iPad Pro 2018: the Indomitable tablet

The front of the new iPad Pro is the screen from edge to edge. Thickness of 5,9 mm. And in ephemeral thin, lightweight package – Apple A12X Bionic, the “cool” system-on-chip ever used in mobile devices. It can be held in one hand, the area – at least not for long. Nobody in the world ever and would not be able to combine the beauty and power in one device. And I think I even know why.

Some iPad 2018 “bent” right out of the box

The screen of the new iPad Pro are not occupied all the space of the front panel between the screen and the faces of the body was the gap (frame?) with a thickness of three-tenths of an inch (7.62 mm), hidden from the human eye protective glass of the screen. Because of this gap could do without “bangs” by placing the front camera and all the necessary device sensors on this tiny perch. Apple representatives has sounded one more version: the gap was necessary to increase the strength of the case. But this statement was removed from the Apple website week and a half after the start of sales of iPad Pro. iPad Pro with a screen diagonal of 11 inches (27.9 cm) fits into the same housing as the iPad Pro, previous generation with a diagonal of 10.5 inches. iPad Pro with 12.9 inch screen for the volume 25% less than the previous 12.9-inch Pro. “Smaller devices and more of the screen” – proudly said Apple. And the thickness of the iPad Pro with a screen “edge to edge” reduced by 0.2 mm From 6.1 mm to 5.9 mm.

During the presentation do not forget to repeat the mantra about the “laptop of the future”, the Adobe REP showed the full version of Photoshop worked without brakes and delays are inevitable even for professional laptops (Photoshop for iPad promised to put in the App Store a couple of months), complimented iOS 12, where support for large iPad spent a lot of time and effort. Keyboard and stylus the new generation USB type-C, the amount of flash memory up to 1 Terabyte (new iPad). Good has become better, it is a good desperately wanted to buy. The presentation was a success. Applause. With PC new iPad Pro has disappeared not only the Lightning connector, but the 3.5 mm audio Jack. USB-C applauded. The transition promised problems, but it was a step in the right direction. More precisely, the half step but this is very few people knew.

What’s new in iPad Pro third generation

Despite the difference in size in all iPad Pro third generation much in common. The same system-on-chip Apple A12X Bionic , sorry for the epithet, incredible technical data. Screens differed from one another only in size and resolution. Apple called them Liquid Retina as the screen in the iPhone XR. It’s just a name, nothing special about these screens were not: this LCD is very high quality, with the support of the ProMotion, i.e. self-adjusting refresh rate (120 Hz) with IPS with wide color palette P3, with support for True Tone (adapting the screen brightness to the lighting). In contrast, the screens are inferior to OLED screens, but free from their defects. Maximum brightness (600 CD/m2), this parameter has the iPad Pro was the best in its class. Screen density – 264 ppi. Anti-glare and oleophobic coating, and as shown by tests of destroyers, scratches on any of these screens can only be applied with sharp objects, putting significant effort.

Sidenote: Liquid Retina [LCD] it's a “liquid crystal display with a Retina resolution”.

Still, in each generation the iPad has been a model of “WiFi only” some models “WiFi+Cellular” optimized to work with mobile operators in different countries. In the third generation iPad Pro is changed. In “only WiFi” and “WiFi+Cellular” each size had two models differ from one another by the flash size and RAM size. The list of models below:

  • iPad8,1 – 11 inch iPad Pro “WiFi only” c 64, 256, or 512 Gigabytes of flash memory, 4 gigabytes of RAM LPDDR4X;
  • iPad8,2 – 11 inch iPad Pro “WiFi only” with 1 Terabyte of flash memory, 6 Gigabytes of RAM LPDDR4X;
  • iPad8,3 – 11-inch iPad “WiFi+Cellular” c 64, 256, or 512 Gigabytes of flash memory, 4 gigabytes of RAM LPDDR4X;
  • iPad8,4 – 11-inch iPad “WiFi+Cellular” with 1 Terabyte of flash memory, 6 Gigabytes of RAM LPDDR4X;
  • iPad8,5 – 12.9-inch iPad Pro “WiFi only” c 64, 256, or 512 Gigabytes of flash memory, 4 gigabytes of RAM LPDDR4X;
  • iPad8,6 – 12.9-inch iPad Pro “WiFi only” with 1 Terabyte of flash memory, 6 Gigabytes of RAM LPDDR4X;
  • iPad8,7 – 12.9-inch iPad Pro “WiFi+Cellular” c 64, 256, or 512 Gigabytes of flash memory, 4 gigabytes of RAM LPDDR4X;
  • iPad8,8 – 12.9-inch iPad Pro “WiFi+Cellular” with 1 Terabyte of flash memory, 6 Gigabytes of RAM LPDDR4X.

All iPad Pro generation, instead of Lightning, used the USB type-C (USB 3.1 no Thunderbolt support). Use this connector to connect an external camera or an external display, but connecting external drives were not supported. Package included iPad itself, meter USB-C cable and 18-watt power supply. And a small bag of leaflets. Everything else is Pencil and the Apple II, and Apple Smart Keyboard Folio, and desperately needed adapters of several kinds had to be purchased separately for an additional fee. Buyers believed that all this should be included in the kit, but calculate how much would cost an iPad Pro in the expanded configuration no one guessed.

Perhaps the most convenient iPad

5 microphones, 4 speakers (each of which, depending on its location “above” or “below” could turn into a regular or low-frequency), Bluetooth 5.0 and 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. In the models “WiFi+Cellular” to this set were added the cell transceivers. For authentication used for Face ID that can recognize the owner from any position (“standing” and “lying”), and even in cases when the face of the closed obstacle. Values for control points stored in the security enclave, and outside of the system-on-chip is not available.

Charging port for Apple Pencil

Price and features the iPad Pro 3

11-inch iPad Pro in all four models, screen resolution 2388х1668 pixels, the dimensions of the housing 247,6 x 178,5 x 5.9 mm, weight models “only WiFi” and “WiFi+Cellular” – 468, battery Capacity – 29,37 Watt-hours. 11-inch iPad Pro “WiFi only” with a flash size of 64, 256, 512, and 1024 Gigabytes and costs 799, 949, 1 149 1 549 dollars. “WiFi+Cellular” with the same volume of flash memory is 949, 1 099, 1 1 299 and $ 699.

12.9-inch iPad Pro screen resolution 2732х2048 pixel dimensions 280.6 x 214.9 x 5.9 mm, model “WiFi only” weighs 631 grams, model “WiFi+Cellular” – G. 633 12.9-inch iPad Pro “WiFi only” with a flash size of 64, 256, 512, and 1024 Gigabytes is 999, 1 149, 1 349 and 1 749 dollars. “WiFi+Cellular” with the same amounts of flash memory costs 1 149, 1 299, 1 1 499 and $ 899.

Why the iPad Pro third generation “Inflexible”

Because iPad Pro third generation could break into my own hands without much effort. To restore the iPad Pro then it is impossible. But some of them, in considerable numbers, came to the buyer is curved. Many times, especially in the first weeks of sales. Within 14 days after the purchase of the device bent iPad Pro could restore or replace, free of charge. Apple’s reaction to these outrages was traditional: there are no problems, the reject from Apple is the lowest in the industry. Like birth defects and extends the warranty period, but most likely this all is not so simple.

the iPad Pro was destroyed and rough handling: if during transport in a bag or backpack for tablet crushed nearby objects, the result likely could be tragic. This is a consequence of wordly sophistication. I would prefer a more “thick” (a millimeter or two), and heavier (50-100 grams) iPad Pro, but more adapted to real life.

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