Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference wasn’t just about software – the company introduced a 10.5 inch iPad Pro, significant updates to its iMac range and unveiled a powerful new iMac Pro.
Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro will sit beside the updated version of the 12.9-inch model with both featuring improved performance and an even better and brighter Retina display.
These new models include ProMotion, a new technology that offers refresh rates as high as 120Hz for smoother and crisper motion.
ProMotion can also automatically adapt to the content being displayed and adjust the refresh rate to match and greatly reduce power consumption in the process.
The new iPad Pro is powered by the 64-bit A10X Fusion chip so it can tackle even the most complex tasks like editing 4K video, rendering 3D images and playing graphics-heavy games.
The 10.5-inch model replaces the 9.7-inch device with only a slightly larger form factor but 20 per cent more screen space.
That 10.5 inch size also means it can display a full-size on-screen keyboard and can also be used with a full-size smart keyboard accessory.
The new iPad Pro screens have 600 nits brightness making them the brightest iPad screens ever along with TrueTone which can dynamically adjust the screen’s white balance to match the light around you for a more accurate viewing experience.
Customers can preorder the new iPad Pro this week with in-store availability expected next week.
The 10.5-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space grey, gold and rose gold and will be priced from $ 64GB with Wi-Fi model and $1179 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is available in silver, space grey and gold starts at $1199 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model and $1399 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
The new iPad Pro models will also now be available in 256GB and 512GB memory capacities.
Apple has also updated its iMac range with faster processors, improve graphics processors, Thunderbolt 3 and faster storage options.
The latest iMacs also support twice the RAM as the previous generation.
Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro have also been updated with faster processors.
The updated MacBook Pro has also added Thunderbolt 3 and with more powerful discrete graphics.
These new iMacs, MacBooks and MacBook Pros will be available from tomorrow.
One of the stars of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote was the all-new iMac Pro.
It retains the distinctive look and design of the 27-inch 5K Retina iMac but with a space grey chassis and more power than ever under the hood.
The iMac Pro also has a matching space grey keyboard and Magic Mouse
iMac Pro is aimed at the very high end users with workstation class performance.
It is powered by Intel’s Xeon processors up to 18 cores so it can handle the most demanding tasks.
Apple’s engineers had to design an all-new dual centrifugal cooling system which resulted in an 80 per cent increase in cooling capacity.
iMac Pro can support up to 4TB of SSD and up to a massive 128GB RAM.
The iMac Pro will be released in December and priced at $US4,999. Australian pricing has yet to be decided.
* Stephen Fenech travelled to San Jose as a guest of Apple