Apple has announced a new version of iPad Pro. The 2018 iPad Pro has a new full-screen design, flat edge, rounded corners, Face ID, and more.
The new iPad Pro has a blocky design with rounded corners for both the display and body. The structure appears sort of like the original iPad. It features a new Liquid Retina display just like the iPhone XR.
Display and Face ID
The new iPad Pro includes an 11-inch display that has the same footprint as the 10.5-inch mode. iPad Pro also includes a more portable version of the 12.9-inch display with a much smaller footprint than the previous version.
Both new iPad Pros are 5.9mm thin, that’s one millimeter thinner for the larger iPad Pro. iPad Pro now includes Face ID, first introduced with iPhone X, for unlocking the iPad with facial recognition. Face ID also powers Animoji, Memoji, and other features like Apple Pay, logging into apps, and more. Face ID on iPad Pro does not require a notch since the bezel is large enough to house the sensors needed.
iPad Pro gains the same Home indicator as iPhone X and later with gestural navigation and multitasking.
A12X Bionic chip. Built in same 7nanometer tech as iPhone XS-class processor. 10 billion transistors. 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU. 35% faster CPU year-over-year. 90% faster CPU for multicore. 1000x faster graphics performance — Xbox One X graphics performance in a tablet form factor. 10 hour battery life as usual. New Neutral Engine on iPad for the first time. Apple highlighted Pixelmator Photo as one of the best uses of this new power, a new app from Pixelmator coming later this year.
1TB and USB-C
iPad Pro is now available in up to 1TB storage for the first time, up from 512GB. USB-C replaces Lightning. iPad Pro will support up to 5K display output. iPad Pro can also charge an iPhone or other devices over USB-C.
Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio
The Apple Pencil (second-gen) automatically pairs and charges wirelessly. It magnetically snaps to the new iPad Pro. Tapping the screen wakes the iPad Pro. Apple Pencil has a new tap feature on the hardware that changes modes (like writing and erasing in Notes) that can be customized. More details here.
Smart Keyboard Folio also a new accessory with an adjustable screen-angle. This offers front and back coverage unlike the previous Smart Keyboard which was only a cover.
Price and Availability
iPad Pro also features Bluetooth 5.0, Smart HDR on the Face ID camera, Gigabit LTE, an 18W charging brick, and more. Oh and no headphone jack.
iPad Pro 10.5-inch remains available from $649. iPad Pro 11-inch priced from $799, and iPad Pro 12.9-inch priced from $999. Available November 7.