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Apple iPad Pro (2018) is an impressive device with high performance and optimized iOS-applications, the prefix “Pro” implies that the tablet is designed for professionals.
Apple claims that the new iPad Pro can replace a laptop or personal computer. Is it so? Let's find out.
Apple iPad Pro Design (2018)
iPad Pro (2018) comes in two sizes: The 11-inch model has the same dimensions as the 10.5-inch iPad Pro (2017) and the 12.9-inch version, 15% thinner and 25% smaller than the original iPad Pro.
12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro (2018) in handIt feels massive, but rather light. Its large screen is well suited for drawing and watching movies. The back has a matte texture, which is very pleasant to the touch. Due to the reduction of the frames around the display, the Home button is missing here. Navigating the interface is now done with gestures.
Now you can unlock the tablet withusing Face ID (face scanner), which works great in any orientation. Unlocking occurs quickly and in any light. The volume rocker is located here on the right edge, and the power button is on top. There are still four speakers, but there is no 3.5 mm jack. For those who are used to using Bluetooth-headphones, this will not be a problem.
Smart connector for connecting a keyboard from Appleor other third-party smart keyboards are now located on the back panel. The buttons of the attached keyboard (sold separately) do not have a clear tactile pressing, and the material from which it is made is not very pleasant to the touch. In addition, the accessory is too expensive - $ 200 ($ 13,300) for 12.9-inch and $ 179 ($ 11,900) for the 11-inch version. You can find better and cheaper alternatives.
Apple Pencil Improved Stylus
Apple Pencil - one of the good timesuse iPad Pro. But I think that only those who like to write or draw will buy it. This is not the best tool to navigate the interface, finally, on the iPad Pro (2018) appeared a safe place to store. Apple adds magnets to the top of the tablet to which the stylus is attached. Charges Apple Pencil without wires, which greatly improves its use.
Apple pen is still one of the bestaccessories for drawing on the tablet. It works without delay and quickly reacts to the pressure applied during operation. But there is a drawback - the old version of Apple Pencil will not work with iPad Pro (2018). Similarly, the new Apple Pencil will not work with the old iPad Pro.
The Apple Pencil Stylus Got an Extrafunctionality. Double-tap the bottom to switch to the eraser when drawing or writing, and vice versa. This feature is very useful as it significantly reduces the running time. Touching the iPad Pro screen with Pencil will automatically launch Notes, allowing you to quickly start writing or drawing. The new Pencil costs $ 129 ($ 8,600), which increases the cost of the iPad Pro in general.
USB Type-C port
Apple iPad Pro (2018), the first tablet company,which uses USB Type-C port instead of proprietary Lightning. This allows you to connect many external devices such as cameras and monitors. However, all of these devices must be optimized to work with iOS. You can not just take and connect the USB flash drive to the iPad Pro, like a computer on Windows, there are strict limitations on what can be connected and what will work.
Display iPad Pro (2018) usesliquid crystal technology like the iPhone XR. The 12.9-inch version has a resolution of 2732 × 2048, and the 11-inch version has 2388 × 1668. Pro Motion technology provides a screen refresh rate of 120 Hz, which makes scrolling incredibly smooth, and the display itself is very responsive.
The colors here are clear, bright, although blacks are not as deep as OLED on the iPhone XS suggests. Nevertheless, it is an excellent display for consumption and content creation.
The updated Apple iPad Pro (2018) has the bestperformance thanks to 8-core A12 Bionic processor. Problems do not arise even with the launch of the newest games. The tablet easily performs any intensive tasks, including editing in Photoshop or Lightroom. The new iPad Pro comes with various internal storage options: from 64 GB to 1 TB.
IOS 12 interface
Tablet Apple iPad Pro (2018) out of the box workon the iOS 12 platform, which is slightly different from the one installed on the iPhone. There is support for multitasking using the split-screen mode, which allows you to simultaneously use multiple applications. You can display two windows simultaneously next to each other or one on top of the other.
IPad Pro navigation is done usinggestures like on the iPhone. Tapping the screen unlocks the device, swipe up opens the home screen, a longer gesture up launches the application switcher. Swipe down allows you to switch between open applications.
Gestures are intuitive, especially if you are familiar with the latest iPhone. However, there are too many gestures upwards, so you need to get used to them.
IPad Pro Cameras (2018)
On the back of the Apple iPad Pro (2018)a 12-megapixel camera with f / 1.8 aperture and support for Smart HDR, which was introduced on the iPhone XS. But, the camera of the new iPhone was much better, so using a tablet to create high-quality photos is not the best idea. Nevertheless, it is already optimized for augmented reality devices.
7-megapixel front camera True Depth hasFace ID support. Take a selfie on the iPad Pro (2018) is not very convenient, but if necessary, you can. There is also an opportunity to change the level of background blur after shooting.
As for the quality of photos on the front and on the back of the camera, they are quite good. Of course, they do not shock the imagination with composition or rich colors, but the quality is quite high.
Apple states that the battery charge iPad Pro(2018) is enough for the whole day with average use. In tests, the tablet showed an impressive result - 11 hours and 40 minutes. This is better than 10 hours and 38 minutes for the 10.5 inch iPad Pro and 7 hours and 47 minutes. Samsung Galaxy Tab S 4.
Full charge iPad Pro is quite a long process. It took me about two hours to charge the tablet from 26% to 95%.
Apple iPad Pro pricing, warranty and alternatives (2018)
The cost of an 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $ 799(52 500 p.), And 12.9 - from $ 999 (65 600 p.). This is a big leap, considering that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro 2017 costs $ 650 ($ 42,700). Both sizes are available for purchase at retail stores and at the Apple Store.
Apple offers a standard one-year warranty against manufacturer defects. You can also purchase Apple Care + for additional protection and extended warranty.
If you are looking for a good tablet, iPad Pro (2018) willgood option. If you need a tablet on Android, then you should look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4. The new MacBook Air worth $ 1199 ($ 78,700) will help to do any work much faster. Microsoft Surface Pro 6 worth $ 900 (59 100 p.) Is also the best alternative.
New Apple iPad Pro Tablets (2018) are prettyexpensive, and their capabilities do not fully justify the cost. But, gadgets are great for work and fun. This is the perfect tool for artists or designers. Although I do not think that iPad Pro (2018) are able to completely replace a laptop or computer. Nevertheless, this is the most beautiful and well-designed iPad to date.
Should I buy?
Yes. This is the best tablet that you can buy today, if the price does not hit hard on your wallet. The device is close to becoming a full-fledged replacement for a laptop, although iOS still does not allow to achieve this goal.
- Colorful screen with thin frames.
- High performance.
- Magnetic mounting stylus.
- Face ID works in all orientations.
- No headphone jack.
- Not able to provide computer performance.
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