Apple has launched a new 10.5-inch iPad and a refresh to its MacBook lineup at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
As well as its new home speaker system – the HomePod – Apple updated a range of its core products at the annual conference.
10.5-inch iPad Pro
The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro has a retina display and weighs just 0.45 kg. The screen is large enough for a full-size keyboard and it can attach to a smart keyboard. The update replaces the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, having increased the screen size while only marginally increasing the size of the tablet itself.
The latest addition to the iPad Pro line-up has an A10X fusion chip rather than the A9X, giving it a faster refresh rate when using the Apple Pencil. It also has an enhanced display that preserves battery. It joins the 9.7-inch iPad, which was released in the UK in April, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which will also receive a display upgrade.
10.5-inch iPad Pro CREDIT: APPLE
It supports USB 3.0 transfer and fast charging, allowing USB 3.0 chargers to charge in half the time. Apple also announced a new range of covers and cases for the 10.5-inch model. Apple will double the memory of the iPad Pro, with 64GB storage at the entry level model.
It has the same rear-facing 12MP camera as the iPhone 7 that can take 4K videos and a 7MP FaceTime camera that can take HD videos.
The 10.5-inch iPad Pro will cost £619 in the UK and is available for pre-order now. Apple said it will be on sale in stores later this month.
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Apple also refreshed its MacBook laptop and iMac desktop computers. The bump in performance will see the MacBook Pro range include the latest 7th generation Intel Core Kaby Lake processors and offer 50 per cent speed boosts on their solid state drives.
The entry level MacBook Pro will come in at $1,299, a drop in price of $200 from its current price and the same price as the 12-inch MacBook. In the UK, the new price for the MacBook Pro is £1,249.
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The iMac Pro has a 5K screen and comes in space grey. Apple says it is the “most powerful Mac” it has made and will cost $4,999. The new desktop computer will be available from December and features a 1080p FaceTime camera and real-time 3D rendering.
As well as the new iMac Pro, Apple has updated its whole iMac range with 7th generation Intel Core Kaby Lake processors, as well as improving memory and graphics card performance.