At WWDC 2017, Apple announced new iPad Pro models: an updated version of the 12.9-inch model, and an entirely new size of iPad with a 10.5-inch screen. (No sign of an iPad Pro mini.)

In this article, which we're gradually updating with all the new information, we present the release date, price, design, features and tech specs of the new iPad models.

We've also reviewed the smaller 10.5in iPad Pro, and have a preview of the 12.9in model pending our full review, so make sure to check those for our detailed opinions on the new models.

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New iPad Pro 2 release date, price and specs

Release date

The iPad Pro 2 (well, technically it's still called just 'iPad Pro') was announced at WWDC 2017 on 5 June 2017.

The new iPad Pro models are available to buy now and began shipping to customers from 12 June 2017.

UK price

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space grey, gold and rose gold and starts at £619 for the 64GB with Wi-Fi model and £749 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is available in silver, space grey and gold and starts at £769 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model and £899 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

You can order the new iPad Pro models here.

Design

The iPad Pro is now available in a new size, with a 10.5in screen. This replaces the old 9.7in Pro model, so there are still two choices.

If you prefer the 9.7in Pro, there's still a regular 9.7in iPad available, in the form of the iPad 2017.

As expected, the new 10.5in size was brought about by reducing the size of the bezels, accommodate the larger screen in the same size of chassis.

New iPad Pro 2 release date, price and specs

Colour options

The good news: the 10.5i iPad Pro gets the Rose Gold (pink) colour option that was previously limited, in iPad land, to the 9.7in Pro model. The bad news: the 12.9in model still doesn't get it.

Both models are available in Silver, Gold, and Space Grey though.

Tech specs

Let's look next at the internal changes in the new iPads.

Processor

This is an easy one. As expected, the new iPad Pro models include a modified version of the A10 Fusion chip featured in the iPhone 7 - a strategy Apple usually follows with the iPad it releases shortly after a new iPhone. This modified processor is called the A10X Fusion.

The A10X Fusion chipset features six CPU cores: three high-performance cores and three efficiency cores for improved power efficiency and battery life. It also features a meaty twelve-core GPU.

Apple predicts 30 percent faster CPU performance than the A9X chip in the first-generation iPad Pro models, and 40 percent faster graphics performance.

New iPad Pro 2 release date, price and specs

Display

As hinted at in a recent update to Apple's Xcode software, Apple's next-generation iPad Pro feature an upgraded 120Hz display. (For reference, existing models of iPhone and iPad max out at 60Hz.)

The higher the refresh rate, the more frames the display can process every second: a 60Hz display can process up to 60 frames per second, while a 120Hz display can offer double the amount at 120 frames per second. It's why some PC gamers opt for a 144Hz display.

In terms of the iPad, this higher refresh rate should provide a smoother experience when playing graphically intense games or when using accessories like the Apple Pencil.

The new 12.9in and 10.5in iPad Pro models also get the newer True Tone display that was featured on the 9.7in Pro but was denied to the 12.9.

The 12.9in Pro keeps the same 2,732 x 2,048 resolution (and 264 pixels per inch pixel density) as the first-gen model. The 10.5in Pro has a resolution of 2,224 x 1,668, again at 264ppi.

A few more details: the display offers 600 nits brightness, can display HDR video, and dynamically adjusts the refresh rate depending on what you're looking at. This could be key to preserving battery life.

New iPad Pro 2 release date, price and specs

Cameras

The new iPad Pro models come with 12Mp rear-facing cameras, with f1.8 apertures, six-element lens, a quad-LED True Tone flash and so on. The front-facing cameras have a rating of 7Mp and come with the Retina Flash feature where the entire screen acts as a makeshift flash. (It's not brilliant but better than nothing.)

This is the same camera setup as the iPhone 7; it's a bit better than the 9.7-inch iPad Pro (12Mp and 5Mp respectively) and a lot better than the old 12.9in Pro (8Mp and 1.2Mp, and no flash).

Storage capacity

Apple has bumped the storage options again.

The new iPad Pro models start at 64GB as a baseline (the iPad 2017 starts at 32GB), with options to get 256GB or a mighty 512GB. That's the most storage offered with any iOS device to date.

Touch ID

We're rather pleased to hear that the new iPad Pro come with second-gen Touch ID fingerprint scanners, rather than the first-gen version seen in previous iPads.

Second-gen Touch ID, which is featured in the iPhone 6s and later, is quicker and more reliable than the original tech, and a nice upgrade.

Battery life

There seems to have been a balance achieved between the more powerful chipsets and more advanced displays, and the new power-saving features: Apple says the new iPad Pro models will offer the same 10-hour battery life as the last generation.

Obviously we'll be testing that in our labs just as soon as we can get hold of review samples.

New iPad Pro 2 release date, price and specs