Buy it at Amazon – http://lon.tv/b7h56 (affiliate link) – The new 10.5 iPad Pro offers marginal real-world performance increases over last year’s 9.o7 but does sport an awesome new 10.5″ display. See my iPad 9.7 review: http://lon.tv/n-rx4 and subscribe! http://lon.tv/s – index below:
00:30 – Size comparison to the 9.7
01:03 – Touch screen intelligence
01:38 – Weight vs. the 9.7
02:37 – Ports and connectors
03:12 – Fast charging capability
03:34 – Processor and screen resolution
04:11 – Cameras and image samples
05:09 – Performance and comparison to 9.7
05:27 – 3DMark Gaming Benchmark
06:20 – 120 hz display
07:38 – Apple Pencil performance – More on 9.7 vid: http://lon.tv/n-rx4
08:51 – Split screen performance
09:23 – Battery life
09:57 – Conclusion: do you need it at its high price?
10:23 – Pricing
As usual the upgrade from last year’s model is a marginal one. While on paper the new iPad Pro 10.5 is faster in reality there’s not a huge difference in app performance that most users will notice. In other words if you’re satisfied with your 9.7 experience there’s nothing new that the 10.5 does that your current one can’t do.
That said the screen is awesome. It’s noticeably larger but packed into a device that isn’t much larger than year’s 9.7. Apple has some pretty cool intelligence on their touch screens that allow it to ignore when you’re resting your thumb on the display.
The display also now runs at 120 hz making for smoother animations and far less latency than the prior version. I measured 44ms of latency vs. about 100ms on the prior version both in using the pencil and pressing on the screen.
The Verge said this device is overkill and I tend to agree with them. The iPad Pro from last year was far beyond competing devices and this one goes a step further. It’s elegant and executes everything it does perfectly. But there’s a steep cost for this perfect. It’s not hard to configure one that costs more than $1000 – into the price territory of a nicely equipped PC.
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