2018 Apple iPad Pro Review

by birtanpublished on May 8, 2021

This is Lisa from mobile tech review and this is the 2018 3rd gen iPad pro from Apple this is a 12 point 9 inch model now it's available in 12 point 9 inch like last year but a lot smaller footprint thank god oh my god the old one was too big to handle easily and the 10.5 inch has morphed into an 11 inch size that is physically the same size but because they got rid of the bezels well of course there are still bezels but they're really teeny like that they could keep the same size but give you a half inch larger diagonal display that's not all that's new here this is a complete physical redesign and for the

Better besides the size improvements here we have straight edges now it makes it a lot easier to pick up especially when you're dealing with the 12 point 9 inch of all that kind of narrow taper thing you have barely any edge to pick it up with and it gives you a place to grip which is important because those bezels are so much smaller something you can wrap your hands around without accidentally do something anymore also we've gone from lightning oh my god can you believe Apple actually did this and went with a kind of standard for their

IOS based products we went from lightning to a USB C port which goes with Apple's trying to push this as not just a consumer tablet sort of experience but something they could stand in for your laptop how true is this and how good is that USB see we're going to talk about that now it's interesting when Apple does when it comes to the iPads typically they come up with a really nice design they stick with it for many years be it iPhone at least 2 generations there sometimes up to four generations with the Macs usually they get about four or five

Years out of a design but the iPad boy they are evolving it quickly maybe as they try to figure out what this is supposed to be is this a high-end consumer tablets ly something for your photo and your art kind of work is this a laptop stand in who knows anyway the redesign itself is gorgeous looking and I didn't think this would be possible because the last generation looked pretty good right but it as one of my tech loving friends said when they came over and saw they're like instantly the previous generation just looks so dated

So that's what happens when you you give a very good redesign with the angular modern sides with the curvy corners and I think a lot of people like on it and the reduced bezel size like I said there are still bezels there of course but there are a whole lot smaller so visually it looks quite nice is it a pain when you're handling it a little bit because you wrap your hands around the side of the tablet like I said the square edges help but I find myself being very careful not to thumb things when I'm carrying it around the USBC port is both exciting and

Frustrating like so much that Apple does these days right so USB see you can use those nifty little USB C docks and clip on things that you might have had for a MacBook Pro or a 12-inch MacBook that sort of thing or even a PC you know what I mean there's a bunch of those you can see some of them on screen right now but but there are limitations Ethernet will work go figure I mean who really really was dying to have Ethernet display out works up to 5k display Apple says probably their own LG Display that we don't have but I've tested with the 4k LG display

And yes it does work it's gonna depend on the application as to whether you just get mirroring of the iPad screen or a second display functionality it probably aren't in graphics programs gonna be more likely to set up that second display functionality but that's still cool and that makes it feel more like a laptop standing when you can do that sort of thing doesn't it also you can plug in your camera does anybody really do that anymore I mean we all just take the SD card or the compact flash card if you have an older camera out and you're sticking into your

Computer don't you but you could connect the USB cable and connect your camera the one glaring thing the frustrating thing that is not here because the file system is still so locked down even though Apple gives you a rudimentary file browser now is no flash drive and no SD card access if you stick in an SD card or something like that from your camera yes it will automatically want to import the photos into the Photos app and that's not really what I want I don't want to bring all of those and clog up my iCloud storage and all that sort of thing I want to pick and choose

The files that I want to end it right now thank you very much I want easier file transfer going on and we still don't have that with iOS 12 there are some third-party apps like I use file browser it's very good I can connect to our network attached storage and I yes is called and I can actually put files up on our home server and get them off and get them on like I typically start a lot of drawings on procreate and I want to finish them off in Photoshop later on a quote-unquote real laptop so I throw them up on the server but other than that if you don't

Have that set up in your home you're using Dropbox maybe using iCloud is all these things that just kind of make it a little bit frustrating so using a flash drive for example or even an SD card to transfer files would be a no-brainer and something I expect to see from something that's supposed to be a laptop stand-in with USB C go with away the headphone jack just like with the iPhone yeah I know so they want you to buy some nifty air pods not so cheap there or use an adapter USB C 2 3.5 millimeter if you have your favorite set of high-quality headphones if you're

Connecting it to stereo out it's it is what it is that's Li the quad speakers are still that quad stereo speakers on each side as you're holding it in landscape mode and they are still absolutely awesome sounding speakers how they get so much bass and volume out of a product this small I don't know but it makes it delightful to watch movies and music videos and all that sort of thing in terms of performance there's new stuff too isn't there always a regeneration we have the accolade 12x Bionic CPU fancy name fancy performance here the thing is

Insanely fast if you look at the geek bench for benchmark which is cross-platform available for Macs for peace' Windows PCs for iOS Android the numbers are astounding here it's about 7080 percent faster than the previous generation iPad pro which was already plenty fast nobody said my iPad pro is so slow right from the last generation but the benchmark scores on this for the multi-core are just about as high as a 15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2 Core I 9 even okay if that wasn't good enough for you the graphics benchmarks using the 3d mark ice storm test because for some

