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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 on Sep 9, 2015 01:01 pm CDT - 1 min, 28 secs reading time

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

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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.

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  • 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.

Derek Strickland

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Derek Strickland

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements, whether it's VR with the Oculus Rift or Augmented Reality. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the technology that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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