A First Look at the iPad Pro
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It looks like Apple has gone all out with the iPad Pro, an obvious attempt to gain the support of some of the most loyal Microsoft Surface Pro users out there. Will their contender make it through the battle? Is the iPad Pro really worth a try?
Experts that sell electronics weigh in on the issue and give you a first look at the iPad Pro to help you decide whether that’s a yay or a nay for this new Apple release.
So What’s Different?
The large screen, the Apple Pencil, the keyboard – all these are telltale signs that the iPad Pro is definitely going head to head against the Surface Pro. With a 12.9 inch-screen, it’s definitely a huge leap from your usual tablets. But then again, the iPad Pro was never really meant to be ordinary.
It does look heavy, but once you weigh and shift it around in your hands, it actually turns out to be a lot lighter than it seems. It’s 1.57 pounds, which means that it’s almost as heavy as the first ever iPad. But considering the fact that this is a lot bigger than that, then that should say a lot about its weight.
The matte aluminum finish is a constant across iPads. This specific iPad however, comes in three different colors – space gray, silver, and gold. It has the usual stuff around it – the port for your lightning cable and the volume rocker. It does come with an additional connector right at the bottom though, as a way to accommodate the Smart Keyboard.
The Smart Keyboard actually props the iPad Pro up when in use, something common in accessories like this. What’s different however, is the fact that it can only hold the tablet at a single angle, unlike the keyboard that comes with the Surface Pro. But with the wide viewing angles on the retina display, it doesn’t really become a huge issue.
And then, there’s the controversial Apple Pencil.
Creatives and designers have already said their piece. It’s definitely nice-looking, but will not really be of much use to them. As for everyone else however, it could be quite useful, too. You can use it to highlight important notes, or encircle anything you want to pay particular attention to on documents you’re reviewing.
Using the Apple Pencil on the iPad, you can tell how well they work together. It takes pressure sensitivity to a whole new level.
As for the apps that you’re running on the iPad Pro, not a lot of them see the need to release updates just yet. This means that if you were to use AutoCAD on your iPad Pro for example, it would run the same way it runs everywhere else, albeit a little faster because of the iPad Pro’s A9X chip. A lot of the
features on some of the apps that will be doing upgrades will also be useless without the optional Apple Pencil.
So is $799 for a 32GB version worth it? You decide.