By analogy with the iPhone, which last year has changed beyond recognition with the advent of the model X this year’s major transformation of the expected iPad. Between the new iPad Pro on 11 and 12.9 inches and all the previous tablets Apple is the abyss: so a new Pro-shki «moved forward» from what we’re used to seeing in the iPad.
But even with such a «gap» is slightly believed that the new iPad Pro at last able to replace the computer. Let’s deal.
Specifications iPad Pro 2018:
- Dimensions: 247,6×178,5,×5.9 mm, 468 g
- Display: 11/12,9 inch, 2388×1668/2732×2048 pixels (~264 ppi), Liquid Retina, IPS
- CPU: Apple A12X Bionic
- Memory: 4/6 GB of RAM, 64/256/512/1024 GB ROM
- Camera: 12 MP, f/1,8 (main), 7 MP, f/2,2 (front)
- OS: iOS 12
- Housing color: silver, space grey
Slim frame changes everything
The new iPad Pro offer camera TrueDepth, is Touch ID, a new system of gestures, the modest dimensions of buildings and all thanks to the thin rounded frames around the displays.
11-inch iPad Pro in size and feel, the spitting image of the iPad Pro, the 17-year by 10.5 inches. With the iPad Pro 12.9 inch the situation is more interesting — the dimensions of the body reduced by 25 percent, compared with last year’s model. In both cases, the thickness of the rectangular faces with rounded edges — 5,9 mm., It is the thinnest iPad to date.
However, for a small thickness and a small weight in 468 and 631 g for modifications at 11 and 12.9 inches, respectively, to be paid by the rigidity of the housing. The new iPad Pro can be bent with bare hands. Moreover, tablets are slightly bent during active operation with no cover and even come already curved in a box. Be careful and have plenty of cover.
The volume keys and the power located at the same places: on the right side and upper end, respectively. With ports not so smooth: 3,5-millimetrovogo audio out there, and the usual Lightning replaced by Type-C (USB 3.1). We will focus our attention on it.
Finally! Well, almost.
Innovative Type-C, unlike the useless Lightning, knows a lot of different things, but the list in the new iPad Pro cut significantly. While it is known that by using it through an adapter to HDMI or VGA you can connect an external monitor resolutions up to 5K, as well as keyboards, cameras and mobile devices for charging from the iPad.
But forget about external drives and accessories for Thunderbolt 3. Card readers to import photos is the ceiling. And «throw» the pictures on the card can only be downloaded to the tablet.
And one more thing. Complete with new iPad Pro is charging cable with a Type-C on both sides. Happy user of current model Mac will connect new tablet to the PC via the same cable and you will see that it is only for charging. Apple here is not funny!
What hides Liquid Retina?
For the first time on Liquid Retina became known together with the announcement of the iPhone XR. This term refers to a collection of hardware and software features like anti-aliasing on sub-pixel, to achieve the effect of curvature of the part from the IPS-display.
And now for the more important. The display resolution of the iPad Pro 11″ is 2388×1668 pixels, the iPad Pro 12.9″ — 2732×2048. In both cases, brightness — 600 CD/m2 and refresh rate of 120 Hz.
With the help of technology ProMotion iPad Pro offers high-speed response proprietary stylus Apple Pencil and the incredible smoothness of the image. The tablet automatically adjusts frame rate, providing maximum fps where possible.
Not without technology, True Tone, which adjusts the display color and the intensity of its illumination taking into account light conditions. This is a useful «trick» for reading before bed, but it was not suitable for viewing, and certainly for creating graphical content, as it distorts the color.
By the way, about the colors. Apple has long worked with IPS displays and, of course, the calibration of displays in the new iPad Pro will not cause problems. Take into account the refresh rate to 120Hz and get that this is the best display that can offer a tablet to date.
Face ID and camera
It was bound to happen. iPad got the TrueDepth camera system for realization of three-dimensional facial scan. The technology works from any orientation. If the cameras are on the bottom, the tablet will prompt you to put your head down. Accidentally closed the camera hand? iPad Pro right «arrows» show where they are hidden, and asks to take my hand. In General, spin now, the tablet as you want. In any case he will recognize you.
Since the release of iPhone X Apple worked on the speed of face recognition. To speed up the processes related to machine learning, contributes to the Neural system Engine included in the new branded processor A12X Bionic. I is the fact that the speed of recognition, no complaints.
The system also TrueDepth brought on iPad portrait with the front camera 7 MP, Animoji, Memoji and three-dimensional scenes in Clips.
Basic single camera on the rear of the case is equipped with a sensor of 12 MP with an aperture of f/1,8. It supports Smart HDR, writes 4K video 60 fps and slow the video 240 fps at a resolution of 720p.
Apple A12X Bionic
In both models the iPad Pro 2018 installed a proprietary 8‑core processor A12X Bionic, made by the 7-nm technology, complemented by 4 GB of RAM in the basic version with 64 GB of ROM. In this configuration with a 1 TB ROM completed with 6 GB of RAM.
