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Apple debuts 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Apple iPad Pro tablet with A9X SoC
Apple iPad Pro
The long-awaited large iPad is finally here, packing the new 64-bit A9X chip and "all-day battery life."

The Cupertino giant launched today the largest iPad in its history, just as expected. While the iPad Pro comes with a 12.9-inch display that packs 5.6 million pixels, this is not its main highlight - this large tablet also features a powerful 64-bit A9X chip under the hood. According to Apple, this processor is capable of providing about the same level of performance as most portable PCs currently in the wild.

Compared to the iPad Air 2, the iPad Pro comes with a larger Retina display that also offers a better resolution - 2,732X2,048 pixels, as well as a more powerful processor. According to the official website, the A9X that powers the iPad Pro is more than 2.5 times faster than the A7 chip of the original iPad Air, while its graphics processor is 5 times faster.

Available models include two WiFi-only iPad Pros and one with WiFi and 4G LTE. The prices start at $799 USD for the 32 GB WiFi variant and $1079 USD for the WiFi+Cellular 128 GB one. Unfortunately, those interested will have to wait until November, when the new iPad slate is scheduled to hit, the company's retail stores and various third parties as well.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-09- 9 (Update: 2015-09-10)