With iPad sales now a fraction of what they used to be, Apple has been looking intensely for a new take on its tablet.
On Wednesday, Apple may have gotten its tablet groove back.
Apple used its media event to unveil the all-new iPad Pro, which features an impressive 12.9-inch Retina display with 5.6 million pixels, the most ever in an iOS device.
With businesses large and small looking for more screen real estate and flexibility with their mobile devices, this may be just what the doctor ordered.
The new iPad Pro also delivers what Apple calls groundbreaking performance with the new 64-bit A9X chip, rivaling most portable PCs.
The new larger iPad Pro is thin and light and provides all-day battery life. There are more than 850,000 apps in the App Store designed specifically for iPad, and the new iPad Pro will enable a new generation of advanced apps for everything from productivity, design, illustration, engineering and medical, to education, gaming and entertainment.
Correspondingly, Apple also introduced Apple Pencil for iPad Pro, a precision input device available for purchase separately. Similarly, Apple’s new Smart Keyboard further extends the utility of iPad Pro.
“The iPad Pro is far and away the fastest iOS device we have ever made — its A9X chip beats most portable PCs in both CPU and graphics tasks, but is thin and light enough to hold all day,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The innovative Apple Pencil and new Smart Keyboard enable users to customize their iPad Pro experience to the particular apps they use and the work they do, making iPad Pro ideal for everything from professional productivity to advanced 3D design.”
iPad Pro and its accessories will be available in November.