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:
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And Apple Pencil:
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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:
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:
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: