The iPad Pro looks to be a tablet-laptop hybrid with this keyboard cover - a separate purchase, of course
posted by Paul K. / Sep 09, 2015, 3:23 PM
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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If It Ran OSX I Would Get It, To Bad It Doesn't :-(
posted on Sep 09, 2015, 3:25 PM 7
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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.
posted on Sep 09, 2015, 3:43 PM 5
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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.
posted on Sep 09, 2015, 5:58 PM 0
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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...
posted on Sep 09, 2015, 6:27 PM 1
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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.
posted on Sep 10, 2015, 10:12 AM 1
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Oh look, it's a Surface.
posted on Sep 09, 2015, 3:27 PM 14
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Surface RT maybe. Don't lump this POS with the Surface Pro.
posted on Sep 09, 2015, 3:54 PM 8
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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
posted on Sep 09, 2015, 3:29 PM 7
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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...
posted on Sep 09, 2015, 3:49 PM 8
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they prefer to just sell you the separate toaster and refrigerator for 2x the price..
posted on Sep 09, 2015, 4:03 PM 5
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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.
posted on Sep 09, 2015, 6:29 PM 0
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33 Apple articles in the past 3 hours. I like Apple, but you guys are doing far too much especially since content is lacking.
posted on Sep 09, 2015, 3:34 PM 11
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