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Apple's new 12.9-inch iPad Pro is $799, launches in November

Apple unveils its new $799 iPad Pro with a 12.9-inch retina display and 'desktop-like performance'

By: Derek Strickland from Sep 9, 2015 @ 13:01 CDT

Apple's newly announced iPad Pro is touted to deliver "PC-grade performance" with "console-like graphics".


Today Apple unveiled their new performance-driven iPad tablet, the iPad Pro. The tablet is powered by the new 3rd generation A9X processor chip that's 1.8x faster than A8X CPU, and iOS 9 brings multi-tasking capabilities to the tablet. Many of the apps on the device are run in full 60 frames-per-second. No performance specs like processor speeds were revealed but the company maintains that the tablet seamlessly blends performance and entertainment.

The iPad Pro's 12.9-inch retina display is the biggest Apple has ever made--half of its width is as tall as the iPad Air's height--and is meant to be used with two hands. The display has a resolution of with a variable refresh rate with 5.6 million more pixels than the MacBook Pro display. For the iPad Pro's audio, Apple takes a hint from ASUS's new Predator tablet and adds a quad-speaker 4 speaker audio system, which balances if you flip up upright or the side.

  • 12.9 inch Retina display
  • 3rd-generation 64-bit A9X chip
  • Four speaker Audio
  • 10-hour battery life
  • 8MP iSight camera
  • 802.11ac with MIMO
  • Up to 150Mbps LTE
  • Touch ID

The iPad Pro will be available in three tiers: $799 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, $949 for the 128GB Wi-Fi, and $1079 for the 128GB variant with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. It will be available starting in November.