- 11-inch iPad Pro (2018) starts at Rs. 71,900
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2018) starts at Rs. 89,900
- Expect online availability to begin next week
The iPad Pro (2018) 11-inch and 12.9-inch models are now available to buy in India, in line with our report last week. Gadgets 360 has learnt that select offline retailers have started receiving iPad units already. Apple says it will be released November 23 “across all channels” so expect wider availability — including online, from the likes of Flipkart and Amazon — next week. To recall, the new 11-inch and 12.9-inch models were launched at an event in New York on October 31 though no India launch date was revealed at the time.
iPad Pro (2018) specifications and features
Called the biggest change since the original iPad, the all-new iPad Pro sports 11-inch and 12.9-inch LCD ProMotion Liquid Retina Display panels with rounded corners using the pixel masking technology used in the iPhone XR. The smaller variant fits in the same footprint as the iPad Pro 10.5-inch model from last year. The new 12.9-inch model is smaller than last year’s variant. They carry forward the same 120Hz refresh rates. Both models are about 5.9mm thick.
The all-new iPad Pro models are powered by the company’s latest in-house Apple A12X Bionic 7nm SoC. The SoC has an 8-core CPU and a 7-core GPU, the latter offers 2x the graphics performance compared to last year’s Apple A11X. The new SoC has more than 10 billion transistors. For the first time on an iPad, the iPad Pro 2018 models get a neural engine in the A12X Bionic chip. The iPad Pro now comes with up to 1TB of inbuilt storage.
Face ID is new to the iPad Pro series in 2018. Face ID is enabled by the TrueDepth camera, housed on the tablet’s top bezel. Face ID brings support for Animoji and Memoji, and it works in both portrait and landscape mode, unlike the iPhone models. The iPad Pro 2018 models come with support for iPhone X-like gesture navigation, due to the departure of the home button. This is also the first iOS device to sport a USB Type-C port for charging, data transfer, and external connectivity.
The new iPad Pro models no longer ship with the 3.5mm headphone jack. No Type-C to 3.5mm audio dongle is bundled in the box either. Additionally, the iPad Pro can act as a power bank and charge your iPhone using a USB Type-C to Lighting cable.
There is a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor with improved True Tone LED flash and support for 4K video recording at 60fps on the new iPad Pro. The premium tablet claims to offer the same 10-hour battery life and comes with a bundled 18W power adapter. As for audio, the new iPad Pro models come with a four speaker setup that houses two woofers and two tweeters offering wider stereo sound.