Apple reckons the new iPad Pro is the device’s biggest shake-up since the original – and it has a point. There’s no Home button. It’s got a swanky ‘all screen’ design. And it has the kind of powerful innards that have notebooks glancing nervously at each other.
The iPad Pro 11-inch is excellent, and easily the best tablet Apple has ever made – but you’ll need to know how to get the best out of it. It’s designed, as the name suggests, for the professional, and those in creative and other lines of work will love the power, precision and overall quality on offer. If you’re a ‘standard’ user, then you’ll be buying the iPad Pro as a luxury device and media powerhouse – and you’ll be paying for the privilege.
The iPad Pro was long overdue for a reworking after carrying over the same general aesthetic since 2013’s iPad Air. Apple clearly didn’t want your revolutionary iPad Pro feeling like last year’s old model, so it changed nearly everything.
The 2018 iPad Pro has a lot of firsts —the first rounded corner display in an iPad, the first with Face ID, and the first with a USB 3.1 type C port. Beyond requiring more space for internal components like TrueDepth, an overhaul this major almost screams for a design refresh.
It’s pretty clear by the specs alone that the 11-inch iPad Pro does everything better than the 2017 10.5 inch model. The bigger screen in the same footprint is obvious, and so is the performance.
Pencil clips on, finally
Insane amount of power for a tablet
No headphone adaptor in the box
Pencil and keyboard are expensive extras
11in 2388×1668 LCD with ProMotion, P3, and True Tone
A12X Bionic 8-core with Neural Engine
4GB (6GB in 1TB model)
12MP, ƒ/1.8 rear with quad-LED flash/7MP, ƒ/2.2 front TrueDepth
Apple iOS 12
7812 mA (~10 hours web/music/video on Wi-Fi)