iPad Pro To Be a King Size Tablet with a Price to Match

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Apple is extending the range of its tablet offerings to include the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and will for the first time offer a keyboard and stylus for this model so it competes directly with the Microsoft Surface line. And not just in features but also in price.

Tim Cook and iPad Pro

Apple CEO Tim Cook and iPad Pro

The 9.7-inch iPad has been on the market since 2010, and it has proved to be popular with consumers and business people alike. However, there was also demand for a larger version from those who use their Apple tablet as their primary mobile computer. This same group also wanted split-screen multitasking, so to applications could be displayed on-screen simultaneously. Both these requests are going to be fulfilled by the iPad Pro.

In addition to the Smart Keyboard that will transform this device into a 2-in-1 laptop, a stylus/pen dubbed the Apple Pencil will be available for those who want to draw and sketch on this tablet. Both will use a new type connector on the tablets left side.

iPad Pro Specs

This device is going to have a 2732 x 1248 resolution, giving it a pixel density f 264 ppi. Its 12.9-inch display will be 78% larger than the iPad Air 2. It will be 12 x 8.7 x 0.27 inches and weigh 1.6 pounds.

The iPad Pro will be powered by a 64-bit Apple A9X processor, which is promised to offer twice the memory bandwidth of the A8X in the iPad Air 2, as well as storage performance that’s twice as fast. The amount of RAM to be included has not yet been announced.

When it launches in November, this tablet will debut running iOS 9.1, which will bring side-by-side multitasking as well as other new features.

Other features will include four speakers, an 8 megapixel rear camera, and 1.2 MP front camera, and support for the Touch ID fingerprint scanning system. Battery life is promised to be 10 hours on a single charge.

Price

Apple is going to offer a WiFi-only version with 32GB of built-in storage for $799, a 128GB WiFi-only model for $949, and a 4G LTE version with 128GB of storage will sell for $1079.

The Smart Keyboard will cost $169 and the Apple Pencil will be $99.

To compare this device against what will be one of its top competitors, a 12-inch Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with a Core i5 processor and 128GB of storage sells for $999 and a Type Cover is an additional $129.99, but the stylus/pen is included, so the total cost is $1128.99. A comparably-equipped 12.9-inch iPad Pro 128GB is $949, the Apple Pencil is $99, and the Keyboard Cover is $169, so the total is $1217, making the Microsoft device about $80 less. Of course, the Microsoft model also has a smaller screen.

Apple iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard

Apple iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard

Apple iPad Pro Specs

Apple iPad Pro Specs

Previous Versions

Last year’s iPad Air 2 is not being dropped from Apple’s product lineup, and neither is it getting a price reduction, staying at $499 for the 16GB version. The original iPad Air will also remain at $399.

Both models are getting upgrades to iOS 9, which will be released next week, on Sept. 16.

Apple Pencil

Apple Pencil


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  1. psych

    I wonder if the electronic Apple Pencil will be another Apple “innovation”, of something Apple invented (but existed for at least a decade outside the walled garden)?

  2. jay.mackey

    “so it competes directly with the Microsoft Surface line.”

    I must dispute this claim. It will not generally compete directly with most Suface products currently out and available. Generally, meaning for a majority of people. Many light users may find this a note-book replacement, though the price is going to restrict that to a small group of people. The price versus the Surface brings it into more of a head-to-head battle, but since it is iOS versus a full Win OS, you’re really trying to match up two different domains. Again, only a small group of people, I believe, will buy an iPP when they would have bought a Surface instead. Mostly, the iPP will simply take sales away from other iPad models. In my opinion.

    To put this in context:
    I’m typing this comment on a Surface Pro 2, Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, with Type Cover and THREE-button Wacom stylus, 64GB microSD installed, connected HDMI secondary monitor, USB keyboard, USB mouse, USB3 flash memory, USB security dongle for corporate VPN, wired into a 1000-BASE-T network, multitasking with Visual Studio 2013, Chrome, Google apps, (haven’t used the Apple-touted MS Office for YEARS now), ZBrush, SBPro, and Manga Studio 5 EX on full Windows 10. I’m about to pick up my Surface and go to lunch and do a little sketching with it. The SP2 is truly a work machine and a tablet.

    My SP2 with the above specs, stylus, and Type Cover cost me $700 from New Egg, new, not refurbished. (I know you can’t compare sale prices, and only give list prices. But does Apple ever really have sales?)

    Granted, the iPad Pro has a nice and big screen, but an iPP with as close to the above specs as possible (which is “Not Very”) will run you $1150, IF Apple throws in the NO-BUTTON Pencil for free. I can’t see informed users necessarily choosing the iPad Pro over a Surface due to the real limitations of iOS and Apple’s hardware decisions. It’s a super-duper iPad. It’s not a Surface replacement.

    The “iPad Pro: Surface Killer” articles have already begun (not including this one in that category).

    By the way, this is a hilarious, three-year prophecy that is pretty spot on:
    http://hijinksensue.com/comic/surface-tension/