It’s time folks, the splendid iPad Air
is getting an older beefier sibling. It’s everything you loved about the iPads of yore, just bigger and badder. Meet the iPad Pro.
The iPad Pro has a 12.9-inch retina display, which is considerably larger than the 9.7-incher on the competition. This is a big screen, which puts it more in laptop territory than a traditional tablet. As Phil Schiller pointed out today, you can use a full-size software keyboard on it. Or as Schiller suggested, play a keyboard. Synth jam on the iPad, woo woo!
That display looks positively gorgeous: Its 2732×2048 pixels adds up to 5.9 million pixels, which is more pixels than the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
The design is really slight, despite the big screen: 6.9 mm, compared to 6.1 on the iPad Air 2. It’s not the lightest gadget you’ll own though, weighing 1.54 pounds.
Under the hood, the iPad Pro is running a new A9x processor, which is apparently 1.8 times faster than its predecessor the A8X. According to Schiller this tablet is 80 percent faster than other portable PCs.
The new design obviously gives the design space for a four speaker design. The audio of the speaker automatically changes depending on how hold the device.
For the much larger design, Apple’s introducing two new accessories: Smart Keyboard
and Apple Pencil.