Apple Inc. has officially announced sequels to its iPad line of tablets. The unveiling of the 2018 models of the iPad Pro took place on October 30 at an event in Brooklyn New York. The newly introduced Apple flagship tablets come with powerful internals, redefined externals, and improved (but quite pricey) accessories that easily puts it on top of the chart in the midst of other convertible and productive tablets.
Apple totally impressed a good number of users and fanboys by improving on some aspects of the iPad Pro, particularly in the design and display department. However, there exists some rather shocking teardown Apple made on new iPad Pro (2018) that night take some getting used to.
iPad Pro (2018) Key Specifications
- Display — 11-inch or 12.5-inch Liquid Retina display
- Dimension — 247.6mm x 178.5mm x 5.9mm (11-inch) or 280.6mm x 214.9mm x 5.9mm.
- Colors — Silver or Space Gray-colored aluminum
- CPU — A12X Bionic 64-bit CPU with Neural Engine and embedded M12 coprocessor
- Rear camera — 12-megapixel camera with f/1.8 aperture and Quad-LED True Tone flash
- Front-facing camera — 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera with support for Face ID, Animoji, and Memoji
- Sensors — Face ID, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Barometer, and Ambient light sensor
- Battery — 29.37-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery (11-inch model), 36.71-watt-hour lithium polymer battery (12-inch model).
Compared to the iPad Pro of 2017, the new iPad Pro have been completely overhauled in this aspect; a number of additions and subtractions have been made.
About subtractions, the infamous home button and Touch ID fingerprint sensor synonymous to Apple’s iPads have been stripped away. Apple began doing away with the Touch ID on its products with the iPhone X. Now, Apple is replicating the move on its tablet line of products. For core iPad users who have used previous models of the tablet for years and grown attachment to the physical Touch ID/home button, navigating the new iPad using gestures might take some time to get adapted to.
Still on subtractions, the iPad Pro (2018) uses a USB-C port for charging and file transfer purposes in the place of the lightning port used on previous iPad models. For Apple, the USB-C port was more of a productivity addition rather than an aesthetic-induced addition to the new iPad Pro. Creatives will now be able to connect accessories like DSLRs, an external monitor, and other USB-C accessories.
The USB-C addition also prompted Apple to axe the 3.5mm headphone jack. This will make the iPad Pro (2018) the first iPad to lack the traditional headphone jack. The removal of the port is also considered as a move to make the iPad slimmer.
On the right-hand side of the device is the connector for the Apple Pencil which allows the stylus now attach magnetically to the tablet. The tablet has also been redesigned to have flat and straightened sides, unlike the curved sides and edges of older iPad models. There are four speakers for crisp audio quality when playing music or Netflix video s, and five microphones for improved (group) FaceTime quality.
The iPad Pro (2018) comes in two display sizes.
11-inch iPad Pro (2018)
This is the smaller variant of the screen sizes released. The 11-inch iPad Pro has a dimension of 247.6mm x 178.5mm x 5.9mm (H x W x D) and weighs 468 grams for both the WiFi-only and WiFi + Cellular models.
Apple adopted the Liquid Retina display it used on the iPhone XR. The 11-inch screen is fully laminated, has a resolution of 2388 x 1668 pixels, 600 nits and is oleophobic coated which makes it resistant to fingerprint.
12.5-inch iPad Pro (2018)
This model also comes with a Liquid Retina display with ProMotion technology and but has a bigger size of 12.5-inch and better display quality — 2732 x 2048 pixels at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) density. This display is also anti-reflective and resistant to fingerprint smears.
Processor and Storage
The iPad Pro (2018) is powered by ApplesA latest A12X Bionic chip 64-bit processor which brings improvements in graphical performance to the iPad. As usual, there is no SD card expansion support but storage starts at 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. However, Apple have introduced a new variant that comes with 1 Terabyte of storage.
The camera configurations of the new iPad Pro (2018) is exactly the same as that on its predecessor. On the rear, there’s a 12-megapixel camera with f/1.8 aperture and other features like 5X digital zoom, tap to zoom, touch to focus, image stabilization, 4K video recording, Slo‑mo video support for 1080p, and Quad-LED True Tone flash.
On the front, a 7-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture handles selfie capture, supports Animoji and Memoji, Portrait mode, retina flash and a couple of other features.
The 11-inch iPad Pro (2018) comes with a 29.37Wh built-in lithium polymer battery while the 12.9-inch version has a bigger and long-lasting capacity of 36.71-inch. Both batteries are rechargeable through the device’s USB-C port and can provide up to 10-hours of surfing the internet via WiFi, cellular network, or overall usage.
Price information of the iPad Pro (2018) 12.9-inch version (with respect to their internal storage) are as stated below:
- 64GB — $999
- 256GB — $1149
- 512GB — $1349
- 1TB — $1749.
The 11-inch version will retail as follow:
- 64GB — $799
- 256GB — $949
- 512GB — $1,149
- 1TB — $1,549