Guide to the iPad Pro

Ev­ery­thing you need to know about Ap­ple’s 12.9in tablet

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With specs to ri­val even some Macs, the iPad Pro has the po­ten­tial to be­come a se­ri­ous pro­duc­tiv­ity ma­chine. Here’s our guide to Ap­ple’s king-size tablet, the most pow­er­ful iOS de­vice ever.

The ba­sics

When and where will I be able to get it?

It’s avail­able to buy now from Ap­, Ap­ple Stores, and se­lect car­ri­ers and au­tho­rized re­sellers.

How much does it cost?

The most pow­er­ful iPad has a price tag to match. iPad Pro starts at £679 for the 32GB model with Wi-Fi, goes up to £799 for the 128GB model with Wi-Fi, and costs £899 for the 128GB model with Wi-Fi and cel­lu­lar ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

So there’s no 32GB cel­lu­lar model?

No. Not ac­cord­ing to what Ap­ple shared to­day. You must pony up for a 128GB iPad Pro if you want to jump on the in­ter­net with­out Wi-Fi.

What colours does iPad Pro come in?

Sil­ver, Gold and Space Grey.

How the Pro com­pares to other iPads

Is it big­ger than pre­vi­ous iPads?

To say the iPad Pro is big­ger than other iPads would be an un­der­state­ment. While the screen on the iPad

Air mea­sures 9.7 inches di­ag­o­nally, the iPad Pro’s screen is more than 3 inches larger, mea­sur­ing 12.9 inches. That’s 78 per­cent more dis­play area than that of iPad Air 2. The larger siz­ing is not ar­bi­trary, how­ever. Half the width of the iPad Pro is ex­actly the height of the iPad Air 2 – a per­fect ge­om­e­try for run­ning apps side by side. Above is an im­age of the iPad Air 2 (left) next to the Pro.

How does the dis­play look?

It looks good. The iPad Pro fills up its large screen with 5.6 mil­lion pix­els in a 2732x2048 res­o­lu­tion (ver­sus the 2048x1536 res­o­lu­tion of the Air 2), making it the high­est res­o­lu­tion Retina dis­play Ap­ple has ever pro­duced for a por­ta­ble ma­chine, even best­ing the res­o­lu­tion of the 15in MacBook Pro. The iPad Pro also boasts dou­ble the graph­ics per­for­mance of iPad Air 2, making it ideal for watch­ing movies and play­ing video games.

Should I be wor­ried that the sound qual­ity won’t be as good? Only fi­nal test­ing will tell, but the specs are promis­ing. iPad Pro is equipped with four speak­ers, one near each cor­ner to cre­ate an im­mer­sive “sounds­tage” ex­pe­ri­ence. Th­ese speak­ers have also been pro­grammed to pro­duce a well-bal­anced sound, whether you are hold­ing the iPad Pro ver­ti­cally or hor­i­zon­tally. And a new cas­ing de­sign gives the Pro speak­ers 61 per­cent more back vol­ume, a wider fre­quency range and up to 3x more acous­tic out­put than pre­vi­ous iPads.

Is it faster than pre­vi­ous iPad mod­els?

The iPad Pro boasts Ap­ple’s new A9X chip, which has twice the mem­ory and is 1.8x faster than the A8X chip in the iPad Air 2. Ap­ple calls this “desk­top-class per­for­mance,” so you’ll be able to do things on the iPad Pro that you pre­vi­ously re­served for your Mac.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Ap­ple has up­dated the stor­age con­troller so you can quickly open large files, like 4K video, hi-res pho­tos from your DSLR, or that seem­ingly end­less Pow­erPoint pre­sen­ta­tion your boss wants you to edit.

Will the higher res­o­lu­tion, bet­ter graph­ics per­for­mance and faster CPU af­fect bat­tery life?

Not nec­es­sar­ily. Ap­ple claims that the iPad Pro boasts 10 hours of bat­tery life (9 hours if us­ing cel­lu­lar), just the same as the iPad Air 2.

I bet it’s thicker and heav­ier then...

