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Ahead of its November release, earlier this month Apple announced that the iPad Pro is “the most capable and powerful iPad [they’ve] created.”
With the iPad kick-starting the modern tablet era just five years ago, the last two quarters has seen a steady decline in global iPad sales. While sales peaked in late 2014, the iPad Pro could determine the fate of Apple’s current tablet domination.
So what sets the iPad Pro from the rest?
The iPad Pro is the largest of Apple’s tablets to date, measuring up at 12.9 inches in length and 6.9 mm thick. Weighing in at just over 712 grams, the iPad Pro is just over 220 grams heavier than the iPad Air 2.
The iPad Pro will feature Apple’s third generation 64-bit chip known as the A9X chip, which is 1.5 times faster than the A8X chip.
This speed makes the iPad Pro 80% faster than all portable PCs on the market, and puts it on par with desk-top class machines.
In terms of display, the iPad Pro has a resolution of 2732 x 2048 making it capable of showing 5.6 million pixels. The iPad Pro uses technology from the 5K Retina iMac, plus display elements designed to give it the best possible contrast ratio and brightness.
For the first time in an Apple display, the iPad Pro uses a variable refresh rate to save power when static images are on the screen. Despite having such a large screen, Apple claim that the iPad Pro will have a 10 hr battery life.
To expand the flexibility of the iPad Pro, Apple has designed two new optional accessories to complement the new iPad Pro.
The Apple Pencil is a pressure-sensitive stylus which is able to detect force, position and tilt. Combined with the iPad Pro’s display, the Apple pencil is accurate enough to touch a single pixel on screen and is compatible with iOS apps like Mail, Notes, Procreate, Adobe Photoshop, and Office 365.
Apple’s Smart Keyboard
Essentially, Apple’s Smart Keyboard is a built into a smart cover which connects to the iPad Pro via a new magnetic port called the Smart Connecter, which can transmit both data and power simultaneously.
Because it connects directly to the iPad Pro, the Smart Keyboard does not require a separate battery, on/off switch, or Bluetooth pairing.
While Apple hasn’t announced the UK and Australian pricing, the $799 US starting price will roughly convert to AU $1130.
The iPad Pro will be available for purchase this November.