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Apple said that the new iPad Pro with its A12X chip was faster than “92% of portable PCs” at its announcement event on Tuesday. Apple uses ‘PCs’ as a nice euphemism for both Windows and Mac computers without directly slighting its own Macs.
Geekbench benchmarks for the new iPad Pro have shown up online, and the scores are certainly impressive. The iPad reports ~5030 in single-core, and ~18000 in multi-core. The single core score goes to toe-to-toe with a 2.6 GHz i7 2023 MacBook Pro …
You can build-to-order a 13-inch MacBook Pro with the i7 processor and 256 GB SSD for $2099. The comparable 256 GB 12.9-inch iPad Pro is $1149. Apple offers an off-the-shelf 2.6GHz i7 in a 512 GB 15-inch MacBook Pro config for $2799. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro specced with 512 GB storage sells for $1349, half as much.
The six-core i7 is faster in the multi-core benchmark than the eight-core iPad Pro — but it is really not that far behind.
The 2023 iPad Pro can achieve 3908 single-core and 9310 multi-core scores. The new iPad Pro is 30% faster than its predecessor in single-core and effectively doubles multi-core performance up to 18217, at least according to these synthetic benchmarks.
Tasking the GPU computational ability, Geekbench shows the Metal Compute Score rising by 40% year-over-year. The second-gen iPad Pro could achieve just under 30,000 on the compute benchmark. The new Pro models easily top 41,000.
At least in single-core, Apple only sells a single configuration of portable Mac that is decidedly faster than the iPad Pro — the Core i9 MacBook Pro. Reminder: Apple sells the A12X-equipped iPad Pro from $799. The i9 MacBook Pro sells for more than $3000. Going beyond portables, the iPad Pro matches or beats almost all 2023 iMac configurations, and rivals the iMac Pro on single-core prowess.
These Geekbench reports also back up the claims that the iPad Pro offer 6 GB of RAM … on some models. As seen here, the device with identifier ‘iPad8,8’ has 5650 MB of memory whereas ‘iPad8,3’ has 3769 MB (6 GB vs 4 GB).
Multiple people are telling me that only the 1TB iPad Pros get 6GB RAM. … So that’s a thing.
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) October 30, 2023
For the first time in an iOS device, 2023 iPad Pro RAM varies based on the particular storage configuration. 64 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB SKUs of both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models feature 4 GB RAM, unchanged from the 2023 generation. The 1 TB configurations feature 6 GB RAM.
With the current state of iOS, the additional RAM will primarily make a difference in how many apps can stay frozen in memory, or how many Safari tabs can be kept open without reloading. In terms of future-proofing, obviously bigger is better.
Who knows what new iPad features will come along in iOS 13 or iOS 14, and there’s a chance that some features may require higher available RAM (or at least work better with the additional 2 GB floating around).
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MacBook Air M1 is the best laptop under $1000 money can buy. Yes, there are many alternatives if you prefer Windows. But none match the battery life while providing equivalent performance to the M1 MacBook Air. And Apple just pulled off the veil of the much-anticipated M2 MacBook Air.
Apple also launched the successor to the 13″ MacBook Pro with Apple’s M2 SoC, but we already have 14″ and 16″ MacBooks with M1 Pro and M1 Max SoC. The 13″ MacBook Pro seems like the middle child who needs to compete with its younger M2 sibling and its M1 Pro and M1 Max elder siblings. However, in this article, let’s focus on the differences between the M2 MacBook Air and M2 MacBook Pro.
Differences between the M2 MacBook Air and the M2 MacBook Pro
When a consumer is looking to buy a product, price is always the first concern. We set a budget, and the price of a product will always influence decisions. The M2 MacBook Air is priced at $1199, and the M2 MacBook Pro is just $100 more than its Air counterpart. But the price is not the only differentiating factor between the two.Design: MacBook Air looks more professional than the MacBook Pro
You read that right, and I say this not because I like the design of the M2 MacBook Air (which I do), but because the M2 MacBook Air has a similar design to the M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pros. And the M2 MacBook Air also has more ports than the M2 MacBook Pro, more on that later.
