Read next: i Pad buying guide 2017 and Best i Pad deals The overall design of the new i Pad Pro could scarcely be described as radical, offering essentially the classic i Pad look in a slightly different size.
Combined with the more powerful processor, this should result in substantially stronger performance on demanding apps at present, and more widely in the future as software is written with the new hardware in mind.
The new i Pad Pro has a bigger screen; it also has a higher resolution such that the pixel density (and effective sharpness) remains the same as its predecessor.
(Between you and me, 32GB is enough for quite a lot of people, even if 64GB provides a nice bit of wiggle room.) The new i Pad Pro 10.5in (2017) is a moderate rather than earth-shattering step forward from the i Pad Pro 9.7in (2016).
The headline enhancement is that you get a bigger screen, with less of an increase in size and weight than you'd expect as a pay-off; for those who find the 12.9in Pro an absurdity this may be the best form factor for work on the go.
Apple offers relatively minor photographic improvements, largely confined to the front-facing camera: this gets a higher megapixel rating and 1080p video.
The 9.7in Pro already had a flash (on the rear); this has now been upgraded to a quad-LED model.You'll note that the refresh rate has doubled, which should result in smoother gameplay and better interaction with the Apple Pencil.There's also a new feature that Apple calls Pro Motion, which allows the screen to adjust the refresh rate dynamically depending on the requirements in a given app; this may help improve battery life.The A10X Fusion is a modified version of the A10 Fusion in the i Phone 7, and features six CPU cores: three high-performance cores and three efficiency cores for improved battery life. Apple predicts 30 percent faster CPU performance than the A9X chip, and 40 percent faster graphics performance, but we can't vouch for that until we've got one of the 10.5in Pros in our labs for detailed testing.In any case, the Pro 9.7in was already plenty fast enough for even the most demanding apps on the App Store at present (even graphically advanced games like Deus Ex: The Fall, below), so this is a question of future-proofing.We can't imagine 'normal' users - ones who don't have extensive game libraries, or who need to store large audio and video files - needing more than the base 64GB, although it might be said that 'normal' users would be better served by a more basic i Pad altogether - such as the i Pad 9.7in (2017). Purely for comparison purposes (since this model is no longer available from Apple), here's what the company charged for the 9.7in Pro as recently as April 2017.