September 9, 2015

Apple Introduces iPad Pro with 12.9" Retina Display

Apple iPad Pro Hero Image
There's a new giant iPad in town.

Introduced at today's Apple event, the iPad Pro is a super-sized version of the original iPad (starting at $800), but with a few new tricks up its sleeve. The biggest update is obviously the screen. This is the first screen from Apple that has a variable refresh rate on the 5.6 million pixel display, and they've got some new touch sensitivity built-in that lets you draw and move around the screen more precisely. That's necessary when you're using their new Pencil stylus.

Here's an intro video for the iPad Pro:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlYC8gDvutc

And Apple Pencil:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iicnVez5U7M

A look at the specs

  • 12.9" Retina Display with a resolution of 2732-by-2048 resolution at 264 PPI
  • 3rd Generation 64-bit A9X Processor
  • 8MP iSight camera with f/2.4 aperture lens
  • 1080p HD video recording (30 fps), Slo-mo (120 fps)
  • Four Speaker Audio
  • 10-Hour Battery
  • 8MP iSight Camera
  • 802.11ac with MIMO
  • Up to 150Mbps LTE
  • Touch ID
  • Increased Touch Sensitivity 
  • Availability: November 2015
  • Price: $800 — 32GB with WiFi / $950 — 128GB with WiFi / $1080 — 128GB with WiFi + Cellular

We've also got some new Apps from Adobe that will only be available on the iPad Pro, and I would expect that these are going to be the sort of thing that make the experience worth it, especially since you're losing a lot of the functionality of a laptop — and the iPad Pro is huge:

Apple iPad Pro Sketch App

Video editing is also going to be a much nicer experience considering how big the screen is. Apparently the new iMovie can edit a number of 4K streams at once:

Besides the stylus, they've also got a keyboard:

Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard

The iPad Pro is expected to be available this November.

iPad Mini 4

In addition, the company introduced a new iPad Mini 4, which takes the power of the iPad Air 2 and puts it into a smaller package.

Here's what the Apple iPad lineup looks like now:

Apple iPad Lineup 2015

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This article should be about the secrets in Apple's product introduction videos, that convince you that buying a $99 pencil, that they dare to sell seperately only, is a good idea.

September 9, 2015 at 7:17PM

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Panos Economou
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This article should be about the secrets of Apple's product introduction videos, that dares to convince you that buying a $99 pencil, sold seperately only, is a good idea.

September 9, 2015 at 7:26PM

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Panos Economou
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So I guess this product is proving, once again, how Steve Jobs was wrong about what the ideal size of a tablet should be. He was also wrong about using a stylus. That being said: I love what Apple has done with the new Surface !

All joking aside: it's gorgeous !

September 9, 2015 at 8:55PM

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That pencil is the best new product from apple in years and I can't believe it only works on iPad Pro :(

September 9, 2015 at 11:20PM

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Honest question: why the 4:3 aspect ratio? They show people watching a bunch of HD videos in full screen (which would only be possible if it zooms to get the full screen).

I get that it makes a certain amount of sense for various applications but let's be honest, they are marketing it as an entertainment device as well.

So the 4:3 is a little confusing in that regard.

September 10, 2015 at 1:24PM

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Luke Neumann
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While people are purchasing it (mostly) as an entertainment device, Apple is trying hard to convince everyone that it is a productivity device (hence, the name iPad Pro). For such, documents fit better on the 4:3 display.

September 10, 2015 at 5:24PM

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That iPad mini 4 would be prefect for the phantom 3 and DJI GO app.

September 18, 2015 at 2:48PM, Edited September 18, 2:48PM

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Bert Beltran
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