Could the Apple iPad Pro be the Ultimate PC Replacement?

Thursday, 15 Jun, 2017

They look similar, with the same sleek aluminium solid unibody chassis and chamfered edges.

Personal interest aside, does the new iPad Pro change things in the tablet market?

27-inch iMac Radeon Pro 575 versus 580 - However, when I worked through the 27-inch iMac configurations, I found the same issue as with the 21.5-inch models. However, the company also spent a portion of the conference on the latest version of its iPad Pro. For the 15-inch model, the graphics cards are updated with AMD's new 500 series. But, in reality, it gives you that extra screen real estate without the bulk of the 12.9-inch model.

After spending several days using the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which starts at $649 and begins shipping this week, I'm convinced this is the best tablet for productivity Apple has made so far. The Pro 10.5 has a bigger battery than the Pro 9.7, but it also has to deal with a brighter screen that refreshes twice as fast. If you're the type who picks up an iPad, checks a few things out and tosses it back down again, expect it to last even longer.

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While Apple and Microsoft both have different approaches, I believe their end goals are quite similar: That in a decade or two, most of the devices we use to get work done will offer rich touch-screen interfaces. The new iPad sports a 6-core CPU that comes with an inbuilt 12-core GPU to make it 30% faster than the A9X chip.

The new model scores 4,144 (single-core) and 9,797 (multi-core) in the Geekbench 3 benchmark test. In early March this year, the firm introduced a novel 9.7 - inch iPad, the 5 generation targeting specifically the casual users. So whether it's scrolling through a web-page or playing a game, this iPad is just that little bit better on the eye. Textures are smooth and the lighting effects are fantastic. A new Leather Sleeve is available for both the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro in a range of colors for $129 (US) and $149 (US), respectively. It has a soft micro-fibre lining to protect the iPad. Apple's own $159 Smart Keyboard feels nice, but it bothers me that there's no place to store the Apple Pencil. The 10.5-inch version is also available in Rose Gold. Its magnetic strip docks with the iPad Pro's Smart Connector. On iOS, the home screen is the center, which puts the focus on apps. Unfolded, it becomes a full-sized keyboard. That number will vary depending on how you use the Pro.

Before we look at the pros and cons of the new iPad Pro, context is important.

But if you're looking to use the tablet as a replacement for a work laptop - and that work covers a lot of design or editing - then you should seriously consider the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. If you're willing to splash out at least Dh2,499 for a portable, laptop-esque machine for advanced use, go ahead.