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WWDC 2017: Apple refreshes iPad Pro lineup, blurs the line between iPads and Macs

By Michael Low & Kenny Yeo - on 6 Jun 2017, 6:50am

WWDC 2017: Apple refreshes iPad Pro lineup, blurs the line between iPads and Macs

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is only slightly larger than the 9.7-inch model.

It’s no secret that Apple is trying to get longtime Mac users to consider switching to the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro is supremely powerful, and thanks to updates to iOS 11, they are becoming more capable machines for productivity tasks too. 

At WWDC 2017, Apple unveiled a fresh iPad Pro lineup consisting of a new 10.5-inch model and an updated 12.9-inch model. The new iPad Pro tablets will feature Apple’s newest A10X Fusion chips, camera systems straight from the iPhone 7, and new Retina displays featuring ProMotion.

ProMotion delivers refresh rates of up to 120Hz on the new iPad Pro tablets, enabling super smooth graphics and animations. It also improves the performance of the Apple Pencil by reducing input latency to a mere 20 millisecond. In addition, ProMotion is able to detect the content being displayed and adjust its refresh rate accordingly. For example, when showing static images, it may switch its refresh rate to just 24Hz to save battery.

The size of the keys of the on-screen keyboard is identical to that of the Smart Keyboard.

Of the two, the 10.5-inch model will likely be more popular. 10.5-inch was chosen because it enables Apple to create an on-screen keyboard with full-size keys, enabling more comfortable typing. 

In addition, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is only very slightly larger than the older 9.7-inch. This is possible because Apple drastically reduced the size of the bezel on the 10.5-inch model. The end result is that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro only weighs one pound (454g).

The 9.7-inch model is on top of the 10.5-inch model. See how it is only a tad larger?

Along with the new iPad Pro tablets, Apple also announced iOS 11, which has some nifty features for iPad. For example, there’s a now a customizable dock (like the one on macOS) that provides quick access to frequently-used apps.

Multitasking has also been improved and there’s a new app switch that brings Spaces from macOS to the iOS.

There’s also a new File app that works just like Finder on macOS and allows users to manage their files more easily.

iOS 11 on iPads also supports Multi-Touch Drag and Drop, so you can easily drag files from the File app into other apps like your email apps and send them quickly as attachments.

Thanks to iOS 11, the iPad Pro will likely be a more capable device for productivity tasks.

These new performance, features, and capabilities of the new iPad Pro tablets blur the lines between iPads and Macs, and are designed to attract more users to consider the iPad as a mobile device for work.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro will be available in Silver, Space Gray, Gold and Rose Gold, and starts at RM2,999 for the 64GB with Wi-Fi model and RM3,649 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. 

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in Silver, Space Gray and Gold, and starts at RM3,499 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model, and RM4,149 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.