Apple iPad Pro is official: 12.9" display, goes after Surface with physical keyboard, pen input

By Julio Franco · 19 replies
Sep 9, 2015
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  1. Apple's first big announcement today is a new iPad, the long rumored iPad Pro. In true 'reality distortion field' fashion, they are calling this "the biggest news in iPad since the iPad." Sporting a large 12.9" display (2,732 x 2,048), the iPad Pro retains a 4:3 aspect ratio but the new tablet is as wide as the iPad Air is tall.

    Because of the much larger footprint, Apple believes the iPad Pro will be great for productivity, with iOS improving multitasking support and split screen operation with two apps on-screen, but also for watching TV shows and movies as well as gaming.

    With more space, Apple has packed a ton more procesing power. The new A9X SoC is 1.8x faster than a desktop-class processor according to Apple. The built-in GPU is 2x faster than a console GPU, which as you know is still very slow compared to high-end GPUs in a gaming PC but an impressive feat nonetheless.

    In fact, the bolder claim Apple made about A9X SoC is that the chip is faster than most laptops released in the last year. In combination with productivity software from the likes of Microsoft (they were part of the iPad Pro presentation, no joke), Adobe, Autodesk or Apple's own iMovie, the new iPad is capable enough to edit edit clips in iMovie, like you would do in MacBook Pro.


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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    Oooooh, aaaaah
  3. theruck

    theruck TS Booster Posts: 124   +35

    Apple used to be inovative company. now when the whole world got rid of the pen they show the whole world how stupid the pen is when the woman showing the medical app has to throw it away and pick it up from the desk repeatedly just to do basic operations. they will even charge at least 30 USD for the pen. time to look elsewhere
  4. tehxion

    tehxion TS Rookie Posts: 19   +9

    Nice device, but iOS, not OS X. Not really in the league of the Surface Pro, more the Surface (RT) which was a complete flop. Lets get an OS X version then we can talk about me moving away from my beloved Surface Pro.
    thelatestmodel likes this.
  5. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,101   +1,275

    32 GB for a tablet that is supposed to replace premium ultrabooks? I don't think so. Over a grand if you want a keyboard too. Why would anyone spend this much cash on what is essentially a crippled ultrabook?
    thelatestmodel and p51d007 like this.
  6. theruck

    theruck TS Booster Posts: 124   +35

    No 3d touch on ipad pro??
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    You cannot compare Surface RT with iPad Pro. The former was a flop because of the lack of applications for it, where with the latter it's the opposite - the entire market of apps created for iPad is ready to be used on the new iPad Pro.
  8. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 465   +217

    I get what you're saying, but a pro product should be running pro software and not the same OS that's on your phone... At this rate Apple I don't think Apple will ever release a tablet running OSX...
  9. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    OSX has no support for touch screens. It would take rewriting the whole OS to add one.
    Peter Farkas likes this.
  10. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,308   +648

    LAST company to use a 5+ inch screen
    Now just coming to the grips of introducing a STYLUS...ummm..."pencil".
    Boy, I bet Samsung is already working on a new ad for that one!
  11. Peter Farkas

    Peter Farkas TS Addict Posts: 272   +88

    That is the point.
    Uvindu likes this.
  12. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 356   +203

    Most innovative company in the world has just invented Microsoft Surface Pro. Awsome!
    SuperVeloce, Uvindu and VitalyT like this.
  13. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,223

    it'll feature a Steve Jobs quote from 2010 - ""If you see a stylus, they blew it.”

    It looks like being the last to use a big screen is a mistake they wont' make again.
    SuperVeloce likes this.
  14. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 7,668   +988

    Joel Watson drew a comic in 2012 that predicted the iPad would get a Microsoft Surface-like keyboard cover in 2015...

  15. peter p

    peter p TS Rookie

    ..more than twice that, actually.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,256   +454

    Lol.... are the tables turning?
  17. LenUmina

    LenUmina TS Rookie

    Nice Display. Right size for many uses. Faster than the standard desktop? Rubbish. An i7 is the standard desktop processor. But the big issue is lack of storage, and in reality lack of processing power. Apple's apps are all TOY quality. Have you ever tried to do anything complex with any Apple app? Let me save you some time. Forget it. 128 Gb. Thats not even enough storage for my page file. Apple and Microsoft keep thinking they invented computers. So far I haven't seen anything from Apple, Microsoft, or even Intel that wasn't invented 35 years ago at Digital Equipment Corp., and frankly it was done better because in those days we all understood how computers worked, which seems to be a lost art today.
  18. Peter Farkas

    Peter Farkas TS Addict Posts: 272   +88

  19. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 1,571   +714

    The pencil is $99.... and the keyboard $169.... any guarantee that it will work with the iPad pro "2" they release in a year? Or the "3" in 2 years? Cause that's a LOT of cash to put up when you're already paying about a grand....
  20. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    If that is true, you are doing something terribly wrong.

    Everyone wants to compare this to the Surface Pro, but I don't think this is trying to compete with the Surface Pro. It is a bigger iPad with a better processor than previous ones, its just like the Mini but in the opposite direction for size.

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