Review of Apple iPad Pro: laptops end? / Tablets

Shown at Apple’s annual autumn presentation, the iPad Pro finally drives the nail into the “PC era” – at least so says Tim Cook. Or signals a crisis of ideas of the company from Cupertino, entering a slippery path of domestic product competition – so say the skeptics. Who is still right?

Despite its specificity, iPad Pro was the brightest novelty of Apple’s presentation – it left the impression that the company once again decided to invent a new form factor. Made a thing, at first glance, strange and incomprehensible, but unexpectedly for many analysts creating a whole niche into which all the rest will soon rush in.

Let’s remember the first iPad: how much skepticism and irony was spread over the Internet immediately after the announcement, but a year later it was not clear how we all this time lived without tablets – such convenient “bedside gadgets”. So maybe a powerful iPad Pro with a huge and high-quality display will turn the idea of ​​the main home screen upside down?

But something suggests that this will not happen – it’s not for nothing that Apple at the presentation made an accent first of all on the professional use of the iPad Pro: for example, on what designers or physicians can do with it. And it’s more like trying to move slightly away from the stagnant consumer market. But here too there are questions: how much the same designers are ready to throw your favorite Wacom and all the way to a bunch of a big iPad and pencil Apple Pencil. In general, in this material we will try to answer the question: who does iPad Pro need, and whether it is needed?

Technical specifications

Apple iPad ProApple iPad AirApple iPad Air1 × Smart Connector

Display Display no text Images 12.9 inches, resolution 2732 × 2048 pixels (Retina Display), 264 dots per inch; IPS-matrix 9.7 inches, resolution 2048 × 1536 (Retina Display), 264 dots per inch; IPS-matrix 9.7 inches, resolution 2048 × 1536 (Retina Display), 264 dots per inch; IPS-matrix
The air layer no no is
Oleophobic coating and polarizing filter is is is
The processor Apple A9X: two cores Apple Twister (ARMv8 A32 / A64); frequency of 2.26 GHz;
technical process 16 nm
Coprocessor Apple M9
Apple A8X: three cores Apple Modified Cyclone (ARMv8 A32 / A64); frequency of 1.5 GHz;
technical process 20 nm
Coprocessor Apple M8 (NXP LPC 18B1UK):
one core of ARM Cortex-M3 (ARMv7-M)
Apple A7: two cores Apple Cyclone (ARMv8 A32 / A64); frequency of 1.4 GHz;
technical process 28 nm HKMG
Coprocessor Apple M7 (NXP LPC 1800):
one core ARM Cortex-M3 (ARMv7-M)
The graphic controller PowerVR Series 7XT (12 cores) Imagination Technologies
PowerVR Rogue GX6650
Imagination Technologies PowerVR G6430
Operative memory 4 GB 2 GB 1 GB
Flash memory 32/128 GB 16/64/128 GB 16/32 GB
Support of the memory cards no no no
Connectors

1 Lightning
1 × The headset connector is 3.5 mm

1 × Lightning
1 × headset connector 3,5 mm1 × Lightning
1 × headset connector 3,5 mm SIM cards

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Nano-SIM (optional)Nano-SIM (optional)Nano-SIM (optional) Cellular communication

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2G: GSM / EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz;
3G: UMTS / HSDPA 850, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz;
CDMA CDMA / EV-DO 800/1900 MHz;
4G: LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mbps) band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 412G: GSM / GPRS / EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz;
3G: DC-HSPA + (42 Mbps) 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz;
CDMA EV-DO 800/1900 MHz;
4G: LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mbps) band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 412G: GSM / GPRS / EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G: DC-HSPA + (42 Mbps) 850/900/1900/2100 MHz;
CDMA EV-DO 800/1900 MHz
4G: LTE Cat. 3 (102 Mbps) band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, 2.4 / 5 GHz;
Support for MIMO 2×2802.11a / b / g / n / ac, 2.4 / 5 GHz;
Support for MIMO 2×2802.11a / b / g / n / ac, 2.4 / 5 GHz;
Support for MIMO 2×2 Bluetooth 4.24.04.0 NFC isisno Infrared nonono Navigation GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS (optional)GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS (optional)GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS (optional) Sensors

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Light sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer / gyro, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, fingerprint readerLight sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer / gyro, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, fingerprint readerLight sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer / gyro, magnetometer (digital compass) The main camera iSight: 8 megapixels (3264 × 2448), autofocus, without flashiSight: 8 megapixels (3264 × 2448), autofocus, without flashiSight: 5 megapixels (2592 × 1936), autofocus, without flash The front camera 1.2 Mp (1280 × 960), a matrix with backlighting; without autofocus, without flash1.2 Mp (1280 × 960), a matrix with backlighting; without autofocus, without flash1.2 Mp (1280 × 960), a matrix with backlighting; without autofocus, without flash The food The non-removable battery is 38.8 W · h (10307 mAh, 3.77 V)A non-removable battery
27.3 W · h (7184 mAh, 3.7V)Non-removable battery
32.4 W · h (8827 mAh, 3.7V) The size

