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How did Apple defy physics in the new 10.5″ iPad Pro?

Stuffing clowns into a car
Stuffing clowns into a car

  
Hardware:

Many people are scratching their heads about how Apple managed to cram an iPad Pro with a 10.5 inch screen into a case that is only 9.8 inches tall. This new model replaces the “old” (last year’s model) iPad Pro which featured a 9.7 inch screen stuffed into a 9.4 inch tall case.

The answer is simple: Apple pretty much took out the margins (bezels) on both sides of the screen and raised the top by only .4 inches. The margins are the areas that allowed us to rest our fingers or palms on the screen yet would not activate the screen. It seems that Apple has improved the hardware and software to a point where the screen does not register misplaced fingers and palms. Bottom line: the new screen, in pretty much the old case, gives us 20% more screen “real estate” to enjoy sharper (i.e. higher resolution) images, and 50% brighter than last year’s model.

The new iPad Pro 10.5 retains all the quality of the original with an ingenious four speaker stereo system and side edge connectors for accessories like the super slim Apple Smart Keyboard. Upgrades to the device include a more powerful set of cameras (front and rear), the main CPU goes from an Apple 9x chip to an Apple 10x chip which boosts basic processing, resulting in an increase over 250% faster than the previous model, and graphic processing is over 400% quicker than before. Apple claims that all this new hardware will not affect the strong 10-hour battery life.

Other improvements include the availability of a full-size Apple Smart Keyboard and new cases and covers to accommodate the slightly taller body. The new iPad Pro 10.5 also has the fingerprint scanner home button and supports the Apple Pencil. Internal storage RAM begins at 64GB (up from the previous 32GB), and then proceeds to 128GB and a first-ever capacity of 512GB. The iPad Pro 10.5 is reported to have 4GB of RAM.

The old 9.7″ iPad Pro with 32GB and WiFi was $599, the new 10.5″ iPad Pro with 64GB and WiFi is $649. The old 9.7″ iPad Pro with 256GB and WiFi was $899, the new 10.5″ iPad Pro with 256GB and WiFi is $749. The new 10.5″ WiFi iPad Pro with a whopping 512GB of storage is $949. The “sweet spot” appears to be the 256GB WiFi model which packs a larger screen, faster processor, and a whole lot more for about $150 less than last year’s model. If you need the WiFi + LTE cellular models, add $130 to the WiFi-only pricing.

Software:

The new device initially ships with IOS 10.3.2. The bigger deal is IOS 11, which ships in the Fall with enhancements available only to iPads. These enhancements will primarily be in multitasking, screen splits (allowing two apps to run side by side in adjacent windows), an application launch bar at the bottom of the screen (similar to a Mac), and a “file” app which allows for controlling where files go (local or cloud). Finally, the updated IOS 11 allows for “drag and drop” for web links, photos, text, and more — from one app to another.

The Bottom Line:

Apple is concerned about the decline in tablet device sales. Consumers do not seem to be in a hurry to purchase newer models, unlike smart phones. Apple has given us a new device with a solid update to both the hardware and software of the iPad Pro line (there is also a 12.9 inch screen series). Even the price seems to be sweeter for the 256GB model. Both hardware and software seem to be moving closer and closer to the tablet form,replacing traditional desktops and laptops. Certainly a case can be made that tablets (especially iPads) make more sense for seniors – the focus of this blog. As always, your comments are welcome.

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Part Two: Apple iPad Pro review. Gotta Love It!

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WELL… I’ve been using my new iPad Pro for a little over a month so here is the follow-up review I promised you in my first review.

Overall:

If you get no further than this paragraph I can tell you that it’s a great tablet – and for me a definite candidate to replace a laptop.  Add a keyboard and you are all set!

