Apple Updates iPad Pro Models…

By Bob Raikes
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Apple introduced a new 10.5″ iPad Pro and a new version of the 12.9″ iPad Pro. The new 10.5″ tablet features small borders to reduce the size and with the weight of 1lb (450 gms). Resolutions are 2224 x 1668 and 2732 x 2048, so Apple classifies them as Retina displays (both are 264 ppi). Brightness is 600 cd/m² and reflectivity is 1.8% with a new A/R coating that is also fingerprint resistant. Colour support, in line with other recent Apple products, is DCI-P3.

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The processor is an Apple A10X Fusion chip with 6 CPU cores and 12 GPU cores and the camera system is from the iPhone 7. Battery life is claimed at 10 hours and the CPU is claimed to be 30% faster than the previous generation, the GPU, 40%. External connection is via the Apple Lightning connector. Batteries are 30.4 watt/hour and 41 watt/hour lithium polymer units.

Refresh rates on the display go up to 120Hz to allow fluid scrolling and the Apple Pencil has been improved to reduce latency to 20ms. The refresh rates are dynamic and reflect the motion of the display. The display also dynamically adjusts the white point to improve colour performance in different ambient light.

The camera is 12 megapixel and can record UltraHD at 30 fps or 1080p at 60 fps. with 2X optical zoom on the video. The FaceTime camera is a 7 megapixel unit that can record video at 1080p.

The new iOS 11, due in the autumn, will add new features including improved multitasking and a files app.

The 10.5″ model starts at $649 with Wi-fi only and $779 with LTE. The 12.9″ starts at $799 for Wi-Fi and $929 for LTE. The Apple Pencil costs $99.

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