The Apple event last night was in New York for a change which meant a 10pm start Hong Kong time. It was good to watch it live and despite the wooden, nervous presenters and the word ‘excited’ being used a hundred times, I quite enjoyed it.
The new iPad pros were the star of the show, of course. Apple are still pushing hard for these to be a true laptop replacements: they have replaced the lightening connection with USB-C, they made several spec comparisons to laptops and had Adobe onstage demonstrating the full version of Photoshop. I personally don’t see this shift happening until Apple ships them with the full Mac OS though. iOS, the software that powers the iPad, is essentially for mobiles and cannot run the apps that many mac users expect to run. Despite this, the new ipad Pro is cutting edge tech and looks absolutely stunning.
I bought the 9.7″ iPad 2 months ago and it’s great. This new iPad Pro is another level though. I am tempted to be sure, the size is perfect for sheet music for a start…but the final ‘one more thing’ surprise came with the price tag.
Improving the storage to 256GB pushed the price to an eye-watering $9,099 HKD. The same price hike happened with the newly announced Macbook air as well, increasing by some $300 USD compared with the previous model. Apple seems to have taken heart from last year’s iPhone X sales (remember some people thought that users wouldn’t pay $1000 USD for a phone – well, they did) and now prices seem to be rising across the board. This iPad Pro does look awesome but unless you need the touch screen, I think most people would probably opt for a laptop at these sort of prices.
During the event, they also introduced a new Apple Pencil. The first Apple Pencil was a design disaster, I know because I have one. Who could have thought this was a good charging option?
The 2nd generation apple pencil on the other hand, is sleek and beautiful.
It has a bezel on one side which will stop it rolling off tables and improve the feel. It clicks elegantly to the side of the iPad AND charges whilst there. It also has double-tap functionality that the user can assign. Awesome….but it is only compatible with the NEW iPads. This is pretty disappointing for someone who bought an iPad recently and is stuck with the ridiculous first generation pencil. This new pencil is also $200 HKD more than the last Apple Pencil at $999 HKD, or about the same price as a entry level mobile phone. Not cheap:
So the gorgeous new 12.9″ iPad is here. To get one though, with the new pencil, will set you back more than $10,000 HKD. This is a luxury tech purchase for sure and probably not the first choice of most people. Still, with xmas just around the corner, you never do know what special presents people might surprise you with (hint..hint…)