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Apple unveils bigger iPad Pro tablet computer

Published 09/09/2015

A crew works outside the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium as preparations continue for the Apple new product announcements (AP)
A crew works outside the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium as preparations continue for the Apple new product announcements (AP)

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

The technology giant also used a live event to unveil the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which come both come with a pressure sensitive screen that uses technology called 3D Touch where applying more or less pressure to a tap opens new shortcuts.

They will, as rumoured, come in a rose gold colour finish too.

The new iPhones will go on sale on September 25, with pre-orders for the devices beginning on September 12, starting at £539 for 6s and £619 for the 6s Plus

The firm's chief Tim Cook called the iPad Pro the "biggest news in iPad since the iPad" as he unveiled the device on stage at the live event in San Francisco. The iPad Pro will have a 12.9 inch screen with more than five million pixels.

Mr Cook called it "our vision of the future of personal computing".

The iPad Pro will 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."

A keyboard for the Pro was shown off too, clearly marking the Pro as a major new rival for Microsoft's popular Surface line of tablets.

A UK price is yet to be confirmed for the iPad Pro but it will go on sale in November.

A much rumoured revamp of the Apple TV was also confirmed, with Apple's voice assistant technology Siri now integrated to use in searches.

Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the new iPad during the Apple event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the new iPad during the Apple event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Apple CEO Tim Cook enters the stage at the start of a media event in San Francisco on September 09, 2015. Apple on Wednesday unveiled its iPad Pro, saying the large-screen tablet has the power and capabilities to replace a laptop computer. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSONJosh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images
Apple Senior Vice President Philip Schiller speaks about the new iPad Pro at a media event in San Francisco on September 9, 2015. Apple on Wednesday unveiled its iPad Pro, saying the large-screen tablet has the power and capabilities to replace a laptop computer. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSONJosh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images
Apple Senior Vice President Philip Schiller speaks about the new iPad Pro at a media event in San Francisco on September 9, 2015. Apple on Wednesday unveiled its iPad Pro, saying the large-screen tablet has the power and capabilities to replace a laptop computer. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSONJosh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images
Apple Senior Vice President Philip Schiller speaks about the new iPad Pro at a media event in San Francisco on September 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSONJosh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, discusses the pricing for the iPad lineup during the Apple event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, announces the pricing for the iPad Pro during the Apple event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, discusses the new iPad Pro during the Apple event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, introduces the new iPad Pro at the Apple event in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, introduces the new iPad Pro at the Apple event in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue speaks about Aplle tv on stage during a Special Event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. is expected to unveil latest iterations of its smart phone, forecasted to be the 6S and 6S Plus. The tech giant is also rumored to be planning to announce an update to its Apple TV set-top box. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller speaks about the prices for iPad Pro on stage during a Special Event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. is expected to unveil latest iterations of its smart phone, forecasted to be the 6S and 6S Plus. The tech giant is also rumored to be planning to announce an update to its Apple TV set-top box. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller speaks about the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard prices for iPad Pro on stage during a Special Event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. is expected to unveil latest iterations of its smart phone, forecasted to be the 6S and 6S Plus. The tech giant is also rumored to be planning to announce an update to its Apple TV set-top box. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller speaks about the new keyboard for the iPad Pro during a Special Event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. is expected to unveil latest iterations of its smart phone, forecasted to be the 6S and 6S Plus. The tech giant is also rumored to be planning to announce an update to its Apple TV set-top box. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller speaks about the new keyboard for the iPad Pro during a Special Event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. is expected to unveil latest iterations of its smart phone, forecasted to be the 6S and 6S Plus. The tech giant is also rumored to be planning to announce an update to its Apple TV set-top box. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller speaks about the new Smart Connector for a keyboard on the iPad Pro during a Special Event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. is expected to unveil latest iterations of its smart phone, forecasted to be the 6S and 6S Plus. The tech giant is also rumored to be planning to announce an update to its Apple TV set-top box. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller speaks about the iPad Pro on stage during a Special Event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. is expected to unveil latest iterations of its smart phone, forecasted to be the 6S and 6S Plus. The tech giant is also rumored to be planning to announce an update to its Apple TV set-top box. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the new iPad Pro during an Special Event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. is expected to unveil latest iterations of its smart phone, forecasted to be the 6S and 6S Plus. The tech giant is also rumored to be planning to announce an update to its Apple TV set-top box. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the new iPad Pro during an Special Event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. is expected to unveil latest iterations of its smart phone, forecasted to be the 6S and 6S Plus. The tech giant is also rumored to be planning to announce an update to its Apple TV set-top box. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)

The Apple TV has also had its interface and software overhauled in order to compete with the likes of Amazon's Fire TV box and service.

There was also a fashion conscious aspect to the live show in San Francisco, as Apple introduced a new line of Apple Watch straps, as well as a partnership with brand Hermes to create a collection of the smartwatches.

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