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Buying Guide: The iPad Pro 10.5 combines impressive display with incredible performance

 


* Apple unveiled the iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.5 to replace last year’s 9.7 inch version.

* The 10.5-inch iPad Pro weighs just 454 grams and has 40 percent less width round the border than its predecessor.

* It features impressive display with ProMotion technology and comes with the new A10X Fusion processor that is faster than most laptops in the market today.

* If you only need an iPad to carry out daily tasks like: watching movies, tracking emails and using social media, it is more cost-effective to buy the regular iPad rather than the iPad Pro 10.5.


 

The tablet market has been shrinking in recent times and sales generally slowing down, Apple however did not appear ready to give up its considerable market share when it introduced two new tablets – the iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.5.

The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro replaces last year’s 9.7-inch Pro tablet and in true Apple fashion – it did not disappoint! Weighing just one pound (454 grams), the new Pro 10.5 has 40 percent less width around the borders and features the most impressive display found on any tablet with incredible performance to match as well.

Credit: Apple

So what’s the difference between the regular iPad and the iPad Pro?

A lot! Compared to the regular iPad, the iPad Pro comes packed with a more powerful processor, better camera, and a bigger and better screen. On the Pro device, you also get a keyboard connection port and more speakers (with obviously richer sound). Also unlike the Regular iPad, the iPad Pro also supports Apple Pencil.

That’s not all, price is another major difference between the two tablets. The iPad Pro is priced between $649 (N238,400) for the 64GB storage model (with no 3G/4G connectivity option) and $1079 (N396,200) for a 512GB and 4G enabled iPad Pro.

Likewise, it wouldn’t be an Apple product if you don’t have to pay separately for the Apple Pencil which is priced at $99 (N36,400). Then there is the Apple keyboard which sells for $159 (N58,400) but you can get cheaper compatible third party keyboards online.

So if all you need a tablet for is to keep track of your emails, post updates on Facebook or watch movies; then the regular iPad will serve you just fine. And you can get the iPad 9.7 inch for $329 (N121,000) (32GB, WiFi only) or $459 (N168,500) for the 32GB, WiFi + 3G/4G version.

So now that you know the difference, what are the features of the iPad Pro?

The display

Let’s start with the screen. The 2017 iPad Pro 10.5 features a redesigned Retina display which comes with a new technology called ‘ProMotion’. What the ProMotion technology does is it helps deliver fluid scrolling and smoother motion of visual contents on the screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz. The ProMotion technology also helps the Apple Pencil operate more responsively as well, making it more easy to write on the iPad Pro as naturally as possible.

Still on the display: the advanced Retina display on the iPad 10.5 features an anti-reflective coating, making it easy to view contents easily both indoor and outdoor conditions.

The ProMotion Technology helps the screen to be more responsive when using the Apple Pencil.
Credit: Apple

The performance

Lets try not to get too ‘techy’ here. So in Apples’ words, the iPad Pro 10.5 combines “groundbreaking performance, connectivity and versatility to tackle the most demanding task”. This means, thanks to Apple’s new A10X Fusion chipset, the iPad Pro delivers a performance that is faster than most laptops in the market today. So if you do buy the iPad Pro 10.5, feel free to undertake complex tasks like editing photos and 4K videos, rendering 3D images or playing games.

If you care about the facts, the new A10X Fusion processor in this year’s iPad Pro delivers 30 percent faster CPU performance and 40 percent more graphics performance than the A9X chip (found in last year’s model) while delivering an all day battery life.

The new A10X Fusion chip makes it easier to undertake complex tasks like editing photos and 4K videos, rendering 3D images or playing games on the iPad Pro 10.5 Credit: Apple

Camera

On the iPad Pro, you’ll get the same camera as the one on the iPhone 7 – both on the front and rear-facing cameras. That is 12MP rear-facing camera with optical image stabilisation – so you can shoot stable, less wobbly videos even when in motion. The front-facing camera is a 7MP FaceTime HD camera.

 

 

The iPad Pro 10.5 also features a four  speaker audio system just like its 9.7-inch predecessor from last year. The Touch ID on the iPad Pro also presents a ‘more responsive, simple and secure’ way to lock your files away. You can also approve purchases and payments using the Touch ID.

 

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