Apple iPad Pro (12.9) is probably the only tablet that comes close to replacing your laptop in the 21st Century. We say this because Apple has constantly shown what all you can do with a tablet in terms of work productivity and even leisure. The 2020 Apple iPad Pro (12.9) is no different. In fact, it stretches that claim even further. Apple engineers have constantly worked on both hardware and software upgrades to make its 2020 avatar even more PC-like. So, is it worth that exorbitant price tag? Let’s find out.
The new Apple iPad Pro (12.9) now gets a large camera bump at the back, while retaining its slim and sleek overall design. It looks pretty much identical to the iPad Pro of 2018, however, on closer inspection you will find rounder edges and those bezels are also nicely done by Apple. Upfront, you won’t find that ugly notch, however, that TrueDepth camera is neatly integrated on the top of the display on the iPad Pro.
In terms of connectivity, you lose on the 3.5mm audio jack and only get a single USB-C port on the iPad Pro. There is a magnetic strip on top of the device for you to attach your Apple Pencil and Apple’s new Magic Keyboard also instantly connects to the Smart Connector on the device.
Also, the 2020 iPad Pro adds some weight to it when compared to the previous year’s model, however, you might even notice this difference at all.
The display is what you pay for on an iPad and Apple has been constantly giving you industry-leading display on the iPad since its inception. The 2020 iPad Pro is no different. You get a big and bright 12.9-inch, that knows how to pop colours for your viewing pleasure thanks to the support for P3 wide colour.
Apple’s True Tone use on the display knows how to optimise it for different lighting conditions and ProMotion on the iPad Pro will ensure that you get a butter-smooth response. What was a bit of a downside for us was the 4:3 aspect ratio as it kind of spoils the binge-watch experience with cinemascope bars. On the other hand, it’s intuitive for gaming as well as productivity apps. The display is prone to fingerprint smudges, but if you are invested in the Apple ecosystem with its Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil, you might have a clean display all the time.
iPad Pro’s four stereo speakers also take the cake for us as they offer a pristine audio quality along with a loud experience that can even put your home Bluetooth speaker to shame.
Powered by the A12Z Bionic chip, iPad Pro is faster and more powerful than most PC laptops as it has an 8-core fusion design with four performance cores to tackle heavy computational tasks and four high-efficiency cores to take on any task you throw at it. It also comes with an enhanced thermal architecture and tuned performance controllers for better efficiency, while the updated GPU in the A12Z Bionic delivers 2.6 times faster performance than the A10X Fusion. It is also faster than the A12X Bionic for a better gaming and graphics rendering experience. So, in terms of performance, it’s way ahead of any laptop that you might consider to buy.
The new iPad Pro comes with upgraded cameras that are tuned for Augmented Reality app usage. The iPad Pro now includes a pro 12MP Wide camera that delivers beautiful photos and 4K video, and a new 10MP Ultra-Wide camera to capture images and video with an even larger field of view. In addition to this, you get a LiDAR Scanner that helps to measure the distance to surrounding objects by measuring light reflected from up to 5 m away down at the photon level and operates at nanosecond speeds.
So, all the existing AR apps are even more realistic and immersive with instant AR, improved occlusions of virtual objects, and improved motion capture and people occlusion. To top it all the developers can now harness the LiDAR Scanner with ARKit 3.5 to introduce virtual object occlusion and real-world physics for enhanced AR experiences in new apps as well as updates to their existing AR apps.
This has been a revolutionary thing on this year’s iPad Pro. The keys on the Magic Keyboard are quite similar to what you get on a MacBook and their typing experience is one of the best that one can find on a tablet keyboard. Not just that the magnetic attaching mechanism of the huge iPad on the keyboard is also very stable and personally the floating cantilever design mechanism is something that every laptop should have, especially once we have used it on the iPad Pro, laptop display angles are something that feel a bit odd to us.
To complete this tablet to laptop transition the iPadOS now supports the use of a trackpad or mouse with the iPad, including a redesigned cursor experience for iPad and the Magic Keyboard comes with a trackpad as well. So, you can easily use the all-new iPad without touching the screen ever.
Though the iPadOS on the new iPad Pro retains its touch-first experience, accessories like the keyboard and Apple Pencil are always at one’s disposal. The cursor has been redesigned just for iPad for trackpad usage as it appears on screen as a circle and elegantly transforms into the tool you need at the moment—app icons on the Home screen and Dock, buttons in apps, and I-beams in text fields.
The iPad Pro is a premium tablet for sure as the 11-inch iPad Pro starts at Rs 71,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 85,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at Rs 89,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 1,03,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. But if you are in the market looking for a tablet that will last you long, cater to your everyday needs, and has mobility by its side, the iPad Pro is the closest thing, according to us, that can replace your laptop for sure.
- Great Design
- Magic Keyboard with Trackpad
- Camera performance
- Display attracts smudges
- Just a single USB-C Port