iPad Pro

Today, Apple unveiled “the biggest news in iPad since the iPad,” as CEO Tim Cook put it. Yes, the iPad Pro gets real. It’s got the biggest screen in an iOS device measuring 12.9 inches diagonally and is driven by the fastest Apple-designed iOS device processor yet.

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, raved about the benefits of the bigger screen that provides more screen real estate for games and apps.

That screen has a 2,732-by-2,048 pixel resolution, which works out to5,6 million pixels—that’s more pixels than the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

ipad pro pixels

The screen uses technologies created for the 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina screen, sports an oxide TFT layer and has a variable refresh display rate, a first for the iPad.

ipad pro screen size

The device runs an Apple-designed ‘A9X’ processor with that provides double the bandwidth to the memory, double performance to flash storage and double the graphics over the iPad Air 2’s A8X processor. The A9X has more RAM than its predecessor, too.

ipad pro a9x

“This is desktop class performance,” Schiller said.

The iPad Pro is faster than 80 percent of portable PCs that shipped in the past twelve months. And in graphics tests it’s faster than 90 percent of them.

ipad pro battery life

Apps like AutoDesk 360 from Autodesk can handle huge sets of data and iMovie can handle 4K video editing.

It has Touch ID and four stereo speakers, too, with three times the audio volume of the iPad Air 2’s speaker. The iPad Pro has the same 10-hour battery life, despite having a much more powerful hardware than any iPad before it.

Smart Keyboard

Apple also said that a new keyboard accessory called the Smart Keyboard will be available for the iPad Pro. It’s interesting that the iPad Pro has a new type of connector based on three new circles running around the sides of the device.

ipad pro smart keyboard

They’re calling it the Smart Connector and it carries power, data and connects magnetically to the keyboard, with the software automatically adapting to the physical keyboard.

ipad pro type

Apple Pencil

The rumors were true: Apple now has a stylus of its own.

The Apple Pencil uses highly responsive sensors inside the tip to detect position, force and tilt.

apple pencil

The Apple Pencil has a built-in battery, features a Lightning connector to connect directly into iPad Pro for charging and is highly responsive so it should really feel natural to draw curved shapes and more.

Apple invited Microsoft executives to demo rich content and document creation with the Apple Stylus in mobile Office apps using features like shape recognition, annotations, ink and more.

apple pencil drawing

Adobe showed off three distinct applications running on the iPad Pro with stylus support: Abobe Comp, Adobe Photoshop Fix (a brand new iPad-exclusive app announced today, shipping in October) and Adobe Photoshop Sketch.

apple pencil inside

Lastly, the demo session ended with a dedicated body anatomy app for the iPad Pro from 3D4Medical that supports the Apple Stylus for “pinpoint precision editing” with 3D editing made possible via the stylus’s force-sensing support.

Availability

The iPad Pro starts at $799 for a Wi-Fi-only model with thirty-two gigabytes of storage and goes all the way up to $949/$1099 for 64GB/128GB editions. Wi-Fi + Cellular models are a $130 extra.

The Apple Pencil is priced at $99 and the Smart Keyboard will be $169. The iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro will be available in November, Apple said.

So, what do you think so far about the new iPad?

  • Xee

    Super big! Fast post Christian!

  • besrate hogsa

    Desktop class -CPU

  • iPleiades

    That’s it?

  • coLin

    Is this an article?

    • Ali

      Writing in progress.

  • Born of Fire

    Crowd as always !! wuu !!hohh! haa!! so boring and lame

    • besrate hogsa

      as always!!

  • ديف فرانكو

    Lol apple is so late with these “new” features and “advanced” technology and “innovation “

    • coLin

      Can’t agree more

  • Dan

    “This is desktop class performance,” Shiller said.
    Without an actual desktop OS. Big iPad, wow…
    Why not just get a macbook at this point, iPad+keyboard will be almost the same price.

    • Cameron

      are you watching the keynote? most of the impressive stuff is on the touchscreen and pencil…

      • Dan

        I understand that (and yes I did), but it is in no way desktop class performance.

      • George

        Or impressive

      • Cameron

        Which one are you talking about? A typical desktop or the MacBook? You do know the MacBook processor is pretty weak itself. “Why not get a MacBook” because the iPad pro is an impressive touch input device and the MacBook is not.

      • Dan

        I may have overestimated the macbook by comparing it to a windows laptop of the same price. You are right, a macbook is not impressive. The iPad pro will not be comparable in performance to a desktop or laptop, it will be superior to a macbook.

  • Chuck Finley

    Apple there, showing off their r̶i̶p̶p̶e̶d̶-̶o̶f̶f̶ innovative iSurface Pro.

    • George

      At least the surface runs full windows, this thing is dumb.

  • TeChNoStyLeZ

    this thing is gonna be so bendable, you will be able to fold it twice

  • Jamessmooth

    can only get LTE with the 128gb model?! that sucks!

    • Jamessmooth

      PS., guess I’m going to get the 128gb model 🙂

  • SKElite777

    Thank you for the article.

  • Maidenmann

    You can’t put a Mobil OS on a device an hope it to be used as a PC. Ask Microsoft and the surface RT. it is just a bigger iPad. Surface pro still the king of the segment. Btw I have an iPad mini

  • Matt

    I’ll have a Surface Pro with a fully featured Windows 10, sleeker design, and some nice USB 3.0 ports.
    Thanks.
    I’m all seriousness there is nothing “Pro” about this tablet.

    • BillK

      Biggest drawback of the Surface – Windows, even Windows 10.

  • And there’s the iNote 12 Pro; Apple’s version of a bigger bastardized tablet with an even bigger ripp-off price…but who cares, we have enough iLliterates to make this a booming success where the Note 12 Pro failed.

  • And there’s the iNote 12 Pro; Apple’s version of a bigger bastardized tablet with an even bigger ripp-off price. Doesn’t even support connecting non-Apple USB peripherals…but who cares, we have enough iLliterates to make this a booming success where the Note 12 Pro failed. That’s all that matters to Apple…

    • Sad but true. They could have put OS X in there and an Intel CPU and sure the battery life would have sunk but it would have been great.

  • rockdude094

    Ive seen this thing before……… can’t put my surface pen on it

  • BillK

    For the price, why not purchase a MacBook Air instead? More flexible, not much heavier and an OS much better at multitasking.