Apple just announced the iPad Pro, its massive iPad that has been rumored for more than a year now. The iPad Pro packs in plenty of features and tons of power, but the focus seems to be on multitasking using all of that screen real estate.
Tim Cook called it the most capable iPad ever created, and packs a 12.9-inch display with a 2732 x 2048 pixel resolution. That’s 5.6 million pixels total. Of course, it runs iOS 9 with its new multitasking features.
Under the hood you’ll find an A9X processor. Apple says it’s 1.8x faster than the A8X chip included in the iPad Air 2. It’s a 64-bit processor with twice the memory bandwidth, offering what the company claims is desktop class performance better than 80 percent of the PC
It offers a 10-hour battery life. Apple’s also included four speakers for a great audio experience. The entire thing is 6.9mm thin and weighs just 1.57 pounds. It’s set to launch in November.
The iPad Pro comes in space gray, gold and silver. It starts at $799 for a Wi-Fi only 32GB model. You can upgrade to 128GB for $949, and add cellular on top of that for a whopping $1079.
Apple is also offering a stylus for the device, called the Apple Pencil for an extra $99. The new accessory comes packed with sensors that can tell how hard or soft you’re pushing down, and the company says it works better than any third-party stylus. It even works simultaneously with your finger. The built-in battery lasts for “hours of use,” and it features a built-in Lightning connector to plug directly into the iPad Pro.
On top of that, there’s also a specially designed keyboard-kickstand attachment for the new tablet. It’s a little pricy though at $169.