Apple iPad Pro 10.5 is Apple's best tablet

This iPad Pro is bigger than the last one, but doesn't really feel that way.
PHOTO: Mashable

What is the optimal size for an iPad? Is it 9.7 inches? 7.9? Maybe 12.9 is the right size?

No, the new sweet spot is 10.5 inches.

That's the new in-betweener size Apple come up with for its latest iPad Pro, which replaces the 9.7-inch model introduced a little over a year ago.

You can still buy a standard 9.7-inch iPad, but, after spending some time with this device, I wouldn't recommend it.

Apple's essentially reinvented its premiere tablet and instantly set the bar for tablet hardware.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro looks a lot like the 9.7-inch model.

The aluminium chassis is, at 9.8 in. x 6.8 in., only slightly larger than the 9.7's (9.44 in. x 6.6 in.). It's also only an ounce or so heavier than the iPad Pro 9.7 (1.03 lbs. versus 0.96 lbs.).

Quite a feat when you consider the screen is almost an inch larger.

Apple did it by significantly decreasing the bezel surrounding the screen.

They even shifted the Touch ID button a bit to accommodate the larger screen.

Aside from moving the microphones from their position near the camera to the top edge where the antenna sits, Apple left the design virtually untouched.

Here's how you make a bigger screen without making the tablet much bigger: Cut down the bezels, a lot. PHOTO: Mashable

The rear camera, which sticks out a couple of millimeters from the base, is the exact same one you'll find on the iPhone 7 (and slightly larger than the one on the iPad Pro 9.7).

Apple did add a couple of megapixels to the front-facing Facetime camera (not insignificant when you consider how often these tablets are used for Facetime calls).

On display

Even though the iPad 10.5's larger Retina screen offers, at 264 ppi, the same pixel depth resolution as the smaller one, it does use the extra screen real estate to add hundreds of pixels.

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