WWDC: Apple's 10.5-inch iPad Pro Updates at 120HZ

The iPad Pro's expanded dimensions enable Apple to display a full-size keyboard.


Apple's new iPad Pro boasts a 10.5-inch retina display, which accommodates quality-of-life updates such as a full-size keyboard.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is new to the lineup, but Apple hasn't neglected the 13-inch model. The bigger iPad Pro will get true-tone displays and HDR video. Furthermore, the screen refresh rate has been upgraded to 120hz, which manifests as buttery-smooth scrolling and double the number of animation frames.

You'd think smoother scrolling and animations would come at the expense of battery life. In point of fact, the iPad Pro conserves battery life by applying those features based on what you're viewing. A cutting-edge movie will benefit from the 120h refresh rate, but images probably won't since it wouldn't add much of a benefit. The Apple Pencil, too, reaps benefits by a lower latency—down to only 20ms.

Other quality-of-life features include a dock that offers an app-switching upgrade to show more of your apps at once, as well as support for drag-and-drop, as demonstrated by Apple employees dragging and dropping URLs and images into email and iMessage apps.

For users who perpetually feel a need for speed, Apple announced that the new iPad Pro models will hum along on a six-core A10x CPU—a 30 percent speed boost from the A9x. Additionally, the iPad Pro's base model will have a minimum of 64GB, and the tablet will hold steady at 10 hours of battery life. The same combination of 12- and 7-megapixel cameras will be carried over from previous iPad Pro models.

The price of the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models start at $649 and $799, respectively. Both models will begin shipping next week.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

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