The result of the new or rather inspired design of the M2 MacBook Air is a slimmer form factor than its predecessor and even the M2 MacBook Pro. And the M2 MacBook Air is also available in more colors, viz. Space Gray, Silver, Starlight, and Midnight while the M2 MacBook is only available in Space Gray and Silver.Display, Camera, and Speakers
It feels like the notch has become an iconic aspect of Apple’s design. You can find the notch on the iPhone (which we hope changes with iPhone 14 series), the 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pro, and it has finally made its way to the MacBook Air, which results in a slightly bigger screen. Now the M2 MacBook Air has a 13.6″ display, a 0.3″ increase over its predecessor. And the display is also now 100 nits brighter and has a peak brightness of 500 nits which is the same as the M2 MacBook Pro.
But the M2 MacBook Pro neither has a larger display nor houses a notch. While some might prefer the bezels over the notch for several reasons, the notch enables a larger screen and houses an upgraded 1080p camera sensor. So, the M2 MacBook Air cameras are better than the M2 MacBook Pro.
The M2 MacBook Air has a four-speaker sound system, and the M2 MacBook Pro has Stereo speakers. I suppose the speakers on the M2 MacBook Air are louder and better than the M2 MacBook Pro, but cannot pass a verdict without testing them. Always remember higher quantity does not always equate to higher quality. Nonetheless, I expect the M2 MacBook Air speakers to be louder and sound richer than the M2 MacBook Pro.Touch Bar vs. Function Row
You either love the Touch Bar, or you don’t give a damn about its existence. There’s no in-between. And that’s exactly why the only device to still feature the Touch Bar in the MacBook lineup is the M2 MacBook Pro. If you’re on the lookout for a new machine with the Touch Bar functionality, the M2 MacBook Pro is your only choice. Do note that you miss the function row when you get a MacBook with the Touch Bar.
The MacBook Air lineup never featured a Touch Bar, as the feature was exclusive to MacBook Pros. However, you get a full-height Function Key row with the M2 MacBook Air. Not a significant upgrade, but an upgrade nonetheless.A Pro MacBook without MagSafe
Apple reintroduced the MagSafe charging port last year with the MacBook Pro. And, the MagSafe port has finally made its way back to the M2 MacBook Air. You get a MagSafe port, two Thunderbolt ports, and a high impedance 3.5mm headphone jack with the M2 MacBook Air.
The M2 MacBook Pro also features the same ports and 3.5mm headphone jack but does not feature MagSafe charging. The result of this is a MacBook Pro, a machine meant for professionals housing fewer ports than its Air counterpart, which is targeted toward users with light to medium usage.Faster charging vs. longer battery life
With the introduction of M1 SoC’s came the era of phenomenal battery life on MacBooks powered by M1. The M2 SoC is an upgrade expected to provide better battery life than the M1 SoC. Nonetheless, the M2 MacBook Pro houses a bigger battery than the M2 MacBook Air. The battery of the M2 MacBook Pro will last over 2 hours longer than the M2 MacBook Air. But the Air charges faster than the Pro.
Both the M2 MacBook Air and the M2 MacBook Pro support 67W charging. But only the MacBook Air supports fast charging. Apple claims the M2 MacBook Air can charge up to 50% in under 30 minutes. So, it boils down to if you want your MacBook to charge faster or last longer? Most of us would love the best of both worlds, but I’d pick fast charging over a slightly larger battery from what is available.Is the M2 MacBook Pro the infamous awkward middle child?
After reading everything above, the M2 MacBook Pro might not seem as impressive as the M2 MacBook Air. Also, $1200 is the base price for the M2 MacBook Air, which again is a lot higher than the M1 MacBook Air, and while the upgrades might be worth the extra 200 dollars, I expected the Air to launch at $999.
The M2 MacBook Pro sits in a weird spot where it is neither as powerful as MacBooks with M1 Pro and M1 Max SoCs, nor does it feature the extra ports available with these machines. The MagSafe charging port, which has made its way to the M2 MacBook Air, is also unavailable on the M2 MacBook Pro.
Like always, Apple plays well with the Popcorn pricing phenomenon, as we saw with the M1 iPad Air. Recommending getting the 14″ M1 Pro MacBook Pro isn’t as easy as there’s almost a $500 price difference between the two. There’s always a better product available within Apple’s lineup for a bumped-up price. That seems like how Apple pushes users to increase their budget and get consumers to spend more than they initially intended.
