It’s time folks, the splendid iPad Air is getting an older beefier sibling. It’s everything you loved about the iPads of yore, just bigger and badder. Meet the iPad Pro.
The iPad Pro has a 12.9-inch retina display, which is considerably larger than the 9.7-incher on the competition. This is a big screen, which puts it more in laptop territory than a traditional tablet. As Phil Schiller pointed out today, you can use a full-size software keyboard on it.
That display looks positively gorgeous: Its 2732x2048 pixels adds up to 5.9 million pixels, which is more pixels than the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Under the hood, the iPad Pro is running a new A9x processor, which is apparently 1.8 times faster than its predecessor the A8X. According to Schiller this tablet is 80 percent faster than other portable PCs.
The new design obviously gives the design space for a four speaker design. The audio of the speaker automatically changes depending on how hold the device.
For the much larger design, Apple’s introducing two new accessories:Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. The Smart Keyboard works much like the Surface keyboard in that it serves as both a cover and a keyboard. As with older iPad covers this one rolls up to serve as a stand.
Worry not, you’ll be able to take tablet photos with the iPad Pro. Yes you can! There’s an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, and an HD FaceTime camera.
So how much is this super-powered iPad gonna cost? UK prices have yet to be announced, but in the US it will be $800 (£519) for the 32GB wifi version, $950 (£617) for the 128GB wifi version, and $1079 (£701) with 128GB, wifi and mobile data. The Smart Keyboard costs $170 (£110). The Pencil will cost $100 (£65). All of these products will be available in November.
This is all exciting stuff! We’ll know for sure if iPad Pro is worth the hype when it drops.