After months of rumors (and growing sentiment that the iPad might be emerging as a trouble-spot for the company's financials), Apple finally made the 10.5-inch iPad official at WWDC today. With a newly tweaked model, coupled with a greater focus on multitasking in iOS 11, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro - starting from £619 in the United Kingdom - could be the model to really push that vision.
We also learned that the machine won't have user accessible RAM, but Apple will be offering some of its usual upgrade options at the time of purchase.
Of course, it is not just about a bigger display; the iPad Pro 10.5 gets a number of new enhancements in terms of power, cameras, software, and accessories, and that display isn't just larger, but more capable, too, thanks to the introduction of a new technology called ProMotion. The display will also support HDR for excellent colors.
Replacing the 9.7-inch iPad Pro introduced just past year, this model puts a larger screen in a body that is almost as slim and light, with a faster processor, a better camera and more internal storage - at $650, just $50 more. In addition, the refresh rate varies depending on the kind of activity you carry out on the tablet, which is a nice touch added by Apple.
The A10X Fusion is the first hexa-core chip we've seen from the company, with three low-power and three high-performance cores created to work side by side giving you 30 per cent better CPU performance and 40 per cent faster GPU performance versus the A9X. "The MacBook Pro 13" and 15" models feature up to 4.1GHz Turbo Boost, as fast as 3.2GB/s SSD read speed, 500-nit Retina displays, and up to 10 hours of battery life.More news: Iran calls Trump's reaction to ISIS attacks 'repugnant'
iPad-specific iOS Features - But hardware is only half the story, because when iOS 11 comes out (see "iOS 11 Gets Smarter in Small Ways", 5 June 2017), it will sport a bevy of features designed with the iPad in mind.
Inside the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a new 64-bit A10X Fusion chip, while the display is allegedly 50% brighter than those in older models. It isn't what you would call cost-conscious, but with the 10.5-inch model, there now seems to be more bang for the buck.
A brand new App Switcher that you access by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
Apple's new iPad Pro models are available now for preorder, and will ship next week. These slates are one of the most expensive pieces of hardware that you are ever going to see from the tablet category so it is important to know the differences between them before you end up purchasing.
The Files app even plugs into cloud services including iCloud, Box, Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive so that remote files are also readily accessible and able to be managed.