Apple at the Worldwide Developers Conference held on 5th of June, 2017, introduced 10.5 inch iPad Pro which has already carved a way for replacing its predecessor, the 9.7 inch iPad Pro which came into existence in 2016. Will it actually prove to be better and more improved than the later? Read on to make your own discretion as we explain some of the main differences between the two.
Design and Build
Although the 10.5-inch model does come in the same colors as the 9.7-inch model, i.e. silver, gold, Space Grey and Rose Gold, the former is slightly wider as well as longer that the later. Also, it weighs over 30 grams heavier. The 10.5 inch iPad Pro is 9.8 inches in height, 6.8 in width and 0.24 inches in depth and weighs around 1.03 pounds for its Wi-Fi Model and around 1.05 pounds for the LTE version. It is definitely heavier than the previous 9.7 inch iPad Pro which measures 9.40 by 6.60 by 0.24 inches (HWD) and weighs around 0.96 pounds.
The 10.5-inch model comes powered by the A10X Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture as well as M10 motion co-processor. And it’s blazingly faster than the 9.7 model which consists of A9X Fusion with 64-bit architecture and M9 motion co-processor. The A10X Fusion features 6 CPU cores, 3 high-performance cores as well as 3 efficiency cores which help in improving the battery life. It is being predicted that the 10.5 inch iPad Pro would be 30 percent and 40 percent faster in CPU performance than the A9X Fusion chip and graphics performance respectively.
RAM & Storage
The 9.7-inch model of 2016 had 2 GB RAM. However, Apple has doubled the RAM in the new 10.5-inch model to 4 GB. This coupled with the powerful processor should explain the huge bump in performance over its predecessor. So far as storage is concerned, iPad Pro 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes with 32 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB storage options. In comparison, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro comes with better storage options of 64 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB.
The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is lit up by 2224 x 1668 pixels that make for a pixel density of 264ppi. It boasts of a 120MHz refresh rate along with 600 nits of brightness. In comparison, the 9.7 inches iPad had a resolution of 2048 × 1536 pixels that however made for the same pixel density of 264ppi. That apart, the outgoing iPad had just half the refresh rate at 60MHz, besides a lower 511 nit of brightness. On the whole, the new 10.5 inch iPad may have the same pixel density but refreshes twice as fast and is brighter than the outgoing model. The new iPad also comes with what is being described as the ProMotion tech which helps the screen to adjust to the refresh rate dynamically depending on the app requirements.
The new 10.5 inch iPad comes with a 12-Megapixel sensor on the back and is able to record videos in 4K format. Then there also is the optical image stabilization which reduces blurry shots and also helps in improving the quality of shots in low-light conditions. The front cam too features a 7-Megapixel sensor compared to the 5-Megapixel shooter that the 9.7 inch iPad Pro came with.
Touch ID & Battery Life
The 10.5 inch iPad Pro uses a Second-gen Touch ID which is far quicker and more reliable than the First-gen Touch ID of the 9.7 inch iPad Pro. Also where the battery is concerned, the new iPad Pro uses a 32.4 watt-hour battery as compared to the 27.91 watt-hour cell of its predecessor, thereby promising better backup times.
Although all that has been said and written above does make the 10.5 inch iPad Pro a clear winner compared to the 9.5 inch iPad Pro, the price will surely prove to be a hurdle for the most. Starting at $649, many definitely would think twice before thinking of purchasing it even if their heart so desires. But if price really does not stand in your way, then 10.5 inch iPad Pro surely is a tablet to go for.