AWT News Update: November 11, 2015

iPad Pro (back), iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 2. Photo©2015 Steven Sande

iPad Pro (back), iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 2. Photo©2015 Steven Sande

It was a surprise, and as a result, this is iPad Pro Day on Apple World Today:

  • iPad Pros are in stock except for some models, while the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard aren't available anywhere
  • Ars Technica did benchmarks, and the Pro is a monster in GPU performance
  • The Irish Independent catches Tim Cook calling the Microsoft Surface Book "deluded"

Text is below, and if you'd like to see the iPad Pro in Steve's hands, watch the video.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 11, 2015. Just a reminder, if you happen to run a company that’s looking for advertising or sponsorship opportunities, be sure to check out our sponsor page on the Apple World Today website. 

Although most of us believed that Apple was going to open the iPad Pro to orders today for Friday delivery, well, that was wrong. A lot of people got their hands on the new, giant-sized iPad today, but it appears that the highly-touted Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard are not in stock almost anywhere. Logitech’s new CREATE Backlit Keyboard was available for those who were lucky enough to grab one at their local Apple Store. Apple World Today will have a first look post up a bit later today, and a full review will be forthcoming as well.

Ars Technica did benchmarks and was able to determine that the iPad Pro’s A9X processor is a dual-core chip that runs at about 2.25 GHz. The A9X had a Geekbench single-core score of 3,233 and a multi-core score of 5,498, which means that it outperformed the iPad Air 2 and most other iPhones and iPads by a huge margin. The iPad Pro outperformed the 12-inch Retina MacBook as well, although it wasn’t even close to the 2015 MacBook Air or other mainstream laptops. But where the iPad Pro really shined was in graphics processor unit performance, where the A9X outperformed the 2015 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with Intel Iris 5200 integrated graphics, the 12-inch MacBook, the 2015 MacBook Air, 2015 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, all recent iPads, and the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. As Ars Technica noted, “We’re looking at MacBook Air-class CPU performance and MacBook Pro-class GPU performance, so the iPad Pro ought to be able to handle more multitasking features with aplomb as Apple sees fit to add them. Professional 3D apps like AutoCAD and the Complete Anatomy app Apple showed off in September all seem run just fine, too”

The Irish Independent newspaper had an interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook about the company’s plans to expand it’s presence in Cork, Ireland by almost 1,000 employees. The interview also covered the iPad Pro, of course, and Cook’s comments about Microsoft’s new Surface Book were quoted. “Mr. Cook had some sharp words for competitors. Despite saying that Apple’s relationship with Microsoft as ‘really good’, he described the software giant’s new Surface Book laptop as ‘deluded’. It’s a product that tries too hard to do too much,’ he said. ‘It’s trying to be a tablet and a notebook and it really succeeds at being neither. It’s sort of deluded.”

I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.