New iPad Pro Is Apple’s Most Advanced, Powerful Tablet Ever

New Apple iPad Pro

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Apple has announced what they're calling “the most advanced, powerful iPad ever.” The new iPad Pro, which comes in 11-inch and 12.9-inch models, is packed with new and improved features that will delight creatives. With these enhancements, the iPad Pro becomes even more useful for photographers, designers, and artists looking for a portable tablet with big capabilities.

Its Liquid Retina display goes right to the edges, maximizing screen space, and an A12X Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine allows the iPad Pro to outperform most computers. The Liquid Retina display is also Apple's most color accurate and provides “a natural, accurate viewing experience indoors and out.” With the new iPad Pro, Apple is gearing up to take on next-generation apps like the forthcoming Adobe Photoshop CC. The high-performance processor means that you can get through your creative workflow with ease and without lag time.

If you still aren't convinced, the new iPad Pro also has a USB-C connector so you can charge and connect all your devices quickly, and it also includes up to 1TB of storage. Selfie lovers will enjoy the TrueDepth camera, which also aids in Face ID technology. This allows the iPad to use facial recognition (while placed in any position) to securely unlock and even make app purchases.

New Apple iPad Pro

11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Both models are 5.9 mm thin and weigh in at one pound, making them the thinnest and most portable iPads ever. Using ProMotion technology, the iPad Pro is incredibly responsive and can automatically adjust display rate up to 120Hz. All this performance capability doesn't mean more charging—the new iPad Pro is meant to last all day with a 10-hour battery life.

In terms of accessories, Apple also revealed the second-generation Apple Pencil ($129) and Smart Keyboard Folio ($179+). Both are available for purchase separately. The Apple Pencil magnetically attaches to the iPad, allowing it to connect wirelessly and charge. Another major upgrade is that users can select items in apps by simply double tapping the pencil. The Smart Keyboard Folio is a full-size keyboard that doesn't require charging or pairing. Its streamlined design is versatile for both lap and desktop use, allowing you to type out your thoughts with ease.New Apple iPad Pro

“The new iPad Pro is a huge step forward for powerful, creative, mobile computing; it has an all-new thinner design, speeds through projects with the super-fast A12X Bionic chip and unlocks with a glance using Face ID in any orientation—while you’re sitting or standing, with iPad Pro on your desk or lap, with the new Smart Keyboard Folio and new Apple Pencil,” said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

Both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro are available in silver and space gray in 64GB, 256 GB, 512GB, and 1TB configurations. The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 (WiFi only), while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $999 (WiFi only). Those who also want cell connectivity will see a slight bump in price. Availability for all products begins November 7, 2018 but it's possible to pre-order now.

The new iPad Pro features a Liquid Retina display for clear, accurate color.

iPad Pro Liquid Retina Screen

At just 5.9 mm, it's Apple's thinnest iPad ever.

Thinnest iPad Ever

Face ID uses a TrueDepth camera to securely unlock your iPad from any angle.

New Apple iPad Pro

The new iPad Pro also includes a USB-C connection, making it easy to hook up external monitors and equipment.

New Apple iPad Pro

Accessories like the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio only extend the iPad Pro's capabilities.

New Apple Pencil and iPad Pro


iPad Smart Keyboard Folio


Apple: Website

All images via Apple.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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