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The 10.5-inch iPad Pro's 'Weird' New Screen is a Runaway Hit

15 June 2017

For the most part, Apple has long kept its desktop and mobile experiences distinct from one another. At a glance, the device looks to have the same footprint at the previous 9.7in iPad Pro. The 10.5-inch update to the high-end tablet PC features upgraded specifications and comes as Apple both tries to bolster a flagging tablet market and make the large-scale tablet a viable contender to hybrids like Microsoft's Surface Pro. The iPad Pro 10.5 presents a conundrum: "it is a stupendous device that I firmly believe most people shouldn't buy just yet", states The Verge.

Other noteworthy improvements over last year's iPads is the addition of the camera from the iPhone 7. iOS 11 breaks the silence in a major way.

The latest iPad Pro tablet comes with a 10.50-inch display with a resolution of 2224 pixels by 1668 pixels at a PPI of 264 pixels per inch. I appreciated the speed and power that came in the original 12.9-inch model, but it was way too cumbersome to use with one hand or stash in my bag. The iPad Pro's True Tone display, which debuted in the 9.7in model, automatically adapts colour and hue to suit the light of a given environment and with the iPad Pro's anti-reflective, oleophobic coating keeping glare and fingerprint smudges to a minimum, I was able to play games on a café patio, write emails underground and read articles in the back of a vehicle as it passed in and out of shade just as comfortably as if I was sat in the office. But the new 10.5-inch Pro provides the ideal middle ground.

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It has since been replaced with a larger 10.5 inch screen, in a body roughly the size of its predecessor. Besides just being bigger, the new Pro puts its microphone hole in a new spot.

There is a better dock, you can split the screen in new and more flexible ways, and crucially you can drag and drop between apps on your device. Neither has it added any new biometric identification system, such as iris scanning that has become more common with other vendors. When you're just reading static text on the screen, it refreshes at a lower rate to save battery life. The original iPad Pro made things a little bit easier by using pull-tabs, but no such luck with this latest model. But the fact it's not on the iPad Pro 10.5 you can buy today is going to leave you disappointed for now.

Don't expect a drastic change in industrial design.

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The new models bring a new technology display - ProMotion - which eases the scrolling, the responsiveness, gives more fluid motion and provides refresh rates up to 120Hz. The most damning criticism he offers, however, is that it really isn't all that comfortable to use, which is a pretty big negative when you consider how much you may be typing on it.

Apple has also updated the cameras on the device and the new tablet features a 12 megapixel camera on the back and a 7 megapixel camera on the front.

We've detailed iOS 11 in a lengthy piece.

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Working for Engadget involves a lot of multitasking, so I often had two apps - like Slack and Safari - running side by side in iOS's Split View mode. If you're exporting 4K video or cranking up the screen brightness, you'll probably see the battery drain more quickly.