It should not come as a surprise that Apple is trying to convince loyal Mac users to switch over to the new iPad Pro. Aside from the software update to iOS 11, the new device also boasts performance specifications that allow it to be a competent machine for productivity tasks as well. 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 milliseconds. 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.
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, which allows for more comfortable typing. In addition, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is only 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 1 pound (454g).
Along with the new iPad Pro tablets, Apple also announced iOS 11, which has some nifty features for iPads. For example, there’s a now a customizable dock 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 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. 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 new Apple iPad Pro tablets are available to order now. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space grey, gold and rose gold and starts at S$968 for the 64GB with Wi-Fi model and S$1,168 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is available in silver, space grey and gold and starts at S$1,188 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model and S$1,388 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
Story originally appeared on HardwareZone.