Apple iPad Pro review: Is this a laptop replacement?

  • Apple iPad Pro review: Is this a laptop replacement?

Apple iPad Pro review: Is this a laptop replacement?

The Cupertino-based tech giant has swapped the model's 9.7ins display for a 10.5ins screen, all while retaining nearly identical dimensions to the outgoing unit.

Call it what you want - new iPad Pro, iPad Pro 10-5 or whatever - but one thing's for certain: Apple is making its only tablet a more interesting machine, probably even aiming for Microsoft's Surface line. In this case, the company's newest iPad Pro model sticks to a familiar script of using "strong adhesive" to hold the chassis shut.

Here's what the critics had to say.

With most holding varying opinions on the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro, the 12-inch model has somehow been pushed back a bit.

Apple finally launched its iPad Pro series tablets for this year at its World Wide Developers Conference 2017 last Monday. It doesn't appear there will be a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro anytime soon, since Apple is now using that form factor for its most affordable iPad, which doesn't support Apple Pencil input.

For one, there is a decent battery life.

The larger capacity is expected, and will certainly play a role in one of the most significant technical upgrades, the display's 120Hz refresh rate, AKA ProMotion, which is double what previous iPads were capable of.

It's noticeably different to the regular iPad, but the Verge argues users will only see the difference if they are "looking for it".

After spending several days using the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which starts at $649 and begins shipping this week, I'm convinced this is the best tablet for productivity Apple has made so far.

The problem many people have had with iPad Pro, however, is its software.

40% How much faster its graphics performance is supposed to be.

In the GPU tests the new iPad Pro leads the pack. When you're just reading static text on the screen, it refreshes at a lower rate to save battery life. With iOS 11, which rolls out in the fall, however, you should notice that the iPad Pro 10.5 performs much better than earlier models. In the PC gaming world, high refresh rate LCD's have become required purchases for anyone serious about gaming as if you thought 60 frames per second was already buttery smooth, 120fps is a totally new world. As good as it is, it's still pretty limited for productivity, at least when you compare it to a fully featured and versatile desktop operating system like macOS.

A sensational exhibition of everything Apple is able to do, jammed into an iPad - more powerful than you'll need - more capable than you know.