Apple Launching A9X-Based 12.9" iPad Pro in November for $799+

Apple today announced the iPad Pro at its "Hey Siri" media event in San Francisco. The 12.9-inch tablet has a resolution of 2732x2048, which is 5.6 million pixels -- more than any iOS device and even the MacBook Pro with Retina display.

ipad-pro
The iPad Pro has a 64-bit A9X processor that delivers up to 1.6 times faster performance over the iPad Air 2, with up to twice as fast graphics. Apple also says the tablet is faster than 80% of portable PCs shipped in the last 12 months, allowing users to run apps such as iMovie with desktop-class performance.


iPad Pro features a four-speaker audio system -- two speakers on each side -- that balance frequencies and put out up to three times the audio level of the iPad Air 2. The tablet also features 10-hour battery life, an 8-megapixel iSight camera, Touch ID, Smart Connector and Lightning connector.

Apple introduced two accessories for the iPad Pro. The first is a Microsoft Surface-like Smart Keyboard, which is built into a Smart Cover accessory and connects magnetically to the iPad Pro's new three-dot Smart Connector. The second is Apple Pencil, a stylus built using technology that can detect position, tilt and force.

Apple Pencil also calculate angle and orientation to produce both broad or shaded strokes. The Pencil also enables precision that allows artists to touch a single pixel. Apple says the Pencil's battery lasts for hours and that it can charge by connecting to the iPad Pro's Lightning charger.

Apple Pencil will retail for $99 while the Smart Keyboard will retail for $169. Both will be available alongside the new iPad Pro.

iPad Pro launches in November in silver, space gray and gold, starting at $799 for a 32GB Wi-Fi only model. A 128GB Wi-Fi only model will cost $949 and a Wi-Fi + LTE 128GB model will cost $1,079.

Related Roundup: iPad Pro
Related Forum: iPad

Top Rated Comments

Michael Scrip Avatar
111 months ago
Underwhelmed so far. Apple Pencil (stupid name) looks pretty neat; not an innovation, but a refined, high quality version of something we've had for decades. Would have liked to see a hybrid OS X/iOS. Meh.
Ummm... refined, high quality version of something we had before is exactly what innovation is.

innovate - make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.

The pencil looked like it had some unique hardware inside it. Plus the screen had some special sauce too.

Apple didn't use off-the-shelf parts... they made their own version.

And that describes precisely the word "innovation"

:)
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
star-affinity Avatar
111 months ago
Hehe, quite funny to read this comic strip from 2012 today:
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DJTaurus Avatar
111 months ago
Amazing device. But no file system no buy.... It still can't replace fully a MacBook.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Aniseedvan Avatar
111 months ago
Microsoft guy with an apple watch on - am I watching the right keynote..?!
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NayborAxi Avatar
111 months ago
$99 apple pencil are you serious? wtf!
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
agaskew Avatar
111 months ago
So, its a 12 inch tablet, with an optional keyboard, and an optional stylus. That's so revolutionary.

Er....What?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

Apple Logo Spotlight

Source: Apple to Announce New Products This Week

Sunday March 3, 2024 11:38 am PST by
Apple plans to announce new products with press releases on its website this week, a proven source familiar with the matter told MacRumors. While the products that Apple plans to announce have not been disclosed, there are rumors about new iPads, Macs, and accessories. It is unclear exactly what will be announced this week. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman today reiterated that Apple is planning new...
Apple Maps vs Google Maps Feature

Apple Maps vs. Google Maps: Which Is Better?

Friday March 1, 2024 7:10 am PST by
Apple Maps has been providing navigational guidance to Apple users for almost 13 and a half years now, and much has changed about the app in that time. However, according to data from Canalys, the overwhelming majority of iPhones in the U.S. still have Google Maps downloaded as an alternative to Apple Maps, which comes preinstalled on all iPhones. We want to hear from MacRumors readers. Which do...
apple tv plus banner

Apple TV+ Gains Over 50 Movies for a Limited Time

Friday March 1, 2024 6:29 am PST by
Apple TV+ today gained over 50 movies, adding to its back catalog of content for a limited time. The collection includes a large number of popular and classic titles. Subscribers can access the movies in a "Great Movies on Apple TV+" section in the Apple TV app. Some titles are also available in 3D. Movies in the collection include: 21 Jump Street 300 American Sniper Argo ...
iPad Air 12

Gurman: No Apple Event Planned for Upcoming iPads and Macs

Sunday March 3, 2024 5:09 am PST by
Apple does not plan to hold a traditional event to unveil new iPads and Macs, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Instead, he said Apple plans to announce the products on its website with a "series of online videos and marketing campaigns." If this plan is accurate, we can expect the new products to be announced with press releases on the Apple Newsroom website. Gurman expects Apple to...
airpods pro 2 pink

Apple Releases New Beta Firmware for AirPods Pro 2

Thursday February 29, 2024 11:41 am PST by
Apple today introduced a new beta firmware update for the AirPods Pro 2, both the USB-C and Lightning versions. The new firmware is version 6E188, up from the prior 6B34 firmware released in December. Apple does not often provide details or notes on what features might be included in the refreshed firmware, so it is unclear what's new. Note that this software is limited to developers at the...