IPad Pro 2018 official: edgeless tablet and facial unlocking

According to the house of Cupertino, the new tablets for professionals have superior performance to the majority of laptops in circulation

Let's face it: there were very few doubts about how the iPad Pro 2018 is. Never before, in fact, the tablet for professionals from the house of Apple had been the subject of voluntary (such as those of the leakers) and involuntary revelations (from Apple itself via iOS updates) about its design and technical features.

And expectations, in fact, did not go disappointed. During the event held in the New York morning (which forced OnePlus to anticipate the presentation of the 6T) John Ternus, Head of Hardware Engineering at Apple, removes the veils from the long-awaited two models of iPad Pro 2018, equipped with 11 and 12.9-inch screen (so slightly smaller than the new Macbook Air 13.3-inch presented a few tens of minutes earlier), with the declared intent to erode market share to hybrid laptops on the market today. As Ternus says, the new iPads "are more powerful than 90% of the notebooks on the market. And, to see them edit a Photoshop file with 127 levels of depth (so very heavy) without blowback, you can bet on it.

Ipad Pro 2018 Features

Let's start with the differences between the two 2018 iPad Pro models: size. Beyond the nearly 2-inch diagonal that divides them, the two iPads are actually identical: same SoC and GPU, same memory sizes, same cameras, and same features. In short, two devices with the same technical specifications if it weren't for the size of the screen.

And in describing the features of the iPad Pro 2018 we start right from the size. Despite the larger displays, this year's two models maintain the same size as last year's, which had significantly smaller screens. The "miracle" was made possible by the net narrowing of the bezels: although the edges are always present, their size is much less marked than in the past. In short, following in the footsteps of the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xr, Apple is attempting to make a tablet with the screen occupying ever larger portions of the front surface.

To do so, the iPad Pro 2018 forgoes the Home button (and Touch ID), replacing it with iOS 12 gestures and Face ID facial unlocking, the same biometric system launched by Apple with iOS 11 and that can be used for Animoji, Memoji and payments with Apple Pay. In this way, the Liquid Retina Display (LCD panels already seen on the iPhone Xr) can go to occupy more than 80% of the front surface of the tablet without being forced to increase the total size of the device.

In the aluminum shell (just 6 millimeters thick) is the SoC A12X Bionic, consisting of octacore CPU and GPU dedicated with seven cores and defined 35% faster than the CPUs of the previous year (and more powerful than most laptops on the market, according to Apple). The most interesting aspect, in the hardware compartment, is the dedicated graphics accelerator, which greatly expands the possible uses of the iPad. As mentioned, during the event was also presented Photoshop for iOS, which should allow graphic designers and creatives to be able to edit photos or create digital images without the need for a PC.

Absent the Lightining connector, which has left room for a "normal" USB type C connector, which will allow owners to use the iPad Pro as a battery pack and charge other mobile devices. A sign that the battery is very capacious and should ensure a prolonged autonomy (although, as its usual, Apple has not stated what the actual capacity is). Four different memory sizes complete the iPad Pro 2018 data sheet: 64, 256, 512 gigabytes and 1 Terabyte.

All models are available in both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+4G versions.

Pad Pro 2018 Peripherals

Apple, moreover, took the opportunity to also present the new peripherals dedicated to its tablets: the new Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard Folio. The first has now a magnetic system that allows you to keep it "glued" to the tablet and a new wireless charging system, as well as ad hoc features on dozens and dozens of applications. The Smart Keyboard, on the other hand, covers and protects the tablet along the entire surface and offers users the convenience of a full-size keyboard without needing to be synchronized or recharged.

The Apple Pencil costs 135 euros; the 11-inch Smart Keyboard Folio costs 199 euros, while the 12.9-inch version costs 219 euros.

Prices and Availability Italy iPad Pro 2018

The 2018 iPad Pro can already be pre-ordered on Apple's official website with shipments starting November 6. Prices will start at 899 euros for the 11-inch model with 64-gigabyte memory and Wi-Fi connectivity and 1,069 euros for the one with Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity; prices for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2018 start at 1,119 euros for the model with 64-gigabyte memory and Wi-Fi connectivity and 1,289 euros for the version with Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity.