iPad Pro (2018) launch date in India has been revealed, thanks to two Apple premium resellers in India. Both tablets will go on sale in the country from Friday, November 16. The resellers have also started pre-orders in the country, and detailed a few launch offers. The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch models were launched at an event in New York on October 31. Soon after the event, the Cupertino-based company had revealed the starting prices of both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models.
iPad Pro (2018) price in India, launch offers
Both the iPad Pro 11-inch and 12.9-inch variants will be sold in 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options. The 11-inch model price in India starts at Rs. 71,900, while the 12.9-inch model price in India starts at Rs. 89,900. The second-generation Apple Pencil has been priced at Rs. 10,990. A Smart Folio folio case has been priced at Rs. 7,500 and Rs. 9,900 for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes respectively, while a refreshed Smart Keyboard Folio has been priced at Rs. 15,900 and Rs. 17,900 respectively.
The two models are up for pre-orders with Maple Store and Unicorn Store Apple premium resellers, with the latter offering online pre-orders, while the former directs interested buyers to stores. The Maple Store is also listing launch offers with up to 5 percent cashback on EMI via Citi credit cards and Axis Bank, apart from no-cost EMIs from Bajaj Finserv. It says effective monthly cost (EMC) starts at Rs. 3,183.
iPad Pro (2018) specifications and features
Called the biggest change since the original iPad, the all-new iPad Pro sports 11-inch and 12.9-inch LCD ProMotion Liquid Retina Display panels with rounded corners using the pixel masking technology used in the iPhone XR. The smaller variant fits in the same footprint as the iPad Pro 10.5-inch model from last year. The new 12.9-inch model is smaller than last year’s variant. They carry forward the same 120Hz refresh rates. Both models are about 5.9mm thick.
The all-new iPad Pro models are powered by the company’s latest in-house Apple A12X Bionic 7nm SoC. The SoC has an 8-core CPU and a 7-core GPU, the latter offers 2x the graphics performance compared to last year’s Apple A11X. The new SoC has more than 10 billion transistors. The iPad Pro now comes with up to 1TB of inbuilt storage.
For the first time on an iPad, the iPad Pro 2018 models get a neural engine in the A12X Bionic chip. This allows for the implementation of machine learning to help you access UI elements and apps in an enhanced manner.
Face ID is new to the iPad Pro series in 2018. Face ID is enabled by the TrueDepth camera, housed on the tablet’s top bezel. Face ID brings support for Animoji and Memoji, and it works in both portrait and landscape mode, unlike the iPhone models. The iPad Pro 2018 models come with support for iPhone X-like gesture navigation, due to the departure of the home button. This is also the first iOS device to sport a USB Type-C port for charging, data transfer, and external connectivity.
The new iPad Pro models no longer ship with the 3.5mm headphone jack. No Type-C to 3.5mm audio dongle is bundled in the box either. Additionally, the iPad Pro can act as a power bank and charge your iPhone using a USB Type-C to Lighting cable.
There is a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor with improved True Tone LED flash and support for 4K video recording at 60fps on the new iPad Pro. The premium tablet claims to offer the same 10-hour battery life and comes with a bundled 18W power adapter. As for audio, the new iPad Pro models come with a four speaker setup that houses two woofers and two tweeters offering wider stereo sound.
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