THE IPAD PRO is finally available. Apple is hoping the 12.9in tablet can boost faltering sales of its iPad line-up, tempting those with their sights set on the likes of the Surface Pro 4 and Galaxy Note Pro.
As its name suggests, the iPad Pro is Apple's first tablet aimed specifically at the business market, building on its partnership with IBM and its newer collaboration with Cisco. Like its Microsoft-branded rival, it ships with an optional keyboard and 'Apple Pencil' stylus, as it hopes buyers will ditch their laptop in favour of the tablet.
Read on to find out all the confirmed details and features about the iPad Pro.
Release date and price
The iPad Pro is now available to order both online and over the phone. The 32GB and 128GB WiFi-only iPad Pro models can be picked up for £679 and £799, respectively, while the LTE-equipped 128GB version has been slapped with an £899 price-tag.
Shipping times for all iPad Pro models have slipped since the device first went on sale, with all models now shipping within 'three to five days.'
If you're looking to pick one up in store, though, you might struggle. The INQUIRER has learnt the iPad Pro is currently sold out at all of Apple's stores across London, with John Lewis and Selfridges also running low on stock.
The iPad Pro is also available to buy at Vodafone. The 128GB SIM-equipped model can be picked up for £379 on a £38 per month tariff, complete with 3GB data. Alternatively, you can get it for £349 on a £43 a month 10GB contract.
The Apple Pencil stylus and Smart Keyboard add-ons have been priced at £79 and £139, respectively. Shipping times have quickly slipped for these accessories, and they now won't be delivered for 'four to five weeks'.
The iPad Pro sports a Surface Pro-rivalling 12.9in screen, complete with an iPad Air-trumping 2732x2048 resolution which Apple claims makes it the sharpest and most pixel-dense iOS device yet, having crammed in 5.6 million pixels. Despite its massive screen, the iPad Pro measures in at just 6.9mm thick and tips the scales at 712g.
Under the hood, the iPad Pro - which iFixit has noted is tricky to repair - packs Apple's newly-outed A9X chip, which the firm promises offers "desktop class performance", speeds 1.8x faster than offered by the A8X chip before, improved GPU performance and better power efficiency.
This top-end processor comes paired with Apple's iOS 9 operating system, equipping the tablet with features including Split View multitasking, Apple's Low Power battery saving mode and an overhauled version of Siri. Naturally, the iPad Pro will also offer apps designed for its Apple Pencil stylus, with firms including Adobe and Microsoft confirmed to be developing exclusive software for the tablet.
Apple has also kitted out the tablet with a four-speaker audio system, boasting that iOS 9 will balance the sound dependant on how you're holding the device.
The iPad Pro also features an 8MP rear-facing camera, a built-in TouchID sensor, support for LTE speeds up to 150Mbps, and an "all day" battery life of 10 hours.
Like the iPad Air 2 before it, it will be available in gold, silver and space grey colour options at launch. µ
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