Apple iPad Pro 11″ vs 12.9″: Unboxing & Review

by birtanpublished on October 3, 2020

What's up guys Mike here the Detroit Borak and today we're checking out both sizes of the new iPad pros for 2018 now this is by far the biggest redesign the iPad has received in its history so very similar to the iPhone 10 that debuted a year ago we lose the home button and touch ID but gain an edge to edge display along with face ID once again we have two sizes to pick from this time 11 inch and 12 point 9 inch both are available in silver or Space Gray and they start at $7.99 or $9.99 with four capacity options to pick from so get into the unboxing of the iPads we're gonna do these side-by-side now I

Have two versions I have the cheapest and most expensive so at $7.99 I have the 11 inch model with Wi-Fi only and then I have the one terabyte 1899 version with cellular personally I don't need one terabyte of storage but there's one reason I really wanted it and that's because it's the only version that gets six gigs of RAM all of our versions of the iPad pro only get four so the 11 inch version I have is silver and the 12.9 inch is Space Gray Space Gray is actually quite a bit darker on this iPad than it has been in previous versions but the thing that's hard to communicate

Here is how amazing these feel when you handle them they're extremely thin and lightweight so basically it doesn't feel like you're handling a device that's as powerful and capable as something like these iPad pros so first up we have the paperwork which is pretty much the same between the 11 inch and 12 inch models so of course we get a Quick Start Guide warranty and regulatory information and a set of white Apple stickers as always the guide highlights the major features and some of the new ways you interact with this home button free iPad now if you get an iPad with LTE you also find

The sim ejection tool so you can swap out the sim if you need to in the bottom of the box we'll find a bunch of new accessories we haven't seen before with an iPad such as an all-new 18 watt travel charger and something you'll notice where the way about this travel charger is that it's USB see and that's because this high pad pro uses us PC instead of lightning so of course they've also included a compatible USB C charging cable during setup the iPad pro will prompt you to set up face ID for the first time now just like on the iPhone this uses 3d mapping sensors to

Scan your face so I have to do is sort of rotate your face around you have to do this twice but once you do it you're good to go now face ID on the iPad pro works a little differently and that's because it works in any orientation so that means it works in either portrait or landscape orientation you can hold it upside down it doesn't matter where the camera is as long as it can see your face now there's a few quirks to know about so for example when you handle this in landscape orientation you will most likely be blocking the camera so

The iPad will prompt you to remove the obstruction so it can scan your face and if the camera is positioned at the bottom of the iPad you'll be instructed to look down either way it works extremely quickly to the point you don't even know it's working unless you're blocking it personally I think this is a much more elegant solution than the home button and touch ID especially on iPad just because the orientation of those things was always changing now this true depth camera system is very similar to the system on the iPhone 10 s and the 10 R so that uses an

Infrared flood illuminator and the dot matrix projector to map your face in real time now normally this light isn't visible but my camera picks it up so you'll see it throughout this video but this allows you to very quickly unlock the iPad pro use Apple pay I'll tend to keep passcodes but more importantly use it for an emojis and me emojis for the first time on the iPad although 11 inch and 12 point 9 inch don't sound terribly different in size side-by-side you can see just how much bigger twelve point nine inch is compared to the 11 inch now the 11 inch is basically the third

Generation of the smaller iPad pro is just that we've had three different sizes so we had a nine point seven inch 10.5 inch and now the 11 inch now the 11 inch is slightly shorter but for the most part is the same overall footprint of the 10.5 inch it's just that the display has been pushed toward the edges but what's kind of interesting here is that the bezels along the side are thicker on the 11 inch then they are on the 10.5 inch but overall we still have a lot more screen real estate but the change for the third generation twelve point nine inch iPad pro is much more

Dramatic so although we retain that huge screen size it's much more compact overall so the bezels all around are much smaller so I think that makes the twelve point nine inch a much more accessible iPad than the previous one just because it was so big and unwieldy to use and carry around this one is much more compact which I think will make this a lot more popular than it was now similar to the iPhone 10 are the iPad pro also gets something called a liquid Retina display basically that means the corners of the display are rather loft using a variety

Of technologies and software techniques so they're using anti L and some pixel masking technology to make sure that the corners are rounded off another thing I noticed where the way is that unlike the iPhones or the Apple watches the radii of the display corners don't really match the more rounded design of the casing so the corners of the display still looks sharper than the corners of the hardware but I think that's appropriate for an iPad because at this size the more you round off the corners the more screen real estate you lose now besides the

Size and design changes the display specs are pretty much carried over from the last generation so we still have a pixel density of 264 and we're still using an LCD IPS display with a maximum brightness of 600 nits which is consistent with other Apple devices and we still get support for the wide color spectrum of the DCI p3 spec so these are very vibrant and colorful displays and of course we get true tone technology which matches the white balance to the ambient light of the room but the most impressive display technology is pro motion so these displays have a refresh

