Apple revs up MacBook line, debuts 10.5 inch iPad Pro

By David Flynn, June 6 2017

Apple has trotted out a mid-year upgrade to its hardware line-up alongside the new HomePod Siri-powered 'smart speaker' at its Worldwide Developer's Conference, held overnight in San Jose.

With plenty of leaks leading up to the annual techfest, all that's to be done is share some official specs and pricing.

As expected, the entire MacBook line of laptops – from the top-shelf MacBook Pro series to the slim MacBook and MacBook Air – has been bumped up to Intel's seventh-generation 'Kaby Lake' processors – bringing more power, longer battery life and improved graphics.

In addition, Apple says that all updated notebooks feature new SSD storage modules which are "up to 50% faster" than previous models.

A 10.5 inch version of the iPad Pro joins the 12.9 inch model, with slimmer borders around the panel to maximise the screen size for the device's overall dimensions.

Both iPad Pros boast an improved Retina display with refresh rates up to 120Hz for fluid scrolling, greater responsiveness and smoother motion content.

The 10.5 inch iPad Pro lists at $979 for the 64GB WiFi model and upwards of $1,179 for the 64GB WiFi + Cellular model.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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