Bigger, better, more powerful.
Apple’s iPad has gone through many versions throughout the years and while competitors have come out with their own, the iPad still reigns as the top tablet of choice not just for hardware, but for its software as well (including the millions of apps available for it).
This new iPad Pro comes with a larger 10.5-inch screen (up from the previous 9.7-inch) but since the bezels have been thinner there is only a minimal difference in dimensions from its predecessors.
From the outside, it is still basically the same iPad Pro, a physical home button (with faster Touch ID), Lightning port at the bottom, and a 3.5 mm audio jack at the top. Like the bigger 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 10.5-inch includes four speakers that offer a loud sound output.
It’s the internals that make this new tablet a beast – the A10X Fusion chip tops as one of the fastest CPUs found on a device like this. What does that mean? That means app launch faster, videos render faster and overall performance even in games has been dramatically improved.
Another highlight of the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is its screen. While the Retina Display found on this tablet is already brighter than previous versions along with support for even more colors and HDR, Apple has included a new technology called ProMotion.
ProMotion offers a 120 Hz refresh rate on the iPad Pro’s screen, which means you’ll get to see smoother scrolling on websites and documents. It’s hard to describe this here, but you have to see it in person to appreciate it. The 120 Hz refresh rate is automatic, and will adjust according to the content being displayed on the screen to save battery life. This also means that there is improved latency when using the Apple Pencil, giving you more accurate input when using it for drawing or writing.
The 10.5-inch iPad Pro runs iOS 10, but upon usage you can clearly tell that the hardware is too overpowered to run it. Not that it’s a bad thing – but we may have to wait until the end of this year for iOS 11 and that’s when we will get to see the full capabilities of this device.
This iPad also gets the same optics found on the iPhone 7 (12-megapixels), meaning you’ll get to have those crystal-clear images you’ve always wanted to take from your tablet – if you like using it as a camera. The front-facing sensor has been bumped to 7-megapixels so you’ll get clearer images and videos. The front facing camera also gets the retina flash function that uses the entire screen as a flash – but prepare to be blinded.
This iPad Pro offers a 10-hour battery life, consistent to what Apple claims. In the real world, I easily got a couple of days’ worth of battery life after a full charge. It also supports fast charging but only when using a USB Type-C to Lightning connector along with the USB-C power adaptor which will cost you extra.
Apple is also releasing various accessories including a larger Smart Keyboard. You can tell Apple is offering more options to make it a laptop replacement – but with certain limitations in iOS it’s not quite there yet.
Overall, Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro offers blazing fast performance and still takes the spot as one of the best tablets available.