Reason slingshot just crashes on the device twice as fast as the outgoing iPad pro which again was no slouch nobody complained about the performance there so this thing is fast this kind of tells me you know the rumors that Apple is gonna be starting use their own CPUs for MacBook MacBook Pro models in the future instead of Intel this tells me bring it on they are ready for it here the thing does not even run hot it doesn't break a sweat the performance levels on this are astounding the question is what are you gonna do with this thing that Apple claims is going to

Compete with an Xbox one I mean there are a lot of great iOS games out there none of them are optimized I pad and stuff and probably I think we will see some really graphically sophisticated games and developed for the iPad if this thing sells now it's an apple product it probably will but in the price range that we're talking about $7.99 for the 11 inch starting price and $9.99 for the 12 point 9 inch we'll have to see just how many that they sell ah and that's for the 64 gigabyte models with Wi-Fi only no LTE if you want LTE you know the story it's

About 130 not 129 dollars more if you want more storage increments you can do that all the way up to a terabyte you can easily spend 1500 bucks on this thing if you start there trick it out that way hmm so that's why I say how many are they gonna sell we're gonna have to wait and see but wait there's more pricing wise there's a new Apple pencil Apple pencil 2 number 2 pencil whatever you want to call it so they're not cross compatible in the old pencil in the new pencil with the old and the new iPad pro models the technology is the same the writing and

Drawing experience is the same I believe that they probably technically actually are compatible but Apple has an automatic pairing system for the pencil to work with the device and they've chosen not to enable that cross generationally if you get what I mean so the new Apple pencil ergonomically is much better and delightful no more is sticking the Apple pencil in the iPads butt hole to charge it right was that ever a good idea not really you could use the USB adapter to do it too but this time around it magnetically attaches like a service Pro but at one

Up surface Pro because they wirelessly charges when you do that so it's brilliant it clips on pretty well so you know where'd I leave the pencil now clipping on top of the iPad and boom it charges up very quickly besides that you have one flat edge which makes it a little easier to grip besides that it has it's still white but it has a slightly satin finish to it so it's not slippery my old Apple pencil I skinned it immediately because very very slippery lastly it's not quite as long as the old Apple pencil and the length of it while it might have seemed nice

And elegant and all that sort of thing made it feel kind of unbalanced and a little heavy towards the top end so physically in terms of technology this is where it should be but again the in drawing experience are identical while we're talking about doodads and add-ons and all that sort of thing there is the Apple smart keyboard cover which I like better some of you don't feel the same way because it has that yoga problem when you flip it over backwards you feel the keys against your fingers which is this true of so many 360 degree hinge Windows laptops I've gotten used

To it it doesn't really bother me it's a lot more stable the last one kind of drove me crazy that whole origami experience flippy-floppy make little triangles on the back figure out what positions it would go in i i'd like to third-party keyboards better and I'm sure logitech will have keyboards for this model as well but this one is a lot more stable you don't have as many positions to stand it up and you have two upright positions and you can flip it backwards so use it as a tablet but it's a lot more stable it's a lot more laughable it's still a little bit

Top-heavy particularly if you're talking about the twelve point nine inch which is the heavier of the two and you can see how much they weigh on screen right now but it's usable and it's not as terrifying an experience the bad news is 179 to $199 it's still not backlit there's still no trackpad cuz iOS does not support a trackpad who needs the trackpad you're saying I have no finger I have an Apple pencil which I spend $139 for a good thing you did too because you don't have to reaches for it because Steve Jobs used to always talk about gorilla arm reaching out touching

The screen being tiring things so pencil gives me an extension there but when it comes to editing and selecting text just bolding a paragraph header in word can make you crazy because you press you wait till it says select then you drag the thing then it goes look when you select paragraphs by accident and this whole thing it stands in the way of making it a fantastic text editing experience when it comes to those sorts of little things a trackpad would totally fix that problem but we don't get one not now the displays on these remain stunning gorgeous trumotion 120

Hertz p3 color gamut really some of the nicest displays you'll see on any kind of mobile product including laptops so no complaints there only praise reflectivity is really well controlled which is a fantastic thing especially compared to some windows two and ones even Microsoft Surface pro 6 is a glare monster compared to this resolutions are almost identical for the 11-inch has changed just by a few pixels in one dimension only and you can see the dimensions on screen to help you out therefore the resolutions of the the

Products but I'm weird thing happening here though probably because of the fact that and we'll get into know more touch ID we have face ID because I've added the little swipe up bar to go home again some third-party apps right now not the built-in programs not even all third-party programs I procreate doesn't have this problem but they have a little bit of a black border around them which is probably more pronounced on the 11 inch we have the 12 point 9 inch only in house and that means that third-party option is gonna have to update to use the entire screen it's just a little

Weirdness right now so that touch ID thing gone just like the iPhone 10 that's what happened here so to make those bezels really teeny there's no room for a fingerprint sensor anymore on the front face so we have face ID I like that I'm not complaining I love that on the iPhone it starts to seem weird to use other phones and actually have to touch a fingerprint scanner anymore and unlike the iPhone these days antennas antennas max you can use it in any orientation because with tablets you know you tend to hold them at awkward angles when you press the power button

