As expected, Apple revamped and expanded its iPad Pro lineup at Tuesday's event in Brooklyn. The premium tablets now come in three sizes: a brand-new 11-inch model that starts at $799 (£769, AU$1,229); a redesigned 12.9-inch version that now starts at $999 (£969, AU$1,529); and thethat remains priced at $649 (£619, AU$979).
The new iPad Pros can be ordered today and will ship on Nov. 7.
The rumors that circulated prior to today's event were remarkably accurate. The two models announced today have a new design featuring rounded corners, thinner bezels and a slightly slimmer profile. The, replaced by Apple's Face ID authentication technology, and the , replaced by USB-C.
Inside, the new iPad Pros are packing considerably more power, driven by Apple's new eight-core A12X Bionic processor that supports its Neural Engine technology, also found on late-model iPhones. Storage capacity now tops out at 1TB. Thestylus has also been updated, and now .
With this redesign, Apple has doubled down on the iPad Pro's strengths, equipping creatives with tools backed by serious processing power, and ramping up its capabilities for AR and gaming.
Here's everything we know:
- New models available in 11-inch ($799) and 12.9-inch ($999) sizes, both 5.9mm thick
- New design with rounded corners and no home button
- Support for Face ID (but no notch!)
- A12X Bionic processor with 8 cores, support for Neural Engine
- Supports output for 5K displays
- Up to 1TB of storage
- Four speakers
- New swipe-based user interface and support for split-view
- Available now for preorder, ships Nov. 7
Apple also announced a, which starts at $1,199 (£1,199, AU$1,849). That means that the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro now costs as much as the previous-generation $999 , reinforcing the company's desire to position its premium tablet as a true laptop replacement. That noted, costs extra -- the 11-inch model is $179 (£179, AU$269) and the 12.9-inch version is $199 (£199, AU$299). -- and that's before adding accessories.
Apple hopes the revamped iPad Pro will be better positioned to compete with contemporary tablets like, which starts at $899, and , which starts at $599. But it's also important for Apple to re-establish the Pro as a higher-end device after adding to its entry-level iPad back in March.
Since then, the $329offered many of the features that were once exclusive to the considerably more expensive and models, which started at $649 and $799, respectively, coming in to today's event. With the new design and features announced today, Apple has restored some of the premium that separates the basic iPad from the Pro lineup.
Originally published 7:46 a.m. PT, and updated frequently thereafter with additional information and new links.
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