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Apple iPad Pro made for tablet power users (pictures)

More than just a bigger 12.9-inch screen, the newest iPad offers desktop-class performance with up to 10 hours of battery life and new input devices: Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

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Biggest. iPad. Ever.

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Wednesday, unveiled the new iPad Pro, a 12.9-inch tablet that is the largest, most powerful tablet the electronics giant has ever made. Along with it, new Apple Pencil and attachable Smart Keyboard input devices were announced.

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Meet the family

From left to right you can see the iPad Mini 4, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Pro.

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A two-hander

Despite its huge size, the iPad Pro is comfortable to hold -- with two hands, of course.

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What's a workstation without a keyboard?

The Pro has a 12.9-inch screen, diagonally, with 2,732x2,048-pixel resolution.

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A close-up of the keys

CNET's own Scott Stein said that the keyboard is comfortable to use.

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Split-screen on the big screen

The 12.9-inch screen is perfect for using the split-screen function in iOS9.

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Is it time to replace your laptop?

With all of its capabilities and potential, the iPad Pro is a tempting choice for Apple fans.

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Meet the Smart Keyboard

The Smart Keyboard isn't smart enough to pack a trackpad, but I guess that's what the big touchscreen is for.

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And a stylus

Because of the late Steve Jobs's dislike of styluses, many never thought Apple would make one.

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Meet the Apple Pencil

The stylus is called Apple Pencil and it very much looks like a pencil.

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The Pencil has separate internal sensors to recognize the position, force and tilt of the stylus.

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Connected by magnets

Similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet's keyboard in fashion and function, the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard connects via magnets.

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Familiar back

The iPad sports a traditional aluminum back.

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Rear camera

You'll find an 8-megapixel iSight camera on the back.

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Touch ID

The Touch ID sensor makes a return.

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Front-facing camera

A 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera is located on the front.

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