At the WWDC, Apple introduces two brand new, next-level iPads

Isaac Cain
June 11, 2017

Apple's WWDC isn't usually about hardware, but the company used its keynote today to introduce a fairly major new product: a fully redesigned iPad Pro, created to replace the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro that debuted back in March of 2016.

The latest MacBook Pros and MacBook Air won't ship running Apple's new MacOS High Sierra - a refinement to the last major MacOS update - but it will be available for download today via Apple's Developer program. There's a choice of new Radeon Pro graphics chips - the 570, 575 and 580 models - with up to 8GB of RAM. And since one of the iPad Pro's chief advantages over the regular iPad is compatibility with the Apple Pencil, there's also a redesigned Retina display that achieves smoother scrolling and drawing with the pencil thanks to 20-millisecond latency. The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro features Kaby Lake processors up to 3.5 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.0 GHz, and the 15-inch MacBook Pro goes up to 3.1 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1 GHz.

Apple has provided a sneak peek of iMac Pro today.

The new iPad Pros have the same front- and back-facing cameras as the iPhone 7 - a 12MP camera with optical image stabilisation on the back and a 7MP FaceTime HD camera. iPad Pro additionally has a four-speaker audio system.

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Claimed by Apple as the most "advanced iPad display yet", it is certainly bright, crisp, and clear. While that feature is also available in the previous generation, it's another reason to chose the iPad Pro over the iPad. Software support for Siri is also included.

Apple will offer the iMac Pro with up to 128GB of ECC memory, though the base model will start at 32GB. "This will be our fastest and most powerful Mac ever, which brings workstation-class computing to iMac for the first time", said John Ternus, Apple's vice president of Hardware Engineering.

The all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro fits a bigger and brighter screen into the same package as the old 9.7-inch version by removing 40% of the bezel. All of the new models are available now. With new graphics capabilities, it can also support up to 18 core processors. Although the flagship all-in-one desktop isn't set to reach Apple Store shelves until December this year, and while it will carry an eye-watering price tag when it does, there's something about the Mac-maker's combination of style, hyperbole, and pure performance that is bound to give desktop computer upgraders pause if they're poised over buying another workstation.

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