What’s New in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2017)?

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Apple has just launched the second-generation iPad Pro with a 12.9-inch display, unveiling it during the keynote address for its WWDC. This tablet includes a faster processor, improved display, and more storage.

12.9-inch iPad Pro 2017

12.9-inch iPad Pro (2017)

Apple isn’t changing the screen resolution of this model, but it is doubling the refresh rate to 120 Hz, designed to make scrolling web pages and other animation smoother. In addition, this refresh rate can be adjusted as appropriate to increase battery life. It can go as low as 24 Hz when showing still images, for example. A side effect of this faster refresh rate is to lower the latency of the Apple Pencil to 20 ms.

At the center of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2017) is an Apple A10X Fusion processor, which Apple says offers 30% faster performance. This 64-bit chip has six cores: three designed for high performance, the others for high efficiency. There’s a built-in 12-core GPU which will supposedly increase graphics performance by 40%.

Apple built a 12-MP main camera into this model with ƒ/1.8 aperture that’s capable of capturing 4K video. The front camera is 7 MP.

The release of iOS 11 this fall will bring a raft of long-awaited new features too, like a real file management system, better side-by-side multitasking, drag-and-drop editing, and more.

12.9-inch iPad Pro 2017 Specs

Much about this model will remain essentially unchanged. It’s going to by 12 by 8.7 by 0.27 inches and 1.5 pounds. The screen resolution will be 2048 by 2732 pixels, giving it 264 pixels per inch.

The second 12.9-inch iPad Pro still includes a 3.5mm headphone jack, as well as four speakers, a Lightning port, and the Smart Connector.

12.9-inch iPad Pro 2017

12.9-inch iPad Pro (2017) with Optional Smart Keyboard

Speaking of the Smart Connector, this iPad Pro will work with the Apple Smart Keyboard originally designed for its predecessor. The same should be true of many other add-on keyboards for the original Pro.

The 30.4 Wh battery has a promised 10 hour battery life.

12.9-inch iPad Pro 2017 Price and Release Date

Apple’s biggest new tablet can be pre-ordered now. The release is scheduled for June 13, though officially it’s “next week” sometime.

The base model is a version with 64 GB of built-in storage that’s priced at $799. A 256 GB version is $899, while the 512 GB model is $1099. Adding integrated support for 4G LTE will increase these prices by $130.

More iPad News

Apple also used the keynote address for it’s World Wide Developer Conference to unveil the first 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which will likewise debut on June 13. This is replacing the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which no longer appears on Apple’s website. Also discontinued is the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro, as this won’t remain in Apple’s lineup.

The iPad mini 4 is still up for sale, but hasn’t been refreshed since it was introduced several years ago. A rumored second-generation Apple Pencil also wasn’t announced today.


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