Apple Offers Larger Models

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Apple has unveiled a larger iPad tablet, a TV box with its own app store and new iPhones that can ‘sense’ the pressure on their screens.  The new products, the company hopes will stop the downward trend of the sales of earlier iPads.  The new iPad Pro which has a 12.9 inch (32.8cm) display may appeal to people wanting to work in split-screen modes.

Though the sales had declined to 19% of last year’s sale,  Apple’s iPad is still more successful than any other tablet on the market.

Additional attractions:

  • The “3D touch” feature
  • A new stylus called the Apple Pencil with sensors to mimic the effect of using a real pencil on paper.
  • A keyboard cover for the larger iPad
  • Processing power to 80% of the portable PCs that were sold over the past six months.
  • An optional magnetically-connected keyboard similar to Microsoft’s Surface tablet.
  • 10 hours of use between charges
  • 4G connectivity
  • Crucially, it has some intriguing input devices.

The cost factor:

  • The iPad Pro that hits the market in November will cost from $799 to $1,079 (£520 to £702)
  • The Pencil costs $99
  • The keyboard costs $169.

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