At its event today, Apple has finally unveiled the iPad Pro, a 12.9-inch tablet which the company claims is the "most capable and powerful iPad" they've ever created. The device was previously rumored to compete directly with the upcoming Surface Pro 4 from Microsoft.
Apple's iPad Pro features a 12.9-inch screen which will showcase 5.6 million pixels on a single display. The device will be powered by iOS 9, which promises more multi-tasking features to make it a productivity-focused tablet, along with a full-sized virtual keyboard. The iPad Pro will run on a new "console-class" third-generation 64-bit A9X GPU which is 1.8 times faster than the one present in the iPad Air 2. The company also claims that this is faster than 80% of the portable PCs and it also packs along two times better graphic performance, while allowing the tablet a 10-hour battery life.
The iPad Pro will also include 4 speakers, and will be just 6.9mm thick as compared to 6.1mm on the Air 2, and will weigh just 1.57 pounds. The tablet will utilize an 8 MP iSight Camera as well as Touch ID. Apple has also announced a physical keyboard for its new tablet, very similar to the one utilized by Microsoft's Surface line of devices. Along with this accessory, the company has also announced a stylus, which it has dubbed as the "Apple Pencil".
Users will be able to use this Pencil for their office work, drawing, utilizing different apps and educational activities. Moreover, doctors will be able to share 3D models with their patients.
The iPad Pro will be available in three storage options. The 32 GB version will cost $799, while the 64 GB option will set you back $949. Both these iterations will support Wi-Fi only. The 128 GB version will support both Wi-Fi and cellular up to 150 Mbps LTE and will cost $1079. Meanwhile, the Apple Pencil will cost $99 and the "Smart Keyboard" will be available for $169. All-in-all, buying the top-tier iPad Pro along with all its accessories will cost customers as much as $1347.