Alongside the announcement of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, Apple has also unveiled its new mega tablet, iPad Pro, during the ‘Hey Siri’ event in San Francisco. The updated iPad mini 4 plus lower pricings for the rest of the iPad lineup has been announced as well. Here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s bigger and badder iPad.
Design & Screen Size
Right off the bat, you will notice that the iPad Pro is the largest tablet to date with its 12.9-inch retina display. In comparison, the competition’s largest tablet is only 9.7-inch. With this screen real estate, this puts the iPad Pro in the laptop territory than your usual tablet screen size. The screen boasts a gorgeous 2732 x 2048-pixel resolution Retina display and the screen is big enough to run two apps side-by-side.
To give you an idea just how large it is, the iPad Pro is 78% bigger than the iPad Air 2. It’s weight is 1.57 pounds, same with the original iPad, so it’s not the lightest tablet you’ll own. The iPad Pro is 6.9mm thick which is a slightly bit thicker than the iPad Air 2 (6.1mm). It can be quite a handful especially if you will hold it in one hand.
Under the hood, the iPad Pro houses a new A9x processor which is claimed to be 1.9 times faster than the previous A8x chip. According to Phil Schiller, the iPad Pro is 80% faster than other portable PCs in the market. Battery life is about 10 hours at full charge.
If you like taking photos with your tablet, the iPad Pro has got you covered as well with its 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with an HD FaceTime camera on the front. The size of the tablet has enabled Apple to include a four speaker design which is three times louder than the iPad Air. Depending on how you hold the iPad, the audio of the speakers will automatically change.
The iPad Pro will of course run Apple’s latest and greatest mobile operating system, the iOS 9. As mentioned, the mega screen will be able to effectively utilize iOS 9’s Split Screen Multi-Tasking feature. With its size, you’d think that this bad boy can run on full OS (like the Surface) but it seems to be not the case.
Apple has also announced two new high-end accessories specifically for the iPad Pro: Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. The Smart Keyboard looks like the one found on Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, and works in a similar fashion. This physical keyboard will magnetically attach to the small circles located on the side of the iPad Pro.
As for the Apple Pencil, it’s essentially a stylus. The responsive sensors on the iPad’s screen will be able to notice position, force, and tilt. The Apple Pencil has its own battery and can be charged using either a Lightning adapter or plugging it into the iPad Pro. Creative professionals will have a lot to like with the Apple Pencil because you can adjust the thickness of the strokes and create shaded strokes.
Pricing & Release Date
The iPad Pro will be available in three colors: silver, gold, and space grey. Pricing starts at $799 for the 32GB variant, $949 for 128GB, and $1,079 for the 128GB LTE model. Accessories are sold separately: Apple Pencil for $99 and Smart Keyboard for $169. The iPad Pro and its accessories will be available in November.
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