During a launch event in San Francisco on Sept. 9, 2015, Apple Inc. introduced innovative versions of its iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. The announcements were eagerly anticipated by consumers and developers alike. Of the products introduced by Apple Inc. was their new iPad Pro.
PC Magazine quotes Apple CEO Tim Cook: “The iPad Pro with Retina display is the most capable and powerful iPad we’ve ever created.” The iPad Pro will be available in November 2015.
Features of the iPad Pro
- The display is 12.9 inches, whereas the iPad Air2 is only 9.4 inches.
- iPad Pro is available with Wi-Fi and weighs just over 1.5 pounds. The Wi-Fi with cellular model weighs slightly more.
- The Retina display gives consumers almost 5.6 million pixels (2732 X 2048) with a resolution of 264 pixels per inch (PPI).
- The iSight camera offers 8MP photos.
- Each corner has a speaker offering deluxe sound.
- The Touch ID feature provides added security by incorporating a fingerprint scanner.
- Color choices are silver, gold, or space gray.
- The gigabyte choices are 32 or 128.
- There is an LTE option available.
- Bluetooth technology included is the 4.2 version; also found on the iPad Air2.
- The battery life is up to 10 hours when using Wi-Fi, and nine hours when using a cellular network.
- There is a keyboard available (additional cost) which does not require Bluetooth or a separate battery.
- Also available is the Apple Pencil stylus, (extra cost).
Fast Company describes the keyboard as fabric-covered (keys, too). The keyboard connects via the “smart connector,” which uses a magnetic system. The keyboard uses the power from the iPad Pro and is only available for the iPad Pro.
According to Fast Company, Steve Jobs remarked in 2007, “Who needs a stylus? Yuck! Nobody wants a stylus.” He rejected the idea of a stylus for the iPhone and the iPad. However, the new iPad Pro offered by Apple Inc. does offer a stylus as well as an Apple Pencil.
In the launch video, the stylus is used as a tool to use for more detailed work, but it also can perform as an artist’s tool. The Next Web writes that a person can “mark up emails, images, and Microsoft Word directly via select iOS apps.” When using the Pencil, iPad Pro’s sensors ascertain how much force is being applied and respond accordingly.
The Apple Pencil appears to be similar in size to a standard pen. It uses the smaller, sturdier, and reversible Lightning connector, introduced in 2012 by Apple Inc. to replace the 30-pin connector, for recharging. Adapters are available for the 30-pin version.
One of the presenters at the launch was Microsoft’s Kirk Koensbauer, whose demonstration included the multitasking functions of the iPad Pro. Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Translator, and Powerpoint have been updated for iOS9 and Watch OS2 and were shown side-by-side on the split screen. An additional demonstration included the use of Apple Pencil with Word, etc.
Consumers now have more choices when considering Apple Inc. products. As well as introducing the new iPad Pro, Apple Inc. introduced their new iPhones, the i6s and the i6s Plus, which are bigger and offer 3D screens; changes to the Apple Watch, which now has over 3,500 apps and features like “time travel;” and new features for the Apple TV, including a Siri-enhanced remote control, among others.
By Cathy Milne
Apple Website: Compare iPad Models
P.C. Magazine: 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Arrives in November
Fast Company: The New Apple iPad Pro: All the Specs You Need to Know
Fast Company: The iPad Has a Stylus: The Steve Jobs Era Is Over
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