iPad Pro

Ap­ple expands its range of tablets, re­ports Os­car Ray­mundo

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New size, faster chips, and more stor­age – that’s just a lit­tle of what you can ex­pect from Ap­ple’s new iPad Pro line-up, un­veiled dur­ing WWDC. In ad­di­tion to up­grad­ing its 12.9in iPad Pro (which orig­i­nally launched in 2015), Ap­ple re­leased a new 10.5in model that re­places the 9.7in ver­sion (which launched in 2016). We spent some hands-on time with the lat­est iPad Pro af­ter the WWDC key­note.

Price

10.5in iPad Pro: £649/£749: 64GB/64GB + Cel­lu­lar, £709/£839: 256GB/256GB + Cel­lu­lar £889/£1,019: 512GB/512GB + Cel­lu­lar 12.9in iPad Pro: £769/£899: 64GB/64GB + Cel­lu­lar £859/£989: 256GB/256GB + Cel­lu­lar £1,039/£1,169: 512GB/512GB + Cel­lu­lar

Colours

The 10.5in iPad Pro comes in Sil­ver, Space Gray, Gold and Rose Gold. The 12.9 ver­sion is avail­able in Sil­ver, Space Gray and Gold.

Pro­Mo­tion tech­nol­ogy

The iPad Pro mod­els have a new trick up their sleeve. Ap­ple has added a new fea­ture called Pro­Mo­tion which

dou­bles the dis­play re­fresh rate from 60- to 120Hz. Pro­Mo­tion also helps to au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just this re­fresh rate de­pend­ing on how you’re us­ing the iPad Pro, as a way to con­serve bat­tery life.

True Tone

Ap­ple has up­graded the orig­i­nal iPad Pro with True Tone. This means the Pro dy­nam­i­cally ad­justs the screen’s white bal­ance based on the light­ing in the room to pro­vide more-ac­cu­rate colours on a pa­per-white screen.

Per­for­mance

The iPad Pro mod­els come equipped with the top-ofthe-line A10x fu­sion chip, plus a six-core CPU (three high per­for­mance cores and three high ef­fi­ciency cores) and a 12-core GPU. This gives the new iPad Pro mod­els 30 per­cent faster CPU per­for­mance and 40 per­cent faster graph­ics per­for­mance than pre­vi­ous Pro mod­els with the A9x chip.

Bat­tery life

De­spite im­prove­ments in speed and per­for­mance, Ap­ple says that the 10.5- and the 12.9in model will both de­liver up to 10 hours of bat­tery life, or nine hours if us­ing an LTE model on a cel­lu­lar con­nec­tion. The 10.5in iPad Pro has a 30.4Wh recharge­able lithium-poly­mer bat­tery, while the 12.9in model’s bat­tery is a 41Wh .

Cam­era

The iPad Pro has cam­era specs mod­elled af­ter the iPhone 7, so Live Pho­tos and all their new edit­ing

func­tions are avail­able. Un­for­tu­nately, the iPad Pro does not have a dual-cam­era sys­tem, so you can’t use it to take pho­tos in Por­trait mode like on the iPhone 7.

Au­dio

The iPad Pro is equipped with four speak­ers, one near each cor­ner to cre­ate an im­mer­sive ‘sound­stage’ ex­pe­ri­ence. Th­ese speak­ers have also been pro­grammed to pro­duce a well-bal­anced sound, whether you are hold­ing the iPad Pro ver­ti­cally or hor­i­zon­tally. And a new cas­ing de­sign gives the Pro speak­ers 61 per­cent more back vol­ume, a wider fre­quency range and up to 3x more acous­tic out­put than pre­vi­ous iPads.

Ap­ple Pen­cil

Ap­ple’s £99 sty­lus is pretty self-ex­plana­tory. You can use it to add hand­writ­ten notes to your dig­i­tal doc­u­ments, but it’s also got some cool tech­nol­ogy that will be par­tic­u­larly in­trigu­ing for sketch artists.

The Ap­ple Pen­cil has sev­eral sen­sors on both its case and the tip that can de­tect the po­si­tion, pres­sure, an­gle, and ori­en­ta­tion of your strokes. Draw gen­tly on the screen to cre­ate light strokes, or press down to draw thicker lines. Two sen­sors on the tip work with Multi-Touch dis­play to de­tect when­ever you’re tilt­ing the Pen­cil to cre­ate a shad­ing ef­fect. Ap­ple Pen­cil can also be used si­mul­ta­ne­ously with your fin­gers, too, for those who have yet to grad­u­ate past the fin­ger paint­ing stage.

