Up Close with The New iPad Pro: What’s New?

The New iPad Pro Review What’s New

 

Introducing iPad Pro

Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad, launching in November

iPad has always offered a uniquely immersive experience. Now, with its 12.9-inch Retina display, powerful A9X chip, and dynamic four speaker audio, iPad Pro lets you be more creative and more productive —at an entirely new scale.

AT A GLANCE

The iPad Pro is Apple’s largest iPad yet, with a 12.9-inch 2732 x 2048 resolution display, a powerful A9X processor, a super slim design, and a four-speaker audio system. It will launch in November.

FEATURES

🙂 12.9-inch 2732 x 2048 resolution display
🙂 A9X processor
🙂 iPad Air 2-style design
🙂 Four-speaker audio system
🙂 Optional Smart Keyboard
🙂 Optional Apple Pencil
🙂 Available in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray

 

What’s New

Apple introduced its new flagship 12.9-inch iPad Pro at its fall media event on September 9. As Apple’s largest mobile device, the iPad Pro offers 78 percent more screen real estate than the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2, Apple’s previous flagship tablet, which it also takes design cues from.

The iPad Pro measures in at 6.9mm thick and it weighs 1.57 pounds, which is just a half-pound heavier than the iPad Air 2. It is available in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray, like the rest of the iPad lineup.

Externally, the iPad Pro looks like a giant iPad Air 2, but its internal hardware puts it on par with desktop-class machines. With its light weight and its enormous touchscreen, the iPad Pro is a unique device that will combine a new class of applications with touch-based input methods and portability.

On stage, Apple CEO Tim Cook described the iPad Pro as the “most capable and powerful” iPad Apple had designed yet, replete with advanced technologies and innovations. The iPad Pro is powered by a 64-bit A9X chip with a built-in M9 motion coprocessor. Compared to the A8X in the iPad Air 2, the iPad Pro is 1.8 times faster at CPU tasks and twice as fast at GPU tasks.

The iPad Pro’s display has a resolution of 2732 x 2048 at 226 pixels per inch, for a total of 5.6 million pixels, more than any other iOS device. To drive all of those pixels, the iPad Pro uses technology from the 5K Retina iMac, plus display elements designed to give it the best possible contrast ratio, uniform color, and brightness.

For the first time in an Apple display, it uses a variable refresh rate to preserve power when static images are on the screen. The iPad Pro has “all day” 10-hour battery life despite its massive screen.

The New iPad Pro Review What’s New

 

Hardware and Design

Also new in the iPad Pro is its four speaker audio system that automatically balances left and right depending on how the iPad is held for the best possible sound. It also puts out three times as much audio volume as the iPad Air 2. There’s an 8-megapixel rear camera for taking photos, and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera for FaceTime and selfies.

Like Apple’s other mobile devices, the iPad Pro includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi, has an LTE option, and ships with Apple’s fingerprint recognition system, Touch ID.

To expand the flexibility of the iPad Pro and increase its usefulness for both creative and productivity based tasks, Apple designed two accessories to go with it: the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. The accessories and the iPad Pro were built together, so they work together in incredible ways.

The Apple Pencil is a pressure-sensitive stylus with multiple sensors that are able to detect position, force, and tilt. Combined with the iPad Pro’s display, it’s accurate enough to touch a single pixel on the screen, making it perfect for artists.

Apple’s Smart Keyboard is essentially a Smart Cover with a built-in keyboard, but it’s designed without a battery because it can connect to the iPad Pro through the tablet’s new Smart Connector, a port that’s able to provide both data and power.

These accessories are entirely optional. The iPad Pro will work as any other iPad, but the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil add an additional layer of flexibility and enhance what’s possible to achieve with a tablet device.

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How to Buy

The iPad Pro will be available for purchase in November, but Apple has not yet unveiled a specific launch date. Recent rumors have suggested the iPad Pro could debut in early November rather than later in the month, and some European retailers have already begun accepting pre-orders.


Pricing for the iPad Pro starts at $799 for the entry-level 32GB Wi-Fi only model. A 128GB Wi-Fi only model is available for $949, and a 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model is available for $1,079.

The iPad Pro’s accessories, the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard, will be sold separately. The Apple Pencil will be priced at $99, while the Smart Keyboard will retail for $169.