The latest version of Apple's perennially popular media tablet range – the 9.7-inch iPad Pro – is easier to hook up to wireless connections than ever before, according to the firm.
It boasts 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Mimo technology for ultrafast wireless connectivity. Mimo stands for multiple input, multiple output – and it is a technology for wireless connectivity that involves several antennas used at both the source and the destination of the wireless signal.
This means that tablets or smartphones incorporating Mimo technology include additional antennas – and they hook up with other antennas at the point of the wireless signal transmission to minimise errors and optimise data speed.
The iPad Pro also has up to 50 per cent faster cellular connectivity thanks to LTE Advanced technology and supports more LTE bands than any other tablet. The Apple Sim is embedded directly in the iPad Pro on the latest model, which makes it easier to connect to wireless data plans from the device when travelling in a wide range of countries.
Apple announced the new iPad Pro on March 21st – and the device is just 6.1mm thin and weighs just under one pound, making it highly portable. It also delivers high performance, connectivity and versatility that allow the user to handle demanding computer-based tasks on the go.
Indeed, senior vice-president of worldwide marketing at Apple Philip Schiller emphasised the fact that the product is intended to act as a replacement for the traditional desktop or laptop computer.
"The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a new Retina display with True Tone technology, four-speaker audio system, blazing fast A9X chip, 12-megapixel iSight camera, five-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, faster wireless and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. It is the ultimate upgrade for existing iPad users and replacement for PC users," he commented.
One of the most highly anticipated features of the iPad Pro was the introduction of Night Shift in iOS 9.3. This takes advantage of the device's clock and geolocation to automatically adjust the colours in the display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark. This is intended to help minimise the disruption to the user's sleep patterns that can be caused by the blue light of the screen.
Mr Schiller also outlined some of the benefits creative people could gain from the device.
"[The] iPad Pro is a new generation of iPad that is indispensable and immersive, enabling people to be more productive and more creative. It's incredibly fast, extremely portable and completely natural to use with your fingers, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. And now it comes in two sizes."