Get ready for the new iPad Pro.

It’s all new, all screen, and all powerful. Take advantage of the new iPad Pro to deliver faster, more responsive experiences like never before. The new all-screen design goes from edge to edge. Face ID works seamlessly in portrait or landscape. The new A12X Bionic chip outperforms the vast majority of portable PCs, runs pro apps, and enables stunning augmented reality experiences. And with support for accessories like the second-generation Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio, iPad Pro represents the biggest change to iPad ever.

Liquid Retina Display

The Liquid Retina display features industry‑leading color accuracy for true‑to‑life color. The edge-to-edge display follows the curves of the design, down to the elegantly rounded corners. And with the lowest reflectivity in the industry, your apps will look incredible wherever users take their iPad Pro.

Optimizing Your UI

Take advantage of the all-screen design of the 11-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation) by building your app with the iOS 12.1 SDK and making sure it appears correctly with the display’s rounded corners and home indicator. To update your app for these new devices, follow the steps below.

Run and Test in Simulator. Make sure your apps take advantage of the edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display by respecting safe areas and supporting adaptive layouts. Read the updated Human Interface Guidelines, download Xcode 10.1, and test your app in Simulator.

Enable full screen native resolution. Your app will run in Full Screen Display Mode on iPad Pro if your project’s base SDK is set to iOS 12.1 or later and you have a Launch Storyboard.

Verify all parts of your app. Make sure that your UI displays correctly and no elements are mispositioned, overlapping, incorrectly scaled, or clipped. If you discover issues, use the safe area guides and layout margins to correctly position UI elements.

If only parts of your app run in Simulator — for example, if it mostly uses UIKit, but has camera integration — you should test as much of your UI as possible by commenting out views that Simulator doesn’t support.

Xcode 10.1

Download the latest version of Xcode on the Mac App Store, which includes the latest SDKs for iOS 12.1 and the iPhone Xs and iPad Pro simulator.

Apple Pencil

Apple Pencil delivers pixel-perfect precision and industry-leading low latency, making it great for drawing, sketching, coloring, taking notes, marking up email, and more. And now your apps can take advantage of Apple Pencil (2nd generation), which features an intuitive touch surface that supports double-tap gestures.

For implementation details, see Pencil Interactions.

For design guidance, see the Human Interface Guidelines.

Face ID

This secure way to unlock, authenticate, and pay that lets users quickly access your app with just a glance is now available on iPad Pro. The TrueDepth camera projects and analyzes more than 30,000 invisible dots to create a facial map that is encrypted and protected by the Secure Enclave on the device.

For details on user authentication, see the Human Interface Guidelines.

A12X Bionic

The A12X Bionic chip with the Neural Engine is the smartest, most powerful chip we’ve ever made, and it’s been designed specifically for iPad Pro. The A12X Bionic delivers faster CPU performance than the majority of portable PCs. The Apple-designed 7-core GPU, along with architectural enhancements and memory compression enable the GPU to perform up to 2x faster. And the 8-core Neural Engine, which runs five trillion operations per second, is dedicated to highly efficient, powerful machine learning, enabling all-new experiences.

Machine Learning

Experience seamless integration of Core ML 2 and Metal 2 on the new A12X Bionic. Amazingly fast on-device machine learning enables more intelligent, high-performance apps, all while keeping user data private. Apps automatically take advantage of the processing power of the Neural Engine on A12X Bionic with smart compute selection. Utilize new API features including image blocks, tile shading and threadgroup sharing, along with optimizations like batch predictions, quantization, and flexible image sizes.

Learn more about Core ML 2

Augmented Reality

The Neural Engine enables ARKit to detect planes faster and in more challenging environments, while making tracking more robust and power efficient. ARKit 2 also enables powerful new features like shared experiences for multiplayer capable apps and 3D object detection to trigger AR experiences from real world objects. Using the TrueDepth camera, your app can detect the position, topology and expression of the user’s face, all with high accuracy and in real time. This makes it easy to apply live selfie effects or use facial expressions to drive a 3D character.

Learn more about ARKit 2


With the power of the A12X Bionic chip, your apps that take advantage of Multitasking capabilities, such as Split View and Slide Over, will feel smoother and faster than ever before.

Learn more about Multitasking

Drag and Drop

With Multi-Touch APIs, your apps can let users quickly move text, images, and files from one app to another. Support Drag and Drop in your apps to let users move content in a way that feels natural.

Learn more about drag and drop

Submit your apps to the App Store.

The new iPad Pro will soon be in the hands of customers around the world. Update your apps and product pages, and submit today. Starting March 2019, all iOS apps submitted to the App Store will need to be built with the iOS 12.1 SDK or later, and support the all-screen design of iPhone XS Max or the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation).

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