Sep 14, 2015 06:00 AM EDT

iPad Pro Reviews: Is The Newly Unveiled Apple Gadget Worth Your Money?

By Alex Cruz


iPad Pro was finally released by Apple on Wednesday. The next question among the consumers is, will it be worth to pay its price?

Under the hood of this new device is a new A9X chip, which reportedly provides 1.8 times the CPU and up to two times the graphic performances of the iPad Air 2, as per the report of The Motley Fool. The base version has 32 GB storage and runs on the iOS9 operating system.

The iPad Pro has a 12.9 inch Retina display, with a display resolution of 2732 x 2048. The rear camera is 8 megapixels, and the front facing camera is 1.2 megapixels.

The price of the new Apple device starts at $799. However, to unlock the full functionality of the device, the buyers may need to purchase a stylus and keyboard cover according to Fox Business.

This is because the iPad Pro's target market is the business community. In this case, the stylus and keyboard are needed for efficiency in multi-tasking.

The Apple pencil is reportedly sold at $99, and the new smart keyboard, which will allow a faster and more accurate typing is at $169. Adding up the two accessories, the total price is at $1,067.

The specs sound really promising, customers are well aware that the Cupertino-based company also has its competitions. One in particular is Microsoft Surface 3.

Microsoft's idea was taking the desktop Windows down into the mobile platform. According to Forbes, Windows 8 had some issues, but the release of Windows 10 settled down the interface — like you are experiencing desktop using a touchscreen, but in a smart way.

Reports revealed that the Surface Pro 3 and iPad Pro have nearly similar specs, with Surface Pro 3 having a 12-inch display at 2160 x 1440 and a 5 MP rear and front facing camera. Under the hood it has an Intel i3-4020Y 1.5 GHz with an operating system of Windows 10 and a 64 GB storage.

The price of Surface 3, with these entry level specs, also starts at $799. Microsoft's pen is included, but if purchased separately, it costs $99, while the keyboard is at $130.

So, is iPad Pro worth the money? Some say it's too much, but the decision still depends on the consumer's preference.

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