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Tim Cook hails 'big news' on Apple's Pro tablet launch

By Martyn Landi

Apple has officially announced the launch of a new, bigger tablet computer called the iPad Pro.

The firm's chief Tim Cook called it the "biggest news in iPad since the iPad" as he unveiled the Pro, which will have a 12.9in screen.

The screen resolution on the new iPad Pro will be better than that of a MacBook Pro, says Apple, as Mr Cook called it "our vision of the future of personal computing".

The iPad Pro will also be the first to have four speakers in it - one in each corner of the device. It will also come with a keyboard, built into a new case. This is a similar layout to Microsoft's Surface tablet. The Apple rival even made a surprise appearance at the announcement - giving a demo of Microsoft Office working on the Pro.

The iPad Pro will also come with a stylus - called the Apple Pencil. This is despite late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs famously once saying: "If you see a stylus, they blew it."

The announcement came during a live event in San Francisco, where Apple also showed its newfound love of fashion will continue, as the Apple Watch maker confirmed a new "fall line" of watch straps for autumn.

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