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Apple may have reinvented the tablet for today, but it has plans to give artists a tablet for tomorrow, and it arrives in the form of the iPad Pro, Apple’s biggest tablet yet.
A new iPad is here, and with it new internals, a new screen, and pretty much new everything. What is this iPad Pro thing?
It starts with a new processor, as Apple jumps to the A9X 64-bit processor in this device, relying on what we’ve heard is 4GB RAM and either 32 or 128GB storage alongside it. Complimenting this is Apple’s M9 motion co-processor.
Apple’s iOS 9 arrives on the iPad Pro out of the box, and you’ll find connection options are pretty much on par with Apple’s regular iPad offering, regardless of the tablet being new or not, with support for 802.11a/b/g/n and 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and wired Lightning. An optional variant has support for 4G LTE.
Cameras come part and parcel with tablets these days, and the iPad Pro is no exception, offering a 1.2 megapixel FaceTime HD front-facing camera, as well as an 8 megapixel rear camera for the back capable of handling Full HD 1080p video capture.
Sensors are also included, with an ambient light sensor, the usual accelerometer, a barometer, gyroscope with three-axis pickup, and Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor, just in case you value your security and want to entrust it to fingerprints over passwords.
And all of this sits under a specialty 12.9 inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) display, offering a resolution of 2732×2048, which translates roughly to 264 pixels per inch, where Apple’s iPad Air 2 and iPad Air sit at for clarity.
A new port can also be found on every iPad Pro, and that’s the Smart Connector port at the bottom of the device, or the left edge, allowing physically connected devices to adhere to the iPad Pro and transfer data to and from the tablet, such as with a keyboard.
Design and screen
An iPad is built from its screen, so let’s talk about that screen, because it’s definitely worth talking about.
For the iPad Pro, Apple has brought in its largest portable screen ever, creating a 12.9 inch tablet, and boy is it big.
We recall reviewing a 13 inch tablet before Windows PC makers started making these ridiculous 14 and 15 inch hybrids, and back then 13 inch was insane.