The base model iPad Pro 4/64 GB 18287 dial 5041 and in single core and multicore Geekbench tests 4. In AnTuTu have 557679 parrots — an absolute record among ever tested.
Such power will allow the iPad Pro 2018 to run demanding programs like full Photoshop, the release of which is scheduled for 2019. Of course, none of the existing App Store applications have the new iPad Pro will not have any problems.
Apple claims that the four speakers in the new iPad Pro became louder. In fact, some feel they have become quieter but cleaner sound. In General, history is subjective. But if we ignore the comparison, it becomes clear that they sound cool.
iOS 12 and new features
For iPad Pro 2018 in iOS 12 in store gestures familiar from the iPhone X to XS/XS and XR Max. Dock bar becomes a strip, which toggles swipe screens, which includes one or more applications in multitasking mode. Short swipe up displays the Dock bar, and swipe up across the screen produces a transition on the home screen. Even touching off the display activates it.
Unfortunately, the iOS 12 version has not received the normal file Manager. I still can’t create a folder, for example, «replies to the ticket» to put in the file, «arrived» in the mail, and after a while this folder to send it to someone via messenger.
All these actions are done through application. It’s wildly uncomfortable for those used to working with a PC, but this topic we will cover later.
Need to get used to
New gestures and replace the keys with the Touch ID system cameras TrueDepth can cause problems for users of previous models of iPad Pro or the regular iPad.
Many of them used to hold the «Home» button under your thumb right or left hand to quickly get to the home screen or menu of multitasking. Now for these actions you need to pull the arm into the bottom edge of the display.
In addition, all users of the new iPad Pro will have to learn not close the camera system TrueDepth fingers.
Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio
Branded stylus pen for Apple Pencil case-Smart keyboard is also updated. Now Apple Pencil attached with magnets to the right side of the iPad Pro and charged in such state, without wires. To «separate» this «couple» have to try. The magnets are strong enough to reduce the risk of losing the stylus to a minimum, but it is still there.
Updated Apple Pencil takes double-tapping that application developers can assign different actions. And touching a stylus to the display is off will activate the Notes app.
Such innovations likely require special technical solutions, which do not allow to use the old Pencil with the new Apple iPad Pro and Vice versa.
Smart Keyboard Folio — keyboard cover designed specifically for iPad Pro 2018. It secures the tablet in two positions and protects it on both sides. The connection uses a magnetic connector Smart Connector, and the construction of accessory is no longer like a sophisticated origami.
The keys have updated the case-the keyboard has remained unchanged, the trackpad is not delivered. Double tap on the Spacebar will unlock the tablet.
In Apple claim that the built-in batteries with capacities 29,37 WH 36,71 and WH models 11 and 12.9 inches will be enough for 10 hours over Wi‑Fi. Actually get 6-7 hours of movies and about 5 hours at maximum load in both tablets.
Mixed mode of use will give more than 8 hours of work, which should be enough for the whole day.
11-inch iPad Pro:
- 64GB — 65 990 rubles
- 256 GB — 77 990 rubles
- 512 GB — 93 990 rubles
- 1 TB — 125 990 rubles
iPad Pro 12.9 inch:
- 64GB — 81 990 rubles
- 256 GB — 93 990 rubles
- 512 GB — 109 990 rubles
- 1 TB — 141 990 rubles
- Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad Pro 11″ — 14 990 rubles.
- Smart Keyboard Folio for the iPad Pro 12.9″ — 16 490 rubles.
- The second generation Apple Pencil — 10 of 790 rubles.
Why the iPad Pro will not replace my computer?
For my work need Photoshop and a keyboard to manipulate images and quickly print. It would seem that the iPad Pro is ready to offer, but there are a couple of nuances.
Full Photoshop coming to iPad next year, and branded Smart keyboard Folio has two positions of the tablet and is still unusable on the lap. And most of the time I have to work in all conceivable positions, not at the table.
Still annoying to have all the time to reach for the display, instead of using the trackpad under the keyboard, which in recent models of the MacBook reached unrealistic proportions. For example, on my MacBook Pro 13″ 2017 I can move the cursor with your thumb, all without taking your hands off the keyboard.
Add to this iOS 12, which does not allow to work normally with the file system and get the laptop for me is more versatile work tool. And most importantly: cheaper.
Most affordable new iPad Pro for 11″ in the basic version with the corporate cover-keyboard will cost 80 980 rubles. My basic savoury 17th year with more memory cost me 76 thousand rubles for the «grey» market. And I see no reason to change it to a new iPad Pro.
Perhaps the new iPad Pro is perfect for designers or users whose range of tasks is limited to Brautigam, mobile games and watching video content, but just not for me.
In the end
The new iPad Pro refresh rate and display resolution, memory capacity, performance, and other parameters can be much higher than that of your computer. But they will not be able to replace it. Because iPad Pro 2018 is not a computer.
iPad Pro 2018 is the most innovative tablet from available. If you just need a good tablet please note more models are available iPad. Wishing to be «on the cutting edge of» progress should look to the new iPad Pro.