So much power, small size and keyboard support to tease PC users who were perplexed by the 12.9-inch version
We knew that during the Apple event the Cupertino company would present an iPad Pro of compact dimensions. We were just afraid that it would be called the iPad Pro Mini, as some rumors had suggested: luckily it wasn't like that. The tablet actually has the same dimensions as the previous iPad Air, presented now in 2014, but it's called simply iPad Pro.
The new tablet represents a frontal attack on the PC market. With over 600 million devices older than 5 years around the planet, their users are surely with the antennas pointing in search of a potential gadget that can replace the old.
This is why Apple wants to make its tablets attractive to an audience that is more attentive to productivity but intimidated by the size and price of the 12.9-inch model.
The new iPad Pro has a 9.7-inch display, but all the features of the gigantic model announced a few months ago: the A9X processor, or the most powerful ARM processor ever adopted by Apple, the M9 coprocessor for the activity tracking and to keep Siri always active and the support for Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. The latter will obviously be available in a smaller version so that it can adhere to the screen of the new tablet.
And right in the frame of the Retina Pro screen that hides the only real absolute novelty of the product: four-channel brightness sensors that can distinguish the tone of ambient light and adjust the white temperature reproduced by the pixels accordingly. The technology in question is called True Tone and should ensure a high fidelity of the contents even in the most bizarre light conditions.
For the rest, the tablet is truly a copy of its big brother: from the four-speaker audio system to the latest generation Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity. Enhances for the iSight camera, which now goes to 12 megapixels and records videos in 4K.
The price starts at 689 euros for the 32 GB Wi-Fi version and from 839 for the one with LTE connectivity, but there are 128 and for the first time 256 GB memory cuts available. Taking the appropriate proportions with dollar prices, the 128 and 256 GB Wi-Fi versions should cost ? 849 and ? 1029 respectively. The tablet from us will arrive in early April with Apple Pencil (at 109 euros) and the new Smart Keyboard (169 euros).