Apple’s iPad Pro will go on sale in the US by November 11 both online and offline, says a report on 9to5Mac.
Apple showed off the new bigger-screen iPad at the launch of the new iPhone 6s event. The new iPad Pro is aimed at increasing productivity, and moves away from the traditional media-entertainment centred iPads that we have seen in the past.
According to 9to5Mac report, the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard will be also available for purchase from November 11.
The iPad Pro runs a 64-bit A9X chip, which Apple says is faster than most portable PCs that were shipped last year and offers 10 hours of battery life. It will come in 32 and 128GB versions. The iPad Pro also comes with a new four-speaker audio design for better sound quality . It supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO technology, Bluetooth 4.0.
While the 32GB starts (WiFi only) starts at $799 (Rs 52320 when converted) , the 128GB will cost $949 (Rs 62,142). The Apple site only lists a 128GB model in the WiFi+Cellular connectivity version. This one will cost $1049 (Rs 70, 655).
The iPad Pro also supports the new Apple Pencil stylus. Apple Pencil comes with a Lightning conductor built-in and Apple says that 15 seconds of charge will give a user 30 seconds of usage. The Apple Pencil can be used by designers, and the screen can sense different levels of pressure, to create shading effects, etc.
Apple Pencil will work with apps like Mail, Notes, Procreate and Office 365 for iPad. The iPad Pro also lets users run two apps in full size mode simultaneously.
iPad Pro comes in three colours silver, gold and space grey. The Apple Pencil will cost $99 and the keyboard $169.
Apple’s iPad Pro launches at a time when tablet sales have been declining worldwide if one were to go by the latest reports from IDC and Canalys. While Apple continues to lead in the segment, the tablet market is in sharp decline, and whether the iPad Pro will stem this fall remains to be seen.