Apple iPad Pro Review
Apple iPad Pro
- Hugely powerful
- Gorgeous 5-million pixel display
- Powerful processor
- Better camera
- Good on-the-go typing experience
- Decent speakers
- Too large for one-handed use
- No iOS optimisations for the big screen
- Most will still need a proper computer
- Long charging time
- Only one year of warranty
iPad Pro – Anything you can do, you can do better and bigger.
No matter the task, the new iPad Pro is up to it — and then some. It offers far more power than most PC laptops, yet is delightfully simple to use. The redesigned Retina display is as stunning to look at as it is to touch. And it all comes together with iOS, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. iPad Pro. Everything you want modern computing to be. Now even, well, better.
The A10X Fusion chip with 64‑bit architecture and six cores puts incredible power in your hands. So you can edit a 4K video on the go. Render an elaborate 3D model. Or create and mark up complex documents and presentations. Easily. All on a device that still delivers all‑day battery life.
The increased refresh rate of the new iPad Pro display makes Apple Pencil feel even more responsive and natural. No other digital pencil lets you write, mark up, and draw with such pixel-perfect precision.
iOS 11 brings iPad to life as never before. New features and capabilities fundamentally improve the way you do things, making your iPad experience even more powerful and personal. Do with it what you will. Because now you can.
iPad is a powerful way to work, play, and learn. With over a million apps designed to take advantage of its large Multi-Touch display and powerful chip, it can transform the way you do the things you love.
main competitors: Microsoft Surface Pro
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|Dimensions||305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 mm (12.04 x 8.69 x 0.27 in)|
|Weight||677 g (Wi-Fi) / 692 g (LTE) (1.49 lb)|
|SIM||Nano-SIM/ Electronic SIM card (e-SIM)|
|Display||LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|12.9 inches (~76.4% screen-to-body ratio)|
|2732 x 2048 pixels (~265 ppi pixel density)|
|Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating|
|Chipset||Apple A10X Fusion|
|Internal Memory||64/256/512 GB, 4GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||12 MP, f/1.8, phase detection autofocus, OIS, quad-LED (dual tone) flash|
|1/3" sensor size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected], [email protected]|
|Secondary Camera||7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm, [email protected], [email protected], face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Loudspeaker||Stereo speakers (4 speakers)|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||4.2, A2DP, EDR|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS (Wi‑Fi + Cellular model only)|
|USB||3.0, reversible connector; magnetic connector|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion battery (41 Wh)|
The iPad Pro isn’t a laptop replacement in the way power users will hope. But it is, by some distance, one of the most brilliant tablets I’ve ever used. And in the following weeks, it’s not faded into the background, relegated by the fact my phone can do everything so well. It’s stayed front and centre, a real alternative to notepads and movie watching alike.
If you’re the kind of person that wants a device that can seamlessly switch from typing to sketching to playing loads of great games to enjoying the best possible experience on a tablet, then this is just perfect for you.
If you need to do more powerful things, like uploading photos while manipulating reams of text and having to refer to other information with a flick of the wrist, you’ll struggle a little with the iPad Pro 12.9.
The score attached above is subjective. I rate the iPad Pro 12.9 above the five star iPad Air 2, but then again I really get a kick out of the extra accessories and screen size on offer – it fits what I’m after.
Others might see the extra size as an irritation, the power redundant, the extra cost unnecessary – and for them, a cheaper Air 2 or newer iPad Pro 9.7 makes more sense.
To anyone that wants an iPad with more power, a better media and reading experience and more abilities than ever before, there’s no question here. Go for the iPad Pro and you’ll love it, and will keep finding new ways to use it – as long as you want an iPad, rather than just ANY tablet ‘laptop replacement’.
If you want a more complete desktop operating system, you can get the 12-inch MacBook, but it doesn’t last as long on a charge and, at $1,299, costs $232 more than the iPad with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. You can save some change and work in the Windows world with the entry-level Surface Pro, Type Cover and Surface Pen for $1,059, though that machine packs an Intel Core m3 processor, which is puny by comparison. (The model we tested costs $2,459 with a stylus and keyboard.)
But if you’re good with a tablet, each iPad Pro offers its own merits. Get the 10.5-inch version if you want the best battery life. But if you want the brightest display and the best performance, opt for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro; with iOS 11, it will be a solid candidate to replace your laptop.
I was able to use an iPad running iOS 11 at Apple’s recent developers conference, and the changes are great. There’s an app dock that you can pull up from the bottom of the home screen at any time; apps “float” on the screen in multitasking mode; you can activate a Mission Control-like feature that lets you see miniaturized versions of all of your open apps; and you can use drag and drop across a variety of file systems and applications.
There are still no resizable windows in iOS 11, and you still can’t really manipulate the home screen in the way that you would be able to on a desktop. But the changes mean you feel a little more in command of the things you want to do on your computer, rather than being totally stuck in the iOS world of full-sized windows and neat rows of app icons.
So, for right now, the 2017 version of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a stunning new piece of hardware running on a soon-to-be outdated version of the OS. Creative professionals, or serious iPad users with a lot of cash to spend, will appreciate the improvements, especially the display and processing power. For others, it’s a big wait-and-see. And yes, I meant to use the word “big” there.
