Apple iPad Pro 10.5-Inch Review: The Ecosystem That you Always Needed
Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch is just the right sized tablet that can double up as your everyday laptop. It was announced at WWDC 2017 and comes with iOS11 that makes it more than just a tablet.
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At WWDC 2017 Apple announced the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. It’s not just a single device but an ecosystem that promises to woo you. Apple did realise that not every professional would like to have a 12.9-inch iPad pro, and that’s why apple introduced the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The new 10.5-inch model reduces the borders by nearly 40 percent to fit into an incredibly compact package and also now the display promises 1 billion colours. That’s basically way more than you can name. We have used the new iPad Pro 10.5-inch for quite some time now and here's what we think about it.
The 10.5-inch display on the new iPad pro also comes with ProMotion technology that basically delivers a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. So, this is the display that’s meant for you to touch and fall in love with the touch screen experience all over again. The A10X Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture and six cores surprised us and is beyond our own PCs and notebooks that we use daily. And that’s not all, the A10X Fusion chip has the integrated M10 coprocessor that efficiently offloads tasks from the chip to conserve power. It also calibrates all the sensors in the iPad, so they are ready when you need them. The new 10.5 inch iPad Pro is a workhorse and if you like console gaming you have to try some games on the iPad pro to know what a handy device this one is. Apple’s Metal is optimised to allow the CPU and GPU in the A10X Fusion chip to work together to deliver detailed graphics and complex visual effects and they are on the money. Despite all this power Apple still promises a 10-hour battery life and in our usage, it lasted us for an average of 8 hours that’s still good enough.
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And that’s not all, Apple iPad Pro now gets the iPhone 7 camera on it. The primary is a 12mp camera that does everything that an iPhone 7 can including stabilising images and you get a 7 mp HD Facetime camera at the front. You can record 4K videos now with the iPad Pro at 30fps and do HD video recording with both 30 fps and 60 fps. Features like the time-lapse and slow-motion are now better.
And we haven’t even scratched the Surface here with the new iPad pro. If you know what I mean.
Well, iOS11 is what you need with the iPad pro. And of course, you would like an apple pencil with this iPad. The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil get even better on the iPad pro with instant notes, instant markup, inline drawing, and searchable handwriting. There is also now a file manager on the iPad Pro with iOS11 which basically helps you manage most of your documents that are on iCloud and even on third party cloud services. The new iOS 11 also gives you split screen capabilities on the new iPad Pro 10.5-inch which can be really handy. To get even more productivity going you would also like to have the Smart Keyboard with the iPad Pro. Yes, it is smaller than the 12.9 inch iPad Pro keyboard, but it’s a full-size keyboard that’s just 4mm thin. The keyboard easily integrates with the display cover of the iPad and can be also stored in the leather sleeve that Apple is offering with the new iPad pro. Obviously, you’ll have to pay for the leather sleeve, keyboard and the pencil.
With the smart keyboard and an Apple Pencil, the iPad Pro delivers on an ecosystem like no other. Many would say that the tablet market is dying because it's difficult to replace your everyday laptops, but with the new iPad Pro, the tablet market is reinvented in many ways. For starters, the Pencil delivers on precision touches and helps in making quick notes and even keynote presentations. For professional graphic designers, the Pencil will deliver on even the minutest of detailing jobs. The multitouch is way better and dragging and dropping links and images or even videos in the presentation have never been this easy even on a laptop. The keyboard is full sized and if you've used a MacBook you'll love it. And the biggest thing is that the top of the line iPad Pro 10.5-inch comes with a storage capacity of as high as 512GB.
So overall the new 10.5-inch iPad pro is the iPad that many would like because of its right size, great new iOS11 features and a storage option of as high as 512 GB. It’s the iPad meant for professionals who are into creative fields. In fact, it is that must have gadget, that every developer, graphics professional and a photoshop artist.
And what will this entire ecosystem cost you? The top of the line 10.5-inch iPad Pro with 512GB storage will cost you Rs 76,900, the Smart Keyboard is priced at Rs 13,900, the classy Leather Sleeve is priced at Rs 11,500 and if you go bold and plan to get the Apple Pencil, it’ll cost you Rs 8,600. So if you have deep pockets in order of Rs 1,10,900, sure the new 10.5 inch iPad pro makes all the sense and yes, it’s capable of replacing your everyday notebook.
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