Okay, yes. The iPad Pro is a bit thicker and heav­ier than its pre­vi­ous Air 2 coun­ter­part. But not sig­nif­i­cantly con­sid­er­ing all the im­prove­ments. The Pro is 6.9mm thick (the Air 2 is 6.1mm), and it weighs 713g (the Air 2 weighs 437g).

Did the Pro keep any of the Air 2’s specs?

It kept plenty: Multi-Touch dis­play, 8Mp iSight cam­era, 1080 HD video record­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, 802.11ac Wi-Fi tech­nol­ogy with MIMO, Touch ID, LTE and Ap­ple SIM.

Mul­ti­task­ing fea­tures in iOS 9

Are there any new Quick­Type shortcuts?

iOS 9 in­tro­duces for­mat­ting but­tons to the Quick­Type bar so that you can ital­i­cize, copy/ paste or add at­tach­ments with just a tap. An­other cool way to se­lect and edit iPad text on iOS 9 is to sim­ply place two fin­gers on the touch­screen. This turns the screen into a track­pad that you can use to se­lect text by drag­ging. Fur­ther­more, third-party

apps can cus­tom­ize the shortcuts that ap­pear on the Quick­Type tool­bar, so that you can have all the im­por­tant but­tons right at your fin­ger­tips.

I’ve heard that I can now have two apps open at the same time. How does that work?

There are three ways to view and in­ter­act with two apps si­mul­ta­ne­ously on an iPad Pro in iOS 9. First, we have Slide Over, where you can choose a sec­ond app to open up as a pinned side­bar on the right. Sec­ond, there’s Split View, where two apps take up half of the screen. Fi­nally, Pic­ture-in-Pic­ture lets you watch a video or chat on FaceTime while hav­ing an­other app run­ning in the back­ground. The video screen be­comes a smaller win­dow that you can drag and re­size.

Smart Key­board & Ap­ple Pen­cil

How does the Smart Key­board work?

Think of the iPad Smart Cover but with a slim, fold­able, light­weight, wa­ter-re­sis­tant, 4mm key­board built in. In ad­di­tion to us­ing it to type, you can fold up the Smart Key­board (priced £139) to prop up the iPad Pro or cover up the screen com­pletely.

How do you hook it up to the iPad Pro?

Ap­ple has cre­ated a new three-pronged Smart Con­nec­tor that al­lows for the Smart Key­board to be con­nected to the iPad with­out plugs or wires or Blue­tooth pair­ing. It’s sim­i­lar to how the Ap­ple Watch’s di­ag­nos­tic port works. The Smart Con­nec­tor al­lows for the seam­less trans­fer of data and power be­tween de­vices, so you won’t have to charge the Smart Key­board.

And what’s so spe­cial about Ap­ple Pen­cil? Ap­ple’s first sty­lus for the iPad Pro (priced £79) is pretty self-ex­plana­tory. You can use it to add hand­writ­ten notes to your dig­i­tal doc­u­ments, but it’s also got some cool tech­nol­ogy that will be par­tic­u­larly in­trigu­ing for sketch artists. It has sev­eral sen­sors on both its case and the tip that can de­tect the po­si­tion, pres­sure, an­gle, and ori­en­ta­tion of your strokes. Draw gen­tly on the screen to cre­ate light strokes, or press down to draw thicker lines. Two sen­sors on the tip work with Multi-Touch dis­play to de­tect when­ever you’re tilt­ing the Pen­cil to cre­ate a shad­ing ef­fect. Ap­ple Pen­cil can also be used si­mul­ta­ne­ously with your fin­gers, too, for those who have yet to graduate past the fin­ger paint­ings stage.

How do you charge Ap­ple Pen­cil?

In­stead of an eraser, the Ap­ple Pen­cil has a Light­ing con­nec­tor. Sim­ply take off the cap and plug the Pen­cil into your iPad Pro. Fully charged, it lasts up to 12 hours. And just hav­ing the Pen­cil charg­ing for 15 sec­onds will get you 30 min­utes of sketch­ing time.

Any other ac­ces­sories?

Yes, Ap­ple also has new Smart Cov­ers and Sil­i­cone Cases to out­fit your iPad Pro. The Smart Cover comes in two colours: char­coal grey and white.

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