The iPad Pro’s biggest strength right now is for creative visual artists. For that Pencil, and for the potential of using larger-scale apps on that fantastic screen, this is a dream iPad canvas. It’s expensive, but it’s far better for those needs than any other iPad. It’s big and beautiful, and its pressure-sensitive stylus support makes a huge difference.
And if you’re looking for the ultimate “media” iPad — to play video and listen to music — this certainly fits the bill, albeit at a swingeing premium.
Right now, the iPad still can’t fully replace my laptop. And it probably can’t replace yours, either. But at times, it comes close. The whole weekend before I filed this review, I didn’t open up my laptop once. I just used this iPad Pro. And I liked it. Except for approving edit suggestions in Google Docs, which it didn’t handle well.
Now I’m back to working on my 13-inch Retina Pro. Using split-view apps, just like on the iPad Pro. Making edits on the same desk. And I miss the iPad Pro, a little bit. For some things.
I want the future of computing. I don’t like making difficult purchase decisions. Apple’s iPad Pro is a weird product: it’s half the future of all Apple computing. And it’s half not. It’s a 12.9-inch massive tablet, in a place where many other 12- and 13-inch Apple products already thrive: the MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro and new MacBook.
I want the iPad to eat the Mac, the way the iPhone ate the iPod. This iPad has already crept up to become as large as a Mac. But iOS needs to fully change with it. I need to connect to my old files and Web tools better, because that’s what I need as a pro. I want it to become as flexible as a computer should be. The iPad needs to bridge the gap.
The iPad Pro feels like the top half of a new futuristic superpowered laptop. I want the bottom half, too.
I’m torn. While it’s a stunning tablet with a superb screen, excellent speakers and solid battery life, it’s also expensive and doesn’t quite deliver a laptop-replacement experience on every level.
However, I’ve become hooked. I’ve written most of this review using the Smart Keyboard and love the combination of great portability and a big screen.
The Pencil certainly won’t be for everyone, but a keyboard makes the iPad Pro so much more than a tablet. I’ve dabbled with typing on an iPad Air 2, but the third-party keyboards available are just too compact to be comfortable for my hands. The larger iPad Pro fixes this.
If you decide that the iPad Pro is for you then I’d recommend opting for the 128GB model. It’s significantly more expensive, but it’s likely that you’ll need the extra storage at some point. Whether you go for the cellular option will boil down to your needs.
The other product to consider is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. It’s similarly priced and more likely to be a better fit for those comfortable with Windows and looking to replace an ageing, chunky laptop with something more portable.
Also worth a look is the Google Pixel C. This pure-Android device is a little bit more basic but it’s really nicely built and is great for taking quick notes on the fly. It doesn’t come with a stylus and its selection of apps is somewhat more basic, but it’s also quite a lot cheaper.
Finally, if you’re just after a great tablet then I’d save some cash and opt for the 64GB iPad Air 2 instead. It’s an excellent tablet and one that makes far more sense for most people.
On paper, the iPad Pro 12.9 is no more than a larger iPad Pro 10.5, but in real-life it is quite a bit different in several aspects. The well-calibrated display with its exceptionally accurate color accuracy in particular was very impressive; the speakers are well-balanced; the Wi-Fi modem’s range is higher; and it lasts longer on battery to boot.
Thus, it boils down to personal preference and taste. Creative work, editing photos, and watching movies are much more fun on the 12.9-inch model. Portability, better ergonomics, and a higher gaming performance are the 10.5-inch model’s advantages.
We would not consider the iPad Pro 12.9 to be a notebook replacement, though. iOS is still too limited, Safari Mobile has trouble with complex websites and CMS systems, and the optional Smart Keyboard is unusable on anything except a smooth, solid surface.
The iPad’s performance, on the other hand, is more than enough for everything we were able to throw at it. Even RAW photo and UHD video editing were no problem at all. In our opinion, the 256 GB storage option offers the most bang for the buck. For primarily consuming multimedia contents, the smaller 64 GB model will be plenty as well, and despite its hefty premium, the 512 GB model will surely find its fans among enthusiasts.
By all objective measures, the second-gen 12.9-inch iPad Pro is one of the best-performing tablets we’ve ever crossed paths with. It combines a brilliant display, powerful number-crunching capabilities, speakers that are far better than those that have any right being on a tablet, and even a best-in-class camera to create one of the most well-balanced tablets we’ve reviewed.
These are all things we said about the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, though. So which is the better device? Well, if you plan on using the tablet as a laptop replacement, pairing it with Apple’s stylus and keyboard, we understand how it would make sense to go with this model. The bigger screen is going to be easier on the eyes in the long run, and especially with the tablet enhancements due in iOS 11, you’re set to get a lot of productivity out of this device.
But if what you really want is a tablet – not a makeshift laptop – the 12.9-inch iPad Pro tends to feel a bit too big. It’s unwieldy to carry, even in some bags, and while it works well when placed flat on a table, if you like holding your tablet in one hand while you interact with it with the other, you may be in for some arm strain.
For some users, this will be less of an issue than for others, but with nearly everything else being equal, we’re really feeling more of a draw to the smaller 10.5-inch iPad Pro. Beyond giving you most of what you get here, the $150 savings are nothing to shake a stick at, either.
With the physical presence of this tablet being such an important factor in evaluating whether it’s right for you, you’re probably going to want to swing by the Apple store and feel this iPad in person before making your purchase. It’s a big leviathan of a tablet, but with so much power packed inside, absolutely not one that puts its size to waste.