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Hands-on with Apple's 10.5-inch iPad Pro: Bye bye bezels

11 June 2017

Apple announced new iPad Pro models during its World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote.

Apple has upgraded most of its Mac computers, including a powerful new offering for professional users, showing renewed commitment to a product line that critics say it neglected amid lacklustre growth.

The latest operating system update from Apple features a number of new features, but in particular a number aimed at really "super-charging" the iPad for pro users, including a new dock, switching options, and a new app called Files. Sure, we've seen some features and design elements from iOS make its way over to its desktop sibling, but there's still no support for things like touchscreen displays and styluses on Macs.

This is the first of Apple's tablet to boast the company's A10X Fusion chipset, a supercharged take on the A10 Fusion found inside 2016's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

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The company are also talking up the new full-sized Smart Keyboard and reworked Apple Pencil as the flawless accessories for the iPad Pro, saying they bring "breakthrough levels of precision and utility" to the overall package. It features a six-core CPU and 12-core GPU, which Apple said is 30% faster CPU computations and 40% faster for GPU computations than the A9X in previous generation iPad Pro models. "The MacBook Pro 13" and 15" models feature up to 4.1GHz Turbo Boost, as fast as 3.2GB/s SSD read speed, 500-nit Retina displays, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

I was also able to briefly try some of iOS 11 features for the iPad Pro.

A brand new App Switcher that you access by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

The iMac Pro will start at a base price of $4,999, and will rise accordingly based on the configuration of the model. You can also drag and drop content such as text or images between apps, while Files lets you use multi-touch to grab multiple thumbnails and shift them about as a single group.

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How much would you pay to own one of these bits of future kit?

People considering an iPad upgrade may look to the attractive design of the new iPad Pro.

We've yet to properly live with the iPad Pro 10.5 to see whether the addition of the ever-so-slightly bigger screen makes a difference over the 9.7-inch version (which is now discontinued), but we suspect it will make multitasking so much easier. Wi-Fi models start at $779. iPad Pro 12.9-inch starts at $799, with WiFi models starting at $929.

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