Apple just launched three refreshes of their devices, the Apple iPad Pro, Mac Air, and Mac Mini.
The refreshed devices bring in needed updates to Apple’s other devices.
As a somewhat lackluster iPhone XS and XR was launched last month, this updated devices brings in new hope to an industry that is flooded with devices that are nearly the same.
So on this article, let’s see what’s new with the Apple iPad Pro
Refreshed Apple Ipad Pro
The new iPad Pro has tons of new features that are mostly inherited from the iPhone XS like the Liquid Retina Display and other features.
This iPad Pro will be powered by a different Bionic chip, this new chip will be called the A12X Bionic.
The A12X Bionic Chip
What’s the difference, a lot. The new A12X chips are bigger than the A12, though manufactured in the same 7 nanometer process, they are bigger.
The new A12X has an 8-core CPU and a 7-core GPU as compared to the A12’s 6-core CPU and 4-core GPU.
Total transistor count has increased to 10 billion transistors as compared to the A12’s 6.9 Billion transistor count.
According to a Venture Beat article, single-core CPU performance is up to 35% faster compared to last year’s iPad Pro chip.
While the GPU is two times speedier with better tessellation and multi-layer rendering performance.
The article also mentioned a new storage controller that can now handle up to 1TB of storage.
The neural engine of the A12X will be the same as the A12, not much to say about it as they are the same.
Regarding RAM configuration, a Macrumors article indicated that the highest model will have a 6GB of RAM while other models will only have 4GB of RAM.
So what else is new with the iPad Pro?
Liquid Retina Display
The new iPad Pro comes in two sizes – an 11-inch and a 12.9-inch (diagonal) display size.
Both will have Apple’s Liquid Retina Display with Multi-touch and IPS Technology.
Though they have differing sizes, both will have an effective pixel per inch of 264.
ProMotion Technology and True Tone display are both present in both sizes.
The camera setup for the iPad Pro is simple, a rear 12MP camera and a front facing camera that has TrueDepth capability.
The rear camera has an aperture of f/1.8 and is composed of a five-element lens.
The front TrueDepth camera allows for a faster facial recognition and bokeh enabled portrait photos.
Both front and rear cameras have auto image stabilization, Smart HDR, and exposure control.
Speakers and Microphones
The new iPad Pro will have four speakers on each side if you hold it in landscape mode. Don’t be fooled by the number of speakers as it was designed to be a separate tweeter + separate woofer.
Much like a traditional speaker system wherein 2 or more speakers are used for better reproduction of sound, Apple inserted underneath the display a tweeter + woofer speaker system on both sides.
We haven’t tested it but we hope that the iPad Pro’s new speaker system will be 10 times better as before.
To go with the speakers, Apple decided to insert five microphones. So video calls or streaming will be less of a hassle, no need to speak near the screen.
Storage and Battery
With the addition of a new storage controller, the storage options of the new iPad Pro are many. You can choose either from 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, and up to 1TB of storage.
At least with the iPad Pro, if you have the cash you can splurge on the 1TB storage model.
For the battery, the 11-inch model will have a 29.37Wh lithium-polymer rechargeable battery. While the 12.9-inch model will have a 36.71Wh rechargeable battery.
For normal use, both iPad’s will last around 10 hours according to Apple.
Essential Gears for the Apple iPad Pro
With these new features of the iPad Pro, Apple is going to sell you more for accessories.
Like Microsoft’s Surface and Google’s Pixel Slate, Apple made a not-so-new design keyboard attachment that also serves as a cover, the same with the Surface and Slate.
The new Smart Keyboard Folio connects to the iPad Pro through a magnetic connector, and the angle of which the iPad can be positioned is adjustable and locks firm using magnets.
This 64-key keyboard transmits data and receives power through a magnetic connector at the back of the iPad Pro.
Another accessory that Apple introduced is the newly designed Apple Pencil.
The new Pencil takes drawing and note-taking experience to new heights.
It pairs automatically and charges up when you snap it into the side of the iPad Pro. It attaches itself using magnets with a reassuring “click”.
Double-tapping the new Pencil allows you to change tools such as brush type or sizes and can be further customize according to how you like to use it.
Both accessories will be available on November 11th.
Is the new iPad Pro worth it?
Prices starts at $799 for the 11-inch model having 64GB of storage and easily goes up to $1,549 for the 1TB storage option.
While the 12.9-inch model starts at $999 for the 64GB and will go up to $1,749 for the 1TB model.
So the price difference between the two sizes is $200, so the better option is to stick to the 11-inch model.
But these prices are already laptop prices so choose wisely and consider what do you want to work or do on a $1,000 tablet that wants to be laptop versus buying a full-size laptop at $1,000.
Forgot to mention, the Smart Keyboard Folio will cost you $179 for the 11-inch model and $199 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
While the Apple Pencil will cost you another $129.
So if you buy the 11-inch model with just 64GB of storage plus the Smart Keyboard and Pencil, your total bill will be $1,107.
Ridiculous or not? I can buy a decent gaming laptop with that amount right now.
But then again, comparing it to the highest spec Surface Pro 6 which costs $2,299 or the highest spec Pixel Slate priced at $1,599 which only has 256GB of storage, Apple’s pricing is somewhat logical.
So it is up to you to decide whether you need this or not, to buy this or not, as there are too many things to consider if this is worth it.