Apple has finally announced the new, highly-anticipated iPad Pro. After months of speculations, aimed prdominenatly at business and education institutions, the Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro slate is here. Now sits alongside the Cupertino company’s 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 and the 7.9-inch fourth-generation iPad mini to form a truly competitive and formidable range of tablets. Everything about the iPad Pro specs, features, price and release date can be checked in detail right after this break.
With the larger display that comes attached to the iPad Pro is nodoubt one of its biggest points of appeal. For a beautiful 12.9-inch Retina display thatservice up a stunning 2732 x 2048 pixel resolution for the latest iPad tablet, packs a whooping 5.6 million pixels. First time ever, the iPad Pro carries a variable refresh rate feature which kicks in automatically when required, photo alignment technology, and a custom timing controller equipped.
Similar to iPad Air 2’s design, the new iPad Pro manages to come in at just 6.9mm thickness, and weighing in about 1.57 pounds, as far as the design language is concerned.
The iPad Pro device is further enhanced by a slightly tweaked display which indeed works perfectly with the conjunction with Apple’s own optical pressure sensitive stylus. Called Apple Pencil, which is sold seperately. The Pencil on the iPad Pro can also be used along with touch input from your finger as well.
Interesting one there is that the inherent ability to take on a proprietary stylus will adapt and evolve over time. For now the Apple Pencil will be used in interaction with the new display to give artists and graphics enthusiasts a whole new way to conjunction with graphics intensive apps on the new iPad. Being pressure sensitive, Pencil has quite a few tricks up its sleeves, such as the ability to shade your drawings by simply tilting it when drwaing or canvasing.
The gizmo can be charged by plugging it into the Lightning port of the new iPad Pro. Apple Pencil will be available for $99.
Here’s the Apple Pencil in action on the iPad Pro:
The iPad Pro features Apple’slatest A9 series, top-of-the-range processor to give it the raw pwer that it deserves. In fact the AX9, which is even more powerful than the A9 inthe iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. In cnjunction with 2GB of RAM within the device, the inegration of AX9 provides Apple’s latest iPad offering with enough power to handle that stunning, larger display.
There’s an 8-megapixel on the iPad Pro rear camera embedded on the back of the device, along with a 5-megapixel front-facing FaceTime HD shooter within the tablet.
The software on the iPad Pro will ship with iOS 9. The version of iOS will not only have support for the tablet, along with other iPad specific features such as Split View, Slide Over and PiP, but will also have iPad Pro exclusive feature which will enable it to run iOS apps in full-view side-by-side, thanks to the very high-resolution screen in iPad Pro.
The new iPad Pro carries an impressive 4 speaker setup. Unlike the iPads that came before, the new comer should garuntee a marked improvement in audio quality when tinkering with multimedia content. Speakers on the iPad Pro have been placed on the top and bottom, this time around.
For all these inclusions producing by the iPad Pro, it definitely need a better battery, isn’t it? The built-in lithium-ion battery may not be replaceable or interchangeable, but expected to do the job perfectly without any drain and issue. The new Pro variant should serve up to ten hours of up-time under perfect conditions. It has plenty of time to keep productivity at a high and fully utilize the power of the iPad Pro and iOS 9.
Apart from the Apple Pencil, other accessories are also sold individually, and with a new range of improved Smart Covers and Smart Cases will be available for the iPad Pro. Purchase can be made seperately, and still have the introduction of a Smart Keyboard designed specifically, which can be attached to the iPad Pro using the built-in Smart Connector, which not only powers the keyboard, nevertheless receives data as well. The Smart Keyboard will cost you a hefty $169.
Both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus offered in a nice new Rose Gold color that will appeal to a lot os users, but unfortunately that hasn’t been initiated for the iPad Pro. Rose Gole color isn’t yet extended, rather, Apple has decided to stick with the traditional color options. The 12-inch iPad Pro will be available to buy in Space Gray, Gold and Silver options.
Check out the video below for a closer look at the iPad Pro.
iPad Pro Specifications
- 12.9 inch Fully laminated Retina Display with 2732 x 2048 resolution at 264 ppi
- A9X chip with 3rd gen 64-bit architecture and M9 motion coprocessor
- Dimensions: 305.7x 220.6 x 6.9mm; Weight: 713 grams (WiFi) and 723 grams (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
- 32GB/128GB variants
- iOS 9
- Touch ID fingerprint sensor, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometer
- Four speaker audio
- 8 MP iSight camera, f/2.4 aperture, 1080p video recording
- 1.2MP HD front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture
- 4G LTE (optional), Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and HT80 with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2
- 38.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery with up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music
Price and Release Date
iPad Pro – 32GB Wi-Fi: $799
iPad Pro – 128GB Wi-Fi: $949
iPad Pro – 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $1079
However, we now have official confirmation that the iPad Pro is indeed a reality. When we can get Apple’s first “Pro” iPad offering? The 13-inch hardware is currently in mass production and will begin to ship in November in time for the holiday shopping season. No word on when pre-orders will go live. A little waiting is indeed, needed.
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