Apple Unveils Supersized iPad Pro

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"The biggest news in iPad since the iPad," proclaims Apple CEO Tim Cook.

One of the biggest reveals at Apple's big event on Wednesday was the supersized iPad Pro.

Apple CEO Tim Cook called it "the biggest news in iPad since the iPad," and the audience was audibly excited when photos of the new, much larger iPad appeared on the screen behind him.

The iPad Pro is 12.9 inches on the diagonal, much larger than the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2. The device comes with four speakers and a 10-hour battery life. Apple also announced two new accessories for the tablet, a smart keyboard and a stylus pen, called Pencil.

"iPad is always a multitouch device," said Apple senior vp Phil Schiller. "Now with a bigger iPad Pro, you can have a full-sized software keyboard."

Apple had several partners come on stage to demo the capabilities of the new iPad Pro and the Pencil. The first was Microsoft's Kirk Koenigsbauer. Since Apple and Microsoft have been longtime rivals, it surprised many in the audience that the exec was invited onstage. Many people gasped when Schiller asked: "Who knows productivity better than Microsoft?"

Apple first released the iPad in 2010 and has since updated it with several new models, including a smaller iPad Mini and a thinner iPad Air.

The new iPad Pro becomes available in November and starts at $799. The Pencil retails for $99 and the keyboard for $169.

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