iPad Pro announced with Apple pencil and smart keyboard, everything you should know
If you are someone who always dreamt of a gigantic iPad; Apple granted your wish true at its mega press event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco – welcome the ‘iPad Pro’. Apple CEO Tim Cook said the iPad Pro is the “biggest news in iPad since the iPad.” The latest edition of the iPad tablet (as rumors suggested) features a 12.9-inch display and comes with a complementing stylus and a keyboard. The iPad Pro with the keyboard seem to be designed to inroad the market left vacant by the Microsoft Surface.
Designed with a 12.9 inches 5.6 million pixels display, the new iPad Pro is by far the biggest screen running iOS. The tablet is designed to support a full-sized keyboard, which makes it the first iPad ever to support an official physical keyboard and a stylus. The display of the new tablet is based on the same technology used in the Apple iMac – the 5K display brings everything on the screen to life and allows 4K video editing.
Despite its mammoth size, the iPad Pro measures only 6.9mm thin and weighs 1.57 pounds. The Pro features an A9X memory chip, which is an upgrade from the A8X chip used in the iPad Air 2. The new chipset ensures the iPad Pro to be 1.8 times faster than the iPad Air 2.
The iPad Pro includes an 8-megapixel iSight camera on the rear and gets a FaceTime HD Camera for the front, and it also features a Touch ID sensor. We learn the Pro gets really effective graphics, which means the performance will be doubled, and the Pro will be the fastest possible device for gaming and productivity apps.
For the record – Apple claims the iPad Pro will be faster than 80 percent of portable PCs that have shipped in the past six odd months. Now, that’s some statement to beat for all the laptop manufacturers out there.
iPad’s audio quality has always been a cause of concern for Apple fanboys. The Cupertino tech giant has taken a note of it, and has purposely stuffed the Pro with four-speaker audio system, which enhance audio performance big time based on how you hold it.
For all that power and performance, iPad Pro needs a great battery. Apple claims, the Pro will have 10-hour battery life, which certainly means the present-day laptops or other tablets have a lot to contemplate.
iPad Pro gets Apple Pencil and it works as a stylus
Apple Pencil was unveiled alongside the iPad Pro. The Pencil is a dedicated stylus for iPad Pro, which allow precision in writing and drawing on the Pro and can also be used simultaneously with a finger. Using the Pencil is easy – it works like one of those good old styluses, only that it’s more intelligent and more today. The iPad Pro can increase its scanning surface on the display when the Pencil is being used so your accuracy can be improved.
Additionally, Apple Pencil features sensitivity sensors and according to Apple it feels like a ‘true writing and drawing instrument.’ The Pencil can be recharged using a Lightning connector. The connector plugs directly into the Pro and here’s a surprise – 15-second charge ensures the Pencil is good to work for 30 minutes.
$99 Apple Pencil is compatible with all Pro apps including built-in Mail and Notes apps. You can easily take notes and write emails using the stylus. To demonstrate the Apple Pencils capabilities, and the iPad Pro-based iOS apps, Apple invited Microsoft and Adobe to the stage during the event. Adobe showed the Photoshop Fix app which allows users to retouch faces and photos quickly using the Apple Pencil. Adobe Sketch has also been updated to work with the stylus. Microsoft on the other hand demonstrated new Office for iOS which supports Apple Pencil. It revealed that PowerPoint will now convert stylus ink into objects to be used in PPT slides.
iPad Pro gets an official (optional) smart keyboard
iPad has not come with an official keyboard before but that’s not how it stands with the iPad Pro; the Pro gets a smart keyboard case as an integral part of the tablet. The iPad has three circles on the sides, which act as a Smart Connector to attach the keyboard to Pro. The keyboard will be shipped in November for $169.
Pricing and availability
iPad Pro is mainly aimed at industrial, research, education and enterprise users but that doesn’t mean you cannot have one. The 32GB iPad Pro will cost $799, which the 128GB will set you back $949. If you want an LTE version, you’ll have to shell $1079 for 128GB LTE edition. The iPad Pro will be available in gold, silver and space grey colors starting November this year. Apple will not ship Pencil and keyboard with the Pro, you will have to purchase them separately.