Giving consumers a better way to view TV Everywhere apps and streaming video on the go and a more capable mobile device for business users, Apple introduced the iPad Pro, a larger version of the tablet that sports a faster CPU and a pixel-packed picture.
“Today we have the biggest news in iPad since the iPad,” Apple CEO Tim Cook (pictured) said.
The new device, which appears to provide a competitor to the Microsoft Surface, supports 5.6 pixels, 10 hours of battery life, a four-speaker audio system, and Apple’s third-gen 64-bit chip, which is about two-times faster than the A8X chip. It also supports new accessories sucha as the “Smart Keyboard" and the Apple Pencil, a writing and drawing instrument tailored for the new tablet. Speaking of Microsoft, execs also joined the stage to show how Microsoft Office has been optimized for the Apple iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil.
“This is desktop-class performance,” Apple’s Phil Schiller said, calling the model “the most advanced display we’ve ever built.”
Apple led off the event by talking up the Apple Watch, noting that over 10,000 apps have been developed for the new connected wearable. Apple’s also brining native apps to the platform, meaning the device can display video and developers can access hardware such as the Watch microphone, speaker and health sensors.
Also coming to Apple Watch is Facebook Messenger, allowing users to send texts, and audio messages. A GoPro app, meanwhile, will turn the Watch into a view-finder.
Apple’s also working on new models and new bands for Watch, including new finishes such as gold, rose gold and anodized aluminum. Apple said its new models are shipping now in 24 counties, and said OS 2 for the device is coming September 16.