10.5-inch iPad Pro Stretches Apple’s Tablet Lineup

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Apple has replaced its 9.7-inch iPad Pro with a larger model. The new 10.5-inch version also has a faster processor and twice as much storage.

10.5-inch iPad Pro

10.5-inch iPad Pro with Optional Pencil

CEO Tim Cook took to the stage at his company’s World Wide Developer Conference to unveil the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. This offers slimmer bezels than any of its predecessors, allowing the larger screen to fit into a casing not much larger than the 9.7-inch version.

The resolution is 2224 x 1668 pixels, giving it 264 ppi. This is the same number of pixels per inch as its predecessor, as well as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

A major feature of this 10.5-inch display is ProMotion, a technology that offers refresh rates of up to 120 Hz, which should make for fluid scrolling and greater responsiveness. It can also provide longer battery life, as the refresh rate can be dynamically lowered to 24 Hz when displaying images or other static content.

Like all the Pro line, this iOS tablet supports the Apple Pencil, which has only 20 milliseconds of latency.

10.5-inch iPad Pro Specs

A new 64-bit A10X Fusion processor powers this new iPad. This boasts a six-core CPU, which is up to 30% faster than the A9X chip. A 12-core GPU deliver up 40% faster graphics performance.

10.5-inch iPad Pro

10.5-inch iPad Pro with Optional Smart Keyboard

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro includes a 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, along with a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. It also sports four speakers, a fingerprint scanner, and a Lightning port, but no microSD card reader.

These features fit into a casing that’s 9.8 by 6.8 by 0.24 inches, which is 0.4 in. taller and wider than its predecessor. The device weighs 1.0 pounds. The change in dimensions when compared to the 9.7-inch model requires a new Apple Smart Keyboard.

It is debuting with iOS 10, but the fall launch of iOS 11 will bring a plethora of new features, including greatly-enhanced multitasking, drag-and-drop editing, a real file manager, and more.

10.5-inch iPad Pro Price and Release Date

10.5-inch iPad Pro

12.9- and 10.5-inch iPad Pro

Apple will only say that this tablet will be available “next week”, but unofficially the launch date is June 13.

The 64 GB WiFi-only base model is $649. Going to 256 GB of built-in storage bumps the price to $749, while a 512 GB model is $949. Adding integrated 4G LTE adds $130 to each of these prices.

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Tim Cook also used his WWDC keynote to take the wraps off the second-generation iPad Pro with a 12.9-inch display.

As mentioned, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has been discontinued, and no longer appears on Apple’s website. The iPad mini 4 remains, but hasn’t been updated in quite some time.


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