It was September 2015 when Apple unveiled the iPad Pro 12.9″ the tablet that could replace a PC. I have personally been using one ever since and while it hasn’t replaced my Mac (I still use my iMac on a daily basis) it has dramatically reduced the usage of my MacBook Pro.
Now here we are nearly 2 years later and Apple have released two new iPad Pro models, an updated 12.9″ and an entirely new 10.5″ iPad Pro. Along with it they have announced IOS 11 the biggest update to iPad software in a long time, with it comes more Pro features that take aim at the Pro market and help make the iPad Pro a PC replacement for many.
A lot of people will be content with using an iPad Pro as their primary device, these type of people are the ones who check their emails, Facebook, read the latest news watch Netflix, consume content and occasionally create content through drawing or typing up the odd document, the iPad Pro isn’t a Mac replacement and i don’t think Apple intends it to be, personally i like to use both, starting a document on my iPad Pro and finishing it on my iMac or vis versa is a helpful thing especially when out and about i think this is what Microsoft fails to grasp with their Surface line which is intend on putting a full desktop OS on a tablet like device.
The 10.5” iPad Pro is Apple’s first new product since the 9.7” model and it’s very different in that the screen is bigger, the internals are more powerful, slimmer bezels and it now works even better with Apple Pencil since Apple have increased the refresh rate to 120Hz which the is highest of any tablet currently on the market. The new tablet’s also have 600 nits brightness a P3 wide colour display and 1.8% reflectivity.
It is clear to see where Apple is going with it’s Pro range and the 10.5” model represents yet another step in that direction. It should be viewed not as a tablet with an optional keyboard but rather as a full-blown portable computer that runs IOS, but as mentioned before IOS 11 will be moving the Pro range forward to be more than just a tablet OS. This years CPU of choice is a new 64Bit A10X Fusion chip that has some very impressive benchmarks, both the 10.5” and 12.9” iPad Pro’s will be able to play any game from the App store that you can throw at it with ease. It’s almost twice as fast for mute-core CPU tasks as the 9.7” iPad Pro and a third faster for single core tasks which is impressive considering the 9.7” iPad Pro was no slouch, In fact benchmarks have put the power of both the 10.5” and 12.9” iPad Pro’s on par with MacBook in terms of power the piggiest eye popper are the scores, especially compared to the first iPad Pro grade A chip, the Single-core measures have jumped up about 20 per cent to above 3,911 while multi-core run have produced a score of 9,227 which is a 71 percent from the previous generation.
The power of the new iPad Pro’s can be seen when running Pro grade apps such as Affinity Photo which is a professional photo editing app that was once reserved only for desktop computers along with MacBooks. The iPad Pro can also run other Pro level apps such as Procreate, Photoshop Mix and Adobe Sketch.
Apart from the reduction in bezels the design of the iPad Pro remains exactly the same as the previous generation especially for the 12.9” there are still 4 stereo speakers and the screen resolution remains the same for the 12.9” iPad Pro.
Another change comes to the amount of storage that the new iPad Pro’s come with, instead of 31GB they now start with 64GB and can be configured to 256GB and maxed out at 512GB which is a great option for the power use who likes too keep everything on their iPad. The battery life of the new iPad Pro’s stays the same at 10 hours for both the 10.5” and 12.9” versions.
IOS 11 (released in the fall 2017) will have the following features that will make the iPad Pro a great device for getting work done.
Files – The app brings all your files together. You can easily browse, search and organise all of your files in one place. There’s a dedicated place for your recent files and not just the ones on your iPad, but also those in apps, on your other IOS devices, In iCloud Drive, and across other services like Dropbox.
The Dock – it’s a new change for the iPad and is available form any screen. Just swipe and you can switch apps instantly. The dock can also be customised with more of your favourite apps.
Improved multitasking – IOS 11 makes it easier and more intuitive than ever to multitask. You can open a second app from the Dock and both apps will remain active in Split View as well as Slide Over. You can drag the second app in Slide over to the left. You can get back to your favourite App Spaces in the redesigned App Switcher.
Drag and Drop – Drag and Drop comes to the iPad, allowing you to move text, photo’s and files from one app to another. Because it’s been designed for the large Multi-Touch display of the iPad moving them around is very simple and easy to do.
Instant Markup – Now you can mark up a PDF or screenshot faster and more easily. Just pick up your Apple Pencil tap the screen and start writing.
Instant Notes – Simply tap the screen with your Apple Pencil on the lock screen and start taking notes immediately. Whatever you create is saved in the Notes app.
Scan and Sign – The new document scanner in Notes automatically senses and scans a document, crops the edges and removes any tilt or glare. Fill in the blanks or sign it with Apple Pencil, then save or share it.
These are all features that will be coming to the iPad Pro later this year with IOS 11.
Let’s get one thing clear, the iPad Pro isn’t a budget device it’s a high end device (much like most if not all of Apple products) Prices for the iPad Pro are as follows:
10.5” iPad Pro starting at £619 for 64GB, £709 for 256GB and topping out at £889 for 512GB
The 12.9” iPad Pro second generation starts at £769 for 64GB, £859 for 256GB and topping out at £1,039 for 512GB.
Both second gen iPad Pro models (10.5” and 12.9”) are available to buy now from apple.co.uk