Apple's New iPad Pro 10.5 In Action

At MacStories Federico Viticci writes an early review of the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. You can imagine those words printed 20-feet high on a billboard outside Palo Alto, accompanied by a picture of someone smearing Lurpak on a tablet. Besides just being bigger, the new Pro puts its microphone hole in a new spot. In this case, the company's newest iPad Pro model sticks to a familiar script of using "strong adhesive" to hold the chassis shut.

Still, as impressive as the new iPad Pro's hardware may be, numerous tablet's improvements lie on the software side. The screen is bigger, as is the device.

Apple's 9.7 inch iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil and smart keyboard.

However, Apple plans to address one of these issues.

The experiment that I conducted in my first run with an iPad Pro was editing and uploading this unboxing video, and writing this article. I appreciated the speed and power that came in the original 12.9-inch model, but it was way too cumbersome to use with one hand or stash in my bag.

The latest iPad Pro tablet comes with a 10.50-inch display with a resolution of 2224 pixels by 1668 pixels at a PPI of 264 pixels per inch.

Yes, those are some more pesky tech terms, but basically, it means the iPad Pro is way faster than what we're used to.

The iPad Pro is the flawless mobile office. The refresh rate has been doubled to 120Hz, the brightness is 600 nits, and it has HDR support.

There is no lag when playing the graphics-intensive game Implosion. Apple Pencil is available for $99 (US). One of the few exceptions is to replace the battery.

The new model scores 4,144 (single-core) and 9,797 (multi-core) in the Geekbench 3 benchmark test.

The new fan system of the iMac Pro gives it up to 80 percent more cooling capacity without sacrificing the iMac's thin and seamless design. Not that the old tablet was a slowpoke. The 12 Megapixel camera is taken from the iPhone 7 so has Optical Image Stabilisation, 4K Video, True-tone flash and live photos. I'm not sure I would have sensed that without being told to look for it. Both of these will be available with 8GB and 16GB HBM2 respectively. Or if you're catching a flight, the boarding pass will automatically show up.

This year, Apple revealed a new 10.5-inch version alongside a spec bump for the 12.9-inch variant, where the 10.5-inch version aims to replace the 9.7-inch variant - which isn't a bad thing, considering the 10.5-inch iPad Pro stays almost the same size as the 9.7-inch model, increased by mere millimeters. I would estimate I use the device 60% as a laptop, 40% as a tablet. There's nothing wrong with the display on the Miix 500, or the 12.9-inch iPad Pro Apple provided to me for review, but there's a lot to be said for being able to have two or three applications open, adjacent to each other, large enough to be able to read easily with my bespectacled, nearly 50 year old eyes. First, there's a new Mac-like Dock, with the option for adding multiple shortcuts to apps, along with a trio of apps the iPad predicts you'll use. Both are valuable features, reducing the number of taps and swipes before opening apps.

Multitasking has also been given an important upgrade in iOS 11. There are not many reasons to open up a tablet and start gutting the parts. Because of the iPad Pro's current reliance on iOS 10 and its Smart Keyboard accessory, the New York Times found typing for extended work sessions to be fairly uncomfortable. But it's not the only tablet out there that's geared towards professionals. The reduced size of the bezels is what makes the 10-inch model unique. It's also only an ounce or so heavier than the iPad Pro 9.7 (1.03 lbs. versus 0.96 lbs.). This Pro ships with iOS 10.3, which isn't technically bad, it's just that iOS 10 didn't add many truly valuable iPad-specific features. Apple still rates the iPad Pro at "up to 10 hours", a spec it achieves clearly not just by dynamically changing the refresh rate based on what's on screen, but also with a little extra juice. Or will it be the final gasp for a sector that's unable to find a place for itself between the worlds of laptops and smartphones? On the basis of the excellent 10.5-inch iPad Pro, it deserves to be the former.

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