The iPad Pro arrived in stores today, and Mexico and Sweden were among the first batch of countries to have the new device in shelves. I went to an official Apple reseller to put my hands on the brand new iPad. (Click on the images for full-resolution pictures.)
The iPad Pro is indeed gigantic: its display is 12.9-inch long, 1.3 inches more than my mid-2011 MacBook Air and 0.4 inches smaller than the screen of a MacBook Pro 2015.
The first thing I did was to open eliaspelcastre.com in Safari. The website looks stunning on the large display, which makes browsing more immersive thanks to the iPad´s greater real estate.
While browsing, I noticed the tablet´s weight, as it comes at 713 grams in the WiFi configuration, compared to the iPad Air 2´s 413 grams. The iPad Pro feels light at first, but I bet you will get tired after holding it for longer periods of time.
One of the advantages of the new iPad over smaller models is its four speaker configuration. I played “Hold My Hand”, by Jess Glynne, on the native Music app and instantly felt the kick – it sounds amazing. My test ended suddenly when a person in the store started playing a loud electro tune, stopping me from enjoying Coldplay´s “A Sky Full Of Stars” iPad Pro style.
I did have the volume at its highest but reckon the iPad Pro will rock quieter places like a living room or an office. As a music lover, I like the fact that Apple doubled the speakers to offer a louder, and as I said before, more immersive experience.
Split View lets you use two apps at the same time, and thanks to the Pro´s almost 13-inch display, apps fit perfectly in its (almost) original size. Things don´t look as squeezed as on the iPad Air 2. Multitasking flows perfectly, although the feature didn´t feel any quicker than on my iPad Air 2. The smaller-in-size tablet hasn´t shown any signs of lagging and aging – yet.
The 2048–x–2732–pixel screen makes games look sharper, even with both iPad Pro and iPad Air 2 at the same density of 264 pixels per inch. The former has a 1536-x-2048-pixel display.
The store didn´t have the Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard on display, not surprising at all. Apple today promised “regular shipments” in a brief statement, to lessen the 4-5 week wait (at least in the US.) I did some drawings with my finger on the Notes app but didn´t experience anything radical – I couldn´t try the pencil to feel the tablet´s “pixel‑perfect precision.”
As I was in a store, I wasn´t able to take pictures with the iPad´s camera. But judging from the selfies the employees had taken earlier in the day, the 1.2-megapixel frontal camera is still not capable of snapping good-quality photos. The iPad Pro has kept the rear 8-megapixel shooter included in the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4.
I would need to spend more time with the iPad Pro to judge the battery life and overall use. But at $799 for the basic 32 GB WiFi model, the device is not in my price range. Nevertheless, I would say the new iPad feels like an iPad and is not for the normal user.
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