Surprise, Surprise, There's a New iPad Pro Coming Too

By Tom Pritchard on at

Shock horror, Apple used its new event to announce a brand new version of the iPad Pro. Apparently iPads are now the most popular computers in the world, and this one will apparently change what we think of how computers can work. Let's see what there is to know.

As expect this new iPad Pro ditches the Home Button and TouchID in favour of FaceID, and has a built-in magnet to stop your Apple Pencil from getting lost. The lack of home button means the screen is larger, with an 11-inch display squeezed into the body of a 10.5-inch model. The 12.9 inch model also gains something there, shrinking down the size of the entire tablet to around the size of an A4 sheet of paper. That screen is Retina, and a liquid display, according to the specs that flashed up on stage.

FaceID is using the same sort of tech as those on the iPhones, but its been optimised for all the different orientations you may use the iPad in. The lack of home button means you'll have to use gestures, which are the same as those on the iPhone X and above. Plus a few newer ones to make it easier to handle multitasking and split-screenview.

Inside we have the A12X Bionic chip, with a 7-core GPU and 8-core GPU. That means the CPU's single core work is up by 35 per cent on last year, and 90 per cent on multicore mode. Apple proudly brags this means they're faster than even the latest i7 laptops. The graphics performance is supposedly 1000 times better, and is on par with the Xbox One S. That's what Apple says anyway. Also the new neural engine is in there, making it smarter, because machines need to be smart now.

As expected Apple is also ditching Lightning in favour of USB-C. That means you can use USB-C accessories, charge out functionality, and the option to connect the tablet to a big-screen display - much like Samsung DeX. Storage wise it'll have up to 1TB, which is a little ridiculous for a tablet. Apple also briefly mentioned AR, but since it quickly glossed over the details we have to assume it'll be similar to the AR functionality on the iPhones.

Back to the Apple Pencil. That's been redesigned from the ground up and has wireless charging that activates once you magnetically clip it to the iPad. Tapping also lets you switch between different Pencil modes, and Apple is letting people customise that to an extent. The new keyboard folio stand also has new changes, including two different screen angles.

Other features include a 7MP front camera, a 12MP rear camera that can record 4K video at 60fps (in case you're one of *those* people), a quad speaker system, and a 10 hour battery life. As has been previously announced it will also get the full version of Adobe Photoshop, rather than one of the rubbish mobile versions we've been dumped with until now. Photoshop also links in with the AR features on the iPad Pro, and the demo showed how you could add 3D layers effects and animations to images.

The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at £769, the 12.9-inch will start at £969, and both offer  64GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options. Pre-orders open today ready for a 7th November release.