Apple announces 12.9-inch iPad Pro with A9X chip and new Apple Pencil

iPad Pro

Apple today unveiled its first 12.9-inch iPad called the iPad Pro during its special media event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA. The new Apple tablet sports a 12.9-inch display with 2,732-by-2,048 pixel resolution, which is more pixels than the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, according to Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller.

The iPad Pro weighs in at 1.57 pounds and it is only 6.9mm thick. The larger tablet was designed to take advantage of Apple's new multitasking features coming with iOS 9. The larger display also allows for a full sized on-screen keyboard, but Apple has also launched a new Smart Keyboard for users who prefer to use an external physical keyboard. The Pro is powered by Apple's new A9X chip, which offers double the memory bandwidth and graphics performance as the A8X, and it is also 1.8x faster. Apple claims the iPad Pro is faster than most of the "portable PCs" that shipped in 2015.

The iPad Pro is equipped with a rear-facing 8-megapixel iSight camera, front-facing FaceTime camera, Touch ID, a new Smart Connector for attaching the new Smart Keyboard and four stereo speakers.

Apple also announced its first stylus called the Apple Pencil. The new stylus was designed to work with the iPad Pro. It includes pressure sensitivity for drawing thin and thick lines, plus it is equipped with a hidden Lightning connector so you can plug it directly into your iPad to charge.

The iPad Pro will begin shipping in November. Here's the price breakdown:

  • $799 iPad Pro 32 GB
  • $949 iPad Pro 128 GB
  • $1,079 iPad Pro 128 GB with LTE cellular
  • $99 Apple Pencil
  • $169 Smart Keyboard

For more iPad Pro information please visit our iPad Pro FAQ.

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