If a dedicated cooling system and a slightly larger battery are what you’re on the lookout for, the M2 MacBook Pro might be the way to go. But for most people, the M2 MacBook Air will get the job done without breaking a sweat. Nonetheless, tread lightly and make an informed decision by listing your needs and then picking one machine over the other.
Consumer Technology and Motorcycles are the two things that excite Darryl the most. Why? Because Tech helps better people’s lives, and solving people’s problems related to tech is something he enjoys. And what about bikes, you ask? Well, drop a gear and disappear.
The Surface Pro 2 crams a serious amount of power into a compact frame. However, now that Microsoft has launched the bigger, better Surface Pro 3, the Pro 2 makes sense only if you’re on a tight budget. Even then, its value is questionable – many people would be better off with a separate laptop and tablet, and might even save money going down that road. Those less bothered about the tablet side of things should consider a convertible device such as the Lenovo Yoga.
Unlike the Surface 2, the Surface Pro 2 runs the full version of Windows 8.1 so you can install and use all your usual Windows applications. The 10.6in Surface Pro 2 has now been superseded by the 12in Surface Pro 3 , reviewed, but has had a price cut in the light of the new model. Here’s our updated Surface Pro 2 review.
Originally, the Surface Pro 2 started at £719, but you can now buy the base 64GB model for £569. The 128GB version costs £649: £10 more than the base 64GB Surface Pro 3.
If you want 256GB of built-in storage and a double-helping of RAM (8GB rather than the 4GB you get with the lower two capacities), that will cost you £879. The range-topping 512GB version is down from £1,439 to £1,279.Surface Pro 2: Design and build
The Surface Pro 2 is a device designed to be a laptop and tablet in one, just like the original Surface Pro, but the keyboard is a £110 optional extra, so bear that in mind when comparing prices.
Side-by-side you’d be lucky to tell the Surface Pro 2 apart from the original since, outwardly, they look the same. It’s a shame Microsoft couldn’t make it thinner and lighter but internal upgrades (we’ll get to these in a minute) help to justify the bulk. However, the new model is lighter despite its larger screen – see our Surface Pro 2 vs Surface Pro 3 comparison review to see how the two compare.
Even with competition from the Surface Pro 3, the Pro 2 is still a very compact device considering it’s both a powerful Ultrabook as well as a touchscreen tablet. It’s 13.5 mm thick and nearly 1kg in weight meaning once again it’s the kind of device that’s far better suited to use on a desk than on a lap or freehand.
The two-stage kick stand certainly helps with using the Surface Pro 2 on your lap (and any situation), but we can’t help but describe it as clunky compared to other tablets, and it’s not as convenient as the Pro 3’s friction hinge which can be used at any angle.
There’s the same gap around the edge which allows for cooling and sound to come from the speakers within. While some don’t seem to like this gap, I think it looks good.
As well as the new Pro 3, the Pro 2 also has competition from Sony’s Tap 11 which is impressively compact yet still has a full-size USB port like the Surface.Surface Pro 2: As a laptop
What’s the Surface Pro 2 like to use as a laptop, though? After all, that’s what Microsoft says it is.
It’s perfectly feasible to do ‘real’ work on the Pro since it runs Windows 8.1. This means you can install and run all your usual Windows programs. However, it’s a compromise compared to a regular laptop in several ways.
For starters the screen is quite small at 10.6in in so tasks other than word processing can be difficult, especially if you don’t use a mouse. The trackpad on the Touch- and Type Cover is tiny and awkward. You can of course use the touchscreen but for desktop applications you’ll need a mouse pointer or the included digital pen to avoid getting frustrated with things such as drop-down menus.
If you’re going to do serious amounts of typing then you’ll want to buy the Type Cover which has proper physical keys but again, this is a compromise compared to a proper laptop. The Touch Cover, by contrast, has membrane-type keys and it’s more akin to typing on a touchscreen than a proper keyboard. It’s possible to get used to it, mind, and the Touch Cover supports swiping and other gestures which can can’t do on the Type Cover.Surface Pro 2: As a tablet
Despite what Microsoft wants you to think, the Surface Pro 2 isn’t really a tablet. Technically, yes it is a tablet: is has a touchscreen, but it’s just simply too big and heavy to be that handy piece of kit you instinctively reach for when you want to check the weather forecast or tweet a photo.
