If you caught our Insta Stories (@buro247malaysia), you’d know Apple’s October event saw a slew of new and improved products: From the ultra sleek MacBook Air to a long-overdue new Mac Mini to an even more powerful iPad Pro with a redesigned Apple Pencil. The third-gen tablet marks the biggest change to iPad ever and we foresee it to be popular among the curious creatives, knowledge-seekers and gamers galore — here’s why:
Following the aesthetics of its iPhones, the new iPad Pro sports an all-screen design which means, for example, the old 10.5-inch model can afford a bigger 11-inch display. With a thickness of 5.9mm, it’s slimmer and also lighter at 1.03 pounds (approximately 460g). There’s also a 12.9-inch variant.
Similar to its iPhones, Apple has removed the home button to take advantage of iOS 12‘s swiping gesture controls. The new iPad Pro features a “Liquid Retina” display with ProMotion and True Tone display as well as wide colour support. At the top of it is the TrueDepth camera with advanced Face ID which means it will unlock regardless of which way you’re holding the tablet.
Fitted with an A12X Bionic chip — the same one in the new iPhones — and a next-generation Neural Engine, Apple says the iPad Pro can outperform 92 per cent of all portable PCs. To further showcase this high-performance capability, the keynote included a showcase by Adobe performing multiple changes on the upcoming Photoshop CC app (coming 2019) with a .psd file containing over 100 layers and 3GB in size. Zero lag and just pure smooth, fluid performance — like you would see on a laptop/desktop.
REDESIGNED APPLE PENCIL
Never worry about losing your Apple Pencil or having to charge it in a not-so-convenient way. The new Apple Pencil has been designed to magnetically attach and wirelessly charge on one side of the new iPad Pro. It also has a new touch sensor to detect taps for switching between tools within apps such as Notes. On that note, tapping the screen with the Apple Pencil will immediately wake it and open Notes. The only downside is that the new Apple Pencil and iPad Pro are only compatible with each other. Your first-gen Apple Pencil won’t work with the latest tablet and the new-gen Apple Pencil won’t work with the older iPads.
CAMERA, VIDEO AND AUDIO
Equipped with a 12-megapixel rear camera that’s capable of 4K video recording, the iPad Pro also has four improved speakers for wider stereo sound.
WHAT ELSE IS NEW
The new iPad Pro has switched its Lightning connector to USB-C, which also means you can charge your iPhone with it as well as connect it to a larger screen. However, you’ll have to buy a USB-C to Lightning cable separately as it’s not provided in the box. Apple has also removed the headphone jack there’s no headphone adapter in the box. It also offers gigabit-class LTE and up to 1TB of storage. In terms of battery life, Apple says it’s good for up to 10 hours of continuous use. To complement the iPad Pro (and further turning it into a potential laptop replacement), Apple has also unveiled a new Smart Keyboard Folio, featuring a full-size keyboard that protects both the front and back of iPad Pro and is easily adjustable for lap or desk use.
RELEASE DATE IN MALAYSIA
At this time, we don’t have the official word as to when the new iPad Pros will be available in Malaysia but it’ll be out beginning Nov 7 in the US. Stay tuned for more updates.
PRICING IN MALAYSIA
- The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at RM3,499 for the Wi-Fi model and RM4,149 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at RM4,349 for the Wi-Fi model and RM4,999 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
- The second generation Apple Pencil will be available for RM549
- The new Smart Keyboard Folio is available for RM769 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and RM869 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
- A new Smart Folio for iPad Pro will be available in a variety of colours for RM329 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and RM419 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro at apple.com/my and Apple Stores.
- A wide assortment of Apple-designed USB-C accessories that supports iPad Pro is available at apple.com/my and Apple Stores, including a new USB-C to SD Card Reader and USB-C to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter.
For more info, visit Apple Malaysia’s website.
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