Apple iPad Pro: technical specifications, pricing, & details

Apple's largest tablet yet -- the iPad Pro -- goes on sale on November 11, 2015, for $799 for the base model. However, customers will also have to buy the rechargeable Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard if they really want to get all the benefits of the new tablet.

November 11, 2015, marks an important day for Apple fans as the iPad Pro goes finally on sale in 40 countries. The same week, the 12.9-inch tablet will also be available at the Apple retail stores.

The iPad Pro comes in three models, including a 32GB for $799, 128GB for $949, and a 128GB model that also includes cellular connectivity for $1,079.

This time around, buying the tablet may just not be enough, because it’s a big tablet and Apple is also aiming it as a productivity device, just like the Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4, but it’s not as powerful. This means that to be productive, you will need the Smart Keyboard that will cost you an extra $169, and there is also the Apple Pencil that costs $99. (Optional accessories are also available starting November 11.)

While the customers will have to pay premium to get Apple’s own Smart Keyboard, it will be the first cover for an iPad that offers a full-size keyboard. Also, the Smart Keyboard does not connect via Bluetooth, instead it charges and pairs using the three-pin Smart Connector located at the bottom of the tablet.

iPad Pro Smart Keyboard

The Apple Pencil is the other accessory that unlike Surface, it doesn’t come included with the tablet, you will have to purchase it separately, and even more awkward, you have to occasionally recharge it using the Lighting connector. Although, in the real-world the Apple Pencil feels like using a real pencil, it falls shorts to the Surface Pen that includes a tail eraser, a button to call Cortana (in Apple’s case it would be Siri), magnetic attachment, or interchangeable tips. Though, the Apple Pencil does come with the Lightning adapter and extra tip.

iPad Pro Apple Pencil

If you’re buying the base model of the iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, then you’re looking to spend around $1,067, which still a few dollars more than the base model Surface Pro 4 with 128GB, Type Cover, and versatile Surface Pen that costs $1,029, but you’re likely to be more productive with a Surface device (opinion).

Who is the iPad Pro for? Apple is specifically targeting business, education, and creative professionals, now that iOS allows users to multitask and the Apple Pencil can help designers and professionals be more productive.

So, what do you get with the iPad Pro? The biggest iPad from Apple sports a 12.9-inch Retina Display with a stunning 5.6 million pixels. Under the hood, it’s powered by an A9X Apple processor and 4GB of memory. The company claims around 10 hours of battery life and reviewers are claiming that the battery life lives up to expectations.

Now that you have some info about the iPad Pro, let’s dive into the technical specifications.

iPad Pro technical specifications

ComponentDescription
Operating SystemiOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2
Dimensions305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 mm (12.04 x 8.69 x 0.27 in)
Weight713 g (Wi-Fi) / 723 g (LTE) (1.57 lb)
ColorSpace Gray, Silver, Gold
Physical buttonsPower, Volume
DisplayScreen: 12.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display
Panel: LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution: 2732 x 2048 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Protection: Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
ProcessorA9X chip with 64‑bit architecture
M9 motion coprocessor
Memory4GB RAM for all models.
Storage32GB, 128GB
PenApple Pencil
NetworkWi‑Fi models:
Wi‑Fi (802.11a/​b/​g/​n/​ac); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO
Bluetooth 4.2 technology

Wi‑Fi + Cellular model:
Wi‑Fi (802.11a/​b/​g/​n/​ac); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO
Bluetooth 4.2 technology
UMTS/​HSPA/​HSPA+/​DC‑HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz)
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41)4
Data only5
Includes Apple SIM — U.S. and UK only
BatteryAll models:
Built-in 38.5-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music
Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

Wi-Fi + Cellular model:
Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network
CamerasiSight camera (rear):
8.0-megapixel
Autofocus
ƒ/2.4 aperture
Five-element lens
Hybrid IR filter
Backside illumination
Improved face detection
Exposure control
Panorama (up to 43MP)
Burst mode
Tap to focus
Photo geotagging
Timer mode

Video recording:
1080p HD video recording (30 fps)
Slo-mo (120 fps)
Time-lapse video with stabilization
Video image stabilization
Improved face detection
3x video zoom
Video geotagging

FaceTime HD Camera (front):
1.2-megapixel photos
ƒ/2.2 aperture
720p HD video recording
Backside illumination
Auto HDR photos and videos
Improved face detection
Burst mode
Exposure control
Timer mode
SensorsTouch ID
Three-axis gyro
Accelerometer
Barometer
Ambient light sensor
AudioDual microphones for calls, video recording, and audio recording
In the BoxiPad Pro
Lightning to USB Cable
USB Power Adapter
LocationAll models:
Digital compass
Wi‑Fi
iBeacon microlocation

Wi-Fi + Cellular model:
Assisted GPS and GLONASS
Cellular
Pricing32GB $799
128GB $949
128GB Wi-Fi + Celluar $1079

Initially, the biggest iPad ever will be sold in the United States, Canada, UK, China, Japan, and 36 other countries, including Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Cayman Islands, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, UAE, Uruguay and the Virgin Islands.

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