Even with its 12.9-inch Retina display, the largest and most capable iPad ever is only 6.9mm thin and weighs just 1.57 pounds. It has a powerful A9X chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, four speaker audio, advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity¹, iCloud, the breakthrough Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and up to 10 hours of battery life.² It also includes great apps for productivity and creativity, as well as many more incredible apps available in the App Store. And with powerful new features in iOS 9 like multitasking, iPad Pro can do things no iPad has done before.
Measured in megabits (MB), gigabits (GB) and terabits (TB), this is the amount available for storing files, music, movies, photos and more. The total includes the capacity of the hard disk drive and solid state drive if both are included on the computer.
Perfect for me, maybe not for others
Posted by: LouRevue from: Washington, DC on
Overall I'm really liking the iPad Pro. Larger screen size makes it perfect for watching movies, streaming, games and more. Other than the internals, this is nothing more than a larger iPad Air 2 honestly. For me, I use it for entertainment purposes mostly. I'll do a bit of work on it however this is not a laptop replacement or everyday sort of tablet like others may use it. As such, it's perfect for me in that I can view movies and shows on a larger screen with a without issue.
For those that are casual users or looking for something more functional in their daily lives, this might not be it for you. With it considerably larger size, carrying this thing daily might be a bit cumbersome for some people. Personally, I think the iPad Air 2 has the best form factor so far in terms of everyday carry and portability.
While the pen and keyboard might be attractive to some, I don't really have a need for them but might prove very useful to other folks in the graphic design or arts area.
So, I love it however this increase in size definitely isn't going to be for everyone that's for sure.
41 out of 48 found this review helpful.
The Product Replacer
Posted by: Dakota from: on
iPad Pro: The Product Replacer
After watching weeks’ worth of peoples’ impressions, unboxings, and reviews of the iPad Pro online, I finally went out and purchased my very own. Despite the very large amount of negative feedback its receiving, I must say, I am satisfied with mine. To begin, I’m going to introduce myself as a 19-year-old college student who has never owned an iPad. I didn’t see the point of buying a tablet since I owned a laptop and an iPhone already. If I wanted the convenience and speed of a mobile app, I could use my phone. If I wanted the power and productivity of a big screen and keyboard, I could use my laptop. But when I heard the iPad Pro would receive major hardware upgrades, I thought about how useful this tablet would be for me, and how many other products it can replace.
Allow me to elaborate on the major hardware upgrades I’m referencing. For instance, the iPad Pro has quad speakers. Apple claims these speakers are three times louder than their second-newest tablet, the iPad Air 2, and I believe them. These speakers are louder than any of my friends’ laptops that I’ve compared with. In fact, my friends and the strangers listening to our comparison from afar were all blown away at how much volume this behemoth can produce. Additionally, as if the speakers weren’t great enough, the Pro’s speakers alternate the bass depending on which position you choose to hold it in, landscape or portrait. Although I have to admit, especially if you’re buying a keyboard (which I consider a must), you will very rarely be using your iPad in portrait mode, so you probably won’t appreciate this feature as much as someone would who was using, say, an iPad Mini, or even the medium-sized iPads. So, this iPad can compensate the user for their purchase of an external speaker because their laptop or phone was just too quiet. That’s one produce replacement.
Another major hardware upgrade is, obviously, the humongous and beautiful screen. Although Apple is trying to hype up the screen because of how many pixels is inside the screen (5.6 million), this iPad has the same pixels per inch as the iPad Air 2 (264 ppi), and less ppi than the iPad Mini 4 (326 ppi). Therefore, if you’re wanting an iPad mostly for the beautiful screen, the mini should be your first thought. But, regardless, the Pro’s screen is amazing, and I am very satisfied when watching videos on it. Furthermore, the big screen combined with loud speakers can allow for watching movies for tv shows rom a fair distance, like a television. Of course, I wouldn’t recommend a family of five replacing their mounted 52” flat screen for this 13” tablet to be put on a stand and viewed in the living room. However, if you’re a student living in a dorm, like myself, or if you live in a small apartment with one or two roommates, all of you could very much enjoy watching movies together on the iPad from a distance, if you find a way to stand it up at a decent 90 or 100 degree angle. The angle at which both the Smart Keyboard and Logitech CREATE Keyboard sits the iPad up at makes the tablet lean back slightly too far, which might annoy some people (like me). I personally do use this iPad as a television replacement while living in my dorm because I do not own a television. I can stand up the iPad on my bed on a few well-placed pillows so that it will mimic the viewing angle of a television. With the speakers on full volume, I can walk around anywhere in my dorm, make food to eat, clean the dorm up, all while still being able to see the iPad and hear it sufficiently. I can even read the subtitles from a distance, if the font is on large. All in all, this iPad is big enough that it can be a television replacement for a singular person who only uses their tv for cable (not gaming) considering there are free websites that allow anyone to stream their favorite tv shows, and most, if not all, television stations have their tv schedules online for anyone to view; they are usually even detailed and reveal which season and episode is currently playing on television. That’s two produce replacements.
