New 11-inch and 12.9 inch iPad Pro Models Revealed Today Feature New All‑screen Design, a Liquid Retina display with ProMotion technology, a A12X Bionic chip, and Face ID, Along with a New Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio
New iPad Pro Features:
• Fluid, brilliant iPhone X-like design
• Powerful functionality with A12X Bionic chip better than most PCs
• Face ID to unlock iPad with a glance
• Gorgeous, edge-to-edge liquid Retina screen design
• Easier typing with the Smart Keyboard
• Fast, responsive Apple Pencil movements
• Magnetically connecting Apple Pencil
• New USB-C connector
• 1 TB of storage
• Improves upon the world’s most popular tablet
With its edge-to-edge liquid Retina screen design for 11-inch and 12.9-inch displays, Apple’s latest iteration of the iPad Pro is its best yet, and also the world’s best tablet. Sales of Apple’s iPad Pro have surged, becoming the most popular notebook worldwide, overtaking laptops as well. The newest version launched this past Tuesday in Brooklyn features greater security features including FaceID to unlock iPads with a glance, enhanced performance with the A12X Bionic chip with a new neural engine, new USB-C connector, Gigabit-class LTE and 1 TB of storage that helps mobile workflows. The new iPad Pro also offers a larger canvas for Multi-Touch, enabling more direct work for apps like Photoshop CC on iPad that is coming in 2019.
The new iPad Pro’s Liquid Retina display curves into the corners to mirror the curved housing of Apple’s iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4. The new iPad Pros also offer advanced cameras and sensors for AR, better four-speaker audio with woofer and tweeter pairs on each side and faster wireless. The new iPad Pros also are thinner, lighter and have all-day battery life.
Apple offered the new iPad Pro, for sale online on Tuesday and in stores as of yesterday November 7. The new iPad Pro comes in two sizes, 11-inch starting at $799 and 12.9-inch starting at $999. Both are available in LTE and Wi-Fi.
Stunning Edge-to-Edge Liquid Retina Display
The new iPad Pro’s Liquid Retina display is gorgeous to behold with precision-milled glass, a new backlight design, advanced pixel masking and sub-pixel antialiasing. This is the most color accurate of all iPads with bright and wide color support and anti-reflective coating for a natural viewing experience. ProMotion technology also automatically adjusts the display refresh rate up to 120Hz for smooth, fast scrolling and responsiveness.
Powerful Apps Shine on the new iPad Pro
Powerful apps from companies like Adobe, Autodesk and Procreate offer intricate details and enhanced productivity, leveraging the new iPad Pro’s better processing power, touch capabilities and gorgeous display.
New Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio
Apple has also designed two new accessories for the new iPad Pro, a new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio, to be purchased separately, for more precision. The new Apple Pencil to magnetically attach to the iPad Pro and charge up wirelessly at the same time. There is a new touch sensor on the Apple Pencil that quickly detects taps, enabling more touch interaction with apps. The Apple Pencil offers intuitive drawing capabilities and a natural feel that is unsurpassed.
In addition, there is a new Smart Keyboard Folio with an adjustable, streamlined, thin and light design. The Smart Keyboard Folio protects the front and back of the iPad Pro with a full-size keyboard that does not require separate charging or pairing. Ideal for multitasking and writing down notes, the new Keyboard Folio enables more productivity out of the iPad akin to a laptop, and as Apple’s sales indicate, laptops are second runner to the popular iPad.
New Powerful A12 Bionic Chip and Neural Engine
The new A12X Bionic chip built for the new iPad Pro, a faster version of the A12X Bionic chip in the latest iPhones. Apple has suggested that this powerhouse computing chip enables the new iPad Pro to compete with Microsoft’s Xbox One S. This suggestion is clearly a push to attract bigger gaming developers and companies that create for Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox.
While this assertion has yet to be proven in the market by new gaming and entertainment apps, the A12X Bionic chip definitely launches the iPad Pro light years ahead of tablet competitors to become the fastest and most powerful consumer tablet available today. The A12X Bionic has 10 billion transistors, 8 cores and has speeds similar to mid-range notebook computers, offering a 90 percent increase in CPU performance. This enables fast graphic performance for AR experiences.
