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iPad Pro features ‘rough’ texture screen, feels like paper

Thu 8 Oct 2015

Disney animators using iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Apple’s soon to be released iPad Pro will introduce a new ‘tooth’ feel screen or roughness to improve the creative experience, according to Disney animators who tested the device last week.

The visit was recorded via Twitter by Disney senior software engineer, Paul Hildebrandt, who described the new device as a ‘cool new toy.’ Due for release this November, Apple is marketing the gadget at top designers to rival Microsoft’s Surface tablets and describe it as ‘the most capable and powerful iPad’ that they have ever created.

The creatives noted a distinct “teeth” drag on the glass screen, which makes it feel as though you are drawing on a piece of paper. This tactile feedback feature is new to the tablet market, and has not been officially discussed by Apple itself.

An additional feature excludes screen input to the associated Apple Pencil stylus, so involuntary slips and taps with the hand are not recorded.

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 12.46.16The new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil were positively received by the artists, who practised sketching familiar characters such as Mickey Mouse and Olaf from Frozen.

Formerly against the idea of a stylus, Apple now justifies its change in strategy claiming that the Apple Pencil allows illustrators to ‘touch a single pixel.’

Latest reports from Japan suggest that the device, along with the Apple Pencil, could be commercially available as soon as the first week of November. The tablet will offer three storage options; 32GB or 128GB for Wi-Fi models, or 128GB for a mobile data package. The former 16GB option has been officially booted.

The screen features a 12.9-inch display with a 2732 x 2048 resolution – a pixel density of 264.68 and a total of 5.6 million pixels (more than the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro). The gadget weighs approximately 710g and measures 6.9mm thick, slightly more than other iPad models but delivering a much larger screen and greater performance.

U.S. pricing ranges from $799 at the lower end to $1,079 (approx. £520 – £700). The Apple Pencil is expected to market at $99.


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