iPad Pro 9.7 by Apple is the latest edition to its huge line up of iPads. The iPad Pro, upon its initial launch by the tech-giant caused a stir. Although, the iPad Pro was attention grabbing with a massive 12.9-inch screen, it was exorbitantly priced.
Although aesthetically identical to the regular iPad Air 2 and (mini 3), the iPad Pro has more power than the rest of the iPad line up, a second port for connecting to a keyboard dock, and support for a new stylus called Apple Pencil.
These standout features have been taken by Apple for the latest iPad Pro and rammed into a 9.7-inch tablet. Although, smaller than the mammoth original Pro, the iPad Pro 9.7-inch has the same features and performance.
Design and Hardware
The iPad Pro 9.7-inch looks very identical to the iPad Air at first glance. But differences become clear when you look closer. The Pro has the same four-speaker layout like Pro 12.9-inch, and there is an LED flash on the rear camera – this is the first time on any iPad. The rear camera also protrudes slightly from the body, just as it does on the iPhone 6S, and there is a second port on the side of the tablet for connecting it to the optional keyboard dock. The Rose Gold color variant is a difference between the Air and Pro.
The Pro is weighs and measures the same as Air 2 – 240 x 169.5mm, 240 x 169.5mm, a thickness of 6.1mm and a weight of 437g.
Concerning the design, the tablet is made from a gorgeous single piece of aluminum. It is all-glass on the front and polished and chamfered edges are cut into the sides.
Although, Sony, Samsung and Microsoft are producing some great tablets as of now, the iPad’s design is just about unique and excellent. It feels more premium than the Androids and more compact and useable on a daily basis.
The latest Pro is quite similar to the iPad Air 2 with respect to size and even the resolution and pixel density at 1536 x 2048 and 264 per inch. However, the new tablet has a feature that no other Apple product has – True Tone.
True Tone automatically adjusts the color, brightness and temperature of the screen based on its environment. This is done in order to help save your eyes from strain by using four-channel ambient light sensors to measure the light in the rest of the room (or outdoors) and then mimicking the display.
Besides this, the new Pro generates 25% more color saturation than the iPad Air 2 and uses the same, wide P3 color gamut as the 5K Retina iMac. Plus, being 25% brighter and 40% less reflective simply make the iPad Pro a great device to use in any situation.
The iPad Pro uses Apple’s new Night Shift feature like all other iOS 9 devices, to reduce blue light after a user-defined time of time. This means you can read in bed without blue light tricking your brain into thinking it is daylight. Reducing this light intake in the evenings is said to help you sleep better.
Software and Performance
The 9-inch iPad Pro run iOS 9.3 on an A9X processor – the fastest Apple currently installs in its mobile devices and the same as what powers the larger iPad Pro. According to Apple, the new Pro is 1.7 times faster than the Air 2 and uses iMovie to edit three streams of 4K (Ultra HD) videos at once. It is candidly outstanding to deliver such performance which is only expected from high-end laptops.
Despite the tablet being undeniably quick, there are a couple of problems that a software update will likely fix. The iPad randomly reboots and the Photos app often causes the pictures to be massively exposed (almost entirely white) while making minor edits. This can seem annoying at times.
Having perpetually improved iOS every year for almost a decade now, it still feels that the general home screen layout is a bit tired. The very act of organising apps into folders is a pain when they’re spread across many pages after downloading. A fresh new look would always be welcome, although, we know that the home screen is a big part of iPhone and iPad’s identity.
That being said, the recent addition of true multitasking with some applications (having two on screen and active at once) is welcome and well implemented.
The battery life of the iPad has always been impressive and the latest Pro is no different. You get a full nine-hour working day out of the Pro with the screen and Wi-Fi continuously on. You still have enough left for the evening, which proves Apple’s 10 hour claim right. There is no wireless charging – a fact which remains sadly true across the entire Apple range.
You can’t help but click photos with an Apple tablet. With a 12 megapixel rear shooter and a 5MP sensor, the iPad Pro has the best camera for any iPad to date. It has a flash for the first time, and uses the ‘retina flash’ (a flash of white from the screen) to help illuminate your face.
The iPad Pro 9.7-inch is currently the best tablet on sale. It is an elaborately magnificent device that outdoes the competition in just about every area from hardware and design to the screen and camera.
In contrast to the jumbo 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the new Pro is much more usable and convenient in size.
Nonetheless, one major drawback is the price. Starting at £499 for the 32GB variant and going up as high as £739 for the 256GB variant (plus an extra £100 for a 4G SIM card slot), it is a very expensive product which cannot fully replace your laptop.
But those looking to make the most of the iPad Pro 9.7-inch can do so for an extra £79 and £129 respectively. Apples sells a stylus and keyboard dock for the aforementioned prices which are claimed to be a laptop replacement in real.