The future of the iPad looks bright.
At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple released a torrent of news — including new iMacs, a new professional desktop called the iMac Pro, macOS High Sierra, and a music-focused speaker called HomePod — but for iPad customers, it was the combo of iOS 11 and a redesigned iPad Pro that stole the show.
The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro keeps the same footprint as its 9.7-inch predecessor, but shrinks the bezels for more screen real estate. There are some other major hardware upgrades: a 120Hz refresh rate for the screen, a new A10X chip, and device storage that begins at 64GB.
What really makes the new iPad shine, though, is iOS 11. There are a host of productivity upgrades, including a new file system, an app switcher, improved multitasking with drag-and-drop between windows, and more. The future of the iPad Pro looks very productivity-focused — the point where it’s starting to look a little like a Mac, at least from a distance.
The iPad discussion is a little later in the podcast (around the 47:35 mark), but before that Snell, Mashable Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff, and myself have a spirited discussion about the new iMac Pro, macOS High Sierra, and the new HomePod speaker, and explain why Amazon and Google should be worried about Apple’s new Siri-powered “smart speaker.”
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