In iOS 11, Ap­ple re­duced the latency to an in­dus­trybest: 20 mil­lisec­onds. In ad­di­tion, iPad Pro users can

now use the Pen­cil to use Markup in screen­shots and in doc­u­ments scanned us­ing the Notes app. In ad­di­tion, the Notes app is able to search through your notes hand­writ­ten with the Pen­cil.

In­stead of an eraser at the tip, the Ap­ple Pen­cil has a Light­ing con­nec­tor. Sim­ply take off the cap and plug the Pen­cil into your iPad Pro. Fully charged, it lasts up to 12 hours. And just hav­ing the sty­lus charg­ing for 15 sec­onds will get you 30 min­utes of sketch­ing time.

Smart Key­board

Think of the Smart Key­board as an iPad Smart Cover but with a slim, fold­able, light­weight, water-re­sis­tant, 4mm key­board built in. In ad­di­tion to us­ing it to type, you can fold up the Smart Key­board to prop up the

iPad Pro or cover up the screen com­pletely. Re­cently, Ap­ple has added key­board sup­port for 30 lan­guages, in­clud­ing Chi­nese and Ja­panese. It costs £159 for the 10.5in iPad Pro and £169 for the 12.9in model.

Ap­ple has cre­ated a three-pronged Smart Con­nec­tor that al­lows for the Smart Key­board to be con­nected to the iPad with­out plugs, wires, or Blue­tooth pair­ing. It’s sim­i­lar to how the Ap­ple Watch’s di­ag­nos­tic port works. The Smart Con­nec­tor al­lows for the seam­less trans­fer of data and power be­tween de­vices, so you won’t have to charge the Smart Key­board.

Old iPad Pro cases

Most cases for the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion 12.9in iPad Pro should still fit the up­graded 2017 model. The cam­era bump is a lit­tle more pro­nounced, but you should still be able to squeeze it in.

As for the cases de­signed for the 9.7in iPad Pro, they will not fit on the new 10.5in model.

Ac­ces­sories

Ap­ple also has new £49 Smart Cov­ers for the 10.5in model in seven colours. The £59 Smart Cover for the 12.9in iPad Pro comes in only two colours: Char­coal Gray and White. In ad­di­tion, Ap­ple has brought back Leather Smart Cov­ers to out­fit the iPad Pro. The 10.5in Leather Smart Cover is £69 and comes in four colours.

The 12.9in Leather Smart Cover is £79 and comes in three colours. Plus, Ap­ple has re­leased an all-new Leather Sleeve (£129 for 10.5in tablet and £149 for 12.9in iPad) that in­cor­po­rates a spe­cial spot for Ap­ple Pen­cil. You can also store the Ap­ple Pen­cil in its own des­ig­nated case that’s £29.

Mul­ti­task­ing

In iOS 9, Ap­ple in­tro­duced three ways to view and in­ter­act with two apps si­mul­ta­ne­ously on an iPad Pro. Th­ese mul­ti­task­ing fea­tures have been re­fined and ex­pended with each sub­se­quent iOS re­lease.

First, we have Slide Over, where you can choose a sec­ond app to open up as a pinned side­bar on the right or the left. Sec­ond, there’s Split View, where two apps each take up half of the screen. Ap­ple in­tro­duced the abil­ity to drag-and-drop in iOS 11, so you can seam­lessly move text, pho­tos, files, and URLs from one app to another. Fi­nally, Pic­ture-in-Pic­ture lets you watch a video or chat on Face­Time while hav­ing another app run­ning in the back­ground. The video screen be­comes a smaller win­dow that you can drag and re­size.

iOS 11 also brought other Mac-style ca­pa­bil­i­ties to the iPad, in­clud­ing a new Dock and App Switcher. Like on macOS, this Dock gives you quick ac­cess to fre­quently used apps and doc­u­ments from any screen. You can then drag th­ese apps from the Dock to the right or left side of the screen to open in Slide Over or Split View.

There’s also a new Files app that keeps all your files and doc­u­ments in one place, whether they’re stored lo­cally or in iCloud, Google Drive or Drop­box.

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