The extra large version of the Cupertino tablet was finally announced. Here are the features and prices
Of the Apple event last night, iPad Pro was one of the two unknowns along with Apple TV. We knew that the Cupertino house had a new tablet ready for the autumn, and for more than a year the rumor was circulating that it would be a tablet larger than normal; having said that, it was not at all sure that it would be presented together with the new iPhones, thus risking that one of the two products would overshadow the other. We'll see how it ends; in the meantime iPad Pro, the latest in the line of Apple tablets, between us. And a very different product from his normal-sized brother.
It is immediately noticeable because of its "expanded" physicality, due to the size XL display. The latter a panel of 12,9 ″ and 2732 x 2048 pixel resolution: in practice its short side is the same as the long side of the iPad Air. The display is the fulcrum around which the whole concept of the new tablet revolves: on the iPad Pro hypertrophied screen, they repeat several times from the stage of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, you can do something else compared to what you did with the old iPad.
To move all those pixels, Apple has equipped its tabletone with an improved processor: theA9X 64-bit with M9 coprocessor which, according to the company, is more powerful than 1.8 times compared to the previous generation A8X. The other noteworthy hardware enhancement represented by four independent speakers placed on the back of the body, able to generate a clean and powerful stereo sound that can come in handy when watching movies on the move.
Further news arrive instead from accessories made by Apple and dedicated to those who work with the tablet. The first is a Smart Keyboard that acts as a cover and a keyboard for the device, it is magnetically attached to the side and at the connection it makes the app rearrange on the screen independently. The second is the Apple Pencil, an advanced nib that records inclination, rotation and force applied to the line on the screen.
Finally, to unlock the potential of the new tablet from the software point of view. the iOS 9 operating system, which recognizes the input of the nib, takes care of recognizing the presence of the keyboard and with support for the app side by side doubles the productivity of the giant screen from 12.9 ".
And as a demonstration of how the "Pro" in iPad Pro has not been put to chance, on the stage set up by Apple the spokesmen of various companies and multinationals (including Microsoft, whose presence has left everyone stunned) have alternated talk about how their productivity apps are ready to take advantage of new features of iPad Pro for the benefit of users. The segment was perhaps the most boring of all the show yesterday, but – especially during the presentation of Adobe – showed the public that the potential of the tablete is not to be underestimated. With a 10 hour battery life and a keyboard ready to hook up to turn it into a laptop-like, iPad Pro could be considered the 2-in-1 that Apple never wanted to produce.
Available in gold, silver and space gray, arriver in the United States in November, with prices that they start at $ 799 only Wi-Fi required for the 32GB version and up to $ 1079 for the 128GB version with Wi-Fi and support for cellular networks.
Apple Pencil coster 99 dollars and Smart Keyboard 169, while for Italy prices and date of availability of the whole gang have not yet been disclosed.