It is as expensive as a MacBook Pro
Among the products that Apple launched last night, the new iPad Pro is the best of the three. With a processor powerful enough to edit 3GB PSD files on Photoshop and run console-grade NBA 2K graphics without any lag, the iPad Pro is Apple’s statement that tablets will be the future of computers.
Pair that with USB-C connectivity, up to 1TB storage, a new Apple Pencil, and optional LTE connectivity, and you have the most powerful tablet on the planet. But how much will this desktop-grade tablet cost you? Apple’s online store in the Philippines posted the prices, and they don’t come cheap.
Those prices do not include the 2nd generation Apple Pencil, which costs Php 7,990, and the smart keyboard folio, which costs Php 10,990 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and Php 12,290 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. This means that you will need to spend at least Php 71k and Php 84.8k respectively in order to turn them into 2-in-1 notebooks.
Unlike the iPhone XS and XS Max, the pricing on the new iPad Pros is justifiable because they can be an alternative to notebooks. While the demos during the presentation is promising, the iPad and iOS in general still have a long way to go before they can be powerful enough to meet the demands of laptop and desktop-dependent creative professionals.