To unlock it but the the camera will tell you if you're touching it and obscuring it again small bezels as possible so say you're covering camera so you can move your finger but it doesn't matter what orientation you have it in it works it works well it works when they take my glasses off it works when I have my glasses on I don't have a beard or anything that can make things a little literally fuzzy for the camera it works it's a 7 megapixel front camera by the way so it does us those portrait effects if you're using it much like an iPhone does and you also got an emoji me

Emoji all that sort of stuff so that stuff's nice rear camera 12 megapixel 4k video up to 60 frames per second does slow motion 240 frames per second at 720p HD are all that sort of stuff very capable camera here a little bit better than the last generation for sure yeah more changes here you get a higher wattage charger in the box because iPad pros but they're huge batteries took forever to charge so now we're up to an 18 watt charger I would like to see even more yes you can use your macbook and your macbook pro USBC charges or this i use the HP Spectre folio 13

45-watt Ultrabook charger boy did that charge fast it's a little out it's okay it's safe really nice I mean it went up like 10% in 15 minutes I was like yeah so that part's nice what's not so nice is they still give you a shorty cable in the box it's not 1 meter cable about 3 feet or so which is just pretty much insulting and a way to upsell you into their 2 meter cable apple claims 10 hours of use time and they're usually pretty accurate with their claims and I'll go with that that's so far what we've been seeing in terms of the battery capacity as you can see those on

Screen as well for the two units alright so here's the the whole discussion that happens every year when a new iPad pro comes out and exacerbated this year because the prices are so high especially if you take that 12 point 9 inch base model iPad pro that I picked up and you throw in that $200 type cover and 139 dollar pencil to try to turn it into the perfect laptop replacement you spent a bit more just a little bit more than you would spend on this new 20 18 13 inch MacBook Air base model I'll just stop well think about that for a minute okay so can your iPad pro be at 11 or 12

Point 9 inch replaced this oh hell yeah oh absolutely not why am I saying this because it depends on you and on your use cases for a lot of people who are like computer users at home assuming this is a personal purchase and maybe you even have a work computer or you have a desktop PC or an iMac or a gaming laptop or something like that for when you really need serious chops on something like that yes it could be for those who are doing that I I will often use the last generation iPad pro at night on the couch happily and just not even turn on my PC because

I can do my email I can watch Netflix i can do Word I can do Excel you don't get all the features though photo editing this is not Photoshop but yes you can do like photo editing you can do iMovie so at a basic level where a lot of people are at yes it actually could do all that so for those who just want a touch screen and Apple experience which you're not going to get with any Mac so far yeah I can do those things just fine elegantly in fact oddly enough the type cover actually feels a little bit more like a normal keyboard the butterfly keyboard because keys move

Actually a little bit more than that slightly more tactile feel though they're not backlit so why can't it be your laptop replacement if you're a power user like I am I mean much as I have an iPad pro mostly for art and I like it and for content consumption it can't replace my laptop because I do do Photoshop I do photography I do art where I need to do finishing touches with multiple layers and adjustments and all that sort of thing that are much easier to do on a more capable program like full a-w Photoshop well I'll wait and see what happens next year when

Adobe has their fancy or Photoshop for the iPad I need to do web development need Dreamweaver if you need Xcode for example you're gonna have to do that through remote connection to your Mac there are limitations for people who need that the web browser is pretty decent Safari but for some you are using content management systems and other intranet kinds of things it's not always up to snuff and compatible you we're gonna be Java or something like that you don't get everything yet so that's why I say yes that's why I say no only you know were the things that you need to do

With this promise but just in case you want to hear more about this because some of you probably do we are actually gonna have not only a review of the 2018 13-inch MacBook Air but we're gonna do a smackdown between the iPad pro 2018 model and that 2018 13-inch MacBook Air so that's the iPad pro again available in eleven and twelve point nine inch sizes at a cost that's gonna give you a heart attack so I have a love-hate relationship with this product I do have the last gen 12.9 mostly because I'm an artist and I love procreate and the Apple pencil for

Drawing it's one of the best experiences you can have with a pen digital pen even if they call it a pencil folks but at the same time these things have gotten so crazy expensive and like I said this invites all the well is it a laptop or is it a laptop because it cost as much as one so you can be frustrated with the price and then deal with some of the limitations of iOS but taking empirically in terms of the hardware and the performance that we don't even know what to do with it at this point because there's nothing taxing enough for it there's a lot here this display is

Lovely for those who who are fond of all things Apple and you always want a touchscreen Mac this is kind of the closest you're going to get right now like I said the drawing is on parallel the only thing that is equal to this and maybe still a little bitter would be Wacom Cintiq products which are specialty art products so for those of you who want something way more affordable than the Cintiq line and that can do other things well this is it for photo editing well it's a shame that the new Adobe Photoshop CC that's supposed to be pretty much the same from PC Mac

To iPad won't be out until next year it looks very promising that's pretty nice too and obviously you have you can do your office tasks and that sort of thing but multitasking but iOS you see what I mean love-hate relationship but overall it's a stunning piece of hardware I'm Lisa from mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more cool tech videos and thumbs up if you like this vid

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