We knew it was coming, but we’re still pretty impressed by the iPad Pro. You might think it’s just a bigger iPad, but Apple actually packed this device with some really cool new technology. Here are our five favorite features of the iPad Pro, based on Apple’s presentation on Wednesday.
Beautiful Big Display
The iPad Pro comes with Apple’s best display yet. It measures 12.9-inches across and offers a resolution 2732 x 2048 pixels. That’s 5.6 million pixels total, though it only comes out to 265 pixels per inch (PPI). Still, Apple says that’s sharper than a MacBook with Retina display.
The iPad Pro also features some pretty sweet new multi-touch capabilities. Apple’s revamped its technology to work with your finger and its new stylus at the same time. Speaking of which, let’s talk about the Apple Pencil.
A new Apple product means new accessories. The Cupertino-based company finally has its own stylus, called the Apple Pencil, which it claims is one of the most accurate digital pens ever invented. It’s designed to work with the iPad Pro display, and comes packed with sensors that can tell how hard you press and what angle you hold it at. It also includes a built-in Lightning connector so you can recharge the battery by plugging right into the iPad.
Apple’s also offering a special new keyboard for the iPad Pro. It features a familiar magnetic design but folds up to offer both a kickstand and a keyboard at once.
One small note: these new extras don’t come cheap. Apple is charging $99 for the Pencil and $169 for the keyboard. That’s on top of what’s already a pretty pricy tablet.
Powerful New Speakers
The iPad Pro features four built-in speakers to match its super-sized screen. That means stereo sound shooting out from all four corners of the device. The speakers are also smart, and adjust automatically when you shift from portrait to landscape for the best possible sound.
Overall volume has increased by 61 percent compared to older iPads. The frequency range has also improved as a result, meaning you’ll get a more accurate sound without any external speakers.
Fast New Processor
Apple packed its best processor yet into the iPad Pro. The A9X is 1.8 times faster than the A8X included in last year’s iPad Air 2. That should mean faster processing and better graphics. The Cupertino company even claims its new tablet can outclass most of the current PC market thanks to this new chip. In some brief demos, it showed how this can translate to much more powerful medical applications, which might help doctor’s explain an ailment to a patient with a 3D-rendered skeleton, or incredible multitasking between Adobe, Word or Excel documents on the fly.
Better Storage Options
This might seem pretty small, but it’s a big deal to us. The iPad Pro starts at 32GB of storage and then jumps straight to a 128GB option. That’s a nice step up from the iPad Air 2, which comes in 16GB/64GB/128GB options. Considering the new tablet’s high starting price of $799 it’s nice to see the company offering some decent storage options. We just wish we could say the same about the new iPhones.
There’s plenty to love with the new iPad Pro, and we’ll probably find even more cool new features once we spend some quality time with the device. Of course it’s not a perfect product either. That size is sure to scare away some people, while the combined price of the tablet itself and those extra accessories could put it out of reach for others. For now though, we’re just excited to get to know the iPad Pro even better.