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Last week, several Apple authorised sellers began taking pre-orders for the new iPad Pro series in India and now, the consumers can purchase it off the shelves at retail chains in the country.

Apple has finally put up the 'Buy Now' option on the official India website. Consumers can find the nearest retail shops by typing in the pin code option.

Like the previous generation, the new Apple iPad Pro comes in two sizes--11.0-inch and 12.9-inch. It can be noted that the former has same dimensions as 10.5-inch model seen in the predecessor, but thanks to new FullView design, the top and the base bezel have been trimmed to make space for more display footprint.

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Apple will be offering several accessories (costs extra) with iPad Pro 2018 series.Apple Press Kit

On the other hand, the 12.9-inch model has shrunk in terms of the physical stature compared to the 2017-series model, but again thanks to new design technique, the display footprint is the same as the latter.

Also, the new iPad Pro is the Apple's slimmest tablet to date; it comes with just 5.9mm thickness and but consumers need not worry about the battery life, as it is capable offering close to 10 hours video playback.

Both the iPad Pro models come with vibrant Liquid Retina Display with True Tone feature similar to the iPhone XR. With wide-screen and add to the fact, it has four speakers, watching multimedia content on Amazon Prime Video or Netflix will be an enthralling experience.

Another big change we see in the new iPad Pro is the Type-C USB port, a first for Apple tablet. It offers reverse charging capability in addition to fast charging.

Another first for the iPad is the Face ID, which will scan through the owner's face to unlock the screen. An interesting aspect of this feature is that, it can recognise the face from any angle, he/she intends to use, unlike iPhone X and later mobiles, where the owner has to hold them with upright with front-camera on top to recognise the face.

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Apple's new iPad Pro 2018 series come in two screen sizes: 12.9-inch and 11.0-inch.Apple Press Kit

Inside, it also comes with 102 powerful magnets on the back so that the accessories including the newly introduced Pencil (2nd gen) can attach tightly to the iPad Pro's back seamlessly.

The new generation Apple Pencil is a near-perfect stylus in the market. It comes with wireless charging capability, unlike the predecessor which comes with the weird lightning port to connect to iPad.

Now, the new Pencil can just dock to the iPad and get charged when in idle. Also, it supports smart double touch feature, which allows the user to switch between modes—write or erase or customise to others actions, as well.

As far as the photography hardware is concerned, it comes with a 12MP primary camera with F1.8 aperture and a 7MP FaceTime front camera.

Besides the wide-screen display, another notable aspect of the new iPad Pro is the 7nm class 8-core A12X Bionic Fusion chipset, which is said to be more powerful compared to A12 Bionic seen in iPhone XS and XR series. The former comes with 64-bit class desktop architecture and comes integrated with 7-core GPU, M12 coprocessor and dedicated Neural Engine, which can perform more than 5 trillion operations per second. The benchmark scores have surfaced online revealing that Apple's new iPad Pro is more powerful than top-end laptops in the market.

The new iPad Pro series price ranges between Rs 71,900 to Rs 1,71,900 in India (full price list below).

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Apple iPad Pro comes with a versatile Pencil (2nd Gen) with wireless charging technology.Apple Press Kit

Apple's new Pencil has to be bought separately for Rs 10,900. There are several other accessories including the new Smart Keyboard Folio (space grey) for Rs 15,900 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and Rs 17,900 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

Furthermore, a new Smart Folio for iPad Pro comes with a protective, polyurethane folio design and will be available in several colours for Rs 7,500 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and Rs 9,900 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Apple authorised resellers in collaboration with partner banks are offering lucrative deals including 5% cash discounts and low EMI options on the new Apple iPad Pro.

Key specifications of iPad Pro (2018) series:

Model Apple iPad Pro (2018)
Display 12.9-inch LED-backlit with multi-touch and IPS technology 11.0-inch LED-backlit with multi-touch and IPS technology
Screen features
  • Resolution: 2732x2048p
  • Pixel density: 264 ppi (pixels per inch)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Fully laminated display
  • Anti-reflective coating
  • ProMotion technology
  • Wide colour display (P3)
  • True Tone display
  • Supports Apple Pencil (2nd Gen)
OS Apple iOS 12 ( v12.1 released)
  • (64-bit desktop-class architecture) 7nm class 8-core Apple A12X Bionic+ 7 core GPU+ Neural Engine+ M12 coprocessor

Compared to A8:

  • CPU: 3x faster
  • Graphics: 8x faster
Storage 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
Main Camera 12MP with F1.8 aperture, Live Photos with stabilisation, Quad-LED True Tone Flash, Wide colour capture for photos and Live photos, Backside illumination, Five-element lens, Hybrid IR filter, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, Tap to focus with Focus Pixels, Exposure control, Smart HDR for photos, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Burst mode, Timer mode, Photo geotagging
Front camera TrueDepth 7MP camera with Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting, Animoji and Memoji, Live photos, Retina Flash, 1080p HD video recording, Smart HDR for photos and videos, Backside illumination, Burst mode, FaceTime video calling over Wi-Fi or Cellular
  • 4K video recording at 30 fps (frames per second) or 60 fps
  • Slow-motion video support for 1080p at 120fps and 720p at 240fps
  • Time-lapse video with stabilisation
  • Cinematic video stabilisation
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • 3x video zoom
  • Backside illumination
  • Video geotagging
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching a video or listening to music
  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using a cellular data network
  • Charging via USB-C to the computer system or power adapter
Security Face ID: Enabled by the TrueDepth camera for facial recognition
Connectivity All models:
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac); simultaneous dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0

Wi-Fi+ LTE:

  • Gigabit-class LTE (up to 29 bands)
  • GPS/GLONASS/Galileo and QZSS
  • Data only
  • Wi-Fi Calling

SIM Card:

  • Depending on market: Nano-SIM (Apple SIM) or e-SIM
Add-ons Four speaker audio, Siri voice assistant, USB-C, Smart connector, Face ID, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometer
Dimensions 280.6 x 214.9 x 5.9 mm 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9mm
Weight Wi-Fi only: 631 gWi-Fi+ LTE: 633g Wi-Fi only: 468 gWi-Fi+ LTE: 468g
Colour Silver/Space Grey Silver/Space Grey
Price 12.9-inch modelWi-Fi only:
  • 64GB: Rs 89,900
  • 256GB: Rs 1,03,900
  • 512GB: Rs 1,21,900
  • 1TB:Rs 1,57,900

Wi-Fi+ LTE:

  • 64GB: Rs 1,03,900
  • 256GB: Rs 1,17,900
  • 512GB: Rs 1,35,900
  • 1TB: Rs 1,71,900
11.0-inch modelWi-Fi only:
  • 64GB: Rs 71,900
  • 256GB:Rs 85,900
  • 512GB: Rs 1,03,900
  • 1TB: Rs 1,39,900

Wi-Fi+ LTE:

  • 64GB: Rs 85,900
  • 256GB: Rs 99,900
  • 512GB: Rs 1,17,900
  • 1TB: Rs 1,53,900