If you’re reading this with a plan to buy the Surface Pro 2 instead of both a laptop and a tablet, this is certainly something to bear in mind. If the tablet side of things is particualrly important, you may well be better off buying two separate devices.
You won’t even need to spend more money, as a combination of a Nexus 7, reviewed, and a modest Ultrabook can give you change from £750. You will of course end up carrying around more weight with two devices so it’s a case of your priorities.
If using it as a tablet is less important than as a laptop then you should also check out other convertibles such as the Lenovo Yoga.Surface Pro 2: As a desktop PC
Another way to look at the Surface Pro 2 is as a desktop PC replacement.
Or at least you could if it were possible to buy the optional docking station in the UK. You might have to import one from the US for around £170 including customs fees. With the dock, the Surface Pro 2 is arguably a better desktop replacement than a laptop replacement. If you don’t want to shell out for the docking station, though, you could still use the full-size USB port and Mini DisplayPort output.
The device is perfectly cable of driving a second screen and you could connect multiple USB or Bluetooth peripherals. This way, the Surface Pro 2 can power a full-size monitor, mouse and keyboard when you’re at your desk, reverting to the much smaller 10.6in screen and Type Cover on the move.Surface Pro 2: Hardware and performance
The main upgrade inside is the fourth-generation Intel Haswell processor. It’s a 1.6GHz Core i5-4200U which is supposed to offer better performance and longer battery life. In PCMark 7 the Surface Pro 2 managed a score of 4,886 which is a very decent effort for something this small. However, the original Surface Pro scored 4,751 showing that neither machine is a slouch.
The scores are both up there with the latest Haswell Ultrabooks on this front, with the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus scoring 4648 (it shares the same CPU as the Surface Pro 2).
With integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400, the Surface Pro 2 can play the odd game. In Stalker: Call of Pripyat at our lowest test settings (720p and Medium detail), the Surface Pro 2 managed a playable 33 fps. At native 1080p, the framerate drops to 18fps.
Microsoft boldly touts that the Haswell chip provides 75 percent more battery life than the original Surface Pro (which lasted five hours and eight minutes in our video-looping test). So we were expecting close to nine hours from the Surface Pro 2.
Unfortunately, it didn’t even come close. Instead, its battery gave up streaming video just before six hours. That’s a resonable result when compared with other Haswell devices we’ve seen, but the MacBook Air shows how it should be done, lasting roughly 12 hours in the same test.
The Power Cover is essentially the Type Cover with a built-in battery. This promises up to 50 percent more battery life but this accessory still hasn’t launched in the UK so we can’t verify these claims. It will no doubt help to some extent though, if you can afford the $199 price tag (it will likely cost around £150 in the UK).
Our tests are based on the 64GB model which comes with 4GB of RAM. The 128GB model has the same amount of memory but when you jump to a 256- or 512GB Surface Pro 2 you get 8GB of RAM.
However, if you do opt for the 64GB model bear in mind that our sample had only 27GB available for our files. The good news is that there’s a microSDXC card slot for adding more.
The Haswell chip, higher storage capacity and 8GB of RAM are where the hardware upgrades end. The Surface Pro 2 has the same 10.6 in ClearType Full HD (1920 x 1080) screen, although this is no bad thing since the screen remains excellent.
The IPS panel looks gorgeous in terms viewing angles, colour saturation and contrast. It’s also nice and responsive to touch input which supports 10-point multi-touch. The main downside is the glossy finish which makes the Surface Pro 2 difficult to use in bright lighting and outdoors.
As you would expect, there’s built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, plus front and rear 720p cameras. A neat little quirk is that the power adapter has a 5W USB port for charging other devices such as a smartphone.Specs Microsoft Surface Pro 2: Specs
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
Screen: 10.6 in ClearType Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Processor: Intel Core i5-4200U (Haswell)
Storage: 64/128/256/512 GB
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11, USB 3.0, micro-SD expansion (up to 64GB), Mini DisplayPort
Stylus: Digital Pro Pen.