Rate of 120 Hertz that's twice the refresh rate of any other Apple display and this is still the only Apple device that gets it promotion is adaptive so this only applies where it's appropriate such as the interface browsing the web and that sort of thing but you won't see it used when you're watching video resolution for the twelve point nine inch is carried over at 2732 by 2048 but the 11 inch has a larger resolution of 2388 by 1668 all of these resolutions are basically designed to achieve the same retina pixel density of 264 although it

Would be nice if I had moved to OLED like the iPhone so you wouldn't get that refresh rate of promotion with OLED just yet but regardless these are beautiful displays with bright vivid colors great contrast levels and they have a color calibration that's appropriate for professional users although the bezels are much smaller than they were there's still enough room to grip the edge of the iPad without touching the screen but even if you do there is a certain amount of edge rejection so knows whether you're intentionally pressing the screen or just gripping it at the sides

Personally I'm a big fan of the redesign I like this squarer edge especially when it's this thin but that square edge does have a few functional benefits specifically related to the new Apple pencil 2 because there is a flat surface for inductive charging for the new pencil it's a really clever and sleek design that's extremely sturdy so the a pencil doesn't easily come off this also allows you to pair quickly to the Apple pencil so as soon as you connect it you're ready to go something less functional but just as impressive is that you can stand the

IPad pros on their side so despite their extreme thinness and their size they're so well balanced that they can stand on their own even in portrait mode speaking of balance you can actually hold the iPad pro with one finger if you place it at the center of the Apple logo once again in the same corner we have the power button and the Vaughn controls the power button is a bit bigger than we've seen before and that's because it also serves the function of holding for Siri so because we no longer have the home button you can hold the power button to activate Siri

They've also completely redesigned the antenna stripes along the back so every version of the iPad has an eyebrow toward the top just about the camera that runs across the top length so basically this is needed for radio transparency whether you have the Wi-Fi or the cellular model now if you do get the cellular model there are even more antenna stripes so you'll see there's an eyebrow on the top and the bottom and they sort of connect through the sides in terms of microphones I've counted about five so you'll find one right next to the camera you'll find two at the top

Edge one right next to the FaceTime camera on the front and another one along the edge and all of that brings us stereo sound for the first time for video recording now if your version of the iPad pro has cellular you'll find a SIM tray so again this is a nano SIM tray but we also have an electronic SIM so just like the newest iPhones the iPad also has an e sim which allows you to sign up for your service without swapping SIM trays as always iPad pro gets a set of quad speakers and once again they've been re-engineered so the grill outlets are quite a bit bigger

Than they were on the previous iPads but they've also separated the drivers inside the hardware so we now have separate tweeters and woofers for each speaker so that delivers by far the best audio I've ever heard on a device this small not only are they louder and sharper than they were before but the stereo soundscape is much wider so it's by far the most immersive stereo sound you're gonna get on any mobile device it's pretty impressive and a great way of enjoying movies or games another neat trick with the iPad pro speakers that we forget about

Is that they're adaptive to orientation so lets you recalibrate the speakers depending on how you're handling them and the transition is so imperceptible that you don't really notice it's happening the biggest iPad pro definitely delivers the best sound because we have larger speakers and the bigger resonance chamber but they both sound fantastic now iPad pro did lose the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack but did gain USBC replacing lightning so that opens up a wide variety of possibilities in terms of connecting accessories perhaps the

Most interesting and most talked about new feature of USB see is that you can charge your iPhone from your iPad so this outputs up to 7.5 watts of power so basically you can recharge any small device any smart phone or that sort of thing but you can also recharge your Apple watch thanks to a new USBC Apple watch charging cable we can also connect external storage but you're limited in terms of what you can natively import so iOS really only recognizes for the files or video files for import iowa's 12 still doesn't give us direct access to the drive even within the files app so

The best you can do is import using the Photos app or third-party apps that support external storage amazingly you can also output to a five-k external display over a single USBC cable so essentially this gives you screen mirroring and screen extension depending on how the app uses it so most of the time you're just gonna mirror your iPads display on the monitor but photo and video apps can go fullscreen on the external display while using the iPad as the controller and if your monitor supports it you can even output HDR content returning once again is the

Smart connector this time on the backside of the iPad pro previously these used to be located along the side so again these supply power and direct connectivity for keyboard accessories now the keyboard accessory is held on to the back of the iPad instead of along the side so it provides full protection now there's actually 105 magnets positioned throughout the chassis of the iPad pro to hold on to the various accessories just like the original Apple pencil the pencil 2 also detects angle and pressure so this allows you to use virtual tools kind of like you would in

The real world pencil 2 also picks up a math finish which is easier to grip but the other new feature here is a curved touch sensor so you can double tap the Apple pencil to switch between tools right now in the notes app it switches between the tool you were using and the eraser tool but this is also customizable under settings when it comes to performance the iPad pros get a huge boost from the new a 12x Bionic CPU this is the same seven nanometer architecture from the iPhone 10 s and 10 R but it's been beefed up quite a bit for the iPad pro

