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Apple iPad Pro Gets 12.9-inch Retina Glass and New A9X Chip

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Apple yesterday revealed the new iPad Pro, featuring some powerful new hardware and a 12.9” Retina display sporting 5.6 million pixels, the most ever for an iOS device. The iPad Pro shares the same custom-made 64-bit A9 chip with the new iPhone 6s handsets, and it brings speeds rivaling those of today’s gaming laptops.

Also revealed was the Apple Pencil, a US$99 stylus especially made for the iPad Pro. It works with near-zero latency on the device, and is super-accurate and fluid – a must for artists. It also improves functionality with other programs and apps on the iPad.

Another iPad Pro accessory worth noting was the Apple Smart Keyboard, a super-thin, portable, full-sized keyboard that doubles as a protective cover for the iPad Pro. It connects via the iPad’s Smart Connector port, letting you do away with cables, battery charging, or Bluetooth pairing.

The iPad Pro will retail for US$799 for the 32GB w/ WiFi version, and US$1079 for the 128GB w/ WiFi and cellular version. It comes in a silver, gold, or space gray metallic finish, and will be available via Apple.com beginning this November.