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This article was published on June 5, 2017

Apple launches new 10.5-inch iPad Pro starting at $649

Apple launches new 10.5-inch iPad Pro starting at $649
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Rachel Kaser

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Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback riding. Check her Twitter for curmudgeonly criticisms.

Apple today unveiled a brand new 10.5-inch iPad Pro that’s set to take the place of the 9.7-inch Pro announced last year. The new model occupies the same footprint as the 9.7-inch predecessor while offering a slightly larger screen thanks to its tiny bezels. It weighs all of a pound.

Everything on the newfangled iPad Pro is slightly better than the previous version thanks to a refresh rate of 120hz, and better ambient light detection. The refresh rate is particularly interesting as it slows to as little as 48hz on static images to conserve battery life while bumping up the performance for images and video that requires a faster refresh time

Performance with the Apple Pencil is also much improved. It now boasts an industry-leading 20 milliseconds latency, a response so fast a promo video claimed it’s mostly indiscernible from a real marker or pencil.

Perhaps most exciting, though, are the usability fixes. One, a feature most of us have been waiting for, is drag-and-drop. The new feature allows you to operate the Pro much in the same way you’d use a two-in-one, or laptop. With the touch of a finger, you can “grab” a file or app and move it around as needed. In a brief hands-on, by our man on the ground Bryan Clark, he confirms it works just as you’d expect it to. The usability fixes didn’t stop there. An improved snap feature allows for better performance when viewing two windows side-by-side.

The new iPad will be available starting at $649 for the new entry-price 64GB version. You can get yours June 12.

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