Hands-on with Apple's 10.5-inch iPad Pro: Bye bye bezels

Alain Brian
Июня 6, 2017

At its annual conference for app developers on Monday, Apple teased the iMac Pro, its first professional-grade desktop since the flashy Mac Pro redesign from 2013.

"The new iPad Pro models are available for order from Apple's online store beginning today, starting at $649 for the 10.5" and $799 for the 12.9" and are expected to begin shipping early next week.

Apple was using the new 10.5-inch model to demo ARKit, the company's new Augmented Reality platform that will let app developers easily build AR features into their own apps with iOS 11. The new MacBook will also get a faster SSD.

The 10.5in tablet, which appears to be replacing Apple's "most popular" 9.7in iPad Pro, packs a display that's 20 per cent larger than its predecessor, which means it now accommodates a full-sized onscreen keyboard.

The 12.9-inch Pro keeps the same 2,732 x 2,048 resolution (and 264 pixels per inch pixel density) as the first-gen model.

The company announced a completely new iMac: the iMac Pro, which the company says is the most powerful Mac yet.

Most likely this will rely on a Kaby Lake-H CPU, which is a quad-core one with a 16 watts TDP.

The 21.5-inch iMac will be priced at $1,099, the iMac Retina 4K 21.5-inch will go for $1,499 and the iMac Retina 5K 27 inch will start at $1,799.

Unlike existing brushed aluminum iMacs, the iMac Pro comes in Space Gray. Featuring a new, next-generation compute core and up to 16GB of on-package high-bandwidth memory (HBM2), iMac Pro with the Vega GPU delivers up to an wonderful 11 Teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering and immersive, high frame rate VR.

We weren't allowed to test or even touch the iMac Pro.

The opposite, in fact: The entry-level MacBook Pro 13 (without the Touch Bar) will not only receive a faster processor, but also a cheaper price, starting at $1,300 instead of its debut price of $1,500. 27-inch iMac can include up to 64 GB. The display will also support HDR for excellent colors. Graphics power will come courtesy of AMD's Radeon Vega graphics chip with up to 16GB of VRAM on board. The laptops worked with HTC Vive virtual reality headsets, and we saw demos of that, including support for external graphics cards. And for half-precision computation, ideal for machine learning, iMac Pro delivers up to an incredible 22 Teraflops of performance.

More importantly, High Sierra will see the implementation of Apple File System (APFS).

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