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Apple, in an event on Tuesday, announced quite a few products. The MacBook Air got refreshed with a Retina display and more. The Mac Mini also saw some considerable updates after quite some time. But I think, the elephant in the room here, are the two new iPad Pros. The Apple iPad Pro 2018 are the 2018 iterations of last years 2017 models. But unlike the S versions of the iPhone X, these ones feature considerable upgrades and brand new designs.

The new iPad Pros are the iPad Pro 11″ 2018, and the iPad Pro 12.9″ 2018. These new models are the descendants to the 10.5″ iPad Pro and 12.9″ iPad Pro of 2017 respectively.

Both the iPad Pros come with Liquid Retina displays, which is of course, Apple’s fancy way of saying IPS LCDs. However, displays on Apple devices are always one of a kind. Both these iPad Pros have the same internal specs. The new iPad Pros are powered by the octa-core A12X CPU, which is an insanely powerful chip. Now, these are Apple’s first ever 8-core SoCs, and has 4 high-power Vortex cores with 4 efficient, low-power Tempest cores. The company claims 35% faster single-core performance and 90% faster multi-core performance.

apple ipad pro 2018 display

Also, these iPads also have the new 7-core A12 GPUs, which Apple claims provides twice the graphical performance from the last generation iPads. Now, that may be cool and all, but I still can’t think of why that may be that necessary. But hey, it’s super-cool to have that much power in your hands. They also run on the new iOS 12.1 and feature all the cool gesture controls and such as well.

While people may not care about cameras on Android tablets, the cameras on iPads are kind of a big deal, however. They feature a 12 MP rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture and PDAF along with features like Smart HDR, Wide Color Gamut, and Retina Flash. The front camera is essentially the same to last years – a 7 MP shooter with f/2.2 aperture and the same features like the 2017 model as well.

In addition, another eye-catching things about these new iPad Pros are their designs. These iPads have ditched their old designs, and sport new looks with rounded corners, thinner bezels and slightly slimmer bodies. Also, Apple wouldn’t be Apple if they didn’t remove certain features during major upgrades in their devices. Gone is the home button, and the headphone jack as well. And while the loss of the headphone jack will be mourned, Apple doing it has ceased to be a big deal these days, anyway! However, a welcome change is that the iPad Pro, now, has a USB-C connector replacing the old Lightning one. And also, due to the reduced bezels, and the lack of a home button, these iPad Pros, now feature Face ID.

apple ipad pro 2018 11 inch

The iPad Pro 11″ has, more or less, the same form factor as last year’s 10.5″ iPad Pro. It features a 2388 x 1668 resolution this time around, and is 0.2 mm slimmer than last year’s iPad. This means that the new 11″ iPad Pro gets a slightly larger screen to body aspect ratio at 12.9:9. It has a battery of 29.37 Watt-hours.

apple ipad pro 2018 12.9 inch

The 12.9″ model, however, is now smaller and more portable than last year’s iPad Pro of the same. This 2018 version has lesser bezels and is 15% thinner, meaning it’s only 5.9 mm thick! That’s super slim and portable. The screen resolution, though, stays the same. Also, it sports a 36.71 Watt-hour battery.

Apple iPad Pro 2018 Specifications

Apple iPad Pro 2018 11-inch 12.9-inch
Display 11” Liquid Retina (2388 x 1668 resolution), DCI-P3, 120Hz 12.9” Liquid Retina (2732×2048 resolution) , DCI-P3, 120Hz
Rear Camera 12MP,  f/1.8, PDAF,
Smart HDR, Wide Color Gamut, True Tone Quad-LED flash
12MP,  f/1.8, PDAF, Smart HDR, Wide Color Gamut, True Tone Quad-LED flash
Front Camera 7MP, f/2.2, Smart HDR, Wide Color Gamut, Retina Flash 7MP, f/2.2, Smart HDR, Wide Color Gamut, Retina Flash
OS iOS 12.1 iOS 12.1
Connectivity USB-C, Apple Smart Connector USB-C, Apple Smart Connector
Battery 29.37 Watt-hour 36.71 Watt-hour
CPU Apple A12X
4x Apple Vortex + 4x Apple Tempest
Apple A12X
4x Apple Vortex + 4x Apple Tempest
GPU 7-core A12 GPU 7-core A12 GPU

 

Finally, let’s talk pricing on these things. These new iPad Pros are both available on four storage options: 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB. I would’ve liked to see a 128 GB as the base model version, but of course, it’s just Apple being Apple. However, there are Wi-Fi only and LTE variants to these iPad Pros as well. As for the prices, they are listed below:

iPad Pro 11″ 2018 64 GB 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
Wi-Fi only $749 $949 $1149 $1549
Wi-Fi + LTE $949 $1099 $1299 $1699
iPad Pro 12.9″ 2018 64 GB 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
Wi-Fi only $999 $1149 $1349 $1749
Wi-Fi + LTE $1149 $1299 $1499 $1899

Now, besides the prices listed here, you might also have to get a USB-C to 3.5 mm jack adapter that cost some $9. Also, if you want the Apple Pencil, that will be another $129. And this time around, the second generation Apple Pencil has wireless charging. It just sticks to your iPad Pro, and starts charging. And of course, the pencil comes with it’s own set of cool features to do stuff.

Also read iPhone Price in Nepal

So, what do you think about the new iPad Pros? They are, no doubt, a good enough upgrade over the last year’s iPad Pros, but its all pricing in the end. And if you want last year’s iPads, the 10.5 inch model remains priced at $649.

 

 

 

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