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It really hasn’t been that long in the grand scheme of things since the first generation iPad Pro tablets were launched by Apple (the 12.9-inch (1st Gen.) in September 2015 and the 9.7-inch version a little later in March 2016) and yet here we are with the second generation iPad Pro ready and raring to go. However, it’s not all that surprising really, as there were a few common concerns surrounding the first gen Pro tablets: most notably that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro (now discontinued) was a little small while the 12.9-inch Pro was almost comically huge with no happy medium, and that both were running on what is now a rather old and outdated chip; the A9X.

 

iPad Pro 2 – Let’s Cover the Basics…

So perhaps the most obvious factor to discuss first is that there’s a whole new size of iPad Pro now available – the 10.5-inch. It’s a brand new addition to the Apple iPad Pro range and is designed to bridge the gap between the smaller 9.7-inch iPad (2017) and the designer-friendly (and possible laptop replacer) 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2. The old 12.9-inch Pro on the other hand has been jazzed up and re-released as part of the iPad Pro 2 range. So if you do prefer a larger screen you can have it. Just remember that it’s not exactly the most portable.

 

Keeping Up Appearances

Apple were obviously happy with the overall design of the iPad Pro (1st Gen.) tablets, as in terms of appearance, basically nothing has changed. At all! That’s not a bad thing, as I have to admit they did get it right the first time with the super sleek and definitely chic design of the iPad Pro. There are still a few nice colour options to choose from: grey, gold, and silver for the 12.9-inch Pro, plus rose gold for the 10.5-inch Pro.

 

10.5-inch & 12.9-inch iPad Pro: What’s the Difference?

Other than the clear size difference, both the 10.5-inch and the 12.9-inch Pro are pretty much identical in terms of features and what they’re capable of. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is obviously thinner and lighter (6.1mm and 469g compared to 6.9mm and 677g… a little heavier for the WiFi and cellular options) but both iPad’s are a comfortable weight for holding. Of course they’re never going to be as light as the iPad Mini 4, but that’s a special case. Both tablets come in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB options (there’s no 32GB option this time around), and notably absent from both is waterproofing. Apple have shown us that they can do it with the iPhone 7, so I was half expecting this to be the big new feature of the iPad Pro 2. Not so. Maybe next time Apple?

The most notable difference between the two iPad Pros is that they have different batteries; a 30.4-watt-hour battery and a 41-watt-hour battery. It makes sense that the bigger tablet requires the bigger battery and this doesn’t seem to affect performance as Apple claim that both iPad Pros offer up to 10 hours of battery life.

 

Seeing Things

So if the ‘big’ feature wasn’t waterproofing, what was it? It turns out that Apple have turned their attention to the retina display for the latest additions to the iPad Pro family, offering the brightest screen yet (P3 colour gamut and 600 nit brightness… for contrast, the original iPad Pro was 400 nits). Does this make a difference? Honestly, at a basic level I struggle to see any change. However, with HDR now becoming mainstream, this improved retina display is all about future-proofing, and getting the iPad Pro HDR-ready.

Something that was a little disappointing to see was that Apple have not been able to crack the whole reflectivity problem. Don’t get me wrong, the 1.8% reflectivity on the iPad Pro 2 is excellent, but it did manage 1.7% with the 9.7-inch Pro (1st Gen.), so it would have been nice to see more improvement here.

 

iPad Pro 2 Performance

The 4th generation A10X chip is the best yet. To put things in perspective, the CPU is 30% faster and the graphics 40% faster than the original iPad Pro, and it’s also 2.5 times faster (CPU) and 4.3 times faster (graphics) than the Apple iPad Mini 4. Pretty impressive. The camera is also worth a mention, with the devices being upgraded with the same 12mp camera that’s featured on the iPhone 7, which is more than decent.

The big thing about performance on the iPad Pro is the new ProMotion technology – it’s fantastic. Yes, it’s overkill. I recognise that entirely. But it’s good. The refresh rate of 120Hz is double that of a normal LCD display which means using the iPad Pro 2 is a completely smooth experience. No lags. No jolts. Just smooth.

 

The Price Tag

The big question: is the iPad Pro 2 expensive? Well, it all depends on what you want it for. Playing games, watching Netflix, keeping the kids entertained on long car journeys…. Well, you’re going to be paying out for a lot of features that you really don’t need. This isn’t a casual device; certainly not at these prices. This is a device that many believe is testing the waters for a laptop takeover (even though Apple have stopped with their laptop replacement marketing, it seems there’s still something going on behind the scenes). The iPad Pro devices are now the only 2 that are compatible with the Apple Pencil and keyboard, and they’re super powerful. Could they be posing one of the biggest risks to the laptop to date?

Possibly. And the price tag reflects this. However, when you take into consideration the additional features, particularly ProMotion, it’s a reasonable jump from the price of the standard iPad in all honesty. With Apple, you get what you pay for, and I think the iPad Pro 2 could be a good investment.

What’s in the Box…

  • Apple iPad Pro 2nd Generation (10.5-inch or 12.9-inch)
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter

Apple iPad Pro 2 (2017)
If you're looking for a device to watch Netflix and keep the kids entertained, the iPad Pro 2 isn't for you. This isn't a casual tablet, but a legitimate alternative to a Macbook.
Design93%
Usability83%
Battery Life85%
Display95%
Sound Quality90%
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