The iPad Pro has an insanely high amount of battery power. Apple claims 10-hour, all-day battery life, and I believe it. Every Tuesday and Thursday, I have 4 consecutive classes from 11 am to 4:45 pm. The first day of classes with my new iPad was a major success. I started the day by typing math notes that I would normally write down on a sheet of paper. I took about 30 minutes worth of notes for that class. Then, for my second class, I used the iPad to reference an essay my professor printed off and handed out in class to discuss for the majority of the class. I realize this wasn’t completely necessary since my professor handed out physical copies, but, if you’re like me, you prefer electronic versions over paper. Next, in my third class, I took notes again on the iPad for about 1 hour straight this time. Lastly, in my fourth and final class of the day, I used it for social media and gaming with the volume off while my professor lectured. The last class of the day is always rough, guys. So, after 4 consecutive classes with the iPad Pro, using it in each and every class, you might thinking surely this tablet is at 20% and dying, right? Wrong. By the end of all my classes, when I was heading back to my dorm, the iPad was just shy of 70% charged. I then returned to my dorm and started gaming and entertaining myself with videos and social media for a large portion of the evening. Finally, by the end of the night when I was ready for bed, the iPad was at about 10%. I was amazed it still had juice in it considering I never touched my laptop and my phone was in the 70% region. For a comparison, my phone used to always be under 20% by the end of the night before buying this tablet. Therefore, clearly, this tablet replaced my laptop and phone, mostly. However, I cannot determine if it would do the same for you. I still use my laptop to play some games that require Java, and I store my documents and important files on my laptop (even stuff I created on the iPad I will save to my laptop). But other that, this iPad has replaced my laptop. That’s potentially three product replacements.
Moving from hardware to software, iOS 9 allows for split screen viewing of many vital applications. This feature makes the iPad a true productive device, especially for students. I recently wrote a research paper on the iPad, with the help of the Logitech keyboard, and with split screen, I could save the articles I was going to use in my paper to iBooks, open Microsoft Word or Pages (I find them to be equally as good), and split screen my research paper draft, and the research in iBooks that I have to read in order to write the paper, side-by-side. This helped tremendously for when I wanted to copy a sentence or more that I found in the articles that were worth quoting. Although it’s true that not many apps currently support split screen viewing, the ones that do are the main ones you would need, such as all the native iPad apps. Besides, in a short amount of time, I’m confident a large portion of the apps from the app store will be updated to support iPad Pro/iOS 9 and all their great features.
Of course this is just the beginning of what this new iPad is capable of becoming. In the near or distant future, Apple or a third-party company could release a new accessory for the smart connector or create an app of epic proportions that could replace another product you may or may not own. There are other products this iPad could replace that I haven’t mentioned, a number of digital drawing tablets, if you buy the Apple Pencil, for example, but I will end here. These are all product replacements I have noticed the iPad could replace within the short amount of time I’ve owned it. Again, these product replacements are not possible for everyone, but definitely a decent-sized audience. I am excited to see what app developers and Apple have in mind for the iPad Pro in the future.
66 out of 85 found this review helpful.
Nice, but incomplete without pencil & case
Posted by: DocBrown from: on
Purchased the "pro" yesterday, but Pencil and keyboard case were not available. Without those two items, this thing is just a giant iPad. I was hoping the extra real estate would provide an enhanced aspect ratio or something. Instead, everything is in the same proportions, just larger.
My initial reaction is that this was kind of a letdown. However, I think the addition of the Pencil and keyboard will greatly enhance the utility. Then, after app developers design more apps optimized for the screen and processor, and AAPL pushes out a couple of updates, I'm sure I will wonder what life was like on the old iPad.
If you want to avoid a temporary letdown, don't buy this thing without the keyboard and pencil.
60 out of 80 found this review helpful.
Posted by: cmil1212 from: on
The ipad Pro is more Plus than Pro in my opinion which isn't a bad thing. It's by far the fastest ipad ever. The best sounding ipad (or any mobile device apple makes). Doubles the RAM of the ipad Air 2. In other words, iOS and any apps scream on this. The screen is fantastic. The apple pencil works well although a few minor things about the pencil itself could be improved such as the cap, where to put it, etc.
However, it falls a bit short when all this talk of replacing a laptop or desktop rears its ugly head. I'd like to say it depends on your needs, but more than likely, you'll come across something you just need a PC or Mac to do. Apple has mentioned it's a bad experience to have a touchscreen in a laptop. But then they go ahead and make a kb case for ipad pro which is the same thing. You have to touch the screen with no mouse. It's a bad experience.
This is also something that isn't the easiest to use on the go. In the car, it's a beast. On an airplane? Huge. The ipad Air is more suitable for this. You need a laptop bag just to transport the ipad Pro.
