Apple unveils bigger iPad Pro tablet computer


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.

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.