flat edges, rounded corners, Face ID, and more powerful specs compared to its predecessor.
The new iPad Pro features an 11-inch display but has the same footprint as the 10.5-inch model. There’s also a 12.9-inch display model with a much smaller footprint compared to the previous version. Both models are 5.9mm thin — one millimeter thinner for the larger iPad Pro.
Also, the iPad Pro now includes Face ID, which is a facial recognition-based device unlocking feature that was first introduced with iPhone X. This makes it the first iPad to not include a home button, thus also making it the first iPad which now fully adopts the gesture navigation that debuted on the iPhone X.
It is powered by the Apple A12X Bionic chip that has an octa-core processor and a 7-core GPU. The company claims that the new chipset is 35 percent faster than the previous model. There’s also a new Neural Engine on the iPad for the first time. It will be available in up to 1TB internal storage, up from the 512GB. It will also support up to 5K display output.
With this new model, the iPad is now transition away from Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector to USB-C, which opens new capabilities for the iPad Pro. For instance, it can now provide power to a connected iPhone.
To deliver wider stereo sound, Apple has included four speakers. There’s a 12MP camera which is capable of 4K video recording. The tablet also offer gigabit LTE connectivity on cellular models. Apple says that the new iPad Pro will offer 10 hours of continues usage on a single charge and the company is bundling an 18-watt charger in the box.
Along with the home button, Apple also decided to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack, which we saw it long coming. So, buyers will also need a USB-C to headphone dongle to listen to music through wired headphones. And no, Apple is not included one in the box but will be releasing its own $9 headphone adapter, along with other USB-C accessories.
Apple iPad Pro 11-inch model will start from $799 while the 12.9-inch model of the iPad Pro starts from $999. Both the models will be available for purchase from November 7.
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