Apple thinks the iPad may be the only computer you need.
At a special event in San Francisco today the company introduced the iPad Pro, which features a 12.9-inch screen and specifically designed keyboard and stylus.
The company also designed a fold-up keyboard case called the Smart Keyboard.
For the first time Apple also built its own stylus for an iPad, which it dubbed the Apple Pencil.
Built for Productivity
The tablet is powered by a new A9X processor, which is 1.8 times faster than the chip it’s replacing, according to Apple. Apple’s Phil Schiller, the senior vice president of worldwide marketing, praised the tablet’s performance and capabilities on stage.
“Our chip team is just on fire,” he said.
The other signature feature is the screen, which has a resolution of 2,732 x 2,043 pixels. It’s the highest resolution iOS device yet, according to Apple.
While the iPad is often used for consuming content, Apple played up the productivity possibilities with some software demos for the iPad Pro. Schiller invited Microsoft representatives on stage to demonstrate how one could use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Another demo featured AutoCAD, a popular tool for graphic designers.
Other parts of the presentation focused on how the Apple pencil could be used for medical applications and other tools that would benefit from precision input of a stylus.
The iPad Pro comes in three colors: silver, gold, and space gray. Pricing is set at $799 for 32GB, $949 for 128GB and $1,079 for 128GB of storage. The Apple Pencil sells separately for $99 and the Smart Keyboard is $169.
The new iPad and accessories will be available in November. This could run up right against the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, which is rumored for an unveiling soon.