Review of the tablet Apple iPad Pro 9,7 ”: small big / Tablets

Apple in its spring collection did one trick twice: took the body of a familiar compact (in this case, a “compact” gadget) and packed the stuffing of a new and more powerful model into it. For the iPad Pro 9.7 “even managed to make an” add-on “in the form of a better camera and TrueTone technology. It seems that the idea of ​​a “professional” iPad makes sense?

 

The first impression of the announcement of the iPad Pro 9,7 ” entirely depends on the general attitude to Apple. If fans of the company immediately find it a thousand applications and a million reasons, why not without this tablet survive, the skeptics again start talking about internal competition and oversaturation of the model line. In fact, we are dealing with the “powerful” iPad Air 2 ; or with the “small” iPad Pro; or … Anyway, the time when Apple chose for us, providing one smartphone and one tablet, has irretrievably passed. The line of i-gadgets takes the form of the MacBook line – soon, perhaps, we will already add to the long name with mention of the diagonal and version (Air or Pro) release date in the style of “early 2016”.

 

Being neither a fan nor an opponent of a Cupertino company, I can only say that the choice is good. Apple is slowly moving away from the path of artificial limitations, and in the face of the strange “small big” at first glance, it gives us the most versatile tablet: slim, compact and powerful at the same time.

Technical specifications

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9.7 inches, resolution 2048 × 1536 (Retina Display), 264 dots per inch; IPS-matrix12.9 inches, resolution 2732 × 2048 pixels (Retina Display), 264 dots per inch; IPS-matrix9.7 inches, resolution 2048 × 1536 (Retina Display), 264 dots per inch; IPS-matrix9.7 inches, resolution 2048 × 1536 (Retina Display), 264 dots per inch; IPS-matrix The air layer NoNoNoThere are Oleophobic coating and polarization filter There areThere areThere areThere are The processor Apple A9X: two cores Apple Twister (ARMv8 A32 / A64); frequency of 2.16 GHz;
technical process 16 nm
Coprocessor Apple M9Apple A9X: two cores Apple Twister (ARMv8 A32 / A64); frequency of 2.26 GHz;
technical process 16 nm
Coprocessor Apple M9Apple 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 of ARM Cortex-M3 (ARMv7-M) The graphic controller PowerVR Series 7XT (12 cores)PowerVR Series 7XT (12 cores)Imagination Technologies
PowerVR Rogue GX6650Imagination Technologies PowerVR G6430 Operative memory 2 GB4 GB2 GB1 GB Flash memory 32/128/256 GByte32/128/256 GByte16/64/128 GB16/32 GB Support of the memory cards NoNoNoNo Connectors 1 × Lightning
1 × headset connector 3,5 mm

1 × Lightning
1 × the headset connector is 3.5 mm

1 × Lightning
1 × the headset connector is 3.5 mm

1 × Lightning
1 × the headset connector is 3.5 mm SIM-cards

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Mobile phones and communication [

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, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 412G: 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 2×2802.11a / b / g / n / ac, 2.4 / 5 GHz;
Support for MIMO 2×2 Bluetooth 4.24.24.04.0 NFC There areThere areThere areNo Infrared There areThere areNoNo Navigation GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS (optional)GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS (optional)GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS (optional)GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS (optional) The sensors Light sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer / gyro, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, fingerprint reader, TrueTone sensorsLight 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 cell iSight: 12 megapixels (1945)]× 2034), autofocus, TrueTone flash, Live Photo shooting, 4K video shootingiSight: 8 Mp (3264 × 2448), autofocus, without flashiSight: 8 Mp (3264 × 2448), autofocus, without flashiSight: 5 Mp (2592 × 1936), autofocus, without flash The front camera 5 Mp (2576 × 1932), a matrix with backlighting; without autofocus, Flash Retina Flash (display)1.2 Mp (1280 × 960), a back-illuminated matrix; without autofocus, without flash1.2 Mp (1280 × 960), a back-illuminated matrix; without autofocus, without flash1.2 Mp (1280 × 960), a back-illuminated matrix; without autofocus, without flash The food A non-removable battery
27.3 W · h (7184 mAh, 3.7V)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 [1945

6.1 mm × 169.5 ×305.7 × 220,6 × 6.9 mm240 6,1 mm

170

240 7,5 mm
Mass 437 grams (without built-in modem)
444 grams (with built-in modem)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 NoNoNoNo Operating system iOS 9iOS 9iOS 8 (upgradeable to iOS 9)iOS 7 (upgradeable to iOS 9) The actual price is from 52990 rubles (32 GB, Wi-Fi) to 87,990 rubles (256 GB, Wi-Fi + LTE)64,990 rubles (32 GB, Wi-Fi) / 76,990 rubles (128 GB, Wi-Fi) / 86,990 rubles (128 GB, 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 rubles31990 rubles (16 GB) / 35,990 rubles (32 GB) – for versions with Wi-Fi; for LTE + 10,000 rubles

# External appearance and ergonomics

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Apple iPad Pro 9,7, front panel: above the screen – the front camera, under the screen – the Home button

It’s hard to choose epithets when talking about the design of the next iPad. He is the same as the old one, only the new one. Buyers iPad Pro 9,7 ” will not be able to amaze anyone by laying out their new tablet on the table – outwardly it does not differ from iPad Air 2: the filling of a powerful tablet is simply placed in a well-known delicate and lightest case. Only a few details distinguish it. First, the camera. Secondly, additional speakers on the top of the case – the iPad Pro sounds much more powerful than the iPad Air. Thirdly, the pad for the Smart Keyboard keyboard on the left (or bottom in the horizontal orientation) faces.

