New Apple iPad Pro 2019
On November 7th, Apple released their newest design for the iPad Pro, the third generation model of the series that began in 2015. Apple states that the only thing that hasn't changed is the name, and that isn't an understatement. Available in 11-inch and 12.9-inch, the iPad Pro's new edge-to-edge display, ultra-thin body design, and up to 1TB capacity are sure to catch the consumer's eye. At 5.9 mm thickness and weighing just over 1 pound, the technology inside the iPad Pro has been completely redone to fit in such a small space.
The screen on the iPad Pro is a Liquid Retina screen. With wide colour support and True Tone display, the iPad Pro will dynamically adjust the white balance to look natural and to be easy on the eyes. The screen also has fingerprint-resistant oleophobic and anti-reflective coatings to allow you to see what you're working on clearly. Another exciting feature is that the display will actually adjust its refresh rate of up to 120Hz depending on what is running to optimize the 10-hour battery life while still keeping your content smooth, crisp, and highly responsive.
Apple has removed the Home button on this iPad to allow for more space to create and play. Without the option of biometric authentication, the iPad Pro features a TrueDepth camera system to utilize Face ID, and it doesn't matter which way you hold it; the TrueDepth camera will recognize you from portrait or landscape. The TrueDepth camera utilizes its unique design to map your face with over 30,000 points, which is stored in the iPad and never sent to the cloud; currently the world's most secure facial authentication technology. The headphone jack has also been removed from this new model to make it as slim as possible and allow for the advanced display.
Apple claims in their promotional video that this iPad is faster than 92 percent of other portable PCs; it certainly has improved its speed from the previous models. Hidden inside this slim design is Apple's new A12X Bionic chip with the Neural Engine, an upgraded version of the A12 Bionic chip found in iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. Four high-performance cores and four efficiency cores sum to a total of eight cores in the A12X Bionic chip, making it 35 percent faster than the previous iPad Pro models. This powerful core allows for better multitasking without slowing any apps down; message, watch a video, and use Facetime seamlessly all at once.
Another change is the iPad Pro has abandoned the Lightning port in favour of the USB-C port to allow you to connect with any USB-C accessory as well as 4K and 5K displays, a decision met with mixed reviews. Also, a series of magnets positioned strategically throughout the iPad Pro allows for easy support of the second-generation Apple Pencil; simply put the Apple Pencil on the side of the iPad and it will charge wirelessly. The iPad Pro also uses the magnets and the Smart Connector to utilize the new Smart Keyboard Folio, delivering data and power at the same time; no need to charge your keyboard. This Smart Keyboard is similar to its previous incarnations, but also has a back case to protect the front and the back of the iPad.
iPad Pros are available starting at $799. The Apple Pencil 2 is $129 and the Smart Keyboard Folio starts at $179.