The iPad Pro is a 12.9-inch tablet that boasts a resolution of 2732 x 2048 pixels. The large display of the iPad Pro makes it possible to view two apps side-by-side using the recently-announced split-view feature. The device runs on Apple’s new A9x chip with 4GB of RAM. The new chip is said to perform almost two times faster than devices that run on the previous A8x chipset.
The iPad pro comes with iOS 9 out-of-the-box and a stylus pen called ‘Apple Pencil’. Apple has promised that its Pencil will perform more accurately for creative professionals. But let’s leave the performance of the Apple Pencil alone for a bit and go back to Steve Jobs’ famous statement on stylus pens in 2007, when the first iPhone was revealed:
“Who wants a stylus? You have to get ‘em, put ‘em away. You lose them. Yuck.”
Eight years later, Apple has gone ahead and introduced a stylus pen as one of its product, which begs the question; “Is Apple trying to fit in ?” I mean with the Microsoft Surface Pro setting trends with its accessories (the Surface Pen and Keyboard), is it safe to say Apple is trying to tread the Surface Pro path?
Anyway, the Apple Pencil has its own battery and can be recharged by plugging it into the iPad Pro.
The iPad Pro also comes with a keyboard accessory, the Smart Keyboard, that looks a lot like the Surface Pro 3 keyboard. The keyboard attaches itself to the iPad Pro magnetically through three small circles called the ‘Smart Connector’. The Smart Connector also carries data and power. However, the keyboard lacks a trackpad.
At the back of the iPad Pro is an 8-megapixel camera, and on the front is a 1.2-megapixel camera. Also at the front of the iPad Pro is a Touch ID sensor which is found on the home button.
Apple’s iPad Pro will be available sometime in November. Pricing for the device is $799 for the 32GB model, $949 for the 64GB model, and $1079 for the 128GB model. The Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard are sold separately costing $99 and $169 respectively.