iPad Pro revealed, iPad mini gets a speed bump

Anthony Caruana
10 September, 2015
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As expected, Apple today introduced the all-new iPad Pro, featuring a 12.9in Retina display with 5.6 million pixels and new 64-bit A9X chip.

Complementing the new iPad Pro is the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

The Apple Pencil uses a redesigned Multi-Touch display in iPad Pro to reduce latency and deliver accuracy for activities like fine art illustration and detailed 3D design. Advanced sensors in Apple Pencil measure both pressure and tilt while a built-in Lightning connector makes for quick and easy pairing and charging. Apple Pencil also works with popular apps like Mail, Notes, Procreate and Office 365 for iPad, offering new levels of creativity and productivity.

Smart Keyboard further offers a full-sized keyboard in a thin, durable design, so you can take it anywhere. The Smart Keyboard, available for purchase separately, attaches to iPad Pro’s new Smart Connector port, eliminating the need for a separate battery, on/off switch or Bluetooth pairing. The Smart Keyboard is covered in custom woven fabric, is also easily foldable and can transform into a Smart Cover.

iPad Pro uses Apple’s new 64-bit A9X chip, with third-generation 64-bit architecture. Apple says it provides desktop-class CPU performance and console-class graphics. Connectivity is checked off with with 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO technology, support for a wide range of 4G LTE bands and other fast cellular network technologies (DC-HSDPA, HSPA+). All-day 10-hour battery life is promised although, like all things battery-related, a lot will depend on what you’re actually doing.

iPad mini

The iPad mini gets a speed bump as well with the A8 processor making its way into Apple’s entry level iPad.

Pricing and availability

iPad Pro comes in three gorgeous metallic finishes including silver, gold and space grey and will be available starting in November from apple.com/au, Apple’s retail stores, through select carriers and Apple Authorised Resellers. For more information, please visit www.apple.com/au/ipad.

Local pricing hasn’t been confirmed. US pricing was announced at 32GB for US$799, 64GB for US$949 and 128GB for US$1079. We’d not be surprised to see local pricing start at $999 and go up in increments of around $200 for each level up.

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