iPad Pro: Apple Introduces New 12.9-Inch Tablet With Smart Accessories
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro was unveiled along with a new stylus-like device and a ‘Smart Keyboard’ ahead of its November release date.
The iPad Pro, which was hailed as “the biggest news in iPad since the iPad” by Apple chief executive Tim Cook, features a 12.9-inch screen as well as a far faster processor.
Introducing the new iPad Pro
The device is the third size of iPad, following the introduction of the original iPad in 2010 and the iPad Mini in 2012. Its 32GB model will cost $799 when it goes on sale in November.
As well as announcing the device, Apple unveiled two major new accessories – the “Apple Pencil”, a stylus-like device for writing and drawing, and the “Smart Keyboard”, an attachable case with a keyboard.
As well as having a much bigger screen, the iPad Pro is far more powerful, with a new A9 chip that Apple said made it 1.8 times more powerful than the most recent iPad Air. Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller said this would enable “desktop class performance” on the device.
“iPad is the clearest expression of our vision of the future of personal computing, it’s transformed the way we create, the way we learn and the way we work,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive.
The iPad Pro features a 10-hour battery life and four speakers. It is slightly thicker than the iPad Air at 6.9mm compared to 6.1mm, and weighs 1.57 pounds – barely heavier than the 1.54 pounds of the original 9.7-inch iPad.
As well as the device itself, Apple unveiled two new accessories. The Apple Pencil, which allows users to apply different levels of pressure to the iPad Pro for different effects when drawing, writing or using other apps, is the first time Apple has made such an accessory.
Apple’s late founder Steve Jobs, when introducing the iPhone in 2007, famously said: “Nobody wants a stylus”.