When something as large as an iPad Pro comes out, there is often a lot of speculation about what it really is. I see the iPad as a tablet. Sure, it pulls a ton of attributes form tablet-laptop hybrids like the Microsoft Surface, but the iPad Pro is still a huge media consumption device.
The first and probably the only thing you will notice about the iPad Pro is its absolutely huge display. 12.9” of screen estate is a joy to the eyes, and it really is creates the aura of power when you hold the device. It is absolutely mind-boggling when you look at it with respect to other iPads. Actually, Apple did this purposely.
The idea behind the iPad Pro is not to replace the PC, it is to incorporate the power of one in your hands. The iPad Pro isn’t for the people who work at desks, it is for the people who travel and create art. It is for families who enjoy consuming content from the great collection of iOS apps. And it is for industrial use - replacing the need of paper entirely.
In fact, Jony Ive himself said it. Until now, Apple used actual paper in their design studio. Ive said that the iPad Pro, along with the Apple Pencil, is replacing the paper entirely. And the Pencil is perhaps the most important accessory Apple has ever added to its products. The Pencil actually ‘compliments’ the Pro - almost as if they were made for each other (they sure were). And the Pencil is what really showcases the potential of an extra large iPad.
Personally, I like the Pencil. Yes, it is $99, it cannot be stored very easily and it has one of the worst designed charging mechanisms, but it is an amazing stylus. You can feel the roughness and accuracy with the Pencil as if you are using a real pencil. Perhaps, it is the best stylus ever - but that is for you to decide. Apple makes great products only so that they work best with each other, and the Pencil aims to be the perfect the stylus. Still, let us wait for more reviews to crop up before we come to a final conclusion.
The first thing the iPad Pro is compared with is the Microsoft Surface Pro. They are similarly priced devices and the iPad Pro initially looks like a Surface Pro rip-off. But the similarities end there. The Surface is a PC that can also act as a tablet. The iPad Pro is a tablet that inherits a few features of the PC. You run a full desktop software on the Surface; the iPad runs the same iOS you use on your phone. The Surface packs a great keyboard for typing, the iPad Pro’s isn’t that great (according to initial reviews). You can run similar softwares on both the devices - but the idea is different. The Surface apps are PC softwares, the iPad Pro ones are mobile apps. Indeed, the iPad is a real tablet, and will not replace a real laptop.
The iPad Pro is a very powerful tablet though. The 2.25 GHz A9X chip with 4 GB of RAM (not officially revealed) means a packs enough power to multitask like real computers. It can process 4K video and handle custom iPad Pro apps like Microsoft Office Powerpoint and Adobe Photoshop Fix with buttery ease. iOS on the iPad Pro really brings out the real potential of the device - especially the split screen and picture in picture features of the latest iOS 9.
So the iPad Pro is a huge tablet. The 12" MacBook still exists - not to compete with the iPad Pro. The Surface Pro will never get the tablet capabilities of the iPad and iOS 9. Just like I wouldn’t use a Mac to sketch, I’ll not use the iPad Pro to develop apps. And although the similarities are many, the iPad Pro is still an iPad (and isn’t an iPad Book).
Yeah, the iPad Pro comes with a camera.