iPad Pro release date, news and features

A slate for professionals

The next evolution

The wait is finally over – Apple has unveiled the first version of its enterprise-focused tablet, the iPad Pro.

Unlike previous iterations of the iPad, the the iPad Pro (starting at $799, around £599 and AU$1199) 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.

This hybrid features a 12.9-inch display with a 2,732 x 2,048 resolution capable of showing 5.6 million pixels. The iPad Pro features an A9X chip, 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.

It features a battery that can run on a single charge for 10 hours, according to Apple. It weighs 1.57 pounds (712g) and it is available in gold, silver and space grey.

Although the iPad Pro is a stunning device, it does have a lot of competition, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, the Lenovo Ideapad Miix 7000 and the Google Pixel C tablet.

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Why the iPad Pro then?

Back in 2013, Apple did something interesting with the launch of its fifth generation iPad (aside from a total hardware revamp): gave it a new name.

The iPad Air alluded to the Cupertino's company adopting the naming convention of its laptop lines, the MacBook Air and Pro series, for its premiere range of tablets.

Logic would have dictated, then, that if Apple were to release an even more sizable iPad, it would be with a professional bent and named the iPad Pro. So, at Apple's September event we were proven correct with a newer, bigger iPad.

Cut to the chase
What is it? A brand new, larger iPad with an enterprise slant
When will it be released? November 2015
What will it cost? From $799 (probably around £599 and AU$1199)

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.