When you first look at the iPad Pro, it would be hard to deny that Apple’s new tablet is beautiful. It has a huge screen, it displays almost 100 percent color accuracy with just the right amount of saturation, and you will want to hold the product in your hands for at least a minute before putting it back down. However, once you put it back down, you won’t miss it.
The iPad Pro is Apple’s answer to Microsoft’s bigger tablets, the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface book. Unfortunately, the answer is incomplete. Perhaps realizing that the iPad Pro isn’t causing the excitement of Apple’s other products, CEO Tim Cook made a special proclamation on Apple’s latest device. The Telegraph has the news.
“Yes, the iPad Pro is a replacement for a notebook or a desktop for many, many people. They will start using it and conclude they no longer need to use anything else, other than their phones,” Cook claims.
The truth is that no matter how beautiful the iPad Pro appears, it’s not a notebook replacement — not even close. It may, however, replace other multimedia tablets. The iPad Pro has speakers in all four corners and the sound it provides easily outdoes any tablet in existence. You can feel the iPad Pro shake when music or sound with a lot of bass comes on. Nobody can fault Apple for making this the ultimate multimedia device — if you have almost $1,000 to spend on one.
It’s important to give points to the Apple Pencil, which has a more natural writing feel to it than any device by Microsoft. The Apple Pencil is even compatible with the iPad version of OneNote. It really is a sketcher’s dream come true. However, is being able to buy a high quality pencil for $99 a big asset for consumers, who will have already paid nearly $1,000 if they buy an iPad Pro?
And the question everybody should be asking is why would you want to buy an iPad Pro for nearly $1,000 when you can buy another device, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro, for almost the same price and be able to use a full desktop operating system? iOS worked on the original iPad because tablets with desktop operating systems had poor battery life and poor software features. Now, that’s changed. Apple needs to get with the times. Sure, you can run Photoshop. But can you run a full desktop version of Photoshop? The answer is no. Sure, you can edit movies in iMovie. But can you edit movies with professional software like Final Cut Pro? Unfortunately, you can’t.
Then, there is the whole weight issue. This is supposed to be a tablet, right? But you can’t hold it for one minute with one hand before that hand’s arm gets tired. For a 12.9-inch device, Apple did everything they could to keep the weight down. But it’s still heavy for a product in its category.
Perhaps the best thing about the iPad Pro, besides the screen and speakers, is the battery life. It definitely lasts up to 10 hours and that’s a great feat given all the power the device takes up. But what good is using a device that long when you can’t do as much as you can on other devices, which are just as expensive or even cheaper? The iPad Pro is definitely Apple’s most disappointing product in years.
[Photo via Daryl Deino]