Apple iPad Pro (2018), with 12.9-inch and 11-inch screens, were launched alongside the updated MacBook Air and Mac mini at an event in New York last week.
The iPad Pro was already the best tablet money could buy. And yet, Apple somehow made it even better with an improved design, an edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display, and an A12X Bionic chip that delivers unbeatable performance.
Unsurprisingly, the iPad Pro’s new A12X Bionic chip makes it insanely fast. It outperforms most laptops and even the MacBook Pro in benchmark tests. And in everyday use, it doesn’t disappoint. This tablet can handle everything you throw at seamlessly.
iPad Pro’s Liquid Retina Display
The central element of the new 2018 iPad Pro models is the liquid retina display, which Apple calls edge-to-edge display despite visible bezels surrounding the display. However, reviewers note that this display along with its variable refresh rate of 120Hz is much better than the display on iPhone XR.
“Nothing is ever slow, and it always feels like there’s more headroom to work with,” writes Niley Patel for The Verge. “We have an early build of Photoshop for iPad, which is coming next year, and it handled a file with tons of layers just fine…. We were able to import several minutes of 4K footage into Adobe Premiere Rush, edit them, and export without breaking a sweat.”
iMore’s Rene Richie writes, “Apple’s doing all the color management and individual color calibration you expect here, so iPad Pro looks dead accurate so much so that, like iPhone XR, it can be hard to tell Apple LCD from Apple OLED in anything but the deep blacks and the off-axis. And yeah, that’s still impressive.”
In the review for TechCrunch, Matthew Panzario writes that iPad Pro 2018 nails design with a strong appeal for business customers. “The overall aesthetic is much more businesslike and less ‘friendly’ in that very curvy sort of Apple way. I like it, a lot. The flat edges are pretty clearly done that way to let Apple use more of the interior space without having to cede a few millimeters all the way around the edge to unusable space. In every curved iPad, there’s a bit of space all the way around that is pretty much air,” he writes.
David Phelan of The Independent describes the new iPad Pro as “extremely fast in every way.” He adds, “It is so powerful, it’s able to make the most of advanced apps, such as the upcoming (and much-anticipated) Adobe Photoshop CC.”
“No apps or games I’ve used have been able to make the Pro break a sweat at all and benchmark numbers have been impressive,” adds Jeffrey van Camp of Wired. “By every measure I can think of, these are the best, most powerful, most capable iPads I’ve ever used. They put other tablets to shame.”
USB Type-C is a welcome addition but also limited
Apart from display and design, Apple has also decided to go with USB Type-C port instead of the lightning connector seen on iPhone and last year’s iPad models. The change is a profound and will shape the future of Apple devices, especially considering that Apple has already moved to USB-C all things with its Mac lineup. However, since its Apple, the USB Type-C remains useful but also limited to a point that is Apple-esque.
“I tried a handful of USB-C hubs with an assortment of USB-A, HDMI, card readers, and Ethernet ports, and everything worked as intended… other stuff didn t work, though: printers didn t do anything. A Native Instruments Maschine mk3 audio controller sat in silence. A Beyerdynamic USB-C microphone only worked when we used an A-to-C cable plugged into a hub. USB-C is still kind of messy and weird, so you’ll just have to try things and see what works for you,” Nilay Patel explains in his review.
Pocket-lint’s Stuart Miles found how the switch to USB Type-C means that you can use the same charger from your MacBook Pro to charge the new iPad as well. “Included in the box is a 18W USB-C charger that means you can charge much faster and if you’re a heavy user you’ll need it. Using USB-C means you can charge it with your MacBook charger and it also supports reverse charging – so you could use it to charge your iPhone if your battery is low.”
The new Apple Pencil is a great upgrade
In addition to a new Smart Keyboard, the new iPad Pro works with a new Apple Pencil (optional). The upgraded stylus magnetically snaps onto the side of the tablet for charging, which is a huge improvement over the Lightning solution for the last model. And it’s as good as you’d expect.
“The new Apple Pencil complements the new iPad Pro 12.9 pretty well, and it’s so much better now that it’s able to sit magnetically on the top and charge,” says TechRadar. “Using the Apple Pencil on the new iPad Pro 12.9 was a strong experience … with the latency of the ‘touch to brush’ the best we’ve felt on an iPad so far – much more than with previous Pros we feel like this is something we’d want to regularly use. It really does feel like it could replace a notepad, and on the larger screen it’s much easier to see what you’re sketching out.”
“The Apple Pencil is my favorite [iPad accessory],” writes van Camp. “Three years after its debut, the refined Pencil is still the most responsive, accurate digital writing tool I’ve ever used. It’s fun to try out different virtual drawing tools, like colored pencils, and as a leftie, I love that iPad never thinks I’m trying to draw with my palm.”
“The new Apple Pencil is one of the best upgrades for the iPad Pro,” says The Independent.
As mentioned previously, the 2018 iPad Pro comes in two sizes – 11-inch and 12.9-inch – and features an edge-to-edge display similar to that of LCD iPhone. The new 11-inch iPad Pro starts at Rs 71,900 for the Wi-Fi only model and Rs 85,900 for the Wi-Fi+Cellular model with base storage of 64GB.
The 64GB version of 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,199 for the Wi-Fi only model while the Wi-Fi+Cellular model cost $1,399. Alongside the new iPad Pro, Apple will be selling the second generation Apple Pencil with magnetic charging for $145 and Space Grey Smart Keyboard Folio at $210 for the 11-inch model and $237 for the 12.9-inch model.