Monday 26 September 2016

Meet the new iPad Pro - small and speedy

Daniel Anderson

Published 22/03/2016 | 09:10

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The iPad Pro was a large screen device so Apple has gone back to the drawing board to create a more portable version

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The original iPad Pro launched in 2015 to great fanfare - bringing blazingly fast specs and a huge screen to the 2 in 1 wars. It was a real laptop replacement, complete with a top of the range stylus solution and the fastest specs around. And, for many people, it was just too darn big.

Enter the new iPad Pro, which features a much more reasonable 9.7 inch screen and the same goal of replacing your existing laptop and tablet and looking very slick into the bargain. Here is it in action.

Portability and power are the buzzwords here, and the A9X chip inside certainly helps to make this one of the fastest tablets around. That display looks truly gorgeous and promises more colour depth, while also using ambient sensors to detect your surrounding colour temperature and respond to it dynamically. We're not totally sold on that idea, we'll have to see it up close first.

The smart keyboard looks better than ever, thanks to some great spacing for typing folks, and Apple is going all out on the camera sensor - offering up the same 12 megapixel snapper as you'll find in the new iPhone SE. There's even 4K video capture, and the ability to edit right on the tablet, which is definitely going to be easier thanks to the larger screen and tools like the powerful Apple Pencil.

Even with these fast specs, Apple is promising 10 hours of battery life from the iPad Pro, which is hugely impressive for a device that's just 6.1mm thin. Wireless tech has been improved for more speed and the tablet includes TouchID for added security. And it will naturally come with all the benefits of the new iOS 9.3 as well as the expanded feature set from the larger iPad Pro.

The 9.7 inch iPad Pro comes in Silver, Gold, Space Grey and Rose Gold and in 32, 128 and 256 gig offerings. Skipping 64 gigs seems like a strange choice. Pricing starts at $599.

It will be available in the USA and UK on the 31st of March and in Ireland in early April 2016.

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