Apple Inc recently announced an extra-large size of 12.9 inch iPad Pro at the Apple Event held in San Francisco. The new iPad Pro is as thin as the iPad Air which features A9x 64-bit chip, 732×2,048-pixel resolution with Retina display, running on Apple’s latest software, iOS 9, the iPad Pro will work with a stylus, dubbed Apple Pencil, and a smart keyboard accessory.
Along with the new design comes a new processor. The iPad Pro houses an A9x chip that will purportedly perform 1.9 times faster than its smaller counterpart, with graphics performance faster than 80% of portable PCs, according to Apple. It’ll also offer about 10 hours of battery life.
Aside from the speedy new internals, the high-end accessories are what make the mammoth-sized model an interesting addition to the iPad family. Most notably, the iPad Pro supports a pressure-sensitive stylus, the Pencil which promises more accuracy for graphics and photo work.
The iPad Pro houses four speakers that are three times louder than the iPad Air and automatically balance the audio on the left and right sides, depending on how you’re holding it. Other features on the iPad Pro include a Touch ID sensor built into the home button and an 8-megapixel iSight camera on the back. Notably, though expectedly, there’s no USB-C port. In addition to Apple’s new Notes and Mail apps in iOS 9, Adobe and Microsoft Office suite apps, including Word, Excel and Powerpoint, will be available for the iPad Pro with integrated support for the Apple Pencil.
Check out the full iPad Pro specification below;
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE|
|Status||Coming soon. Exp. release 2015, November|
|BODY||Dimensions||305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 mm (12.04 x 8.69 x 0.27 in)|
|Weight||713 g (Wi-Fi) / 723 g (LTE) (1.57 lb)|
|SIM||Nano-SIM/ Apple SIM (US & UK)|
|– Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID)|
|DISPLAY||Type||LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||12.9 inches (~76.4% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||2048 x 2739 pixels (~265 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic and antireflective coating|
|– Apple Pencil support|
|Internal||32/128 GB, 2 GB RAM|
|CAMERA||Primary||8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus|
|Features||1.12µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)|
|Video||1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.|
|Secondary||1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, HDR, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.0, A2DP, EDR|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS (Wi‑Fi + Cellular model only)|
|USB||v2.0, reversible connector|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer|
|Messaging||iMessage, Email, Push Email, IM|
|– Apple Smart Keyboard magnetic dock (optional)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Siri natural language commands and dictation
– iCloud cloud service
– iCloud Keychain
– Audio/video player/editor
– Document viewer/editor
– Photo viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial/command
– Predictive text input
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Po battery|
|Talk time||Up to 10 h (multimedia)|
|MISC||Colors||Space Gray, Silver, Gold|
AVAILABILITY AND PRICING
Apple iPad Pro will be available in silver, gold, and space grey colors in November. As far as pricing goes, pricing starts at $799 for the 32GB model, $949 for the 128GB model, and $1,079 for the 128GB LTE model. Of course, the accessories are sold separately, and the Apple Pencil will go for $99, while the Smart Keyboard will sell for $169.
The Apple iPad Mini 4 was also quietly announced alongside the iPad Pro. The 7.9-incher has a new 8-megapixel rear camera and it’s updated to house 2GB of RAM and the same processor as the iPad Air 2. The iPad Mini 4 is in stores now and pricing starts at $399.