The rumors ahead of Apple’s yearly event have been rampant recently, but there were surprisingly very few leaks about this particular new Apple device. The iPad Pro 12.9″ tablet that includes what Apple is calling, the Apple Pencil. With a resolution of 2732×2048 and 5.6 million pixels the iPad Pro was looking pretty sharp. Of course this isn’t the first tablet this size from a company, Samsung, Lenovo and others have all had a crack at larger tablets. Apple seems to be targeting the creative and productivity markets with the iPad Pro as Adobe launched a couple of new apps, and Microsoft updated their Office Suite for the iPad Pro.
The iPad Pro will have the A9X chip inside, which Apple of course says is much faster, and battery life is quoted at 10 hours. With a screen this big and hungry applications, I’m expecting somewhat less. The Pro also has a 4 stereo speakers built in which Apple claims gives adaptive sound, adjusting to the way you hold the tablet. The Pro comes in at 6.9mm thin which is only .2mm thicker than the iPad Air 2. And it weighs in at 1.57lbs which is just .2lbs heavier than the original iPad.
The iPad Pro also comes with two new peripherals, the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, priced in at $169 and $99. The Smart Keyboard looks suspiciously like Microsoft’s Surface Pro keyboard and folds up over the iPad Pro into a cover. The nice thing about the keyboard is yet another new connector from Apple (Smart Connector) which is magnetic and delivers power to the Keyboard from the iPad. The Apple Pencil was perhaps the most interesting part of the Pro, much like the S-Pen in that it can sense pressure and make the thinnest of lines, really geared towards those creative apps that require a light touch. It also has its own battery and recharges with a built in Lightning Connector in the back of the Pencil.
Microsoft introduced new updates for their mobile apps that will take advantage of the Apple Pencil and Adobe introduced a brand new app called, Photoshop Fix. Photoshop Fix allows you to do a myriad of new things with it on the iPad Pro using the Apple Pencil and should be a fun tool to use. In addition, Adobe introduced Photoshop Sketch, allowing iPad Pro owners to make sketches using the Apple Pencil.
The iPad Pro will launch in November, and cost $799 for the 32GB WiFi, $949 for the 128GB WiFi, and $1079 for the 128GB/LTE. We don’t know why Apple skipped from 32 to 128 but it is what it is.