Apple’s iPad Pro, with its roomy high-resolution display, smart keyboard and stylus, could replace desktops and laptops, packing portability and productivity into a single device that enables employees to get their work done, some CIOs say. The iPad Pro also underscores how the company’s positioning toward enterprises has changed under CEO Tim Cook.
Unveiled Wednesday in San Francisco, the iPad Pro includes a 12.9-inch Retina display, a 64-bit A9X chip, whose processing power the company claims is on par with most portable PCs on the market. Apple will also separately sell a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, which employees may use to take notes. The base model, Wi-Fi-only iPad Pro (32 GB) starts at $799, while the keyboard costs $169 and the Pencil is another $99, pushing a fully outfitted Pro north of $1,000. The slick-looking tablet and its add-ons won’t be available for purchase until November, but it’s already piqued the interest of CIOs.