Apple iPad Pro 10.5 is Apple's best tablet

The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last week was definitely feature-packed with a lot of hardware and software updates to Apple's entire product portfolio.

The industry-wide trend in tablets is to present them as more than something just to consume content on.

Personal interest aside, does the new iPad Pro change things in the tablet market? Apparently, Apple didn't agree, because for this year's update to the Lil' Pro has grown just a lil' bit.

What is the optimal size for an iPad? This allows for a screen that feels more immersive.

It also comes with Apple's brand new A10X processor, which helps increase the frame rate on the tablet's screen and boasts support for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

The real advantage with the bigger size iPad is that the digital keyboard and the optional extra Smart Keyboard are full sized.

In March, Apple added a new 9.7-inch iPad, iPhone 7, and a bunch of other new Apple Watch bands and iPhone cases.

The screen has impressed users so much that there are now calls for Apple to bring the technology to the next iPhone.

The iPad's new camera has an aperture upgrade from f/2.2 to f/1.8, and in fancy photography terms, that means you can take some killer selfies in low-light conditions. The move is geared towards improving Apple's iPad ASPs and gross margins considering their premium price caps. By comparison, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro scored 3,076 in the single-core test and 5,291 in the multi-core test. That may or may not be enough to make a difference when reading, but it will make a difference with other tasks.

Slim bezels are in vogue, with the Samsung Galaxy S8 demonstrating that there's plenty of demand for devices that spread their displays across the whole of their face. Aside from hugely expensive new iMac Pro (US$5000 for an entry level unit), the rest of the Mac range received a speed bump courtesy of a Kaby Lake heart transplant. In his words, "if Apple pushed the idea of iPad Pro as PC replacement too aggressively, it would implicitly disparage the Mac". Apple said both are appearing at WWDC as "sneak peaks", and they weren't lying.

120 Hz is a blisteringly fast refresh rate for this many pixels, which is probably why it needs four (!) connecting cables.

From entertainment, to shopping and education, that will change the way we use our devices, just as Pokemon Go changed game playing on the smartphone.

iOS 11 features a swag of iPad only features, including a new Files app, a new dock, and new drag-and-drop features to enable better multitasking and sharing between apps. Unless you are a sketch artist who only uses one or two apps, for example, the Pro felt jarring. Basically, should you buy it?

When you cram 100 announcements into one event, it's not hard to nearly overlook one of the biggest hardware announcements of the event.

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