Apple’s latest bumper crop of tech has been harvested, and we are salivating over the new iPad Pro. Also on the menu, the phone for movie lovers
Not content with already making a better tablet than your Scottish nan, Apple is taking another leap forward to its iPad Pro line-up. For a start, the design has been updated, inheriting the curved screen corners from the iPhone, and slimming down to just 5.9mm thickness.
There’s a new screen size too – Apple said that it could fit more pixels in the same body size as the previous 10.5-inch model (which is still on-sale), so it created a new 11-inch iPad Pro. The bigger sibling stays at 12.9 inches, but in a smaller and lighter body than the old model, making it perhaps the ultimate ultraportable computer at just 631g.
And make no mistake, this is meant to be a full-on computer: the A12X chip that powers the iPad Pro is an octo-core monster more powerful than 92 per cent of PC laptops sold, according to Apple. Even the graphics are as potent as those of the Xbox One S, in a fraction of the space. And it has a 1TB storage option.
To go along with all that power, this is Apple’s first tablet that has USB Type- C, replacing the Lightning connection of older iPads. This means you can connect external displays up to 5K resolution to present on, and connect hubs and external storage.
The iPad Pro was already head and shoulders above the tablet competition, and this looks set to keep it there for a long time.
“This looks like one hell of a tablet. Love the design, and the speed is amazing.”
Matt Bolton, Editor
FACE ID COMES TO TABLET
The new iPad Pro design ditches the Home button and adds Face ID for secure unlocking. Unlike iPhones, though, it works whatever way up you’re holding the iPad. If you’re covering the sensor with your hand when it’s trying to scan, it’ll flash a warning on the screen
APPLE PENCIL V2
The new iPad Pros will work with Apple’s next- gen Pencil, which is a big upgrade. It now attaches to the iPad magnetically, and charges wireless while connected. It also has a touch button for triggering different tools within apps, and it can wake the iPad when you tap it to the screen. The new Pencil doesn’t work with old iPad Pros, and the old Pencil doesn’t work with the new tablets, either
THE BIG SCREEN
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s screen is 2732x2048, just like the last generation. The 11-inch model is 2388x1668. Both are LCD screens with a 120Hz variable refresh rate for super-smooth response, with widecolour gamuts and True Tone. You can connect 4K and even 5K screens via the USB- C port, for viewing images or video in ultra detail
Apple has gone all controversial again by getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack. You can buy a USB- C to 3.5mm adapter to use your wired cans, or you can go wireless, basically