So, if you have bought Apple’s newest tablet and looking to maximize its productivity, I would recommend you to keep a tab on two essential accessories—a quality keyboard case and a superior stand. Having already made an elite list of keyboard cases, I have now set my sight on the best 10.5-inch iPad Pro stands.
With the premium aluminum material, TechMatte, iPad stand sports a compact design. The matte finish gives it a polished look, while two-tone colors further enhance its appearance. The one-touch button, as well as 270-degree of rotation, ensures you have the desired viewing angle.
This solid stand holds your iPad Pro both in horizontal and vertical angles. The non-slip grip keeps your device intact. Lastly, TechMatte stand comes in two nice-looking colors like silver and rose gold.
This stand from OMOTON is designed to provide you with optimal viewing and typing angle. What makes it highly impressive is the robust profile. Made of high-quality aluminum and silicone material, it’s very durable. You can rotate the stand up to 210-degree up and down. As it supports both vertical and horizontal angles, you will enjoy using your tablet.
It features a side circular cutout to let you neatly manage the charging cable. That’s not all; this good-looking tablet stand is available in three attractive colors such as black, rose gold, and silver.
Pasonomi is what you would want to transform your iPad Pro into a convenient desktop computer (sort of). It securely holds your device both in portrait and landscape modes. You can comfortably adjust the angle of your tablet to make the most of your media time.
Premium aluminum construction has been enriched by the matte finish. The anti-slip pad provides it the needed stability to stand erectly. Despite being so solid, the stand is very lightweight and portable. It comes only in silver color.
If simplicity is your choice, bring home UGREEN’s iPad Pro stand. This foldable iPad holder is so compact that you can slip it in your pocket. Its multi-adjustable angle allows you to position your iPad Pro in ten different viewing angles from 0 to 100 degrees.
For ultimate viewing comfort, use UGREEN desktop stand holder dock, which is perfect for watching videos, reading eBooks, video recording or browsing websites.
5. Elevation Lab
As the name suggests, this iPad Pro stand elevates your device to give you that right angle while you are using your iPad. The stand is perfectly suitable for designers and creative people, who want to draw something quickly with Apple Pencil. This stand comes with a Pencil stand and an armrest so that you can continue your work for long hours.
All in all, this stand makes your iPad Pro more ergonomic and better to work on. Once the stand is placed on a surface, it doesn’t move as it is rock solid at all four positions. You can select from a wide range of angles.
Showcasing adorable workmanship, Lamicall strikes the right chord from all aspects. Engineered with the finest aluminum alloy material, this stand has been carved to be a premium choice. It provides a 270-degree rotation to let you perfectly adjust your device.
The rubber cushion provides the necessary protection to your iPad. The anti-skid design prevents your tablet from sliding. Moreover, this top-quality tablet stand is available in silver and black colors.
This is yet another tablet stand I picked from MoKo. The prime reason why it has made it to this elite list is the ultra-portable design. It has been created with the top grade metal.
You can comfortably fold this minimalist stand to carry it anywhere you want. The adjustable angle up to 180-degree offers a decent viewing angle. Rubbery skin has been put on the steel pole to ensure your iPad has the necessary comfy feel and remains away from scratch.
The most appealing feature of this tablet stand is the foldable design. You can effortlessly carry it even in your small pocket, which makes it well-timed during your travel.
It has a silicone cushion that shields your iPad from scratch and doesn’t allow any slip-up. The anti-slip feet keep this lightweight stand stable. What’s more, it provides multiple viewing angles.
Check out this high-quality tablet stand that’s got a 360-degree rotatable base and a folding arm to offer unparalleled adjustment for all your needs. You can type comfortably, switch between landscape and portrait modes, and turn the display this way or that.
Further, the two sizes of rubber-padded bracket holders protect your device’s edges from scratches while holding it firmly in place. You can quickly attach/detach the holder with a simple push of the button for easy storage and carrying. It makes for a universal iPad kiosk stand with an easy pull handlebar and dedicated space for power cord charging.
So, which tablet stand have you chosen to use your iPad Pro more conveniently? Is it the one that’s ultra-portable or the one that’s made of premium aluminum material? Let us know its name and also share your views about the qualities that you prefer in a high-quality iPad stand.
