“The new iPad Pro models flaunt slimmer bezels and a new USB Type-C charging port”
In March this year, Apple unveiled its new 9.7-inch iPad tablet with Apple Pencil support. Now, the Cupertino tech giant has introduced this year’s Apple iPad Pro model, which comes in two screen sizes 11-inch and 12.9-inch. The new slate from Apple has ditched the Touch ID sensor in favour of the Face ID tech and slimmer bezels. The iPad Pro 2018 tablets also come with a new Apple Pencil, which offers gesture support, a new charging system, and a more minimalistic design. Notably, at the same event, Apple CEO Tim Cook also revealed that the brand has sold over 400 million iPads to date.
iPad Pro 2018 price
The Apple iPad Pro 11-inch variant price starts at Rs 71,900 for the Wi-Fi only model, and Rs 85,900 for the cellular variant. While its 12.9-inch edition’s Wi-Fi only and cellular models will be available at a starting price of Rs 89,900 and Rs 1,03,900 respectively. They will be available in 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage variants, and come in Silver and Space Gray colour options. You can order the new iPad models in the US and more 40 countries starting today, and will start shipping from November 7th. In India, the new tablet will be released later this year. The 2nd-gen Apple Pencil is priced at Rs 10,900, while the new Smart Keyboard Folio accessory will be up for grabs starting at Rs 15,900.
iPad Pro 2018 specifications
Talking about the design first, the new iPad Pro 2018 models flaunt slimmer bezels around the sides, top and bottom, with an all-screen fascia. The device has a new design with an all-metal unibody, newly positioned Smart Connector, volume buttons on the right edge, a power button on the top right corner, and four speaker grills – two at the top and two at the bottom. Notably, in the new iPad Pro, Apple has replaced the Lightning port with a new USB type-C port, and the brand will ship the slate with an 18W power adapter that will make room for faster charging.
The iPad Pro design language has undergone a major overhaul with this launch as Apple has used a diamond cut for both the front of the iPad Pro, which makes it appear quite similar to the iPhone SE (review) with bevelled edges. Apple has also introduced an additional new Smart Keyboard Folio case for the device, which offers a more streamlined design for enhanced versatility, added the brand.
The 11-inch model has display resolution of 2,388 x 1,688 pixels, while the 12.9-inch variant offers 2,732 x 2,048 pixels, both delivering pixel density of 264ppi. The ProMotion technology used in the screens automatically adjusts the display refresh rate up to 120Hz. As for the size, the 11-inch option gives a bigger display in a body the same size as the last-ten 10.5-inch model. On the other hand, the 12.9-inch variant is smaller in size than the corresponding model fro the last year, which results in a 25 percent reduction volume.
Apple has ditched the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the new iPad Pro, and has equipped the slate with the Face ID tech instead. The company has made some changes in its Face ID hardware, which allows the device to unlock the iPad Pro even in the horizontal mode.
Software-wise, the tablet boots iOS 12 out of the box. The brand has introduced some gestures for the new iPad Pro, which are similar to the one on the iPhones. Now you can access the Control Centre by swiping down from the right side of the menu bar, while a swipe on the Dock of the slate brings the Home screen. A Split View multitasking feature is also present on board. You can also simply quickly swipe at the bottom of the screen to access your recent apps.
Moving on to the other features, the new Apple iPad Pro is powered by an Apple A12X Bionic processor, which is more powerful than the A12 Bionic chip on the new iPhone XS line up. The SoC has an eight-core processor and a seven-core GPU. The chipset has a 35 percent faster single-core performance, while the multicore performance is said to be 90 percent faster than its predecessor. The brand claims that the new iPad Pro is 92 percent faster than all of the portable computers released in the past few months.
In the camera department, the new iPad Pro flaunts a 7-megapixel front shooter. Its worth mentioning that Apple is pushing AR (Augmented Reality) features to the iPad with the iPad Pro 2018. The brand’s new Neural Engine is built-in the new iPad for advanced machine learning in everything from imaging to AR, which is capable of completing five trillion operations every second. The TrueDepth Camera onboard also offers Animoji and Memoji experiences. The slate is said to offer support for next-generation of AR apps. Notably, Adobe’s Project Aero support will enable new design experiences on the new iPad, which will be released in early 2019. The rear camera has 12-megapixel resolution with f/1.8 aperture, five-element lens, and 4K recording support. Users will also be able to take 8-megapixel photos while recording 4K videos.
Lastly, the USB Type-C 3.1 generation-second connectivity support on the device will support external displays with up to 5K resolution. The tablet can even charge your iPhone on the go as well. For connectivity, buyers will get Gigabit LTE support with the new iPad Pro model. Dual-SIM support will be available for the cellular models, with the second SIM being an eSIM. As for the battery, Apple claims the two iPad Pro Wi-Fi options deliver 10-hour battery life, while the cellular variants work up to 9 hours without charge.
The new iPad Pro comes with a new optional Apple Pencil 2, which now features gesture support, a new charging method, and a more minimalistic design. In the new stylus, there’s no silver band at the top, and it can now be magnetically attached to the iPad. The accessory will be able to pair with the tablet wirelessly, rather than through a physical connection. The gesture support on board will allow users to change the size and colour of a brush by using the sides of the device. Notably, the new Apple Pencil can be charged wirelessly by connecting to the iPad Pro.