Today's iPad and Mac event included a new Mac Book Air, a new Mac Mini, and the long awaited "X" iPad.
iPad Pro X
While not officially dubbed with an X, the new models of iPad Pro are definitely the iPad Pro X. Available in 11" and 12.9", both models sport a beefed up A12X processor. The A12, which appears in this year's iPhone models, has 6 CPU cores and 4 GPU cores. The A12X brings those totals up to 8 CPUs and 7 GPUs, to accommodate the larger screen. The new iPads also include FaceID, without the iPhone screen notch, so they've dropped the home button.
All in all this is an excellent looking iPad, but for musicians there are two big annoyances.
The new design removes the 3.5mm headphone jack. The excuse for doing so on the phones was to make them waterproof, because apparently a lot of people have been dropping their phones in the toilet. Apple did not indicate whether or not the new iPad Pros are also toilet safe. Either way, you'll need a dongle just to plug in your headphones now.
All of your Lightning peripherals will also need a dongle, because Apple have changed specs again. The new iPad Pros come with USB-C connectors. While this will be super annoying for some peripherals that were designed with the Lightning port in mind, it is something we should have all seen coming eventually after they dropped 30-pin. Switching from their proprietary Lightning connector to USB-C will probably be a good thing in the long-run, at least until Apple changes again.
You can order one of these new devices today, shipping on the 7th, but you better be prepared to spend over $1,000. The 11" model starts at $800 for just 64GB of storage, so realistically you'll need to go one more SKU up to 265GB. The price then jumps up to $950! If you want to top out at the maximum 1TB you'll need to pay a comical $1,550. Plus tax. Remember to add at least $100-200 to all of these prices for sales tax.
God help you if you want the 12.9" model, which starts at $1,000 for the paltry 64GB model. $1,150 gets you into the 256GB, while the illusory 1TB iPad will run you $1,750. If you think the new Apple Pencil is worth grabbing that'll be an extra $130, and the Keyboard Folio is priced between $180-$200. A grand total of $2,080 buys you the biggest iPad with all of the accessories... plus tax, which takes it to $2,206.81.
Here is the full iPad portion of today's event, as posted by Digital Trends.