The wait is over and Apple’s big, October 30th event reveals the new iPad Pro. As expected, the new iPad Pro tablets are slimmer and adopt rounded corners like the iPhone X and XS smartphones.
Leaks were confirmed as well and, indeed, the new iPad Pro range no longer has a home button, which translates to slimmer bezels and the presence of FaceID embedded into them.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has the same size as the previous model but is 25% slimmer, which is quite the achievement.
Under the hood, Apple’s tablets use the new A12X Bionic chip with an 8-core CPU and a 7-core GPU. Thanks to that, Apple says that the new iPad Pro is 90 percent faster for multi-core tasks and 35 percent faster for single-core tasks.
Even better, the new tablets can have up to 1 TB of storage and ditched the Lightning port. Instead, the new iPad Pros come with USB-C, which means faster data transfer and even reverse charging. For example, if you have a USB-C to Lightning cable, you’ll be able to charge your iPhone Xs with your iPad Pro.
In terms of accessories, the new Apple Pencil 2 snaps magnetically to the side of the iPad Pro not just for storage but for charging as well. On the design front, the new Apple Pencil is a simple white object without the thin metallic strip embedded into the previous models.
The Smart Folio was updated with magnets as well – 102 of them, embedded in the new Smart Connector, to make the attachment of a keyboard to the iPad Pro as easy as possible.
Both the 11-inch iPad Pro and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro are now open for pre-order and will ship on November 7, with prices starting at $799 for the smaller tablet and $999 for the bigger model.