Apple’s iPad Pro family just got a middle brother

Update: We’ve just got details of UK pricing and, well, you might want to be sitting down. The 10.5in iPad Pro with Wi-Fi comes in at £619 – not too shabby. But if you want 512GB of onboard storage, things get pricey. £889 for Wi-Fi only, and a whopping £1,019 for the 512GB model with cellular data.

Apple’s iPad Pro family just got a middle brother

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The original news piece continues below.

When Steve Jobs died in 2011, Apple had just two screen sizes for iPhone and iPad: 3.5in and 9.7in. Since then, the product range has got a bit more complicated: you can buy portable touchscreen devices in 4, 4.7, 5.5, 7.9, 9.7 and 12.9in variants. Well, what’s one more iPad Pro between friends? Introducing the 10.5in Apple iPad Pro.

Starting at $649, and shipping next week, the 10.5in iPad Pro comes with the A10X six-core processor and 64GB of storage, but if that sounds stingy, you can upgrade it to an eyebrow-raising 512GB if you wish. Although the 10.5in version is larger than the 9.7 edition, Apple thinks you’ll barely notice on account of a 40% reduction in its border size and one pound weight.

Why 10.5in? Well, Apple pointed out that this is the right size for a full sized keyboard – both physical and onscreen.new_ipad_10

Perhaps the biggest upgrade comes to the screen though, which is 50% brighter, supports HDR video, and has a 120Hz refresh rate. The latter point is important because it should make the Apple Pencil feel that bit more responsive. This, apparently, won’t impact the battery life, which stands at ten hours, because it dynamically adjusts the refresh rate depending on what you’re doing, switching automatically from 24Hz, 48Hz or 120Hz.

Like the new MacBooks and iMacs, the 10.5in iPad Pro is available to order now, but it won’t start shipping until next week. It will get a free update to iOS 11 when it launches later this year.

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