The iPad Pro looks to be a tablet-laptop hybrid with this keyboard cover - a separate purchase, of course


Well, folks, it's finally here – after maybe two years of rumors and speculation, Apple has finally announced the iPad Pro. A 12.9” monster of a tablet, looking to be the ultimate mix between a media consumption device and productivity machine. Looking at it, one can't help but draw parallels between it and Microsoft's attempt at a laptop-tablet hybrid – the Surface Pro 3.

Indeed, the latter comes with its very own stylus and has an optional keyboard cover to boost productivity. Apple has went the same way, though both its stylus, dubbed Apple Pencil, and its Smart Keyboard are optional purchases.

The cover is a full-sized keyboard, water- and stain-resistant and highly durable, with Apple promising a lifetime of use. The buttons under each key employ similar tech to what was used with the newest MacBook and Cupertinians promise even feedback across keys for comfortable use. The Smart Keyboard connects to the iPad Pro via the Smart Connector – 3 dots, present on the side of the tablet, which are used to make contact and transfer data between the slate and the accessory. Additionally, iOS will be able to recognize when the Smart Keyboard is in use and “adapt”. What we saw at the presentation is that the software hides the virtual keyboard to make full use of the 12.9” screen, but seeing as the Smart Keyboard has Control, Option, and Command keys, we wouldn't be surprised if some apps make great use of them.

The keyboard cover for Apple's gargantuan tablet will set you back $169 and will be available in November for the iPad Pro's launch.

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

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48 Comments

1. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

If It Ran OSX I Would Get It, To Bad It Doesn't :-(

7. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Would have made more sense to have even a cut-down version of OS X. Just a bigger iPad, with support for a $100 stylus.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

And its pricing is level with the Surface Pro 3 and Macbook Air

11. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Same here. If it had osx, the price would be justified. It's just an impractical and expensive toy. You can get mackbook air for its price. This is an utter fail imho.

32. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I bet you this "utter fail" will still sell millions. Even more than the Surface Pro.

35. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Of course it will sell more than the "Surface Pro". It will not sell more than the "Surface Pro 3". There is no niche for the IPad pro, the only place it can take sales from is the slumping IPad and android tablet market. Enterprise won't adopt the IPad Pro because IOS is the least secure mobile platform.

38. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hahaha, you'll be surprised how well it sells like every other inferior and overpriced Apple product. No matter what rational reason there is for it to fail, it always seems to succeed with Apple's unparalleled marketing...

36. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

You could ball up a turd, slap an Apple logo on it, and it'll sell millions. Brand power, marketing, and human nature to want what others have has led to them selling to the blind and hopeless.

37. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Sad but 100% true...

40. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

That hasn't worked with Macs or MacBooks.

33. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The price wouldn't even be justified then unless you were allowed to run Windows on it to make it more useful. lol..

48. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Oh how I hate you PA. Microsoft's attempt at a laptop-tablet hybrid. ATTEMPT? really? Has there been a more successful device that combines the best of a laptop and tablet? NO. I love how this article insinuates that the iPAD pro and the surface are similar. until the iPad runs a full OS, it's extremely limited compared to the surface.

2. baldilocks

Posts: 1542; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Oh look, it's a Surface.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Surface RT maybe. Don't lump this POS with the Surface Pro.

17. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Hey the new Surface 3 is not a RT or Pro and it can do more than this pro

26. engineer-1701d unregistered

hahahaha i wanted to say the samething

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

When asked if Apple would do a hybrid - “You can merge a toaster and a refrigerator, but that’s probably not going to be pleasing to anyone.” - Tim Cook

12. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

So it's better to release a useless toy with limited OS and charge 99 dollars for even more useless and toy-like stylus. Samsung at least has a digitizer developed by wacom and you get a stylus optimised for it. Ipad pro has the same screen technology as any other retina ipad. All the sensors are within the Apple pen, which only proves that ipad pro is an expensive toy. Professionals use wacom's products and solutions. I'll go for the ipad air 2 this year. Was hoping the pro would be a hybrid with ios and osx on the board...

20. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

they prefer to just sell you the separate toaster and refrigerator for 2x the price..

24. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

An accurate prediction made three years ago:https://pbs.twimg.com/media/COfEmTfWIAAcS5G.jpg

28. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hahaha xD Precisely...

39. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Ah, but what if you were to make it so that the refrigerator automatically feeds your bread to the toaster? You just have to enter the number of slices and press "Toast". Tim Cook may eventually learn that innovation is possible anywhere and needed everywhere.

4. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

$169 for the keyboard lol

8. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

+100 the for the pencil = $270

5. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Fail!

6. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Finally its a galaxy Note tablet.

9. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

33 Apple articles in the past 3 hours. I like Apple, but you guys are doing far too much especially since content is lacking.

13. pixelated

Posts: 108; Member since: May 03, 2015

For PA christmas has arrived very early!!

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The Type Cover for the Surface is $40 cheaper and has a trackpad. Only Apple has the cojones to pull this off and make their suckers er, customers, feel like they got a bargain.

16. pixelated

Posts: 108; Member since: May 03, 2015

A dud compared to Surface Pro 3.

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