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New iPad Pro has display with 120Hz, dynamic refresh rate, DCI-P3 & HDR

06 Jun 2017 | Rasmus Larsen |

Apple has unveiled new iPad Pros that include several display innovations. The LCD display can refresh at up to 120Hz and supports dynamic refresh rate switching. It also has lower reflections, DCI-P3 color space, True Tone, and HDR video.

Display innovation in iPad Pro

The new iPad Pro models will be available in two formats. A large 12.9” format as well as a new 10.5” format that has a slimmer bezel to make room for a 20% larger screen.

And the screen is perhaps the most significant update here. It is still an LCD display but it can now refresh at up to 120Hz instead of 60Hz. Apple has dubbed it “ProMotion” and says that it deliver “fluid scrolling, greater responsiveness and smoother motion content”. The higher refresh rate also ensures that latency when using the Apple Pencil is reduced further to 20 ms, the company added.

iPad Pro


That is not all. An even bigger announcement was dynamic refresh rate switching that Apple believes is a “really big breakthrough”. The display and operating system can now dynamically adjust the refresh rate to fit the content. It can in other words switch between refresh rates such as 24Hz, 48Hz, 60Hz, and 120Hz, depending on the content. This can improve picture quality, prevent judder, and increase battery life.

The display can reproduce the full DCI-P3 color space that covers more visible colors than the aging sRGB (or Rec.709), which is still the standard in most displays.

Apple also claims that the display can reproduce HDR video with a peak brightness of up to 600 nits. We have yet to see the new iPad Pro but reproducing HDR on edge-lit LCD displays poses all kinds of challenges so we would take claim with a pinch of salt.

Lastly, the company highlighted its True Tone feature that dynamically adjusts the color temperature of the scree 11 for iPhone.n in accordance to your surroundings as well as ”ultralow reflections” (1.8 percent), which is made possible in part by a fully laminated screen. The resolution of the display is 2224x1668 pixels and 2732x2048 pixels, respectively.

iPad Pro


Apple said that with the launch of the new iPad Pro models it will introduce several new features in iOS that are specific to the larger iPad format. These new features are supposed to put the “pro” in iPad Pro and will not be available on iOS 11 for iPhone.

The company also highlighted the fact that the new iPad Pro has 500x more graphics power than the original iPad. Inside is an A10X Fusion processor with six CPU cores and 12 GPU cores.

The new 10.5” iPad Pro is available from $649 and the new 12.9” is available from $799 dollars at apple.com.



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