Apple’s latest announcement introduced the iPad Pro, the largest iPad tablet on their roster of gadgets. The iPad Pro comes with a 12.9-inch Retina display screen, nearly the size of a laptop. Powering the tablet from within is a 64-bit Apple A9X chip with 4GB of RAM. The device comes in two models—a Wi-Fi only option and a Wi-Fi + Cellular variant. Both devices have a 128GB onboard memory while only the Wi-Fi version comes with a 32GB option. On the back is an 8MP iSight camera that can also record 1080p HD videos. A secondary camera in front of the device is available with a 1.2MP sensor. The tablet runs iOS 9 and comes with Touch ID, Apple Pay, and Siri. Its color options include Space Gray, Gold and Silver. There is a non-removable Li-Po battery that gives power to the tablet for up to 10 hours of use. Along with the iPad Pro, Apple unveiled two accompanying accessories for it—the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil. While these improve the functionality of the iPad Pro, they are sold separately.
With the unveiling of the iPad Pro, Apple has once again proven that it can cope with the rapid advances in technology. Apple is known to produce quality and simple to use enterprise devices, and the iPad Pro is no different.
The Design and Features
The Apple iPad Pro has a huge screen for easy viewing and reading, thus its large size. This makes the device weigh a little over 1.5lb, at 1.57lb (713g). Despite the large screen, the device features a brilliant display with great viewing angles.
The iPad Pro design might seem far-fetched and only suitable for entrepreneurial functions, but it’s a brilliant interface fused into a well-built, high-end device that can be used for various applications. As the foreseeable future flagship tablet device for Apple, the iPad Pro is sure to be a much sought after device.
Split Screen Technology
The iPad Pro comes with iOS 9 installed, so users will have the chance to enjoy features such as split screen, updated news, maps, wallet, and more. And with such a large screen size, the user’s multitasking experience will be quite enjoyable. Apple’s split screen technology allows users to multitask by sliding a second working space from the right-hand side of the device. This is unlike other platforms where multitasking is only possible by reducing the size of tasks to sizes that are uncomfortable to use. This is unsuitable, especially when watching movies where the movie might be shrunk to the size of an ordinary stamp making viewing an issue.
The Apple Pencil is what makes the iPad Pro truly stand out. This is Apple’s first stylus, and unlike an ordinary stylus, the Apple Pencil has extra features, such as pressure sensitivity, that allow the user to enjoy advanced features and more possibilities in applications. The pencil also allows the user to make sketches on available apps and make use of the handwriting recognition technology. The pencil is customized to prevent interference to stylus commands by the palm touching the screen at the same time. The only downside to this great tool is the price. A $99 add-on price might get the consumer thinking if the pencil is a priority to this already expensive device.
With the inclusion of the long-awaited Smart Keyboard, iPad Pro users will enjoy the accurate travel and efficiency of a keyboard molded to your fingers. However, it does have a high additional price and rubber feeling which can make it difficult for the user to determine if he or she has entered or skipped a certain character without checking the screen.
The Smart Keyboard is quite similar to the new MacBook keyboard design. The keyboard features an enclosing cover with a magnetic dock that makes it easy to dock the device as well as lock the cover for additional protection. The Smart Connector allows the keyboard to transfer power and data magnetically to the device from the cover, enabling unlimited possibilities in aftermarket applications.
The iPad Pro stands out in that it offers powerful built-in stereo speakers for clear and audible sound. This enhances the user experience, especially when conducting video calls, conferences, or simply listening to music.
Despite the fact that the device features a 12.9 inches Retina display, the battery available with the iPad Pro is similar to the one in the iPad Air. However the battery offers impressive power performance for a device in its category, thanks to the Apple hardware optimization.
As the recent trend with all new Apple devices and gadgets, the iPad Pro lacks the traditional USB-C connector. In its place, the device features the normal Lightning connector for all wired connectivity needs.
Available Color Options
The device comes in a variety of color to suit different consumer tastes. The available colors include:
Here are the basic specs of the Apple iPad Pro:
Display: 12.9 inches LED-backlight Multi-Touch display at 2732 by 2048 resolutions (264 pixels per inch)
Chip: A9X chip with 64-bit architecture and an M9 motion coprocessor
Battery: Built-in 38.5 watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery for up to 10 hours of usage
Colors: Silver, Gold, and Space Gray
iSight Camera: 8MP photos
Video Capturing: 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps
Face time: 1.2 MP photos and 720p HD video recording
Additional Features: iOS 9, Siri6, and Touch ID
Price: Wi-Fi only 32GB - $799, Wi-Fi only 128GB - $949, and Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB - $1079
Pros and Cons
Pro: Incredible screen size for easy and comfortable viewing and reading.
Pro: Clear and audible sound from the built-in stereo speakers.
Pro: For a device of its size, it features great battery up-time.
Pro: Availability of optional add-on enables the user to enjoy the full capabilities if the device.
Con: The large size makes the device less portable as compared to standard size tablets.
Con: The large screen is more prone to damage, in case you accidentally drop the device, as compared to smaller screen sizes.
With the power packed under the hood, this device can handle pretty much anything. It's capable of handling any app currently offered on the Apple Store, and can multitask a combination of some with no strain. The device can be described as a brilliant and good-looking device that packs a punch.
No need to strain while viewing small screens to read content, because with the large screen and text optimization, reading is now a breeze. Perform all your laptop activities on the device while enjoying the portability and comfort of a tablet.
With the expected sales of the iPad Pro unpredictable, it’s unclear if developers will rush in developing new software and ups for this brand. Although the price of the iPad Pro is relatively low, as compared to expected prices of Apple devices and gadgets, the device faces high competitions from other brands in its category like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
The Apple iPad Pro is thus a device for any business person and any individual who wants to experience the power and comfort of an Apple device. Quality and device life is guaranteed while enjoying a long-lasting clear display from a brilliantly huge screen.
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