iPad Pro release date, news and features

Apple has done it again and released another great tablet

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Latest update: Our iPad Pro review is live, and we loved it. Check it out for our full verdict. You can also buy your very own iPad Pro from the official online Apple Store right now and it'll be coming to real life Apple stores later this week.

The wait is finally over – Apple's largest ever tablet is now here. It's called the iPad Pro, but it's not just for business users - it's for everyone with a bunch of accessories available to make it even better.

Unlike previous iterations of the iPad, the Pro is designed to enhance productivity, operate as a hybrid laptop and slate, and it's got enough storage to function as your main computing device as well.

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The iPad Pro is available in three different models. There's a 32GB Wi-Fi version that costs US$799, £679 or AU$1249 and a 128GB Wi-Fi only version that costs US$949, £799 or AU$1499.

On top of that is the 4G version with 128GB of storage that costs US$1079, £899 or AU$1699. Each version is available in three different colors: silver, gold or space grey.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? A brand new, larger iPad with an enterprise-friendly slant
  • When will it be released? It's out right now
  • What will it cost? From $799, £679 or AU$1249

What is the iPad Pro?

The first thing you notice about the iPad Pro is its sheer size. It's the largest tablet we've used for a long time and it comes with a 12.9-inch display in the middle. That's a 2,732 x 2,048 resolution capable of showing 5.6 million pixels

There's an A9X chip under the hood, Apple's third generation 64-bit chip, which is 1.5 times faster than the A8X chip. This speed makes the iPad Pro 80% faster than all portable PCs on the market, and 90% faster at rendering graphics than comparable portable PCs.

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It features a battery that can run on a single charge for 10 hours, according to Apple. Our battery testing found that to be about right whenever watching movies or browsing the internet. If you're a real power user though, it might not last as long.

Be warned, the iPad Pro isn't light. It weighs 1.57 pounds (712g) and can be a real handful.

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Storage wise you're restricted to either 32GB or 128GB depending on how much you want to spend. If you're planning to fill this up with lots of media, it's not worth going for the smaller option.

We gave the iPad Pro four and half stars citing the battery life and the size as small issues with the new, bigger slate.

iPad Pro accessories

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An optional accessory, the Smart Keyboard, that connects to the tablet via a Smart Connector carries power and data via a magnetic connection.

Additionally, the Apple Pencil features Force Touch, which enables the tablet to pick up on pressure, angle, dimension and any other complex data entry positioning. The Apple Pencil will stay charged for an hour, but comes with a Lightning cable that can be charged via the tablet itself.

The iPad Pro features four speakers, one at each corner, all of which are capable of producing three-times the audio of the iPad Air 2.

Then there's the competition. It's not alone in this market of hybrid devices.

Although the iPad Pro is a stunning device, it does have a lot of competition, like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and the more notebook-centric Microsoft Surface Book. There are also several mid-tier competitors, like the Lenovo Ideapad Miix 7000 and the Google Pixel C tablet.