The New Apple iPad Pro: Improved Desktop Performance in Tablet
During Apple’s September special event launch, the company unveiled the new iPad Pro, which is a larger 12.9-inch tablet with a diagonal screen, physical keyboard and a stylus known as the Apple Pencil. Apple is set to launch the tablet in November.
Features and Specifications
The iPad Pro is capable of delivering new applications and comes equipped with a 10-hour battery life and storage capacities that match desktops. Boasting markup tools and features, this tablet allows users to mark up documents, and it’s a breeze to use the Apple Pencil to access, edit and create PowerPoint, Excel and Word files.
Here are the key price aspects of the iPad Pro:
A starting price of $799 with 32 GB of storage
$1,079 for the iPad Pro with 128 GB of storage and Wi-Fi and LTE support (up to 150 Mbps LTE)
$99 Apple Pencil
$169 Apple Keyboard
Technical specifications of the bigger, more powerful tablet:
12.9 inch Retina display with a resolution of 2,732 x 2,048 at 264 pixels per inch
Third generation, 64-bit A9X processor
Battery life lasting up to 10 hours
Audio with four speakers
8-MP iSight camera
The iPad Pro also features a connector for the optional Smart Keyboard. Customers can choose among rose gold, space grey and silver colors.
When it comes to size, the iPad Pro is the biggest tablet from Apple to date. Its width is comparable to the height of a normal iPad. A resolution of 2,732 x 2,048 means that the tablet provides 5.6 million pixels, possibly better than a Macbook Pro with Retina Display.
The iPad Pro’s display utilizes Oxide TFT technology, which allows the tablet to refresh pixels rapidly while maintaining even colors. Another feature of the display is a variable refresh rate. Apple claims that the iPad Pro has the most advanced display the company has ever created.
Packed with twice the memory bandwidth, Apple says that the iPad Pro offers desktop-class performance. The A9X is 1.8 times faster compared to the A8X in terms of CPU. This astounding processor allows users to edit up to three 4k video streams simultaneously.
The Apple Pencil looks like a stylus and features low latency, enabling users to feel the sensation of using a real pencil on paper. The iPad Pro has three connectors for using the Smart Keyboard and other accessories.
An Alternative to Laptops?
Considering its powerful performance, the iPad Pro may just be the next popular option to replace laptops and become a strong contender against the Microsoft Surface Pro. According to Apple, the processor works faster than 80 percent of current portable personal computers on the market, while the graphics are better than 90 percent of the portable PCs.
Many users are undoubtedly excited to get their hands on the new tablet come November. Apple targets corporations and enterprises, a market in which the Microsoft Surface Pro is presently popular.
Along with the iPad Pro, Apple also revealed the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, new Apple TV and the iPad Mini 4 at the special event launch.