There’s a 7.9 inch iPad and a 9.7 inch iPad, but say that’s not big enough for you, and you’d prefer a laptop-sized iPad for your big images and all. Fine, because now there’s an iPad Pro.
Whether or not Samsung was too early when it first outed its 12 inch Note Pro, with Microsoft joining later on with its 12 inch Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Apple is now getting in on the 12 inch fun, creating a 12 inch iPad Pro.
“12 inches?” I hear you yell. “Surely, that’s too big. I mean, that’s what 30 centimetres isn’t it?”
It is, and technically when you count up the entirety of the screen size sitting at 12.9 inches, it’s actually a larger 32.76cm, making it one of the biggest currently tablets being put into production.
But hold up, because Apple’s iPad Pro ain’t no ordinary iPad.
For this new incarnation of the iPad, Apple has decided to build a machine made for the enterprise sector, as well as the creative types out there, with a larger display, new ways of throwing in your words, and a super fast processor, among other things.
On the inside, there’s a faster chip there, boosting the performance already found in the iPad Air 2’s A8X with an A9X, which itself is faster than what is inside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, both of which were announced at the same event.
That should be ideal for gaming and actual work, and Apple hints that this will be good for editing 4K video, which is handy since the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus also capture in 4K.
Apple’s iPad Pro cameras do not, however, with the 8 megapixel rear camera on this tablet only good for Full HD and 8 megapixel stills, while the front camera has been taken right out of the previous generation iPhone, with a 1.2 megapixel FaceTime HD camera.
The screen is one of Apple’s typical “Retina” displays, packing in a good 5.6 million pixels and sporting the resolution of 2732×2048, retaining that typical 4:3 aspect ratio Apple has gone with for ages and incorporating a variable refresh rate that checks the screen a little more often than a regular touchscreen display, catering to people who plan to be using it often, making it that much more accurate.
For the iPad Pro, using the screen “often” doesn’t just translate to typing using the fairly large keyboard or even playing an odd game here and there. Rather, it has more to do with people who plan to use one of the accessories of the iPad Pro: a stylus.
Just like the Samsung Galaxy Note series of devices and Microsoft’s Surface Pro range of products, Apple is reintroducing the stylus to the world, and it is called Pencil.