Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016, 13:16
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, News, Processors
This could be interesting.
On Monday, Apple launched its long-awaited 9.7-inch version of the iPad Pro, the tablet gaining the magnetic Smart Connector, A9X processor and four-speaker array found on its larger 12.9-inch version, as well as compatibility with the Apple Pencil and a new True Tone display, all for $599.
The 9.7-inch variant’s True Tone display features two new four-channel ambient light sensors that measure both brightness and color temperature to adjust the display accordingly, resulting in a “paper-white” viewing experience.
The display is also 40 percent less reflective and 25 percent brighter than the iPad Air 2. Apple says it’s the lowest reflectivity of any tablet available. Color reproduction also hits new heights with the same color gamut offered on the iMac with Retina 5K display, as well as 25 percent greater color saturation than iPad Air 2.
Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad Pro features a 64-bit A9X processor, which offers the same GPU specs as the larger iPad Pro, offering console-class graphics with all-day battery life. It also includes the M9 motion coprocessor, which brings with it always-on “Hey Siri” capabilities.
As expected, users will be able to use the Apple Pencil with the tablet and will be able to use the accessory’s pressure and tilt-sensing functions. A new Smart Keyboard was also launched for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
The tablet features a four-speaker “pro” audio system that automatically adjusts sound depending on viewing orientation. Total volume is twice that of the iPad Air 2, this being boosted by iOS 9.3’s support for outputting video encoded with Dolby Digital Plus audio streams via Apple’s Lightning Digital AV Adapter.
Where communications are concerned, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO technology, while cellular versions support LTE Advanced networks with up to 50 percent faster connectivity. The Apple SIM comes embedded directly into the new iPad Pro, making it a simple process to get online when traveling abroad international.
For photography buffs, the new tablet features a 12 megapixel camera capable of shooting 4K video. It also features a rear-facing True Tone flash and front-facing Retina Flash, another pair of upgrades over the 12.9-inch model.
The 32-gigabyte model is available for $599, while a 128-gigabyte model will run $749. Apple is also offering a 256-gigabyte model for $899. A new rose gold option will be joining the usual space grey, gold and silver color options, while new cases and keyboard accessories are also available.
Preorders will begin this Thursday, with shipments beginning March 31st.
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