Alongside its new revamped MacBook Air and the new Mac mini, Apple also unveiled its 2018 iPad Pro lineup. The new iPads come with a revamped design which includes slimmer bezels, Face ID, faster internals, and a USB-C port for 4K HDR video output.
With its 2018 iPad Pro lineup, Apple has given its iPad Pro lineup a radical design refresh. Taking cues from its iPhone lineup, the new iPad Pro lineup comes with slimmer bezels and rounded display corners and edges. And just like the iPhones, it also lacks a headphone jack. The new Liquid Retina display supports ProMotion, TrueTone, wide-color support, and other usual display technologies found in previous iPad Pros.
The smaller iPad Pro now comes with an 11-inch display while having the same dimensions as the existing 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The bigger 12.9-inch iPad Pro retains the same display size, though it is now considerably smaller. Both models are 5.9mm thin as well.
The lack of bezels means the physical Home button/Touch ID has been given the boot. Instead, just like the iPhone X and iPhone XS series, there’s Face ID which is made possible by the TrueDepth camera system located on the top bezel. Apple has also upgraded the technology to ensure Face ID works in landscape mode as well without any issues.
The A12X Bionic chip inside the new iPad Pro lineup is even more powerful than the A12 Bionic chip found inside the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. It packs an 8-core CPU and Apple’s custom 7-core GPU for stellar performance. In fact, Apple says the new iPad Pro lineup is faster than 92 percent of the PCs out there. The new GPU offers up to 1000x performance improvement which Apple claims is similar to the performance offered by an Xbox One. Thanks to the new T2 chip and storage controller, the new iPad Pro offers up to 1TB storage.
Similar to the iPhone XS series, the new iPad Pro lineup offers Gigabit LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 5.0, and eSIM support. The four-speaker audio system has also been improved with a pair of woofer and tweeter pairs and it now offers wider stereo sound as well.
Apple is also switching to USB-C with its latest iPad Pro lineup and giving the Lightning connector the boot. This will allow one to easily connect their existing USB-C devices to their iPad easily. This includes support for many musical instruments, external monitors, and more. Even better, one can use their iPad Pro to charge their iPhone or any other USB-C device as well.
There’s a brand new Apple Pencil to go along with the iPad Pro as well. It attaches magnetically to the tablets and automatically charges itself as well. Plus, as rumored, there’s a gesture system as well which one can enable by simply tapping the side of the new Apple Pencil. Despite all the improvements, Apple claims the new iPad Pro lineup offers 10-hour battery life and they are now bundled with an 18W power adapter as well.
The new 11-inch iPad Pro starts from $799 and comes with 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $999 and comes with the same storage options. The LTE variants of the tablet command a $150 premium. Pre-orders for the devices start from today itself, with retail availability scheduled for November 7.