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The New 10.5 Inch iPad Pro | Bigger, Better, Faster, Smoother

By Kishore Sawh on June 5th 2017

Few things were so immensely adopted as Apple iPads have to become a fixture in the photographer’s bag. The appeal of having a mobile and compact display of images was obvious but the iPad has evolved from a tool for leisure and consumption to one of utility. The iPad Pro was the device that really solidified that, and since the first iPad Pro debuted in 2015, Apple has today announced a successor.

Many of the brands of equipment we use today have iPad apps and connectivity, from lighting companies like Broncolor and ProFoto, post processing like Adobe and Affinity and Capture One, and then with other pieces like CamRanger. The iPad has a solid presence in our field, so a new one is something to look out for.


At WWDC, Apple unveiled the iPad 10.5” model as a replacement for the 9.7”, and it’s quite the upgrade. Keep in mind the larger 12 inch model also gets upgraded but, the 10.5 inch is the new one that fits the same form-factor and weight as the 9.7 inch but with 20% more screen real estate. But not only is the screen larger without an overall size penalty, at 600 nits it’s 50% brighter than the model is succeeds, has a wide color gamut and low reflectivity, allowing for HDR video viewing on an iPad. These screens are actually better than the new iMacs. All of this means it’ll be a viewing experience as there hasn’t been one before, especially when considering ProMotion, which alters the refresh rate of the screen up to 120Hz, making for super smooth flow and movement.

All of this is powered by a new A10X Fusion chip with a 6-Core CPU and 12-core GPU, giving it a boost in speed and an even bigger improvement in graphics. In addition it pulls the iPhone 7s cameras so the iPad pro now shoots and optically image stabilized 12MP rear camera rear capable of 4K, 7MP on the front, and the new iPads get a storage boost. The base Pro models start at 64GB for $649 and a 10.5” 256GB model for $749.

There was also some talk about even further decreased latency between Apple Pencil and the iPad Pros, and this would make writing and image manipulation with the Pencil even better. Those who have used it already know just how good it already is, so that’s a nice surprise, but even nicer is to know that there’s Affinity Photo for iPad now which brings full-blown retouching of Affinity Photo to the iPad, allowing you to take advantage of all of this. That has even more meaning now too, considering the new file-tree architecture coming to iOS 11, so the struggle of getting those great raw files and so on onto the iPad should be a thing of the past.

We’re hoping to get one in for review ASAP, but if you can’t wait for that you can get one as early as next week and buy it here.

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Steven Pellegrino

    All I use is an iPad. I no longer use what would be considered a “proper computer”. I’m a photojournalist and having a mobile workflow means I can get my work edited and transmitted faster. 

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  2. Chris Morris

    As a photography enthusiast, non-pro, I have found taking and using the iPad on various travels, missions trips and the like to be worthwhile. More convenient to me than an expensive laptop, I can enjoy looking at and editing my photos with LR mobile in the evening and then sync them up with my desktop when I return home. I gave up my laptop years ago for an iPad and built a nice desktop. It may not have a place in a pro’s workflow but if you are a hobbyist I’d reckon it has plenty of value. Plus outside of photography workflows it’s just lovely to use for entertainment.

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  3. Dan Wade

    Its a lovely screen no doubt, but its still app centric. Sure its more money, but id take the new Windows Surface Pro any day of the week, and you can run propper lightroom and photoshop.

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  4. Njoi Fontes

    The ipad is a joke, and this one is no different. If you want a proper device to get work done get a surface pro or surface book. They are both far more useful than any ipad will ever be. They are devices that truly replace your laptop and even your desktop if you go for high end models.

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    • Steven Pellegrino

      If you hate iPads so much, why did you bother to waste your time reading the article and making derogatory comments about the product and those who use it? Seems a bit trollish.

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    • Damien Lobb

      I don’t think Njoi said anything derogatory of the users… He simply thinks the iPad is highly overrated, albeit it’s still a great product but it definitely gets more press than it deserves. Especially regarding the display. Apple talk as if no one else has been improving display technology. Well that isn’t true. The Microsoft Surface Pro has one of the best displays I have seen on a device. Even the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has a magnificently bright DCI-P3/True-HDR certified display, but I wouldn’t personally use that for productivity.

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  5. Motti Bembaron

    No Apple in my photography bag :-). 

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