Apple normally sets up each of its launches alongside a hug fanfare, offering press and the public alike a hyped up experience for when its new devices hit the market – in fact, it’s what makes each Apple launch so exciting in its own wacky way.
However, it appears that its latest tablet won’t be getting that treatment, after the iPad Pro was officially confirmed for its release on the 11th November (tomorrow), without any pre-orders being taken.
Apple has likely cooled down the excitement for the iPad Pro because of the cost that will be coming with the tablet. It starts at a bank account denting £679 for the cheapest version, with the most costly one pricing up at £899, making it incredibly expensive.
This doesn’t get any less costly when you add some of the accessories that Apple is touting as well, with both the Apple Pencil and smart keyboard both adding to the already sizeable outgoings. The stylus-themed pencil costs an extra £79 for all of its features (which are plentiful for the professional user), whilst the smart keyboard is a more expensive £139, but does allow for better word processing.
This means that, in total, you could end up splashing out a full £1120 on the iPad Pro and its accessories give or take a few coins.
Apple reacted the same way with the Apple Watch Edition, which cost thousands of pounds itself - not getting too many people excited about it, and instead flaunting it to its target market. Admittedly, the iPad Pro is more affordable, but it still seems like a move that makes sense from Apple.
With all due respect, this isn’t some willy-nilly iPad clone you’ll be cashing out for. The iPad Pro brings the strongest spec sheet of any Apple tablet to date, as well as rocking the biggest display the company has ever made for a mobile device as well.
Its 12.9” screen is the stand out feature which is drawing attention, making it the biggest iPad yet, whilst the internal spec also live up to the name. An Apple A9X chipset is powerful and fast, 4GB RAM helps with the multitasking that’s sure to play a part and with a minimum of 32GB storage, you’ll never be struggling for room.
The photography is handles by an 8 megapixel and 1.2 megapixel duo, which handle their tasks with ease, although they won’t pack the power of the latest iPhone offering. But, things are buoyed by the tablet’s sizeable battery, which will help you work and play for longer when you’re on the go.
The iPad Pro will be available in store and online on the 11th November in 40 countries, which include the UK and USA. Stock isn’t expected to sell out too fast either, so you needn’t worry about rushing to order the tablet, as there should be plenty to go around.
Written by Luke Hatfield