Apple has just unveiled a new, larger iPad on stage in San Francisco. The iPad Pro has a larger display measuring 12.9 inches with new pressure-sensitive technology built in that can sense the amount of pressure you are applying with the new Apple Pencil.
A larger iPad with new display technology
"The biggest news in the iPad since the iPad", said Tim Cook when he announced the new larger iPad Pro. Apple puts emphasis on the fact that iPad is basically a screen, which can transform into any motive, depending on your demands.
The new display in iPad Pro measures 12.9 inches, which means that its shortest side is as large as the iPad Airs longest side. There is a total of 5.6 million pixels (2732 x 2048) inside and Apple calls it "the most advanced display we've ever built." The machine is driven by the new A9X chip, which is 1.8 times faster than A8X in iPad Air 2. Apple says that the graphics processor is faster than 90% of all laptops sold within the past six months, and that it is necessary to power the large screen and high resolution.
The graphics processor is also powerful enough to drive the display stable at 60 frames per second even in demanding apps, says Apple. The thickness of the iPad Pro is 6.9 mm and battery life is 10 hours.
Apple also introduces a new "Apple Pencil", which is a stylus that can be used on the screen to write, draw and much more. Apple says the screen has been optimized for the Pencil with extremely low latency, high precision and double as fast touch recognition. The Apple Pencil can be used while resting your hand on the screen and by using your fingers you can include tools like a ruler in editing. Depending on how hard you press the display, the Apple Pencil will draw thinner or thicker lines. There is also a keyboard called "smart keyboard".
iPad Pro will be available in November for $799, $949 and $1,079 dollars for 32GB, 128GB and 128GB+4G, respectively. The Apple Pencil will be available for $99 and the Smart Keyboard for $169.