Apple iPad Pro 2018 11″
The 10.5-inch version has a screen-size increase to 11 inches, with the bezel changes allowing it to fit in within the same-sized body without majorly changing the case dimensions. It is 5.9mm thick, and is one of the thinnest products Apple has ever made, with it weighing far less than the original iPad at just one pound as compared to 1.5 pounds.
The screens are now branded Liquid Retina and have rounded corners, using the same pixel masking techniques as used on the iPhone XR, as well as a new backlight design. Support for wide color, True-Tone, and the 120Hz ProMotion technology are also included
The camera is equipped with Smart HDR, a quad-LED True Tone flash, and an f/1.8 aperture. It records 4K video at up to 60fps which is double the frame rate from last year, with 120fps at 1080p and 240fps at 720p slo-mo video options.
The new models continue to use four speakers for audio, this time with woofer and tweeter pairs. This provides added stereo representation and definition to some already great speakers. There is also Gigabit-class LTE connectivity, as well as eSIM support for cellular network access.
Powering the two models is the all new A12X Bionic processor, produced on a 7-nanometer process and consisting of 10 billion transistors. The eight cores onboard include four performance cores and four for efficiency, with Apple claiming single core performance up 35 percent and multi-core workloads 90 percent faster than the previous model. Our own testing showed results in that ballpark.
Apple claims the iPad Pros are faster than 92 percent of all portable PCs sold in the last year.
The Apple-designed graphics processing in the iPad Pro consists of a seven-core GPU, which is said to be a thousand times faster than the original iPad. Apple claims the iPad Pro sports the equivalent of the graphics found in an Xbox One S, in a product that’s 94-percent smaller.
The chip also uses the latest generation of neural engine, capable of 5 trillion operations per second.
These new models switch the front 7-megapixal camera for a similar-resolution TrueDepth camera, which means Portrait mode comes to the iPad for the first time, though it’s limited to selfies. Those portrait photos do get all of the latest additions Apple has made to this feature such as adjustable Depth Control for the bokeh and background blur. The back camera, in comparison, gained only minor improvements, retaining the same 12 megapixels as before albeit losing a lens element in the assembly.