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305.7 × 220.6 × 6.9 mm240 × 170 × 6.1 mm240 × 170 × 7.5 mm Mass 713 grams (without built-in modem)
723 grams (with built-in modem)437 grams (without built-in modem)
444 grams (with built-in modem)479 grams Protection of the case nonono The operating system iOS 9iOS 8 (upgradeable to iOS 9)iOS 7 (upgradeable to iOS 9) The actual price is 64 990 rubles (32GB, Wi-Fi) / 76 990 rubles (128GB, Wi-Fi) / 86 990 rubles (128GB, Wi-Fi + LTE)40 990 rubles (16 GB) / 48 990 rubles (64 GB) / 56 990 rubles (128 GB) – versions with Wi-Fi; For LTE + 10,000 rubles31 990 rubles (16 GB) / 35 990 rubles (32 GB) – for versions with Wi-Fi; For LTE + 10,000 rubles

Appearance and ergonomics

# Appearance and ergonomics

iPad Pro produces an indelible first impression, which boils down to two words: it is huge. Everything seems to be clear in advance – the 12.9-inch screen leaves no choice, but to overcome the thought “Yes it’s more than my laptop” is very difficult. Nevertheless, to drive this idea away – it’s still significantly thinner, because it does not have a keyboard, and is 1.5-2 times lighter than any 13-inch ultrabook. If you attach a proprietary optional and, by the way, very expensive keyboard, little will change: it weighs almost like a standard Smart Cover and a little thicker – 3.2 mm.

Apple iPad Pro in the hand

Dimensions of the iPad Pro – 305.7 × 220.6 × 6.9 mm, weight – 723 grams for the version with a SIM card slot. For comparison: iPad Air 2 weighs 444 grams, and MacBook Air 13 – 1.35 kg. Nevertheless, no matter how many figures you compare, the gadget, which is always with you, the iPad Pro, does not become – it’s almost a stationary thing. Maximum – carried from home to work or taken away on a trip – as a laptop. The idea to get an iPad Pro from a backpack and do something with it in the subway simply does not come to mind – and if it does, it’s in the order of strange fantasies that you should not give free rein.

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Apple iPad Pro, front panel: above the screen – the front camera, under the screen – the Home button

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Apple iPad Pro, the back panel: in the upper left corner – the main camera with a microphone

Nevertheless, pay attention – iPad Pro is thicker than iPad Air 2 by only 0.8 millimeters. It’s very cool, you do not expect such a subtlety from such a big deal. As a result, Pro looks harmonious. The proprietary combination of a white front part and a metallic backdrop of gray, silver or gold color only contributes to this. Nobody doubted that Apple will once again make a nice and pleasant sensation gadget. But how convenient is it?

Do not even try to hold the iPad Pro in one hand – for example, when trying to unlock it, putting your finger on the fingerprint sensor: dropping the tablet in this situation is very easy. This “two-handed” gadget, well, in general, it is clearly designed to lie on the table, on your knees or on a stand. It is desirable – on a stand with a keyboard. However, the feeling of working with him differs little from those that were with the first iPad. That, we recall, weighed several grams more, and keeping it with one hand was almost as inconvenient as, indeed, any other large tablet.

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Apple iPad Pro, right edge: slot for Nano-SIM, two volume buttons

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Apple iPad Pro, left edge: center – contact pad for Smart Keyboard

The iPad Pro is designed as a regular modern iPad – to notice the differences, you need to look closely. They nevertheless exist. First, quickly enough you pay attention to the brightly allocated platform for connection with Smart Keyboard on the left edge. Secondly, the iPad Pro has four speakers at once: two on each end. As a result, the tablet sounds very loud, at the level of an ordinary ultrabook. Do not say that it is very clean, but to watch the series come down. Well, more of the built-in speakers and not required.

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Apple iPad Pro, bottom end: Lightning connector and two speakers

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Apple iPad Pro, upper end: power button, mini headphone jack and two more speakers

In the rest everything is familiar, the hardware keys are four: Home, the inclusion and a couple of volume buttons. Front – 1,2-Mp front camera, rear – 8-Mp main, without flash. At the bottom there is a Lightning connector. Note that the iPad Pro comes with a very long cable, it’s convenient. Yes, the apple does not shine (suddenly someone was hoping).

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