Meet the iPad Pro, Apple’s latest and greatest tablet. Apple introduced the long-rumored device at today’s fall event. As expected, it has a huge 12.9-inch display and a few neat features that make it stand out from the rest of the lineup.
Apple CEO Tim Cook called it “the biggest news for the iPad since the iPad.” With the iPad Pro, you can now run two side-by-side iPad Air apps.
The iPad Pro isn’t for everyone — hence the name. But for those who already love their iPads and use it every day, this is a dream come true.
It looks and feels like a bigger iPad Air, with an aluminium casing, thin bezels and curved edges. It features a 2,732 x 2,048 display that lets you display more stuff. For instance, you are now able to take advantage of the recently announced split-screen multitasking to run two apps side by side with very few compromises. It’s also a great device to take advantage of the picture-in-picture video playback feature in iOS 9
Given the bigger display, many will compare this device with the 12-inch retina MacBook. But the main difference is that these two devices run two very different operating systems — OS X and iOS.
The iPad Pro also features a front and rear camera, two speakers both at the top and the bottom of the device (four speakers in total). And of course, you also get a Lightning port, a headphone jack, side buttons, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Optionally, you can buy a cellular model with LTE. As the MacBook doesn’t come with a cellular chip, this is another differentiating factor with Apple’s laptop.
The iPad Air features an A9X chip, Apple’s 3rd generation 64-bit chip with 2GB of memory and faster flash storage. Apple claims that it is faster than 80 percent of the portable PCs that shipped in the last twelve months. And yet, it has 10 hours of battery life. It is 6.9mm thick, a bit thicker than the 6.1mm iPad Air. It weighs 1.57lb.
Apple also announced a smart keyboard accessory, which looks a lot like the Surface keyboard cover. You connect it to your iPad Pro thanks to a new smart connector on the side, as well as the Apple Pencil, a stylus.
The iPad Pro is going to be available in November — 32GB for $799, 64GB for $949 and 128GB for $1,079. The $1,079 comes with Wi-Fi and cellular. The keyboard is going to cost $169 and the stylus is going to cost $99 — magic isn’t cheap.