Apple has finally unveiled its new iPad Pro line-up, following months of speculation.
Available in 11-inch and 12.9–inch size variants, the new iPad Pro features Face ID for the first time, dropping the home button in favour of facial scanning.
Users can unlock both models in the same way they would Apple’s warmly reviewed iPhone XS.
As well as the tweaked all–screen design, Apple has opted for a more hard–edged design, which mimics the original iPad, released in 2010.
Both models are just 5.9mm thick, with the 11–inch edition retaining the same footprint as the 10.5–inch screen version it replaces. The 12.9–inch iPad Pro has seen a 25% reduction in its overall volume.
Under the bonnet, each version comes with Apple’s supper powerful A12X Bionic chip and an update to its Neural Engine, allowing for improved machine learning in everything from photography to AR.
There’s a new Apple Pencil, which can be attached magnetically to the side of the iPad Pro and is, the company claims, more precise than its predecessor.
A new Smart Folio case, sold separately, turns the iPad Pro into a powerful laptop.
Apple has also opted to drop its traditional Lightning charging port for a USB–C connector. That means the iPad Pro can easily connect to an an external display and even be used to charge an iPhone.
Each model comes in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB configurations, starting at £769 for an 11–inch Wi–Fi edition and rising to £919 for a 12.9–inch version. It can be ordered from Apple now.