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To drive the point home, Apple has released a commercial about a life of a young student and her iPad Pro with LTE connectivity. With the iPad Pro and iOS 11, Apple believes a post-PC world is closer than you think.
As smartphones continue to grow, the tablet segment has been on a decline for the past few years. The iPad which was first introduced in 2010 is also having a slowdown in sales since 2014. With consumers getting comfortable with larger screen smartphones, it seems that the slate form factor is slowly becoming redundant.
Surprisingly, Apple has just posted its first quarterly growth for the iPad year-over-year since late 2013 with a total of 11.42 million iPads sold in the last fiscal quarter.
Apple dropped a whole bunch of new tech at the WWDC developer conference this year ranging from brand new iMacs all the way to iOS 11. However, one of the most interesting pieces of hardware on the mobile end of the spectrum is this baby: The Apple iPad Pro 10.5″.
Apple’s WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) event is happening next month where they would reveal its latest iteration for MacOS, iOS, WatchOS and tvOS. Apart from software, the Cupertino-based company could be launching a brand new iPad that would replace its current iPad Pro.
Have you ever wanted an Apple iPad Pro only to have held back on purchasing one because of how ginormous the device was? Well, Apple listened to want you wanted and launched the iPad Pro 9.7 which is basically an iPad Pro, shrunken do to, yup you guessed it, a 9.7-inch form factor.
And you can now buy one from Apple Malaysia!
This is it folks. The official pricing for the new iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7 are finally revealed on Apple’s Malaysian online store. The iPhone SE is their latest device featuring top end specs in a familiar 4″ body. As expected, the iPhone SE is priced under RM2,000 while the iPad Pro 9.7 is listed from RM2,699 for its base 32GB model with WiFi.
Apple‘s iPad Pro has been a huge success if we’re looking at sales figures, but it is also incredibly…well, huge. At 12.9 inches, it can be a little tricky to hold and use in one hand which may have turned some off it.
Still, that didn’t stop it from outselling Microsoft’s entire Surface lineup in Q4 of 2015. If the only thing stopping you from picking one up yourself is the size, we have good news for you because it looks like Apple has plans to launch a 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
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Ah, tablets. If a tablet was one of the characters in my sappy rom-com, it’d be the ‘one that got away’. To me, it was a novel idea where you could have your smartphone with you for the serious business stuff while your tablet showed you a good time between working hours — literally, with videos and movies or a good book — but when you actually think about it, the tablet simply isn’t practical.
If you take a look at the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) latest report on their preliminary data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, you’ll find the truth in my words as tablet sales are on a downward trajectory. That’s not to say it’s all doom and gloom though as their report also says that detachable tablet sales have reached an all-time high — lead by the sales of none other than the Apple iPad Pro.
Peripheral maker Logitech was one of the first third-party accessory makers to announce that they were making a Smart Connect enabled keyboard for the iPad Pro. That was back when the iPad Pro was officially released and has seen many tech sites talk about the typing experience that Logitech offers.
It appears the spirit of gift-giving has infected our nation’s mobile service providers as they seem to be in an incredibly charitable mood. Earlier, we found out that Maxis gave 13 lucky employees an all-expense-paid trip to Bali, and now it seems Tune Talk is also handing out Apple iPad Pros to their staff.