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It's here. The much anticipated iPad Pro. In short supply and high on hype, one question is on everyone's minds. Does the newest addition to the Apple family live up to its promises? We took it for a test drive, with the intent of seeing just how functional, fast, and capable the iPad Pro is.
At 12.9", the display on the iPad Pro is larger than the 12" Macbook and the Surface Pro 4. In short, this thing is massive. Ginormous. And it isn't just more real estate, Apple packs every pixel they can into that space with a resolution of 2732 x 2048. That's 264 pixels per inch, making it the highest resolution display of any iOS device. It's beautiful. Describing it doesn't do it justice. The photos below don't do it justice. It truly is stunning. In comparison to my Galaxy Tab S, it was difficult to see a difference in the pixel density. While the Galaxy Tab S has a resolution of 2560 x 1600, giving it a higher pixel density of 288ppi, the smaller display means they both look identical up close. But the sheer grandeur of the iPad Pro display at 12.9" makes more of an impact. Pictures, 3D images, videos, and 4K content all look amazing on the Pro. If you must find a downside here, it's that the display is SO CRISP, that lower resolution images look terrible, with jagged edges all around.
The iPad Pro isn't simply a beautiful tablet, it's an incredibly powerful one. Apple claims the A9X processor in the iPad Pro has twice the CPU and twice the graphics performance of the previous processor, saying that it "rivals most portable PC's". So we set out to test that statement. We found that the A9X is an insanely powerful chip, handling almost any task thrown at it with the greatest of ease. The 3D rendering capabilities of the iPad Pro are also astonishing. Apps like UMake are perfectly suited to the iPad Pro and its powerful processor and amazing graphics performance. In our testing, we were able to manipulate 3D models without a hitch. Pinching, zooming, and rotating complex models with no issues or stutter. Putting the iPad Pro through 3D Mark revealed that the Pro is far more powerful and capable, graphically, than any tablet around; however it still falls short in of current gen laptops and even the Surface Pro 3 in 3D graphics rendering.
Wow. Wow. Again, a third time, WOW. Absolutely the most impressive feature of the iPad Pro are the speakers and their sound. The Pro is equipped with 4 speakers, or what may be best described as a 4 speaker sound system. Speakers are arranged with one near each corner to create an immersive “soundstage” experience. These speakers are programmed to change the location of the lows and midranges, whether you are holding the iPad Pro vertically or horizontally. And a new casing design gives the Pro speakers 61 percent more back volume, a wider frequency range and up to 3x more acoustic output than previous iPads. I seriously could go on for hours about the sound. It is stellar. I have never heard such immersive and rich sound from such a small, thin device. The software Apple uses behind the scenes to move the sound around is just short of magic. I spent just shy of 3 hours watching surround sound videos and 4K content on YouTube, testing the sound and richness of the display. The way sound moves and shifts as you spin the tablet is mind bending. Deep, rich, full sound from a device 6.99mm thick.
IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME
We played with many apps on the Pro, and we are impressed with the possibilities of what the iPad Pro could become someday. It's super powerful, with an amazingly rich, high resolution and color accurate screen. Apple obviously wants to hit a soft spot with design professionals, as the most powerful, useful and feature rich apps were the Adobe apps written for Apple's new baby. Adobe Comp is by far the most impressive, allowing us to throw together advertisements, newsletters and brochure layouts of surprising levels of completeness before sending them off for finishing in the full suites on the PC. And that is our first and primary problem. The Pro just isn't a complete productivity tool. It is amazingly good at certain tasks, making some a breeze. The problem is that it lacks the power and the feature set, to allow for beginning to end completion of those tasks. I can start using the Pro for drawing, and layout drafts, then send them to the real computer for completion. This defeats the purpose. The Pro is more of an accessory device, one that is far better at certain tasks than smaller tablets or other external devices like a Wacom tablet. And I wager that some purists in the design community won't even be willing to give up their Wacom tablets until we see more and better software and apps for the Pro. And that is Apple's play here. Apple built the iPad Pro, with the hopes that developers will build an economy around this amazing hardware to make it better, faster, more functional. If you build it, they will come.
Our second issue is price. This is an EXPENSIVE tablet. REALLY expensive. Mainly, because you can't just buy the iPad Pro. In order to use it effectively, you need the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. I tried using the Wacom stylus and 2 generic styluses in Adobe Draw, Comp and other apps, and no dice. Also, Apple was careful to position the Pro as a tablet first, with it's own accessories. Apple's Mac Bluetooth keyboard and Magic Mouse will not work with it. Interestingly enough, in about 10 seconds, I was able to pair my Samsung Bluetooth Keyboard from my Galaxy Tab Pro, and it worked like a charm. In other words, Apple REALLY wants you to buy the Smart Keyboard and Pencil. That adds another $260 before tax to the price tag. Otherwise, it's just a really big, beautiful and extremely expensive iPad, which is to say the most expensive way ever to watch YouTube and check Facebook. The iPad Pro comes in 3 flavors, ranging from $799 to $1062. Throw in the mandatory Smart Keyboard and Pencil, and altogether, that brings a fully functional iPad Pro to a whopping $1156 - $1459 after taxes. I know what you are thinking because we thought it too. "For that much money..." Yeah. So we did a quick Google search and found many laptops with Core i7 Quad Core Processors, 512GB SSDs and 2GB or more video cards. In other words, FAR more powerful laptops for the money an iPad Pro will run you.
