During the recent fall Apple event, the Cupertino company released its Apple iPad Mini 4 and the iPad Pro.
The Apple iPad Mini 4 is powered by the Apple A8 SoC mated to 2 GB worth of RAM. It has 16 or 64 or 128 GB worth of internal memory as well. The display measures in at 7.85 inches and a 2048×1536 IPS LCD. You can either get the WiFi only version or the LTE model that has 2G or 3G or 4G LTE network wise. There is a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera and an 8 megapixel camera mounted on its back complete with F/2.4 aperture. It runs out of the box on iOS 9 and is powered by a 19.1 Wh battery. In the connectivity department, the iPad Mini 4 has 2×2 802.11a/b/g/n/ac plus bluetooth 4.1, Lightning as well as GPS/GNSS (LTE SKU only). The gadget is retailing at USD$399 (MYR1694) for the 16 GB model, USD$499 (MYR2118) for the 64 GB model and USD$599 (MYR2543) for the 128 GB.
Apple also launched the iPad Pro which is powered by the most powerful SoC to date – the Apple A9X. Apple boasted that the A9X has 2 times the memory bandwidth and 2 times the storage performance as compared to the A8X SoC. It has a 32 GB and a 128 GB model. Display wise it sport a 12.9 inch 2732×2048 IPS LCD display. Just like the iPad Mini 4, the iPad Pro has a WiFi only version or the LTE model that has 2G or 3G or 4G LTE. The WiFi model weighs 713 grams whilst the LTW version weighs 723 grams. The gadget has 6.6 mm thickness and is powered by a 38.5 Wh battery. Running on iOS 9, it has a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera and an 8 megapixel camera mounted on its back complete with F/2.4 aperture. Connectivity wise, it mirrors the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Pro will retail at USD$799 (MYR3392) for the 32 GB model and USD$949 (MYR4029) for the larger 128 GB model. The tablet will be shipping in November.
Along with the two iPads, the tech giant unveiled the Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro. Just like Microsoft Surface tablets, the keyboard basically attaches to the iPad via a magnetic connector on the side of the tablet. The Keyboard will retail for USD$169 (MYR717).
What we’re more interested in is the Apple Pencil. This new accessory is a drawing pencil for the iPad Pro. The tablet will scan for an input at a quick 240Hz with the Apple Pencil. Users can use the accessory to draw in any apps including third party apps such as Microsoft Office. The Apple Pencil will retail at USD$99 (MYR420).
We like what we see when it comes to the tablets. However, the accessories are quite pricey, taking into consideration you’ve already paid quite a bit for the iPad Pro itself. Let us know what you think about all the gadgets mentioned in this post in the comment section below!