Apple launched the tablet revolution with the iPad, but it has faced stiff competition from Android, and most recently from Microsoft’s well-received Surface Pro tablet.

The company is stepping up it’s game with the 12.9 ” $799 iPad Pro (the biggest iPad ever.)

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In addition to the size, the iPad pro features a detachable Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil. Both features that might remind you of a Surface Pro.  Like the Surface keyboard, it converts to a cover for your device, making it lightweight and easy to carry.

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According to Apple each keyboard “is crafted from a sheet of highly durable custom-woven fabric that’s laser ablated to form the shape of each key.”  They promise this leads to a keyboard that gives you the spring of a mechanical keyboard without the need for mechanisms of any kind.  The cover will cost $169.

The Apple Pencil will give precision control to graphic artists, and like an actual pencil can determine the heaviness of lines by how much pressure you put on the pencil. It even allow users to shade a drawing, just like a graphite pencil.

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The pencil charges by being plugged into the iPad Pro with a Lightning connector. Apple says you can get up to 12 hours worth of charging by charging the pencil for just 2 minutes.  The Apple Pencil will cost $99.

The Pro features nearly double the CPU performance of an iPad Air 2 and the same 3D touch features as the iPhone 6s. Apple also promises improved speakers, better cameras, and upgraded WiFi connectivity.

Unlike Microsoft’s Surface Pro Line and Surface 3, the iPad Pro doesn’t run Mac Desktop programs. So you’re still getting a souped-up tablet instead of a full PC. The iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32GB WiFi only model and runs up to $1079 for the 128GB WiFi & Cellular model. It will be available in November.

~ Cynthia