March 18 2018

Apple iPad Pro review: Is this a laptop replacement?

March 18 2018, 05:20 | Jodi Jackson

Apple iPad Pro review: Is this a laptop replacement?

Apple iPad Pro review: Is this a laptop replacement?

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the same size as the previous-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Our usual set of benchmarks (below) certainly point to some big performance gains, but here's the most important thing: Hardly anything I threw at the Pro over a week of testing managed to trip it up.

The new 10.5ins screen comes with Apple's "Pro Motion" feature, says The Verge, which modulates the frame rate of the screen to smooth scrolling animations and save battery life when looking at a still image. All without having to develop a new $99 Pencil users will have to buy again.

Aside from the Pencil, the Smart Keyboard is a $235 extra. The effect is obvious even on the setup screens; everything is so smooth, so fluid that it nearly doesn't feel like you're touching the screen. This latest iPad Pro might feel familiar, but there's a heap of changes that could easily make this the best tablet you can buy.

The release of iOS 11 ushers in a new era for not just the new iPad Pro, but all iPads: coupled with the new keyboard case, it effectively transforms the iPad into a laptop computer, putting everyone else on notice. iOS 11 breaks the silence in a major way. That may or may not be enough to make a difference when reading, but it will make a difference with other tasks.

This feels like the computer I've been waiting for. So, you no longer have to embrace the massive 12.9-inch iPad to avoid slightly cramped fingers when typing.

I'm talking about the new iPad Pros, and specifically the new 10.5 inch model.

The truly odd thing about this year's release of the new iPad Pro is it nearly feel like they released them too early.

Personal interest aside, does the new iPad Pro change things in the tablet market? Its magnetic strip docks with the iPad Pro's Smart Connector.

Apple is making its only tablet a more interesting machine.

Tim Cook looks like he's got fingers plugging all the leaks because there wasn't a peep out and about before last week's WWDC event in San Jose suggesting the iPad would get a bigger screen.

Despite releasing its best iPad ever, Apple has the same old problem. Given how Apple is positioning the iPad Pro as the tablet that replaces your PC, it definitely needs the power to meet those needs. You needed a wheelbarrow to lug one of those suckers around. The latter wins only a small margin in pixel density but not by much. Once he did what no-one did before, lots of people did it.

Reviewer praise for Apple's 10.5-inch iPad Pro often starts with the tablet's screen, which (thanks to smaller bezels) is larger than the one found on the 9.7-inch Pro launched a year ago (and now discontinued), even though the devices have similar form factors. I doubt they will give tablet sales a massive shot in the arm.

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