iPad Pro | Specs, release date and Australian release date

Brodie Fogg 10 September 2015

The much-rumoured iPad Pro is finally arriving. Here's why Apple is bargaining that it will replace your laptop (and secretly hoping it stops you buying a Surface Pro 3).

The iPad we wanted a year ago is finally arriving and with a wireless keyboard and "pencil". As much as we appreciate the sentiment of the Steve Jobs quote "if you see a stylus, they blew it", the reality is that third-party pens have been selling like hotcakes for years now.

So far, the main disadvantage of a third-party stylus has been responsiveness. None can mimic the smooth sailing of swipe operation – but, you know, we can't finger paint forever and that's where the Apple Pencil comes in.


Clearly competing with the Surface Pro 3, Apple has raised its flags at the border between laptop and tablet. Its wireless keyboard and Apple Pencil (neither of which are included, you have to purchase them separately) are evidence of this. But this is also the most powerful tablet Apple has released. Indeed the company claims the Apple iPad Pro is more powerful than 80% of laptops on the market.

When will the iPad Pro become available in Australia?

Online pre-orders for the iPad Pro will open up Wednesday, November 11 2015. Note that Apple has already raised the prices for other iPad models.

DeviceiPad ProiPad Air 2
Display size12.9 inch9.7 inch
Processor64-bit A9XA8X
Wireless connectionWi-Fi, 4G LTEWi-Fi, 4G LTE
Rear camera8MP iSight8MP iSight
Battery life10 hours10 hours
ColoursGold, SilverSpace Grey, Silver, Gold
Australian PricePriced at $1,249*Buy now for $699 - $1119
Australian release dateNovember 11, 2015October 22, 2014

Apple iPad Air 2 from Apple

So capable, you won't want to put it down. So thin and light, you won't have to.

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So, is the new iPad an improvement? Check out the specs below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

*Estimated Australian entry-level price based on USD conversion plus GST.
**This is the cost for the 64GB iPad Air 2.

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