I am not quite sure if the dust has completely settled on the Microsoft’s much-hyped release of the Surface Book, on October 6th. A 13.5 inched laptop-cum-tablet complete with a stylus pen and a detachable keyboard. This week will be Apple’s turn in the spotlight as the company launches the much anticipated biggest iPad yet, the iPad Pro.
If you can remember, Microsoft threw some jabs at Apple last month when it said its new Surface Book was twice as fast as Apple’s MacBook Pro. We since established that was a lie, in the sense that the Surface Book is only slightly faster than the MacBook Pro in regards to GPU performance only. That is only true for the MacBook Pro 13-inch model only and not the 15-inch model, which is a ‘mammoth’ machine in its own rights and far much superior to the Surface Book.
Monday, November 9th, Apple announced that the iPad Pro will be up on sale online across 40 different countries by Wednesday the same week. Apple is trying to revamp the slumping tablet market; the same can be said about Microsoft given the Surface Book is also a cross hybrid tablet.
In an interesting turn of events, the iPad Pro will feature a detachable keyboard and a stylus pen. Didn’t Steve Jobs (the late former Apple’s CEO & co-founder) say that a stylus pen is not something Apple will go for, saying that consumers did not need such an accessory? Just recently, didn’t Tim Cook (Apple current CEO) say the detachable keyboard on the Surface Book making it a tablet-cum-laptop is an unnecessary accessory and compared the move by Microsoft as combining a refrigerator and a toaster?
Apple v/s Microsoft rhetoric jabs aside; here is what you should expect from the iPad Pro set to be launched tomorrow, Wednesday, November 11th:
A 12.9-inched display that comes with a stylus pen that will enable you to sketch on the screen given it will be the largest iPad yet to be produced by Apple.
The iPad will have a detachable keyboard meaning you can have the easy typing experience you get on a laptop. The keyboard is said to come at an additional cost of $169. The starting price for the device will be $799.
I would bet; the detachable keyboard is what made Tim Cook say the following statement to The Telegraph, in an interview“I think if you’re looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore? No really, why would you buy one? Yes, the iPad Pro is a replacement for a notebook or a desktop for many, many people. They will start using it and conclude they no longer need to use anything else, other than their phones.”
Innov8tiv will have the full specs on the iPad Pro once it is released, so make sure you visit again as we wait on the launch the device by Apple. Alternatively, head on to iPad Pro webpage on Apple.com.
However, here are some facts you should know, tablets sales are declining, and Microsoft’s and Apple’s devices (Surface Book and iPad Pro) are spirited attempts at reviving this market. Apple’s Mac sales have lately been doing better than ever before given the company sold 5.71 million Macs as by the last quarter.