We’re here at Apple’s event in Brooklyn, New York! See everything Apple has announced today.
Tim Cook announces that iPad is actually the most popular computer in the world, having outsold competitor’s laptops, with over 400 millions total units sold.
The company is announcing an entirely new iPad Pro. Apple says it’s the iPad they’ve dreamed about building from the beginning. The new design has a new edge-to-edge display, dubbed the Liquid Retina display, including True Tone and Pro Motion technology. The original 10.5” iPad Pro is the same size, but now comes with an 11” display, with increased resolution. The 12.9” iPad Pro is much smaller, about the size of a standard sheet of paper and much thinner as well, just 5.9mm wide, with a 25 percent shrinkage in volume on the larger model.
The iPad Pro now comes with Face ID, which Apple dubs as the most secure facial recognition in any computer or tablet. It comes with a 7 MP front camera. The home button is now gone, with all the gestures introduced on the iPhone X making their way to the iPad.
Under the hood, the new iPad Pros come with the new A12X Bionic processor, with a 7-nanometer process, increasing both performance and power usage. The chip has over 10 billion transistors in an 8-core CPU (four performance and four efficiency) and a 7-core GPU. Single-core performance is up 35 percent and multi-core performance is up to 90 percent faster. This makes the iPad Pro faster than 92 percent of portable PCs sold in the last 12 months.
The new 7-core GPU offers 1,000x faster graphics performance. The A12X also comes with the latest generation of Apple’s neural engine that offers up to 5 trillion operations per second. The neural network allows for tasks like more intuitive photo edits.
The iPad Pro now comes with up to 1 TB of capacity. Also big news is that the iPad Pro is now moving to USB-C, increasing connectivity, such as connection to 5K displays and multiple simultaneous connections. The iPad Pro also supports charging out, letting you charge your phone from its massive battery.
The Apple Pencil has received an update as well. It attaches magnetically to the iPad Pro and automatically pairs and charges with no additional use input. Tapping twice on the Pencil allows to switch between custom modes. The Smart Keyboard Folio has also received an update. It still functions as a case and now contains multiple angles for lap and desk usage. The iPad Pro now contains woofer and tweeter pairs in all four speakers. Apple is also touting AR on the iPad Pro, offering far increased capabilities.
Apple is also touting the app capabilities of the iPad due to its increased performance, which now has over one million specifically designed apps. Auto CAD is now coming to the iPad, as is the popular Assassin’s Creed game running at 120 fps.
Especially exciting, however, is Apple’s partnership with Adobe. In a live demonstration of the full version of Photoshop on iPad, the adjustments are instantaneous and impressively intuitive with the Apple Pencil. A file with 157 layers at 12,000 by 12,000 pixels and over 3 GB shows no signs of bogging down the iPad. Impressive performance, for sure.
Also impressive is Project Aero, which allows users to combine Photoshop work with augmented reality, creating fascinating live experiences.
The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 and the 12.9-inch starts at $999, with LTE configurations available and capacities from 64 GB to 1 TB. Preorders are open today, with shipping next week.
It’s clear Apple intends the iPad Pro to be an incredibly flexible device that can adapt to creatives’ needs.