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The New iPad Pro (2017): What IT Pros Need to Know

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Apple announced these major updates to the iPad Pro at WWDC 2017. Tags: Apple, iPad Pro

Credit: AppleCredit: AppleAt WWDC 2017, Apple announced updates to the iPad Pro line. The new iPad Pros are available for purchase now and sport a few new business-friendly features. The 2017 line comes with 64GB of onboard memory, which can be upgraded to 256GB or 512GB depending on user needs. Each tablet also comes with a Lightning to USB cable and a USB power adapter.

New sizes and accessories

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the most popular size, has officially been replaced by a 10.5- inch iPad Pro ($649). The 12.5- inch iPad Pro ($799) is still available and has the same upgraded functionality that's baked into the 10.5-inch version. Business users will probably be happy to know that, because of the increased screen size on the smaller iPad Pro, a full-sized keyboard is now easily accessible on screen.

In true Apple form, there's a bevy of new (expensive) accessories to fit both sizes of 2017 iPad Pros, including the business-friendly (full-sized) Smart Keyboard ($169), which now supports over 30 languages. Both the portability and the hybrid nature of Apple’s tablets should continue to suit the needs of many business users.

A10X Fusion and ProMotion

The two most notable changes to the iPad Pro line are under the hood. Apple's new A10X Fusion chip features a 6-core CPU and 12-core GPU, reportedly giving users 30 percent faster CPU performance and 40 percent faster GPU performance than the A9X. Apple's ProMotion is also responsible for improved graphics functionality. Apple has managed to double the display refresh rate to 120Hz and reduce Apple Pencil ($99) latency to an industry best of 20 milliseconds.

The improved True Tone display features ultralow reflectivity, a wide color gamut, 600 nits and HDR video capabilities. With this display, creative professionals should see a noticeable improvement in usability over previous iPad Pros.

Bottom line

This generation of iPad Pros will probably be popular with longtime iPad fans as well as creative professionals who want the ability to do things like edit 4K video on the go. The lightweight design and range of accessories make them highly customizable for users, and they shouldn't require any special support from IT. All 2017 iPad Pros will ship loaded with iOS 10 and receive a free iOS 11 upgrade when it's released in the fall. For more information on the upcoming changes to Apple's mobile OS, read this article detailing iOS 11.