Apple Announces the New iPad Pro, Demos Full Version of Photoshop for iPad

Apple Announces the New iPad Pro, Demos Full Version of Photoshop for iPad

 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.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Im wondering how well you'll be able to edit in Lightroom with these bad machines!

Bad meaning good?

When Adobe can make a full version of Photoshop for the iPad Pro, then Lightroom should be a piece of cake. You can also use the iPad with an external monitor as an extended display and not just in mirror-mode, e.g. timeline on iPad and preview on the external monitor.

OO I was just saying to myself to bad it doesn't run full PS. I actually enjoyed editing photos from my phone through their cloud sync with LR. I just want a bigger screen. $799 for a cloud based remote photo editing.....hmm

I'm not a Mac user but I love my iPad for basic web browsing and entertainment. I'm excited about this new iPad but I'm more excited about the future of iPad. We are getting very close to the iPad being plenty powerful enough to run MacOS or a version of Mac OS. When that day happens the mobile computer world will change because right now the iPad works fine for emails but it's still a pain in the ass for complex software.

I was just getting ready to comment this also! Look at the Surface Pro. Absolutely love it for what it is, and can't wait for the day Apple makes an equivalent model.

"When that day happens the mobile computer world will change" Can you please tell me why you don't consider the Surface Pro to be exactly what you're asking for? Honest question.

I own 2 Surface Pros and 2 Surface books (Microsoft gave them to me). The problem that I have with them is that they are not optimized for touch, at least compared to the iPad. So I do like them, but I don't use them casually like I do my iPad, I just use them as I do any of my other laptops. Windows needs a new UI that can be used with both touch and a mouse more easily.

Yes, I agree the Windows interface is not very touch-friendly. But I guess an iPad with MacOS wouldn't be either. and the iOS interface wouldn't be suitable for a "desktop use". If they manage to do something that switches interfaces on-the-go it might be the definitive solution. Windows does it but tablet mode on Windows isn't something very usable

Yesterday we filmed another critique and we looked at the images on a Surface Pro. The scrolling feature from image to image stopped working at least 10 times during the hour of filming and we would have to close out of the picture viewer app and then reopen it to see the next picture. That has never once happened on my iPad.

Yes I agree as a tablet it has many flaws, I just love my Surface Pro because it's the lightest PC I can bring on my travels. And with an iPad, I would just feel castrated. But I totally get your point, the fact that no one did something that merges the 2 worlds it's weird because it will break the market

I love my old 10.5 iPad Pro, seeing photoshop on new version running good and allowing any sort of batch editing would really be a game changer. Already edit videos on mine full time using lumafusion.

They mentioned a 3GB .PSD file in the presentation on stage, and yet .PSD files are limited to 2GB in file size. So either they meant .PSB (doubtful), or it was a much smaller file size and they were talking about the RAM it used when uncompressed (meaning it could have been 500-600MB as a .PSD).

Looking at the screenshots and the filename, it was indeed a PSB file! That's awesome Adobe!

Only for the price of a bad ass windows machine.

Does anyone know ,how much ram is in this IPAD?

Most likely 6GB, but I would not be surprised if it actually had 8GB.

Photoshop will work epic on this model if they take advantage of the Neural accelerator. Imagine, better and faster subject selection, Content-Aware fills, Face recognition and liquify and image scaling! Now if only Topaz would port their AI Gigapixel and AI Clear to the platform...

Considering Apple's ARM64 take on their CPU is way faster now, I can only imagine how long before they migrate OSX into the platform.