Following months of expectations and rumours, the new Apple iPad Pro functioning on iOS 9 has been revealed in the exclusive Apple Event in San Francisco, today. The 6.9 mm thick Apple iPad Pro sports a 12.9-inch display (2732 x 2048 resolution with 264 ppi), 5.6 megapixel display, dwarfing both the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2, Apple’s largest tablet and the 7.9-inch iPad mini 3, weighing around 1.57 pounds.
This “magical piece of glass” as Philip Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Apple, describes that the new iPad Pro comes with the 3rd generation 64-bit chip, 2x memory bandwidth of A9X and twice the storage performance flaunting twice the better “console-class” graphics and 1.8x faster “desktop class” performance. It is said to have a 10-hour battery life with the ability to edit 3 streams of 4K videos simultaneously and is believed to be faster than most portable PCs.
One outstanding feature to look for in the New Apple iPad Pro is the sound system with four speakers balancing the dynamics that puts out 3 times the volume of the most recent model. Also, the fabric-covered new magnetic accessory, the Smart Keyboard, uses new apple switches attached through a “brand new connector technology” called Smart Connector.
Along with this Smart Keyboard, The new Apple iPad Pro comes with a new piece of technology, a high precision drawing pen, the Apple Pencil that can be used simultaneously with a finger. A stylus, according to Jobs is of no use, but, this apple pencil is more like a brush as it has sensitivity sensors which allow its users to draw brief strokes when pressed lightly and wide strokes when pressed hard.
This quite responsive Apple Pencil can be recharged using a Lightning connector that plugs directly into the iPad Pro and delivers extraordinary precision that actually gives you the ability to touch a single pixel. Being a fine art application, it can also be used to mark up attachments and Microsoft Office is also tweaked with new pen tools to facilitate the use of this most advanced device.
Apps like the built-in Mail and Notes apps all support Apple Pencil, allowing you to ink in notes or email messages. Apple even invited Kirk Koenigsbauer of Microsoft on stage to demonstrate new versions of its Office for iOS apps that include support for the new Apple Pencil. PowerPoint also has great support for the Apple Pencil, allowing you to convert ink into objects in slide decks. MS Office also shows off multitasking with split screens letting the user open two or applications simultaneously.
The Force Touch technology in the New Apple iPad Pro is a hardware capability which senses the amount of pressure one is putting on the display and triggers actions accordingly. Eric Snowden from Adobe exhibited a brand new suite of apps including a designing app that understands gestures and comes with Typekit fonts for the first time.
Adobe takes pride in launching Photoshop Fix on the new Apple iPad Pro which has facial detection in its system, something that other members of the Photoshop family can’t do. A drawing application, Photoshop Sketch, has also been made for the New Apple iPad Pro.
Priced between $169 and $ 799, the New Apple iPad Pro is available in Silver, Gold And Grey and is expected to hit the stores by early November!