Apple has announced the new iPad Pro with a new all-screen design and “next-generation” performance. It comes in 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes.
The Liquid Retina displays are pushed all the way to the edges on all four sides thanks to the integration of Face ID for unlocking the iPad with your face. Features of the display include precision-milled glass, advanced pixel masking, sub-pixel antialiasing, a new backlight design, wide color support, True Tone, anti-reflecting coating, and a refresh rate up to 120Hz.
Inside the tablet is an A12X Bionic chip that Apple says outperforms most PC laptops on the market. There’s up to 1 terabyte of storage and 10-hour battery life in the thinnest iPads (5.9mm) designed thus far.
The Lightning port found on older iPads have been replaced with a USB-C connector. The new connector provides power for charging (you can even charge a phone with it), supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 high-bandwidth data transfers (usual for grabbing photos from cameras), and can drive an external 5K display.
The iPad Pro features a 12-megapixel camera for Smart HDR photos and 4K video, and there’s also a TrueDepth camera for Portrait selfies.
Announced alongside the new iPad Pro is a new second-gen Apple Pencil that magnetically attaches to the iPad Pro and wirelessly charges while touching. The Apple Pencil features a new touch sensor that lets you interact with apps (e.g. selecting a tool or brush) simply by tapping the pencil itself.
There’s also a new Smart Keyboard Folio that protects the front and back of the iPad Pro while providing a full-size keyboard that never needs to be charged or paired.
Other features and specs include Gigabit-class LTE, a new Neural Engine (5 trillion operations per second), four-speaker audio, and iOS 12.
Adobe announced earlier this year that full Photoshop CC is coming to the iPad, and it recently gave a demo of the app that’s will land in 2019. Apple is also touting the new iPad Pro’s abilities to run the app for professional photo editing, devoting a demo during the announcement to showing how well the upcoming Photoshop CC runs:
The demo features a .psd file being edited — one that weighs in at over 3 gigabytes with 157 different 12,000×12,000 layers. And working with the file can be done at “lightning speed” with no lag.
The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and gray finishes in 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB models starting November 7th. The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 for Wi-Fi only ($949 for Cellular too) and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $999 for Wi-Fi only ($1,149 for Cellular too).
The new Apple Pencil is priced at $129, and the Smart Keyboard Folio costs $179 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and $199 for the 12.9-inch one.