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“You’re just too good to be true, Can’t take my eyes off you, You feel like heaven to touch, I want to hold you so much…”

It’s really not like me to burst out into song, but the above Andy Williams classic feels very much like it was written for my love affair with the new Apple iPad Pro. There’s no other way to put it, Apple products are beautiful, and the iPad Pro is no different.

Apple have taken an already exquisite product and improved upon it x 5. I could easily just sit here, hold it in my hands, gaze lovingly into its sexy display and caress those sublimely crafted curves (too weird? Sorry). I just don’t know how Apple keep doing it, but they do.

 

Bigger Is Better

If I’m honest, I’m a little glad that big is back (and not because I’m carrying a bit of extra holiday weight – cheeky). The Nano-era of iPods and mobile phones never made much sense to me. What can I say, I like to have something that I can really grab a hold of (reminds me of another song). This does of course have its pros and cons though.

At times it can be difficult to hold it in two hands and effectively use it (especially with my ickle tickle sticks). So naturally, there’s next to no chance of holding it in one hand as you would with one of the smaller iPads such as the iPad Mini or Air. This of course leads to portability questions. Being larger, it might not be the best option to use whilst travelling. Which is a shame, because that’s kind of the point of opting for a tablet in the first place (I would have thought so anyway). Although if Apple are to be believed (and the iPad Pro is a better option than a laptop), maybe that doesn’t matter too much as you’re likely to use it as home, just like a MacBook.

That said, the iPad Pro isn’t exactly hefty, just large. At just 6.9 millimetres thin and 713 grams light it’s like the slinky supermodel of all the iPads – tall, but elegantly slender.

And that 12.9-inch multi-touch screen! Ah. With a 2732×2048 resolution at 264ppi, that retina display ensures that no matter what you want it for, you’ll have sheer clarity. The fully laminated display with anti-reflective and fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating is also worth a mention. It is an iPad after all, meaning fingers (and therefore, finger prints) are somewhat of a must. Unless you opt for the Apple Pencil of course which (lets face it) will be far more pixel accurate than man handling the screen with your greasy meat digits. And with the iPad Pro, you’ll really want to make use of those magnificent pixels – all 5.6 million of them (that’s the highest-resolution Retina display of any iOS device to date).

 

More Than A Pretty Face

Not only does it look incredible, but the Pro tablet works effortlessly with the smart keyboard which (and this is the clever bit) attaches magnetically to the left of the tablet and charges whilst connected. This is a real plus point that leaves one less device to charge. Hurrah! That smart connector also relays each of your keystrokes back to iPad Pro. And the Apple Pencil? A sensible addition to make it a real alternative to a traditional laptop (almost) and the perfect accessory for creatives. Although I’m really not sure why Apple didn’t introduce a stylus like this sooner, especially since brands like Samsung have already kind of left Apple in the dust with that. But hey ho, better late than never – right?

As for the sound? The iPad Pro has four in-built speakers (the iPad Air 2 has two). Having four speakers certainly leads to a greater depth of sound. As you’d expect, the volume output is far greater than that of any other iPad before it (actually, any tablet on the market most likely). Usually a bit of an afterthought, Apple have really put some effort into the iPad Pro speakers. Like you’d expect, all four speakers produce bass frequencies. However, where Apple have gone above and beyond is with the top speakers which are dedicated to higher frequencies. What count as the top speakers I hear you ask? Well, Apple have thought of that. No matter if you’re holding your iPad Pro portrait or landscape, it’ll automatically know and adjust accordingly. The result? Pretty decent sound… for an iPad anyway. Apple claiming that you get 61% more back volume and up to 3x more output compared to previous iPads.

 

Bye, Bye, Laptop?

With the iPad Pro, Apple are making a stand against their eternal rivals Microsoft, who have pushed hard with the Surface Pro – a two in one laptop/tablet. And while the iPad Pro is certainly a cake walk in the right direction, I’m not sure it’s quite there yet. One reason for this is Apple’s choice of operating system. The iPad Pro still runs a mobile iOS (like all iPads) rather than the same software you’d get on a MacBook say. What that basically means is that the Pro will be running mobile versions of the apps which just aren’t as powerful as the ones you’d find on a desktop.

If Apple do decide to hit that drawing board again for the next generation, something else they could learn from the Surface is that flexible stand which the iPad Pro is sadly missing. For instance, if you’re looking to balance your iPad Pro and Netflix binge in bed (like millions do every Friday night), be prepared to wedge something behind to keep it standing at a decent angle! I’m sure there will be plenty of third party merchants to soon rectify this though. So, it’s not really a biggy and more a little niggle. But again, I’ve come to expect Apple to think ahead about this sort of thing. Usually their products are thought out, even to the very last detail.

However, as a tablet with a CPU nearly double that of the Air 2 I think the above can be forgiven. Just to give you an idea, in comparison to the others the Pro has an A9X chip and M9 motion coprocessor, the Air 2 has an A8X M8 motion coprocessor and the Mini 4 has an A8 chip with M8 motion coprocessor.

The camera is still the same as the other iPads though, which is lame. But that’s still better than most laptops out there, with the latest Surface Pro 4 level pegging with its 8MP rear facing camera. Although the Surface Pros front facing camera is a mighty 5MP compared to the iPad Pro’s measly 1.2MP – yikes. The way Apple cameras operate however, they often give better results, even when they have less megapixels to work with.

 

It’s Quite Alright

It’s no secret. Apple products are notoriously high in price, especially when a product first comes on sale and this the case with the iPad Pro. However, when it comes down to it, Apple products are often well worth the extra money – being the well-crafted machines that they are. Comparing the iPad Pro to any other tablet (whether it be a Microsoft Surface or another brand of tablet), Apple will always come out on top.

Overall, the iPad Pro is a worthy adversary to the Microsoft Surface. But, it’s probably not quite time to take Tim Cook’s advice to bin your old laptop. The iPad Pro is mighty, but it’s still an iPad… albeit the fastest, biggest and most powerful one to date.

Watch out world (*cough* Microsoft), Apple is here to stay.

 

“…I love you baby, And if it’s quite alright, I need you baby, To warm the lonely night”

What’s in the Box…

  • Apple iPad Pro Tablet (12.9-inch)
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter

Apple iPad Pro 1 (12.9-inch)
Apple have taken an already exquisite product and improved upon it x 5 by introducing the iPad Pro.
Design92%
Usability90%
Battery Life87%
Display92%
Sound Quality95%
91%Overall Score
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