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Apple launches slew of products, only iPad shines
September 15, 2015, 3:23 pm

Apple last week launched its much-awaited Apple TV set-top box, a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and the expected iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s, as well as new colors for its Apple Watch. While the iPhone is clearly Apple's most important product and the Apple TV is its most hyped new addition, it is clearly the 12.9-inch iPad Pro that stole the show. Boasting 5.6 million pixels at 2732 x 2048 pixels, which is more pixels than are packed into the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, the new iPad Pro uses the new Apple A9X chip, which has twice as much memory bandwidth as the previous generation A8X chip, as well as storage performance that is twice as fast.

The iPad Pro now also includes four-speaker audio, which automatically senses orientation and adjusts how the iPad pumps out sound. And, apparently taking a cue from Microsoft's Surface tablets, the keyboard is now built into a cover that folds around to become a stand and connects to a new magnetic port on the side of the iPad Pro. Apple also introduced a new stylus, called the 'Apple Pencil' to go with the iPad Pro. The stylus uses orientation and senses force to create a variety of lines and styles of interaction, with the capability to select even just a single tiny pixel.

The new iPad Pro comes in three models: 32 GB with WiFi for US$799, 64 GB with WiFi for $949, and 128 GB with WiFi + Cellular for $1,079. The Smart Keyboard is $169, and the Apple Pencil is $99. All of this is expected to reach shop shelves by November.

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