The screen size of this 10.5-inch iPad Pro may be a first for Apple the iPad Pro 10.5 is a scaled-up version of the old 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
Compared to that existing model, the 10.5-inches doesn’t feel significantly bigger. It’s just 10mm taller than the 9.7-inch model, and less than 5mm wider. And while both generations of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro measure 6.9mm thick, this tablet sticks with the very same 6.1mm thickness we saw on the 9.7-inch tablet.
One factor that helps Apple keep sizes down here is a slightly smaller bezel than we saw with the 9.7-inch model, such that a larger screen doesn’t translate linearly into a larger tablet face.
Apple offers the same sort of color options as it did with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. While all iPad Pro hardware has been available in your choice of silver, space gray, and gold, the 9.7-inch model also offered a rose-gold choice – and that option’s back for this tablet.
Let’s pretend for a moment that this isn’t the first 10.5-inch iPad, and so we’re not super-interested in the tablet just because of the new size it represents for Apple. And while we always love a mobile device featuring the latest and greatest processing tech, let’s choose to ignore that this iPad Pro is running Apple’s latest silicon.
With those two big hooks out of the way, why else should you care about this iPad? One big reason: the tablet’s display.
Both this and the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro feature what Apple’s calling ProMotion, a technology that allows the screens on these devices to achieve refresh rates as high as 120Hz, for silky-smooth animation.
That sounds really good, but don’t expect it to change every aspect of your iPad user experience. For while the screen’s now capable of such high-refresh-rate feats, your actual ability to see them is going to pop up a little less frequently. For one, don’t expect to see the sort of motion interpolation you get on some 120Hz television sets; videos are going to look just like they always did. And with many apps, too, you’re probably going to see great frame rates as a result of the upgraded GPU, but don’t hold your breath for something game-changing here.