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Last Updated on October 25, 2023
Apple’s latest tablets are very nearly here. If you want to stay ahead of the curve then knowing where to buy 10th gen iPad 2023 and iPad Pro 2023 is something you will need to keep in mind. Having been formally unveiled mid-way through October, you won’t have to wait long to get your hands on either leading model.
iPad 2023 and iPad Pro 2023 will both be released on October 26. At the time of writing, that’s tomorrow. This means that you really don’t have to wait long to get your hands on the latest and greatest from Apple. Pre-orders are currently available for both models and below you’ll find which trusted retailers you can expect to find these tablets at.iPad 2023 and iPad Pro 2023 price
The iPad 2023 model starts at $449 and the iPad Pro 2023 begins at $799. Things, predictably, scale when increasing the screen size, doubling the storage, and opting for 5G connectivity. The former scales up to $749 when fully kitted out, and the latter tallies up to $2,399 when going all out on the premium end of the scale.Where to buy iPad 2023 US UK Canada Where to buy iPad Pro 2023 US UK Canada
An official look at the new iPad 2023 10.9-inch model (Source: Apple)iPad 2023 and iPad Pro 2023 specs
Despite their similar names and size conventions, there’s a lot that separates the mainstream iPad 2023 model from the bleeding edge iPad Pro 2023 iteration. The main difference is the two models are the processor at the heart and the size of the screen. We’ve compiled all the tech specs down below in an easy-to-read table so that you’re not left in the dark.
iPad 2023iPad Pro 2023A14 Bionic ChipM2 Chip10.9-inch screen11-inch screen; 12.9-inch screenUp to 256GB SSDUp to 2TB SSD Wi-Fi + 5GWi-Fi + 5GHow the iPad 2023 and the iPad Pro 2023 model compare against each other (Source: Apple)
What’s encouraging about the iPad 2023 is that it’s powered by the A14 Bionic chip, which has previously powered both the iPad Air 4 and the iPhone 12. It’s also worth noting that this new iPad has a larger screen than the 9th generation, at 10.9-inch instead of 10.2-inch. You’ve got more options as far as colors go with the 10th gen iPad than its predecessors.
Also of note is the fact that the new iPad 2023 uses USB-C instead of Lightning to be on par with the current iPad Pro and iPad Mini. This means that the battery will charge faster and that the new iPad will be compatible with existing products out for the line of tablets.Does the iPad Pro 2023 have wireless charging?
Unfortunately, despite rumors, the new iPad Pro 2023 model does not support wireless charging. While iPhones have had this feature for the last few years, the only way to charge your tablet is through the included USB-C.What is iPadOS 16?
iPadOS 16 is the latest operating system software which launched just ahead of the launch of both the mainstream and enthusiast iPad options. Some new features of the revised update include support for desktop-class apps, revisions for the Game Center, and accessibility options.Is there a new iPad generation launching in 2023?
Yes, there is and you’ve just read all about it. The iPad 2023 model and iPad Pro 2023 launch on October 26. Pre-orders are currently available if you want to secure your model either through Apple directly or at trusted retailers.
The new iPad Pro is a speed demon and the ultimate tablet.Apple nailed it, but…
Generally, the vast majority of reviewers agree that Apple has nailed this new iPad.
Even though the previous model was in a league of its now, the gap between Apple and its rivals in the tablet space just widened because the new tablet is very thin, offers the full screen display design, brings Face ID to the experience and runs Apple’s in-house designed A12X Bionic chip that, according to early benchmarks, leaves other tablets in the dust.
In terms of iPad Pro’s weaknesses and drawbacks, there aren’t many aside from the most frequent of complaints: the new iPad Pro is an expensive tablet and iOS is too limited to serve as a true PC replacement. Here are some choice quotes from the major publications that have spent quality hands-on time with the new iPad Pro.2024 iPad Pro: review roundup
2024 iPad Pro sports a gorgeous new all-screen design, Face ID and scary-fast performance. The new Pencil is a huge step forward in terms of design and charging. Keyboard Folio Case and Pencil are necessary accessories that jack up the already-high total price. None of your old iPad accessories will work, including the Pencil. Headphone jack is gone, and single USB-C port won’t pay dividends until more compatible accessories arrive.