The new iPad Pro also features Apple’s latest Neural Engine that uses advanced machine learning to accelerate performance for all kinds of activity ranging from Face ID recognition, AR app plane detection and photography tasks. With the Neural Engine that improves Core ML performance, developers can build apps and design new iPad workflows that leverage powerful machine learning.
Thinner and Lighter with a Bigger Display
At just 5.9 mm in width, both new iPad Pro models (11-inch and 12.9 inch) offer bigger displays while reducing volume and only weighs one pound.
Adjusts to Viewer
The display of iPad Pro easily adjusts content to the orientation of the viewer.
The new iPad Pro utilizes Face ID technology, designed to work while you hold the iPad Pro or while seated and use the Smart Keyboard Folio. Face ID uses the TrueDepth camera system to map and recognize the face, thus securely unlock iPad Pro. Face ID can also be used to enable Apple Pay in apps and online and to access secure apps. Also, the TrueDepth Camera on iPad Pro enables Animoji and Memoji.
Group FaceTime now available via iOS 12.1 lets you chat with friends, family and work colleagues simultaneously. You can add a new guest or join as a participant yourself at any time, joining via audio or video with your iPhone, iPad or Mac. You can also use the new Animoji and customizable Memoji for more personality in both FaceTime and Messages.
USB-C Connectivity to Larger Displays
Apple’s new iPad Pro's USB-C offers new connectivity so that you can connect your iPad Pro directly to an external 4K or 5K high resolution display, along with cameras, musical instruments, docks and other peripherals. The new USB-C connector replaces the Lightning connector.
The new iPad Pro enables you to connect to both data storage and transfer devices via USB 3.1 Gen 2 high-bandwidth data transfers (suitable for cameras and musical instruments) and high resolution displays at the same time. The USB-C also has an "alternate mode" protocol that supports DisplayPort 1.3 that connects to 5120 x 2880 resolutions on monitors that support it.
The new iPad Pro can even be used to charge an iPhone via the new USB-C.
Powerful AR and Photoshop Capabilities
With its new processing power via the A12X Bionic chip, advanced cameras and sensors, better four-speaker audio and large viewfinder, the new iPad Pro offers the best AR experience of any tablet or notebook today. When combined with Adobe’s new Photoshop through its Project Aero AR design tool (coming 2019), you can edit high fidelity images in Photoshop via the new Apple Pencil that offers greater touch capabilities and then develop new immersive AR experiences. The new iPad Pro enables AR experiences such as measuring the reflection on real-world objects, navigating buildings in 3D and exploring entire universes.
Additional Announcements - New Mac Mini
In addition to its powerful new iPad Pro and redesigned MacBook Air, Apple also shared an update about the Mac mini. Apple has redesigned the Mac mini fo greater productivity. The new Mac mini has new eighth-generation 6 core and quad core processors, high performance 2666MHz DDR4 memory up to 64GB, up to 2TB flash storage, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0 and available 10Gb Ethernet.
The new Mac mini comes with macOS Mojave and starts at $799. Like the new MacBook Air, the new Mac mini has a 100 percent recycled aluminum enclosure and a smaller carbon footprint. The Mac mini has a larger, faster I/O to connect to practically anything, with 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HMDI 2.0, 2 USB-A ports, an audio jack and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as a 10Gb Ethernet option.
The Mac mini features the Apple T2 Security Chip that has an SSD controller with on-the-fly data encryption so that everything saved on the SSD is automatically and fully encrypted.
Students from California Institute of the Arts use Mac mini to power live art performances.
Apple also revealed how Mac minis power apps all over the world at the MacStadium Las Vegas facility that manages 8,000 Mac Mini systems for data centers for developers all over the world, creating apps for startups to Fortune 500 companies. Popular apps and games like Candy Crush, Shopify and Day One all run on Mac mini.
Mac minis also help to power musical concerts such as Dierks Bentley and theater performances such as Peter Pan.