VIDEO: Apple launches 13-inch iPad Pro

Apple's Jeff Williams speaks about the Apple Watch on stage during a special event in San Francisco, California. The iPad Pro will also be the first to have four speakers in it —one in each corner. Picture: Getty

Apple has officially announced the launch of a new, bigger tablet computer called the iPad Pro. The firm’s chief Tim Cook called it the “biggest news in iPad since the iPad” as he unveiled the Pro, which will have a 32.7cm screen.

The screen resolution on the new iPad Pro will be better than that of a MacBook Pro, says Apple, as Mr Cook called it “our vision of the future of personal computing”.

The iPad Pro will also be the first to have four speakers in it — one in each corner. It will also come with a keyboard, built into a new case.

This is a similar layout to Microsoft’s extremely popular Surface tablet.

The Apple rival even made a surprise appearance at the announcement — giving a demo of Microsoft Office working on the Pro.

The iPad Pro will also come with a stylus called the Apple Pencil. This is despite late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs famously once saying: “If you see a stylus, they blew it.”

The announcement came at a live event in San Francisco, where Apple also showed its new-found love of fashion will continue, as the Apple Watch maker confirmed a new “fall line” of watch straps for autumn.

Apple said the iPad Pro will go on sale in November, in three colours and with prices starting at €713.

The firm also announced the iPad mini 4, which Apple’s Phil Schiller said has the same internals as the larger iPad Air 2, but in the mini’s size.

A much rumoured revamp of the Apple TV will also be carried out, with Apple’s voice assistant technology Siri now integrated.

Mr Cook said: “Our vision is simple and perhaps a little provocative. We believe the future of TV is apps, and it’s already started.”


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