Apple has revealed that the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet computer will be available to buy online in over 40 countries from this Wednesday (11 November), and will hit retail stores later this week.
The new iPad Pro, unveiled at a special event in San Francisco in September alongside the new Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, sports what Apple said is the most advanced display it ever created. At 12.9-inches – its landscape mode is the equivalent of two iPad mini devices in portrait position side by side – the new machine presents some 5.9MP.
It features new oxide TFT materials that make it possible to light up photos quickly in uniform brightness, and diodes separate from each other to provide accurate colour photography.
The device is powered by a 64-bit A9X chip and comes with the new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.
iPad Pro starts at €939 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model and €1,269 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model.
It comes in three metallic finishes including silver, gold and space grey.
New iPad form factor inspires app creators
“The early response to iPad Pro from app developers and our customers has been incredible, and we’re excited to get iPad Pro into the hands of customers around the world this week,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
“iPad Pro is the most powerful iPad we’ve ever made, giving users the ability to be even more creative and more productive with the epic 12.9-inch Retina display, powerful 64-bit A9X chip and groundbreaking Apple Pencil and new Smart Keyboard. We can’t wait to see what they do with iPad Pro.”
Apple said that the new tablet has already inspired app creators to conceive the next generation of productivity and design applications for a range of industries, from education to medical, gaming and entertainment.
“iPad Pro enables new forms of mobile creativity that will help transform how creatives work,” said Scott Belsky, vice president of Products at Adobe.
“With the larger iPad Pro screen and lightning-fast performance, creatives will be able to take full advantage of Adobe’s family of Creative Cloud mobile apps. For example, the ability to manipulate a 50-megapixel image right on iPad Pro in Photoshop Fix and then send that image to Photoshop CC on a desktop, for further refinement, is the kind of industry-advancing collaboration that millions of Adobe and Apple customers will benefit from.”