For artists, drawers, and note takers, this is a dream and easily recommended. If you're not into that, then it's basically a bigger, better performing ipad. It does nothing over the Air in terms of replacing a PC or Mac if that's your goal. In that case, I'd only consider the Pro if you're definitely an ipad user, not a casual one.
I have no problem waiting for apps and iOS to catch up with this or future models. For the price, it's not worthwhile for me at this time. If I was more of an artist, then the Pencil would be enough reason in itself.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Outstanding iteration of the iPad
Posted by: ChaseT69 from: on
I love it. The large screen is great for viewing movies, and productivity work,
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Meh. Can do without. It's an in-betweener
Posted by: vvvv from: on
Too big as a tablet to hold and transport comfortably in the hand. Works better with the Logitech keyboard case which has backlit keys than the Apple keyboard does not have backlit keys. Logitech keyboard also provides 360 protection. which the Apple keyboard case does not.
Big and large as a laptop when used with Logitech keyboard case. Macbook Air, MacBook, Lenovo X1 Carbon, all are smaller, lighter, with a better typing experience. The Lenovo Yoga is similar in weight when this is combined with the Logitech keyboard case, and maybe even smaller in size/footprint!'
Charges slow. Many apps are scaled. Most keyboard shortcuts from desktop versions of apps do not work and require you to take your hand off the keyboard and tap the screen.
Now the good. Excellent screen. Excellent audio with one of the best audio experiences of any tablet/laptop. Great for consuming media, and all day battery life.
For the right person, for the right task, this can be exxcellent. For all others, having a small tablet such as Pixel C or iPad Air/Mini and then a less costly laptop such as a Lenovo Yoga or similar convertible would be more productive at similar or less cost.
16 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Large but not cumbersome
Posted by: CS5s from: on
I ordered the iPad Pro Wi-Fi+LTE through Best Buy November 11 and received it, in-store, November 16 (a day earlier than expected). I placed the order sight unseen and then worried for a week that it would be too large compared to the iPad 4 the Pro was to replace. I was pleasantly surprised when I received it. While the Pro's screen is large, its thin profile and light weight make it fill smaller in my hand than it actually is. The performance is leaps and bounds ahead of my iPad 4 and Touch ID is lightning fast when compared to the fingerprint sensor of my iPhone 6 Plus. I'm very happy with my purchase and glad Apple did not release an iPad Air 3 at the same time as I might have picked it over the Pro.
27 out of 35 found this review helpful.
Excellent iPad for musicians!
Posted by: dhb52 from: on
Ever since my first iPad 5 years ago I've wanted one with a bigger screen, and the new iPad Pro delivers! With the 128GB storage I can carry around my entire sheet music library, and the screen is crystal clear. The battery life has improved over the earlier iPads, so it will definitely last through a gig without needing to be plugged in. And the cellular capability makes it easy to download new music PDFs whenever I want, even if I'm not in range of wi-fi. This is my ideal tablet and I recommend it to musicians who are tired of lugging around piles of music books. With the Apple Pencil it's easy to markup scores in the ForScore app (that's the music reading app I use) so it's just like using a pencil on paper. I can't say enough great things about this -- the processing speed has improved so that even though I have over 6000 music PDF files, when I open ForScore it snaps right to my current piece and is ready for action. Even on my iPad4 it took quite a few seconds to be ready, but with this iPad Pro there's no wait at all.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Awesome iPad but check your expectations
Posted by: Isaac54 from: Amery, WI on
I upgraded to an iPad Pro from my iPad Air and will not go back to the smaller screen. The added real estate on this device is awesome and it makes the device feel more like a tool than a media consumption device. When you first open the box, you will be shocked at how large this thing is. But that feeling goes away after a few days of use and then you will be wondering how you ever got by with a smaller screen. The iPad is thin, pretty light for it's size, and has an absolutely beautiful screen. Camera's aren't great, but nobody should be using the camera for anything else except FaceTime, seriously people. The iPad runs very fast and I have not run across any speed issues on any apps.
Apple will claim that this can replace your laptop, but I am mixed on that pitch. I think it is a great device, but you are still limited by the features of functionality of iOS. File management is far from perfect and Apple still locks down some settings like not being able to use a different default web browser, email client, etc. If iOS keeps moving in the productivity direction, this would be a good product for some people.
App support for some of the great features including the new keyboard layout, picture in picture, and split screen are still rolling out into more and more apps. But expect some early adopter annoyances first. I'd also recommend the Apple Pencil - it is a great accessory. Still waiting for my Smart Keyboard though...
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Maximus from: on
Once you get this, everything else is miniature. Landscape view is really not necessary - you'll hold in portrait. Great display, fast, just awesome. But be aware it's huge!!! Using it in place of laptop and when I need a PC I log in using Remote Desktop app or Team Viewer which works great.