The new iPad Pro is in many ways the pinnacle of tablet hardware design, but its nosebleed price and software limitations narrow its appeal to creatives willing to bend to its current compromises.
But Apple has begged the question: Can an 11-inch ($799) or 13-inch ($999) iPad Pro replace your need for a MacBook or Windows PC at work? It’s possible, but you’ll need the right kind of occupation, and a lot of patience and determination.
It doesn’t feel like the world is ready to treat my iPad as an equal to a PC yet—even if that iPad is a lot more powerful and user friendly. Now that Apple has declared the iPad is a PC, it should take more of the guardrails off of iOS.
In my opinion, if you want an iPad to do light work as a pure touch device, get yourself a regular iPad. The iPad Pro is an excellent tablet, but really shines when it’s paired with a Pencil and/or keyboard. Having the ability to bash out a long passage of text or scribble on the screen is a really nice addition to the iPad’s capabilities.
I still don’t think Apple is doing enough in software to support the speed and versatility that is provided by the hardware in the iPad Pro. While split screening apps and creating ‘spaces’ that remain in place to bounce between has been a nice evolution of the iPad OS, it’s really only a fraction of what is possible.
Apple needs to unleash itself from the shackles of a unified iOS. They don’t have to feel exactly the same now, because the user base is not an infantile one. They’ve been weaned on it — now give them solid food.
If you want to spend a bit more and get the very best tablet that Apple has made, then the iPad Pro 12.9, launched alongside the 11-inch version, is a sublime choice. The bigger display, while less portable, gives an even more immersive feeling, and is definitely worth checking out.
If you’re thinking about spending $799 on the cheapest 64GB 11-inch iPad Pro to replace your laptop, you should really ask yourself what you need a computer to do. There isn’t a single other tablet on the market that can compete with the raw hardware of the iPad Pro, and there aren’t many laptops that can either. But Apple’s approach to iOS is holding that hardware back in serious and meaningful ways, and while USB-C makes life with this new iPad Pro slightly easier, it still has the same basic capabilities and limitations of last year’s iPad Pro.
Is the new iPad Pro a stunning engineering achievement? Without question. Has Apple once again produced mobile hardware that puts the rest of the industry to shame when it comes to performance, battery life, and design? Yep. Is the iPad Pro the best, most capable iPad ever made? It certainly is.
But you know what? It’s still an iPad.
There’s no question the new iPad Pros, with their spankin’ boxier design and slimmer bezels, are beautiful slabs of glass; Face ID is awesome, they’re even more powerful than any iOS device or competing tablets, and they can do some seriously incredible things with the right apps.
Apple isn’t wrong to call the iPad the future. Ask any two-year-old who already knows how to use one. It just has to figure out finger-first experience for a generation raised on doing work with a mouse and trackpad.
Most of the best examples of professional finger and stylus-first are apps for artists who benefit the most from working on top of a screen. Too many other iPad apps are still compromises designed for very light work. There are a million little things missing: For example, the iPad app I used to make the GIF in this article — the best of a half dozen I tried — didn’t give me control over the size of the final product, a critical factor for publishing that my MacOS GIF maker offers.
When Apple first popularized the mouse in the 80s, people complained it required so much wrist motion. When the iPhone first arrived, people complained it lacked a physical keyboard. I’m sure we’ll look back on the iPad Pro in the same way, but it still has some evolving to do. Until then, bring back my mouse.
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.
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.Will iPad ever be a true PC replacement?
If you ask me, we’re past the point where hardware was a limiting factor. The new A12X Bionic chip in 2023’s iPad Pro is fast enough to power notebooks and we know professional desktop apps like Adobe’s Photoshop and Autodesk’s Autocad are being ported over to iPad.
Still, iPad Pro doesn’t ship with a keyboard and iOS lacks precision of the mouse which allows you to target a single pixel, something that’s not possible with your finger. iOS is optimized for touch and macOS is optimized for the keyboard and mouse—it shouldn’t be surprising that porting iPad apps to macOS often yields unsatisfactory results.
Perhaps signaling some sort of a dual iOS/macOS mode or even a hybrid device in the future, Apple’s Project Marzipan strives to give developers access to new APIs some time in 2023 in order to help with porting iPad apps to the Mac platform.
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