APPLE HAS FINALLY launched the iPad Pro, a 12.9in tablet that takes aim at Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 with its optional Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil stylus.
Just as years of speculation has suggested, the iPad Pro is a beast of a tablet. It sports a Surface Pro-rivalling 12.9in screen, complete with an iPad Air-trumping 2732x2048 resolution. Despite its massive screen, the iPad Air measures in at 6.9mm thick, and measures in at 712g.
Phil Schiller, Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said: "If you look at the width of the iPad Pro, it's the same as the height of the iPad Air. Now you have an iPad big enough to run your full iPad Air apps with more room side by side."
Apple isn't just taking on Microsoft's business-focused tablet when it comes to screen size. The iPad Pro also ships with a Surface-style keyboard, that attaches to the tablet via the device's 'smart connector', along with an 'Apple Pencil' stylus that is capable of registering pressure as well as movement and charges by plugging directly into the iPad Pro's lightning port.
"Highly responsive sensors in the tip of Apple Pencil work with the iPad Pro display to detect position, force and tilt," Apple's Jony Ive soothed in the firm's demonstration video.
In an event that we are sure coincided with hell freezing over, Apple welcomed a Microsoft exec on stage to showcase how the new Apple Pencil works with its Office applications, followed by an Adobe staffer that showed off the firm's upcoming applications.
Under the hood, the iPad Pro packs Apple's newly-outed A9X chip, which Apple is promising offers "desktop class performance" and speeds 1.8x faster than offered by the A8X chip before it, and 80 percent faster than 80 percent of portable PCs.
This comes paired with Apple's iOS 9 operating system, equipping it with new features including Split View multitasking and an overhauled version of Siri.
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, with Apple seemingly thinking there are 10 hours in a day. Like the iPad Air 2 before it, it will be available in gold, silver and space grey colour options.
The iPad Pro will be available in November, and will be available to buy in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB configurations priced at $799, $949 and $1,079 respectively. The Apple Pencil will be sold separately for $99m and the Smart Keyboard for $169.
Check out our iPad Pro price, release date and specs roundup for more.
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