The Macbook-esque iPad slate is here. The overall spec sheets are impressive, and the built quality – along with the separate accessories – are really giving the iPad Pro 12.9 majestic feeling. But the price is arguably way too high, leaving everyone wondering whether this might or might not be the best option for them.
- Sheer powerhouse
- Big screen
- Double stereo speakers
- Limited creative apps due to iOS
Just like its smaller brother, the iPad Pro 12.9 still retain the traditional Apple’s tablet principle but with a size resembling MacBook Air. The form factor and the physical inputs match seamlessly, giving the slate a truly proportional look. It features two pair of speakers rather than one in the iPad Air 2, in hope of beating mid to high-end Android tablet in the multimedia sector.
The 12.9-inch display won’t give you hard times eventhough two-hand grip is a must here. It’s surprisingly light and thin at 6.9mm. Beating the iPad Air 2, it bears the largest resolution iPad has ever seen – 2732 x 2048 pixels – but with similar pixel density at 265 ppi.
Apple claimed that the biggest iPad ever has a stronger screen quality than 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. And it knows when to decrease or increase the refresh rate to provide you with better transition when moving things around.
Powering the iPad Pro 12.9 is the magnificent A9X processor with twice the capacity of A8X found in iPad Air 2. The Cupertino company boasted that the chipset is far better than most 2-in-1 devices, either in terms of graphical duties and power processing. This is then paired with 4GB of RAM, and Apple has stated that everyone in the creative industries will have a smooth experience playing parade of things with Adobe apps.
There’s an 8MP iSight camera with f/2.4 aperture on the back, however, we personally don’t think it’s wise to capture things around with such an enormous tablet. Nonetheless you can always record video up to 1080p at 30 fps with the lens.
Similar to its smaller brother, iPad Pro 12.9 comes with pressure-sensitive Apple Pencil that allows you to do digital painting and writing like a real artist. Particularly in 12.9 Pro, the stylus feels more appropriate given its laptop-esque display size. There’s the Smart Keyboard too, which connect to the tablet rather magnetically than bluetooth-ly.
The slate packs non-removable 38.5 Wh 10,370 mAh battery that lasts for approximately 10 hours of heavy multimedia use. You won’t necessarily expect this table to survive that short, given the efficiency of the chipset. Under regular use, we would expect the 12.9 incher to survive for another two days.
It comes with various price tags, according to the storage size and SIM card functionality. Here are the list:
- 32GB, Wi-Fi only: $699
- 128GB, Wi-Fi only: $799
- 256GB, Wi-Fi only: $899
- 128GB, Wi-Fi + cellular: $929
- 256GB, Wi-Fi + cellular: $1029