“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.
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.
According to Apple, this is no ordinary stylus, calling it “a precision input device” that according to the company “makes drawing and sketching feel remarkably fluid and natural”.
A secondary accessory will also be made available, and again, this one takes a page out of one of Apple’s competitor’s books.
Called the “Smart Keyboard”, this is a full-size keyboard built into a woven fabric that connects directly to the iPad by way of a custom port on the side of the computer, which Apple is calling the “Smart Connector port”.
“iPad Pro is the most advanced and powerful iPad we have ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Apple.
“Its beautiful and large 12.9-inch Retina display has 5.6 million pixels and provides an immersive experience for content and apps,” he said.
“The iPad Pro is far and away the fastest iOS device we have ever made — its A9X chip beats most portable PCs in both CPU and graphics tasks, but is thin and light enough to hold all day.”
There will, of course, be an option for 4G LTE, but to get that model, you’ll need to be prepared to spend big since it will only arrive in a 128GB option, while the WiFi variant with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac will come in both 32GB and 128GB.
We’re surprised at the 32GB option, and figure 64GB would make more sense, but suspect this will be one of those “be prepared to be up-sold” moments whereby you’re told you can store more on the 128GB version, making it better for long term use.
As for pricing, no word on that yet, but with release in November, you can be sure that we’ll let you know closer to the date.