Every few years, Apple introduces a new product that redefines the industry standards of quality, functionality, and ease of use. They did it in 2007 with the release of the first iPhone; again in 2010 with the release of the first iPad; and now, they’re doing it again, with the release of the long rumored, but nonetheless hotly anticipated iPad Pro.
“But it’s just a bigger iPad,” you might be rationalizing, and in many ways you’re right, indeed. However, as you’re about to learn, you’re also very, very wrong.
As you might know by now, the iPad Pro is quite the behemoth of a device. With its whopping 12.9-inch retina display of 2,048 by 2,732 resolution, the iPad Pro’s touchscreen panel boasts 5.6 million pixels — making it arguably the most pixel dense, cinematic tablet display on the market.
But it’s not just the pixel count that makes the iPad Pro special, it’s also the size. The iPad Pro provides roughly a 78% screen real estate increase over the iPad Air’s 9.7-inch panel, thus exceeding that of most, if not all, netbook computers.
This is a technological feat of nearly unprecedented proportion, which opens up to users a generous area within which to conduct their work. Ultimately boosting creativity and productivity potential to new heights, altogether.
Featuring the latest release of iOS 9, the iPad Pro, specifically, boasts a number of software advantages over it’s smaller screened predecessors, as well. Multitasking, for example, allows users to work with two applications opened, side-by-side, to boost productivity to a whole new extreme.
The iPad Pro houses an array of impressive hardware components, as well. At its core, is the 3rd generation A9X and M9 motion coprocessor, coupled with a staggering 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM. Altogether, this infrastructure makes iPad Pro comparable, and, in some cases, even more efficient and powerful than some desktop computers currently on the market.
The device also features 4 (yes, four) speaker drivers, positioned at each corner of the device, which also intelligently adapt to the way the device is being held in your hands. This ensures that you’re getting a deep and immersive, premium audio experience at any orientation.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, Apple is planning to release a small arsenal of new accessories for the iPad Pro that are sure to make your experience of using it even more productive and efficient.
Enter the Apple Smart Keyboard, and the long rumored stylus, dubbed the Apple Pencil. At $169 and $99, respectively, Apple’s Keyboard and Pencil provide input methods of unparalleled proportion, and attach to the iPad Pro via a proprietary port located on the bottom of the device. The Pencil can also be charged by attaching it to the built in lightning port, giving it roughly 30-minutes of juice with just a 15-second charge.
So, ladies and gentlemen, as you can see, the iPad Pro is definitely in a league of its own. The price, for some, may be a bit much to chew and swallow, at $799 and $949, respectively, for the 32GB and 128GB WiFi models, and going up to $1,049 for the top-of-the-line WiFi + 4G LTE model.
But in all honestly, I wholly believe that the price is more than adequately substantiated, taking into consideration what you’re getting for your money. The iPad Pro is a premium, multi-faceted device, with more power under the hood than even some of the comparable offerings from Samsung and Lenovo, coupled with a functionality and ease of use iOS users have come to expect from Apple.