The New iPad Pro's Secrets Are Out

Reviewer praise for Apple's 10.5-inch iPad Pro often starts with the tablet's screen, which (thanks to smaller bezels) is larger than the one found on the 9.7-inch Pro launched a year ago (and now discontinued), even though the devices have similar form factors. As for the rumors being linked to the upcoming iPad Pro, everything should be taken with a grain of salt in mind.

In an effort to make iPads better at productivity, iOS 11 features a multitasking-friendly dock from which apps can be pulled straight up into a split-screen interface. Things sometimes felt a little cramped, but everything ran smoothly. The device also offers a 12-megapixel camera with a Sapphire lens cover, a hybrid IR filter, and a true tone flash.

But what about professional apps? If you're willing to splash out at least Dh2,499 for a portable, laptop-esque machine for advanced use, go ahead. I noticed the occasional hiccups when I tried to quickly leap into another app, but it wasn't anything concerning.

I intentionally didn't install the Beta version of iOS 11 - I wanted to review this device as you would get it from the store, but I had a good long look at iOS 11 running on iPad last week in San Jose. On the iPad Pro, demanding games will be smoother and provide sharper graphics and better textures. Almost everything feels effortlessly fast - now we just need the software to catch up to the hardware.

That said, the new iPad Pro is considerably faster than other devices in its category, even beating last year's MacBook Pro in some tests. That's about to change. This improved developer and software support is important to sustain traditional content creation roles but now also helps drive VR.

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Remember Tim Cook's words: The iPads are meant to be the company's "clearest expression" of the future of personal computing. I still need a big-arse screen when I'm in my office.

MORE: iPad Pro vs. MacBook: Which Should You Buy? The new iPad Pro is priced at $649.

Starting from the small stuff, we're now up to WatchOS 4 for the Apple Watch, which brings updates like a Siri Watchface, which keeps things like reminders front and centre, and some updates on the fitness tracking side of things, reinforcing Apple's commitment to the idea that the smartwatch is mainly a fitness device.

Those aims will be realized in part by implementing Apple's very own file system, which supplants the Hierarchical File System.

But if you want to be ready to be transported into the Post PC era full-on, get the iPad Pro 10.5 inch, buckle up and get ready for iOS 11. That's to be expected; it's the latest and greatest slate powered by the powerful new A10X Fusion processor. When watching a movie filmed at 30 frames per second, for example, the iPad will refresh the screen at a quarter of the standard operating rate.

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