Apple announced a new iPad on Wednesday called the iPad Pro.
First of all, it has a 12.9″ screen retina display with a resolution of 2732 x 2048 pixels.
Under the hood, you have the A9 64-bit CPU with the M9 motion co-processor which might come in handy for fitness tracking.
In terms of connectivity you have 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and LTE (for accessing internet on-the-go away from a Wi-Fi hotspot.
On the back you have an 8 megapixel iSight camera with the capability to take panoramic photos. It has the ability to take video in full HD (1080p) at the rate of 30 frames per second.
On the front, you have a 1.2 megapixel Facetime HD camera that can record video in HD at 720p.
Of course it also has the Touch ID fingerprint reader to help secure your iPad Pro.
On the software side it will come pre-loaded with iOS 9 and have Apple Pay (the software which let’s you store your credit cards and store loyalty cards on your iOS device).
Unlike previous iPads, the iPad Pro will come with 4 external speakers. The audio will be automatically balanced between those speakers.
This is all well and good, but how about battery life? Well, according to Apple, you will be able to get up to 10 hours of battery life with the iPad Pro. We will just have to see how many hours we can realistically achieve.
There will also be some accessories that Apple are going to be offering a keyboard case called the Smart Keyboard and a stylus called the Apple Pencil. The Smart Keyboard is a keyboard case made for the iPad Pro that is sold separately it would connect up to the smart connector on the side of the iPad Pro. This smart connector will provide power.
The Apple Pencil has a lightning connector that can be plugged into your iPad in order to charge the pencil.
The iPad pro will come in Silver, Gold and Space Grey. It will have a 32GB Wi-Fi model, a 128GB Wi-Fi model and a 128GB version with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity (LTE, HSPA+, HSPA and 3G). The iPad Pro will be available sometime in November. The Smart Keyboard and Apple pencil will also be launching in November (presumably at the same time as the iPad Pro).
In terms of pricing, the iPad Pro will start at $799(approximately £520) in the USA and $1079 (approximately £702) for the 128GB Wi-Fi + cellular model with 4G connectivity. Another thing worth noting is that Apple will continue to sell the older iPads (namely the iPad Air and the iPad Mini 2). The Apple pencil will cost $99(approximately £65) and the keyboard will cost you $169 (approximately £107)
On first impressions it seems like Apple is aiming this iPad at business users, creative types and designers.
12.9 inches is quite a large size for a tablet. True, I guess it makes it a more enjoyable experience for watching movies or TV shows. With that being said I would rather take the money that I would potentially spend on the iPad Pro and buy a 13″ Macbook Air.
Basically, unless if you are buying for a business or a creative or someone designing things, then I would not buy this iPad.
Other than the sound balancing and 4-way speaker system there is nothing really magical or epic about the iPad Pro.
Would you buy an iPad Pro?