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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


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


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 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

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