Apple Gets Serious On Its iPad Product

Posted June 15, 2017

Do you or would you use a tablet for work?

As with any new Apple product announcements, it won't be complete without its accompanying accessories and the new iPad Pro is no different. This gives it the same feel as an original iPad while delivering more display. Do keep in mind though that only the iPad Pro 10.5 has received the Walmart offer treatment. With a bigger screen, it can conveniently make room for a full-size onscreen keyboard; yet, its weight remains unchanged at 477g. The Smart Keyboard is available in charcoal gray for $159 (US) for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and $169 (US) for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro has its own Smart Keyboard ($248). Whether it is swiping on the screen or doodling on Notes, I found the response to be smoother than that of previous iPads.

The one worry with this new design would be accidental touchscreen activation, but Apple's palm-rejection technology does an excellent job of judging what's purposeful from accidental. Here we will focus on the tech company's latest addition to its "Pro" range of iPad offering and how the device is a serious threat to Microsoft Corporation's (NASDAQ:MSFT) recently-released Surface Pro. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is also impressive when applying special effects to photos. Our usual set of benchmarks (below) certainly point to some big performance gains, but here's the most important thing: Hardly anything I threw at the Pro over a week of testing managed to trip it up. So, you no longer have to embrace the massive 12.9-inch iPad to avoid slightly cramped fingers when typing.

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. And another $145 for the Apple Pencil.

For one, there is a decent battery life.

. Early reports say the performance is great too. I'm not sure I'd rush out and buy one right now though, at least until either iOS 11 launches or more developers update their apps.

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

This pricing is exactly how things should be, with the top 27-inch iMac model being $100 more expensive due to having the faster Radeon Pro with twice as much video memory. With the upcoming iOS 11 update this fall, the iPad will see improvements like drag and drop functionality and centralized file storage apps meant to make the tablet more viable as a primary work computer.