So in addition to the knurl engine we get a seven core CPU that's up from the six core CPU on the iPhone 10 s but the iPad pro doubles the GPU cores from four to eight so when it comes to the Geekbench cores we're seeing numbers we've never seen on an iPad in fact we're getting numbers very similar to a MacBook Pro running a core i7 and if we compare this to the previous iPad pro the single core score is up by 30% but the multi-core score is more than double the performance as I mentioned earlier if you get one terabyte of storage you get six gigs of RAM while

The others get four gigs now this extra Ram doesn't improve performance it's actually used to manage the extra storage battery life is identical for both sizes so the bigger iPad doesn't have more battery life than these smaller iPads so you should get about 10 hours of web surfing over Wi-Fi in terms of what you can do with all of this processing power it really depends on the app you're using obviously apps like video editing photo editing or gaming will take best advantage of all of this the only unfortunate side effect of these smaller bezels is that the camera

On the back sticks out quite a bit now because the iPad is so large it's not gonna rock around when you place it flat on the surface but that bump is especially noticeable on the device this thin this camera has similar specs to the one on the iPhone 10 s and 10 R and many of the same features but it's been redesigned for a thinner form factor so again it's 12 megapixels with an F 1.8 aperture but instead of a 6 element lens we have a 5 element lens and we also lose optical image stabilization but we still have electronic image stabilization and because the iPad is so

Much more stable to hold I don't think it's such an issue to have oh is on an iPad and generally speaking especially with 4k video recording at 60 frames per second it's still extremely well stabilized even without it but this camera has many of the same features of the iPhone 10 are including smart HDR which does a great job bringing up color in low-light shots and even out the highlights and lowlights of a scene just like on the iPhone 10 and the 10r we have a seven megapixel front facing camera with an F 2.2 aperture we also get 1080p video

Recording up to 60 frames per second for the first time on an iPad and unfortunately this is the only camera on the iPad that's capable of portrait modes so this will allow you to change the depth of field of your photograph after you've taken it or while you're taking it and just like the iPhones it's a little more sophisticated than just blur in the background and actually changes the bokeh effects of the background to reflect the optics of a shallower depth of field now checking out the interface we have tapped awake just like on the iPhone 10 and newer

Right now it's trying to scan from my facebook my thumb is in the way so if I move it here tap the screen again it should be able to scan for my face and unlock and take me to the home screen so we now swipe up from the bottom to get to home whatever the bottom is and whatever orientation you're using it so for example if I go to Safari here I can swipe up anywhere on the bottom to get back home you can also swipe across the bottom of the screen to switch between your apps I really like this this is just like iPhone 10 we can also swipe up to get to the dock swipe up further and

Hold to get to your recent apps so you can swipe through your recent apps and swipe up to dismiss them from the home screen you can swipe right to get to your widgets and you can edit your widgets down here so for example if you want to add the battery app to check the battery status of your Apple pencil you can do that click done here and you'll see that right here from the upper right corner you can swipe down to get to your control center so we can long press to get to additional control such as turning on or turning off true tone or night shift we do get split-screen mode

Now this isn't new for iPad pro but you can open up to apps side-by-side so if I bring up the dock here and drag the mail app over to the side I can dock it to the right side so I can interact with two amps side by side I can resize the window or if I want to undock the app just swipe down so now it's floating over top and I can move it side to side and if I want to dock it on the left side to swipe down in terms of choosing size both of them have the exact same specs and battery life so there should be no difference here besides price and personal preference now I personally

Prefer the 12 point 9 inch if you intend to use this primarily as a laptop with the keyboard accessory while the 11 inch is just the right size if you intend to use this primarily as a tablet without the keyboard accessory however I think both the 11 inch and 12 point 9 inch have very comfortable and usable keyboard so I don't really think a huge difference there either but as I mentioned earlier I think that twelve point nine inch size is much more appealing than it used to be and certainly the one I'll be using so in the end the iPad pro is getting much

Closer to the Mac replacement it's always wanted to be but largely there's a pretty big difference between iOS and Mac OS although there's still quite a bit of synergy there but iPad offers quite a bit that the Mac doesn't such as a touchscreen support for the stylus LTE connectivity and of course that beautiful pro motion display now what's amazing is you get the performance of a much bulkier heavier fan breathing macbook pro in this lightweight thin and silent iPad pro iPad pro certainly can get very expensive so if you get the Mac's configuration with all of its

Accessories you can spend up to twenty four hundred dollars but you can also get the exact same performance in the cheapest eleven inch model for $7.99 so compared to a Mac the iPad pro has quite a bit of pricing flexibility without sacrificing performance but for me until i OS picks up some of the flexibility of Mac OS a full backlit keyboard and a trackpad interface I'm still not gonna be able to give up my Mac for the iPad these are gonna remain very distinct devices with some overlap but each device has unique capabilities that the other can't replace but it's hard to

Deny that even if I don't get my money's worth out of the iPad pro it's something I love using and it's a beautiful piece of hardware alright guys hope you enjoyed this look at the iPad pro so if you did please let me know with a like and I'll see you again in my next video

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