Apple's eagerly-awaited flagship tablet iPad Pro has been officially launched in select regions across the world.
"The early response to iPad Pro from app developers and our customers has been incredible, and we're excited to get iPad Pro into the hands of customers around the world this week," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice-president of Worldwide Marketing.
"iPad Pro is the most powerful iPad we've ever made, giving users the ability to be even more creative and more productive with the epic 12.9-inch Retina display, powerful 64-bit A9X chip and groundbreaking Apple Pencil and new Smart Keyboard. We can't wait to see what they do with iPad Pro," he added.
The company has confirmed that the iPad Pro can be pre-booked at official online site Apple.com from Wednesday (11 November), while the device will be released in brick-and-mortar stores later this week in the US, the UK, Germany, the UAE, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and 42 other countries across the world.
As of now, the company is also yet to announce when iPad Pro will be made available in India. Also, there is no word on when the new iPad Mini 4 will be released. Stay tuned for more updates.
For the uninitiated, the new iPad Pro comes with a massive 12.9-inch display with 2732x1048p resolution.
Under the hood, it comes packed with the company's proprietary third-generation Apple A9X processor, which is said to be 2.5 times faster than the A7 processor.
It is backed by an M9 motion co-processor, which takes care of smaller functions, to take some load off the main CPU.
On the other hand, Apple iPad Mini sports a compact 7.9-inch screen, but the internal hardware is identical to what we see in 2014 series 9.7-inch Apple iPad Air 2. It boasts the same specifications as the A8 processor with an M8 motion co-processor.
Both Apple iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4 are said to offer minimum of 10 hours of web-surfing in a single charge, and also house the same camera features: 8MP iSight camera on the back and 1.2MP FaceTime snapper on the front.
Apple iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4 Price Details:
During the unveiling ceremony, the company confirmed that both the new iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4 would come in three variants â€” gold, silver and space gray â€” with price starting from $399 (â‚¬356/â‚¹26,630).[ Check out the individual storage variants' price details in the table below].
Apple will also offer a couple of new accessories â€” Apple Pencil (rechargeable via Light port) and a Smart Keyboard (charcoal gray). They will cost $99 (â‚¬88/â‚¹6,610) and $169 (â‚¬151/â‚¹11,281), respectively.
Key Specifications of iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4:
|Models||Apple iPad Pro||Apple iPad Mini 4|
|Display||12.9â€‘inch (diagonal) LEDâ€‘backlit Multiâ€‘Touch display
||7.9â€‘inch (diagonal) LEDâ€‘backlit Multiâ€‘Touch display
|OS||Apple iOS9||Apple iOS9|
|Processor||A9X third-generation chip with 64-bit architecture
||A8 second-generation chip with 64-bit architecture
|Network||Wi-Fi + Cellular model (type: Nano SIM):
||Wi-Fi + Cellular model (type: Nano SIM):
|Add-ons||Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button, Wiâ€‘Fi (802.11a/â€‹b/â€‹g/â€‹n/â€‹ac); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2 technology,||Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button, Wiâ€‘Fi (802.11a/â€‹b/â€‹g/â€‹n/â€‹ac); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2 technology,|
|Dimensions||395.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 mm||203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm|
|Weight||713 g (Wi-Fi only)/ 723 g (Wi-Fi + Cellular)||298.8 g (Wi-Fi only)/ 304 g (Wi-Fi + Cellular)|
|Colours||Silver, Gold and Space Gray||Silver, Gold and Space Gray|
|Price [USA]||Wi-Fi only: