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10.5 inch iPad Pro review and unboxing. Apple pencil and smart keyboard all tested. Setup and hands on review plus thoughts on this portable tablet.

10.5 Inch iPad Pro review

Last week when Apple announced the new iPad pro and iOS 11, it really got my attention. While having used iPads for many years, I never thought it was possible for them to eventually replace a laptop (although a lot of people talked that way). I saw too many barriers, power, storage space, lack of good keyboard and keyboard shortcuts for apps), lack of powerful apps etc. When I saw the announcement, I realized Apple have solved some of these issues, such as larger capacity 256gb and 512Gb storage and upcoming sharable and organizational folders, true multitasking and laptop class performance. I ordered immediately and mine arrived on day one. Here is my walkthrough, tests, unboxing and yes, a little humor to keep it fun.

I also purchased (none of this is sponsored by Apple)  the apple pencil and the smart keyboard. The keyboard changes the game A LOT! I always hated typing on the screen. The keyboard on the smart cover/keyboard feels really good, like better than the Microsoft surface pro, good.

With powerful apps such as Adobe Lightroom Mobile, affinity and procreate  I actually feel like it’s elevated beyond “toy” status where I could see myself doing actual work on it, for the first time ever. I actually see a path to where the iPad could be used as a serious content creation tool. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ready to dump my macbook Pro (2012 model – see why I hate the 2016 Macbook Pro / 2017 review to come soon) anytime in the near future. However, I can see a path ahead where a tablet device will make the laptop obsolete one day.

Maybe I’ve been living under a rock and this has been a thing, but procreate (a drawing app) supports keyboard shortcuts. You may think that’s backwards, after all we have gestures now right? There are so many things I love KB shortcuts for and I believe a serious app needs then to speed up productivity. We aren’t looking for gimmicks, we are looking for serious content creation tools. For the best onscreen drawing experience, check out the Wacom Cintiq and Intuos tablets. My review for the new Intuos Pro here. 

Anyway, check out my review video above and let me know what you think in the comments.

 

Here are the latest iPad Pro specs:

Capacity

  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

Weight

  • 10.5 = 1.05 lbs
  • 12.9 – 1.5 lbs

Display

  • Retina display
  • 10.5-inch = 2224-x-1668  at 264 (ppi)
  • 12.9-inch = 2732-x-2048 at 264 (ppi)
  • ProMotion technology (Dynamic, adaptive high frame rate)
  • Wide color display (P3)
  • True Tone display (changes color temperature to match room ambience)
  • Antireflective coating

Chip

  • A10X Fusion chip with 64‑bit architecture
  • Embedded M10 coprocessor

RAM

  • 4Gb

Camera

  • 12-megapixel camera
  • ƒ/1.8 aperture
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Six‑element lens
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash
  • 4K video recording at 30 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video
  • Optical zoom at 3x

Location

  • Digital compass
  • Wi‑Fi
  • iBeacon microlocation

Wi-Fi + Cellular models

  • Assisted GPS and GLONASS (Useful for Drone FPV device)
  • Cellular

Sensors

  • Touch ID
  • Three‐axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • Ambient light sensor

Battery

10.5‑inch: Built‐in 30.4‐watt‐hour rechargeable lithium‑polymer battery

12.9‑inch: Built‐in 41‐watt‐hour rechargeable lithium‑polymer battery

All models

  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‐Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

Wi-Fi + Cellular models

Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network

Viewable Document types

  • .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel); .zip; .ics

Pricing

10.5 = $649-$1079

12.5 = $799-$1299

 

Colin Smith

Colin Smith

Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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