Apple announces new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, refreshes 12.9-inch model

Cesar Mills
June 6, 2017

2017 kicked off yesterday with CEO Tim Cook addressing the keynote.

"These are by far the most powerful iPads we've ever created with the world's most advanced displays featuring ProMotion, the powerful new A10X Fusion chip and the advanced camera system of iPhone 7", said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of Product Marketing. Now, however, I think it's possible I'll utilize multitasking more frequently when using Apple's tablet line, though more hands-on time with the feature is definitely necessary. Siri will also offer suggestions based on your personal usage of Safari, News, Mail, Messages and more.

Over the years Facebook has made it easier for its users to log into the third-party apps through its platform but not anymore as Apple has introduced a feature in iOS 11 that will prevent them to log into third-party apps using a social media account. Apple Pay will be integrated in the iMessage app itself, and, would be a one stop shop for sending and receiving money by a mere authentication of the users' fingerprint. All versions of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro are available to order now from Apple Canada's website and ship within an estimated four business days. Apple opens up Siri even more for developers to give them more freedom and tools like doing task management and more with iOS 11. Speaking of driving, the iOS 11 will also bring in a handy do not disturb while driving feature to the iPhone and iPad.

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As you may have guessed, the new iPad doesn't stray dramatically from the current iPad Pro lineup and features the same overall physical design as the 9.7-inch iPad and the still massive 12.9-inch iPad Pro, though with considerably thinner bezels. One can also set an auto reply to their favorite contacts for when in driving mode. Live photos will be able to trimmed, as also support new loop, bounce and long exposure effects. "Together with iOS 11 these new iPad Pro models will radically change what users can do with iPad". This technology reduces the file size of every photo taken on these two devices. On Split View where two apps are simultaneously used, iOS 11 will now allow users to move files, images, and text between the two apps. The suggested retail price for the Slim Combo for 10.5-inch iPad Pro is $129.99 and for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is $149.99. The Pencil now also allows you to sign documents, annotate PDFs or draw on screenshots. Also, the lock screen and notification center will become a single entity in iOS 11.

ARKit: "ARKit is a new framework that brings augmented reality to hundreds of millions of iOS devices by allowing developers to easily build unparalleled AR experiences", according to Apple. The redesigned App Store will come with separate tabs for apps, games and today's featured apps. Siri will then speak the sentence in the specified language instantly. As a music-playing device, it will also be a challenger to Sonos, whose wifi-controlled speakers are used by many smartphone users for home entertainment.

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