In a recent launch, Apple announced plans that they would soon be unveiling their latest tablet, the iPad Pro, which can also be used with a new Apple Pencil.
Speaking at the event, Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive officer, said, “iPad is the clearest expression of our vision of the future of computing. In just five years, the iPad has transformed the way we create, the way we learn. We’ve been amazed with new and unexpected things people have done with the iPad, so we asked ourselves, how can we take the iPad even further? This is the biggest news in iPad since the iPad.”
So how does the new iPad Pro compare to the iPad?
The main noticeable difference is the size of the iPad Pro. It has a 12.9 inch screen compared to the previous 9.7 inch screen. The new product will also be slightly thicker than its counterpart. The Pro will also be far more powerful, through the introduction of the new A9X chip which has been billed by Apple as being 1.8 times faster than the iPad Air 2.
Other specifications for the iPad Pro are below:
- It will be 6.9mm thick and weigh just 1.57lbs
- The screen will consist of 5.6 million pixels – more than the 15-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display
- There are four speakers on each corner
- The machine comes enabled with iOS 9
- The battery will last up to 10 hours
- iPad Pro will be available with 32GB and 128GB options
Some things have remained the same though. The same connector is used to charge and sync and the power and volume buttons have not changed. The camera function has not significantly changed – the device features an 8MP rear and 720p front facing camera.
The price is expected to be $799 (approx. £514) for the 32GB option and $949 (approx. £611) for the 128GB option. It will come in either a silver, gold or a space grey colour.
Also at the launch were the announcement of several accessories that would be compatible with the new iPad Pro. Perhaps most surprisingly was the revelation that an Apple Pencil would soon be available. This has received some criticism and raised eyebrows from fans of the company due to Steve Jobs’ previous insistence that nobody would want a stylus.
At a 2008 Macworld event, Jobs asked, ‘who wants a stylus?’ and described them as ‘yuck’. Instead he said, “We’re going to use the best pointing device in the world. We’re going to use a pointing device that we’re all born with – born with ten of them. We’re going to use our fingers.”
The $99 Apple Pencil will be an individually powered device, and so will need recharging. It is being advertised for when you need ‘greater precision’, and measures the pressure and tilt of the pen. It is connected to the device through the same connector as the iPad.
Other accessories available for the iPad Pro include a full size Smart Keyboard at $169. The keyboard fits like an iPad cover and it is connected using a Smart Connector so no need for batteries or unnecessary wires.
The iPad Pro and the compatible accessories will be available in November.