Apple iPad Pro: First impressions

Aabhas Sharma | Gadgets Now | Oct 31, 2018, 02:18AM IST
Apple iPad Pro: First impressions
Ever since Apple introduced FaceID with the iPhone X in 2017, rumours about the technology coming to iPads have been rife. The company has finally incorporated the technology with its new-generation iPad Pro which was unveiled today. Not just FaceID, the new iPad Pro come with quite a few other cool set of features. We were there at the Apple event in Brooklyn, New York and got to spend some time with the new iPad Pro. Here are our initial impressions of the new iPad:

Design

For the longest time, the iPad has been one of the best-designed products Apple has made. The new iPad Pro is no different as it effortlessly blends chic with functionality. The biggest change is that there’s no Home button anymore – which to be fair had started to feel archaic – as FaceID can now be used to unlock the device.

The new iPad Pro is lighter than the previous generation and also packs in a bigger display. At just 5.9mm in thickness, it’s surprisingly big but feels extremely light and is easy to carry. Portability has always been a big plus point for the iPad and with the new Pro model it has become better. There

There are two screen variants – 11-inch and 12.9-inch –and Apple claims that there has been a 25 per cent reduction in the volume. So it’s bigger but lighter at the same time. There’s a 12MP camera sensor at the back which is a bit bumpier than we had expected. The headphone jack also bid adieu to the iPad and so has the Lightning port. Instead, we get a Type-C charging port at the bottom of the device.

The sides of the new iPad Pro also get ‘attractive’ with the Apple Pencil finding a home. Apple Pencil can now be attached to the side of the iPad without any fuss. So, one doesn’t need to carry the Pencil separately. What it also does is that it automatically charges the Pencil also.

Display

What makes the new iPad an eye-catching device is its display. It features the same Liquid Retina display which Apple introduced with the recently-launched iPhone XR. In the iPad Pro, the corners are much more rounded for the edge-to-edge display. The Liquid Retina display looks much better than that seen on the iPhone XR but that’s perhaps because of the sheer size of it. There’s an anti-reflective coating on the display and also supports True Tone technology.

Apple has also included ProMotion technology which automatically adjusts the display refresh rate up to 120Hz. The bezels have also been thinned out and while this isn’t an all-screen display, it does look really good.


With the limited time we had with the iPad Pro, we found its display to be immersive. The colours which were reproduced looked great and images were also crisp. The display – along with the Pencil – will certainly be the talking points of the iPad Pro.

Performance

2018 perhaps will be remembered as the year of the processor for Apple. We have already been impressed by the A12 bionic chips seen in the three new iPhones. With the iPad Pro, Apple is powering the device with A12X Bionic chip coupled with the Neural Engine. What it means is that people will get an extremely fast machine that will not face any lags or stutters.


The Apple Pencil also gets a shot in the arm and can do much more than before. For instance, it gets the double tap shortcut function. If a user is in the Notes app, then with a double tap he/she can switch from eraser to pen. There are a few other nifty functions which the Pencil can now perform.


What we think


Apple has not only upped the ante in the tablet market with the new iPad Pro, it has also increased the prices. The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at Rs 71,900 while the most expensive variant costs Rs 85,900. The 12-inch variant starts at Rs 89,900 and goes up to Rs 1,03,900.


At these prices, it’s an expensive proposition but certainly a very good one. You are bound to get a tablet which is much, much better than those competition has to offer. The processor, looks and display are all top-notch and that’s why it commands a premium. Is it worth the money? We will answer that question in our detailed review which should be out soon.

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