iPad Pro 10.5-inch hands-on: iOS 11’s big cheerleader

“In every generation there is a chosen one,” and in the case of iOS 11 it’s the new iPad Pro 10.5-inch that is the unofficial cheerleader for Apple’s big new mobile update. Both revealed at WWDC 2017 today, the new iPad Pro and the new iOS version go hand-in-hand. Indeed, Apple pointed out, iOS 11 will be the biggest iOS update for iPad ever.

First, though, the new hardware. At first glance the iPad Pro 10.5 looks terribly familiar; it’s only really when you see it in photos alongside the old version that you can see the main changes. Although it’s almost exactly the same size – it has increased in size a little, Apple tells me, though it’s still about a pound in weight – the bezels have been shrunk dramatically.

The upshot is a 10.5-inch display where previously you got 9.7-inches. It doesn’t sound like much, but it nudges the delta between this new iPad Pro and the larger 12.1-inch version even closer. Whereas before, if you really wanted a notebook replacement, you’d probably want to go for the bigger iPad Pro, suddenly that looks even more unwieldy than it already kinda did.

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