Apple iPad Pro goes official: 'pro' for productivity

Apple has just unveiled the rumored iPad Pro: a gigantic tablet with a 12.9-inch display and full support for the multi-tasking split-screen functionality that come with iOS 9.

The first words Apple said about is that it has the 'biggest screen on an iOS device, more power and performance than any iOS device.'

Why did Apple make it? We have to use Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller's words about it: 'It can do things that a smartphone can't do, because it doesn't have to fit in your pocket, and it can do things a laptop can't do because you can hold it all day.'

And it really looks like a big iPad, with the same design style and typical Apple look.

Here are the quick specs highlights of the iPad Pro:

Display: 12.9" with a resolution of 2732 x 2048 pixels
SoC: Apple A9X
Thickness: 6.9mm (vs 6.1mm for iPad Air 2)
Weight: 1.57lb (vs 1.54 for the original iPad)
Media: Four speakers
Battery life: 10 hours

Apple A9X

The brains of the new iPad Pro is the Apple A9X system chip. 

This is Apple's third-gen 64-bit chip with double the memory bandwidth, 2x faster storage, and it is 1.8x faster than A8X. That makes the chip faster than 80% of the portable PCs shipped recently, while in terms of GPU, it is 90% faster than most portable PCs. In practical terms, Apple mentioned that it can handle 3 streams of 4K video edit, truly impressive.

Keyboard with new magnetic 'Smart Connector'

A big part of the new iPad Pro is its physical keyboard and that's why Apple is introducing its own keyboard solution specifically designed for the new 12.9" Pro tablet. 

The new iPad Pro has also got a new magnetic connector on the side called the 'Smart Connector'. This new connector is used to easily connect to the keyboard and provide it with both power and data.

The keyboard is sold separately for $169.

Apple Pencil

The creative types will be happy to see that the iPad Pro supports the brand new Apple Pencil (a separate purchase that costs $99).

This is a special stylus, though: Apple has bundled in responsive sensors in the tip of Pencil so that it can sense pressure, tilt, and stroke, all contributing to a very comfortable experience for artists. You can also easily plug the Pencil in the Lightning port of the iPad Pro.

Productivity: Microsoft Office is fully optimized for iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is really dedicated to productivity and it shows: after all, it's not that often that you see Apple invite Microsoft to demo its Office for an Apple product. Yet this did happen with the iPad Pro. Microsoft has worked closely with Apple to provide great support for the Office suite - including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Creative uses: Adobe partners for in-depth integration with iPad Pro

Eric Snowden of Adobe went up on stage to demo the tight integration of Adobe products workflow with the iPad Pro and all the benefits of having an advanced stylus such as the Apple Pencil. 

The on-stage demo showed how you can use the tip of the Pencil sideways to add more water while drawing, or directly press to add more hue, for instance.

Apple iPad Pro price and release date

The iPad Pro seems to be running a bit late and won't be available in the usual fast schedule for other Apple products - Apple has provided a vague November release date, and this coincides with earlier rumors that have mentioned limited supply even when the new tablet arrives.

With all this in mind, you'd be wondering: how much does it cost? Here is a price breakdown for the new iPad Pro:

32GB iPad Pro with Wi-Fi: $799
128GB iPad Pro with Wi-Fi: $949
128GB iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and 4G LTE: $1079

Related phones

iPad Pro
  • Display 12.9" 2048 x 2732 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9X, Dual-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 10307 mAh



1. Heisenberg

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 11, 2015


14. French_Toast

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

'pro' for prohibitif price!

17. AnTuTu

Posts: 1624; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

What a useless piece of utter crap. I thought they will optimize OSx for it but it's full blown iOS 9. But hey sheep will buy it.

2. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

In short, same boring but oversized iPad. Please show me exciting, Apple.

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Apple Pencil!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

3. SonyOwner unregistered


4. SonyOwner unregistered

I'll stick with my Ipad mini 3 because it can do what this pro can.

5. HASHTAG unregistered

nice tab. Wish I'd passed on the Air 2.

6. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Will it come with the pencil or will the pencil be $200 by itself?

10. Takeharu

Posts: 293; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It's gonna be sold separately for $100. WTF Apple?!

11. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

$100 for the pencil.

18. AnTuTu

Posts: 1624; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Yes $100 because it's a revolutionary pencil which can turns into a magical wand if you say Tim Cook 3 times really fast.

7. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Eh, okay I guess.

9. Tensi

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

why iOS? it should be running OS X by now.. iOS is so restrictive.

15. French_Toast

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Why a toy should have a complete operating system?

12. HASHTAG unregistered

And that price. Shouldn't have been surprised. At least they ditched the 16GB model, but should start out with 64GB instead.

13. DaggettBeaver

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 05, 2015

Eric Snowden of Adobe? I thought he was in Russia. Oh, wait, that's Edward.

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Of course Microsoft helped with the development of the productivity suite. This is not competition to the Surface Pro series in any way, shape or form.

22. nenadmitrovic

Posts: 64; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

This is not competition even to surface (regular, not pro). Surfice pro is five levels more

19. Joulukas

Posts: 115; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

Looking at taht iPad Pro presentation, its sad sad day fo technology - th SteveJobs Apple is dead. Thecheers Apple 2 got have been silenced for ever! Ad I'm not even talking about : (Steve Jobs) It's like we said on the iPad, if you see a stylus, they blew it. In multitasking, if you see a task manager... they blew it. Users shouldn't ever have to think about it. But only thng they actually said, is that big screen is more wsome than small and faster CPU and GPU are so awsome. Apple Pencil ... it costs extra 99$, can do nice things for peeps but where does it go,just hangs there .... are you serious ... samsung can make in case stylus and Apple calls this revolutionary. Default keyboard is nice, but ...really, after all that time.... Apple iPad is decent ablet nothing more, solid performance, but now where near the "awsome" they keep telling.

20. shnibz

Posts: 521; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

So they DO know how to use 32gb as a base storage size. To bad that won't carry over to phones

21. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

I'll bet you can't use mouse with it...

23. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

As a graphic designer, I might give it a try. I like it.

24. MojoDojo

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

My Surface Pro 3 run Windows 10 with an Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, 512GB SSD and is 9 mm thick and weigh 800 grams. This piece of s**t is 710 grams and runs on ios 9 :). The most advanced operating system ever :). But to be perfectly fair, mine is more expensive.. :)

25. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

A Porsche is a lot more expensive than a Hyundai but they both have air conditioning. Does that sound reasonable? Your SP3 is 10x more functional so it SHOULD be more expensive.

26. MojoDojo

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I maybe failed to really show how ironic I was with the last line. Im not sure where I have you. Do you think its reasonable to take 949usd for a 12.9" device with 128 GB of storage that runs on iOS when a SP3, core i5, 4GB RAM, 128 GB SSD AND a Surface pen included cost 899usd?

27. MojoDojo

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

$1149 for i5, 8GB RAM and 256 GB SSD. $949 for that Ipad is a new level of ball grabbing :)

28. GeekMovement unregistered

Separate purchase for the pen? Meh, I will look for the next Note tablet.

29. Plutonium239

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

This Ipad will be a failure. All it competes against are Android tablets and other Ipads.

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