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

The tablet is offered in four, not three, as the “big” iPad Pro, colors: sacred “rose gold” was added to the silvery, golden, “gray space”. Apple really loves this color – recall that now it even offers a MacBook (just a MacBook). The case of the new iPad, as always, is covered with metal from behind and a sheet of glass in front. Changes in appearance to this gadget are not needed – it’s still one of the most beautiful tablets in the world, and I’m still careful in the statements.

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Apple iPad Pro 9.7, right side: slot for Nano-SIM, two volume buttons

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Apple iPad Pro 9,7, the left side: in the center – the contact pad for Smart Keyboard

The dimensions are copied from the specifications of the iPad Air 2: 240 × 169.5 × 6.1 mm. Mass from there also: 437-444 grams, depending on the type of installed radio module. Speaking of the iPad Pro as a replacement for a laptop, we get an extra trump card in the hand in the form of real rather than relative compactness. iPad Pro 9.7 “you use according to the usual scenarios – no one looks at you as insane, if you get such a tablet in the subway, and your hands do not get tired if you hold it for a long time watching it in the bed.

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Apple iPad Pro 9.7, the bottom: Lightning connector and two speakers

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Apple iPad Pro 9,7, the upper face: the power button, mini headphone jack and two more speakers

With the keyboard on the Smart Keyboard fastened, it is also much more “friendly” than before – the tablet does not outweigh the fragile cloth accessory, so it’s no big deal to place the tablet on your lap. But six months after the announcement of the first iPad Pro, Apple did not come up with a groove to store Apple Pencil, as well as a way of charging it, other than inserting it into Lightning, every second risking to hit the pen and break it with the connector.

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Apple iPad Pro 9.7, Home button with built-in fingerprint scanner

The Home key has a fingerprint scanner built in, it works quickly and smoothly.

A set of other standard accessories: a variety of cases, Smart Cover and so on. It is very important that the covers from the iPad Air 2 are also suitable, so if you decide to increase the power and switch to the iPad Pro, you will not have to invest in accessories either. There is only one subtle point – in this case, one must sacrifice a flash for the rear camera, in old cases, of course, a slot for it is not provided for.

Operating system iOS 9

We already wrote about the features iOS 9 as well as about the tablet version of the operating system .

# Smart Keyboard

In the review of the first iPad Pro, we talked in detail about Apple Pencil – one of two key accessories for powerful iPad; now it’s time to talk about the second – the smart Keyboard keyboard.

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Nested in the iPad Pro socket 9.7 ” stylus Apple Pencil

It is not as interesting as a special stylus (which should never have been according to the beliefs of Steve Jobs). This is a much more ordinary accessory, analogous to which in the form of Bluetooth-keyboards mass. But Apple is famous for its input devices, so we could not ignore the novelty.

The keyboard is combined with the Smart Cover cover – that is, besides performing the main function, typing, it also protects the screen from damage and serves as a tablet stand. The Smart Keyboard weighs 335 grams – about twice as much as the Smart Cover.

It is not necessary to master any special movements for laying out the keyboard and attaching it to the “body” of the tablet – it’s just that on a standard Smart Cover a small bump with a magnetic insert has grown, firmly planting the iPad on the stand.

No engineering miscalculations, like charging Pencil: you do not need to charge the keyboard, it eats directly from the tablet through a connected site; instantly recognized, the on-screen keyboard is turned off; The Smart Keyboard item appears in the menu only when the keypad is activated. Another thing is that at this point you can only change the type of layout, no additional settings.

The layout is almost identical to the usual layout for the MacBook or iMac, except for the function key block and, as a consequence, the Fn buttons – instead of it the key for fast language switching. Most of the combinations that are familiar to Mac, works here too – not only the commands directly related to MacOS do not work; another operating system – other laws, you can learn them by holding Command for a few seconds.

Enjoying the Smart Keyboard is a total pleasure, Apple knows the point in tactility. The cloth covering is nice to the touch and does not collect prints, the size of the keys is optimal, although at first it seems that problems are inevitable. And, most importantly, the buttons are very fast and at the same time a pleasant move. As Apple did it on the keyboard, it’s a mystery, but it feels like working on the Smart Keyboard is not too different from working on an ordinary Apple Keyboard with an additional bonus in the form of a pleasant to the touch rough coat.

This is a strictly optional accessory, it will not turn the iPad Pro 9.7 “into a full-fledged laptop, although it will add an extra dimension to the tablet usage scenario. The main limiting factor is the lack of Cyrillic engraving; if you do not own a blind seal, you will not be able to use the Smart Keyboard. Well, of course, the price – a cover-keyboard is currently 12-13 thousand rubles.

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