Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Apple's Turbocharged Tablet: The Only Computer That You'll Ever Need? Tech Now with Justin Connolly

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Apple's Turbocharged Tablet: The Only Computer That You'll Ever Need? Tech Now with Justin Connolly

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Byline: With Justin Connolly

TRYING to come to a view about the new iPad Pros from Apple is a bit like trying to decide the outcome of a football match at half-time - we don't have all the information yet.

Of one thing there is no doubt - the new iPad Pros are not just the best iPads ever, but they're also the best tablet computers anyone has made.

They are magnificent machines, beautifully designed and amazingly powerful.

But they are only half the story - and the other half won't be realised until iOS 11 is released in the autumn.

We've seen a sneak peek of iOS 11 - the next version of the iPad and iPhone operating system - and its focus is very clearly on making the iPad an even more useful tool.

It adds so many new features that make the iPad better for doing so many of the things we think of as work. And so many new features that will help us do the other things we use our iPads for - looking at websites, watching videos, playing games. Not work.

But for now all we have are the machines themselves running iOS 10. And they're still mightily impressive.

The biggest change to the hardware is a brand new size - the 9.7in iPad Pro is no more, and we now have a 10.5in version to go with the 12.9in version.

That 10.5in refers to the screen size, of course. The iPad itself is just a little bigger than the 9.7in version and there's hardly a difference in the hand. It's the screen that's bigger. And what a screen it is.

Given that the iPad is fundamentally just a screen, it makes sense that the most impressive new tech in this new iPad is reserved for that area of the device.

Of course there's excellent battery life (up to 10 hours of web surfing and watching videos, and only an hour less than that if you're using the mobile data network). And of course there is screaming fast performance (faster than a lot of laptops, in fact) in the new A10X Fusion Apple-made chip. It has six cores and offers 30% faster performance than its predecessor.

And of course it has a better camera - a 12MP camera capable of capturing high resolution images and 4K video. It's the same camera you'll find in Apple's latest iPhone in fact. …

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