In short, the iPad Pro is without question the absolute most powerful, most beautiful tablet we have ever seen. It would still be the best tablet we have ever touched, even if it was 7", 9" or 15". Breathtaking screen, solid design, and the beginnings of an amazing App economy. In 2 years, this may be the ultimate shortcut to completing many tasks. Right now, it's just a really expensive way to start work you will need a real computer to complete.
Apple is preparing, as the whole planet is aware, to unveil the iPhone 6 on September 9th. As usual, the event is expected to be full of excitement. Apple has been known for the exceptional way it unveils products, always with class and panache. Anyone who has ever watched an Apple event knows the formula: Guests will be greeted, Sales figures for previous iPhones will be given, then a look at Apple's position in the marketplace, their achievements, awards, and just how awesome & popular Apple in general. Then talk of the future, and how Apple sees it. Then comes the unveil of the product that will shape said future. By all accounts, as with all Apple events, it will be a smashing success. All sounds like business as usual, so what makes this event any more special than the last 15? Simple.. The Venue.
Apple is a company that leaves NOTHING to chance. Industry analysts can certify that Apple is king of the hill when it comes to planning and roll out of products. Their secrecy and setup has been compared to international intelligence agencies. They meticulously manage every detail when it comes to product roll outs, from seating arrangement, the list of invitees, the number of people invited, even down to the paper and texture of the invites. Apple’s preparation for keynote events extends beyond who presents what on stage, and who guards which executives from reporters. As a former member of Apple’s PR team said, “the keynote is like a production. You have to have a special appreciation for it.” Every single element of the presentation is specifically determined in advance, from nuances of the lighting, to how screens are positioned, to who sits where within the venue. Lower-level Apple employees are strategically nestled within each event’s audience, different journalists are kept in specific positions, and Apple executives need not worry about last-minute changes. Everything’s under control. The process starts weeks before keynote addresses. Apple’s PR/Communications and Marketing teams keep an eye on media reports to determine expectations, leaking information to temper expectations that won’t be matched by the announcements. Executives typically practice for two weeks in Apple’s Infinite Loop auditorium, and senior PR members prepare special white booklets to be handed out to the rest of the Communications group during a lengthy meeting, held about one week prior to the main event.
These books detail exactly what will be discussed and announced during the event, who will present each part, which Apple employees are responsible for what is demonstrated, how the product hands-on area will be organized, and who will be in attendance.
Following the pre-event “pep talk,” the white books are handed back to the PR team, and are sometimes shredded on site. Just as Apple takes extreme measures of secrecy during the development of products, the schedules for each keynote are guarded very closely. So when Apple changes the venue for a launch event, it is a big deal. Especially when it is the Flint center. Typically, the company launches its products at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, which holds 757 attendees. The Flint Center ups that count to 2,405. It's not just the numbers though. Apple is a company that is deeply attached to it's history and sentiment. And the Flint center has a very emotional history for Apple. Apple has held 3 events at the Flint center in it's history: The historic launch of the Macintosh computer in 1984. They launched the iMac in 1998, the product that shaped their future and turned the company around for good and back to profitability, and the iMac SE in 199, when they sent the message: "iMac is growing up". Since then, Apple hasn't hosted an event at Flint since.
A key point, and an amusing one to me, is that, if you asked the average iDevice user under 35 today what Apple's defining product is, the product that makes them Apple, you can bet the replies will be the iPhone or the iPad. And both of these devices COMPLETELY CHANGED THE WORLD. And NEITHER of them launched at Flint, they were unveiled at Yerba Buena. So Apple making the move back to the Flint Center most certainly is a sign that Apple is planning on this event being a historic, defining, turning point for the company. Unveiling products that will reshape the world yet again. And they aren't just hosting an event there. They have built a 3 story tall building behind the Flint center that some are speculating will be a Demonstration hall for attendees to get hands on with the announced devices.
Whatever Apple has in store, it is clear they expect it to be a major milestone for Apple, if not the world. What will be announced other than larger iPhones? What crazy, wild and life changing products do they have in store? Apple CEO Tim Cook has been promising that Apple's product pipeline is “chock full” of “incredible stuff” since at least January. January 2013, that is. He’s claimed that Apple is in a “unique position” to enter and dominate new categories—widely assumed to mean TV and wearables. He’s said that the product pipeline “has never been stronger.” Apple exec Steve Cue said Apple has "the best product pipeline I've seen in 25 years." Wow, right? Whatever is in store, we have to wait 6 days.. on the edge of our seats...