Here are just a few things that I think makes the iPad Pro “special.” –

  • Magazines:  Viewing digital magazines, especially through App services like Magzter, are absolutely stunning in landscape (horizontal) two-page mode. Super clear photos and text makes it just like reading a paper magazine.  Save a tree and go digital if you love magazines.
  •  Split-Screen: I’m using this feature right now as I type this blog (also shown on the photo above.)  The left side of my screen is using the app WordPress (my blogging software), and the right side of my screen is using Microsoft OneNote my note taking app that I have my blog outline on.  Both apps are “live” (multitasking) and easy to use side-by-side. Very handy for comparisons and reference work.
  • Apple Smart Keyboard: Was definitely worth the wait! Very usable.  Perfect full size key spacing.  Foldable stand for typing, viewing videos, and also protects the front of screen when not in use. Very thin (but yet sturdy) and lightweight. No need to pair or worry about battery charging the keyboard. Special magnetic connector handles charging and connection – very cool technology!
  • Apple “Pencil”: Again this device was definitely worth the long wait!  Comfortable “in-hand” to use for long periods. Works great as a simple stylus (especially if you have pudgy fingers) and as a drawing and painting tool in the growing list of apps that support it.  Although I’m not an artist, I am a photographer and use the Apple Pencil as a tool to help in selecting small areas for photo retouching and other chores.
  • Sound System: Apple really went all the way in producing undoubtedly the best sound system ever in a mobile device.  Powerful, yet clear, speakers on all four corners of the iPad are simply outstanding.  No matter which direction (orientation) you hold the iPad, the bass and midrange come out the bottom speakers, and the tweets come out the top speakers.  Now that’s innovation!
  • Power and Speed: Everything simply works faster on the iPad Pro. Opening apps, changing apps, split screen, games, video, all work at laptop class performance.  The new Apple a9x chip (the fastest Apple makes), more powerful GPU chip, faster WiFi, and 4GB of RAM and much more make this device truly a joy to use on an everyday basis.
  • Video: Better than watching a 13″ HD flat-panel television!  Great for bedroom, kitchen, workshop, porch, etc.  Use it to watch movies, YouTube, even network TV with the new CBS All Access app.

Finally… Are there any downsides?  After several weeks the ONLY thing I miss is be able to snuggle with it on the couch or in bed.  It just a little too large to hold for long periods of time. And yes it is a little pricey – but in my humble opinion is worth the money when you consider the features and technology.  Perfect for the artist, designer, wordsmith or aspiring business person.

Let me know if you have questions!

The Apple iPad Pro… this bad boy is a super sized honker!

  

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!

I was a little shocked when I removed my new Apple iPad Pro from the box.  The screen is huge!  But the profile is thin!  And for a mobile device that has a screen size of almost 13″ (the size of most modern laptops) it is fairly lightweight at about 1-1/2 pounds; pretty much the same as the original iPad 10″ model that was released in 2010.

Unboxing and Set up

If you are an Apple “FanBoy” – meaning that you have lots of other Apple products then the unboxing is pretty standard.  Sturdy box, nice presentation, all the necessary gear – Lightning USB cable, AC adapter charger, and of course the Apple stickers that  come inside the little getting started folder. I also purchased the Apple two-piece silicone back case, and foldable polyurethane front smart cover.  Not required, but a good idea to keep the device safe – both front and rear.

The set up went smoothly as I had previously done a full backup on iTunes of my old iPad Air (using the encrypted setting to ensure that all passwords, health data, etc were carried over to the new device.)  I simply powered on the new iPad Pro, and answered a few simple questions, and then it asked me if I wanted to set up the device as a new iPad or restore from an iTunes backup.  About ten minutes later all my user names, passwords, internet configuration, documents and apps (icons only) were on the new device.  The iPad Pro then checked to see if it had the current IOS version – it did not – so the device automatically downloaded the file and installed it.  The next  steps included verification of my Apple ID and setting up ApplePay with my bank.  The final step included downloading and installing all my apps with the current versions – this took roughly two hours over WiFi.

Here comes the “Good News”…

After just a few hours time I found that I liked (noticed I didn’t say love – yet) my new iPad Pro.

  • The screen display is fabulous! With over 5,000,000 (that’s millions) pixels of high-resolution retina beauty it is a wonderful treat for these senior eyes.
  • The four speaker sound system is superb! Easily the best speaker system I’ve ever experienced on a mobile device.  Loud, clear, perfect!
  • As Steve used to say “Wicked Fast!” Apple a9x processor.  Opens apps and switches between them very quickly and smoothly. 
  • The best movie and music experience on a mobile device.
  • For the first time digital magazines display at their native size.  I’m a real magazine lover and use the “Texture” app to view my magazines in glorious color and razor sharp text and graphics.
  • The split screen option on this device – which allows for two apps to be running side by side is awesome.  Picture-in-picture allows a third screen to play videos or broadcasts while typing up a document, or checking a spreadsheet or reading your email.
  • “Bigger” everything.  More screen “real estate” means web pages, photos, spreadsheets, newsletters, emails, games – EVERYTHING is just easier to view.

The little bit of “Bad News…”

  • The new Apple Smart Keyboard won’t ship for a week.
  • The new Apple Pencil (the worlds most advanced stylus) won’t ship for a week.
  • The iPad Pro is not “snugly” like the iPad Mini or the iPad Airs.  Meaning that it is a little big to hold for long periods on your lap or in bed – oh well you can’t have everything.

I’m planning on doing another blog post after Thanksgiving giving you my thoughts after a couple of weeks – including the Apple Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil.  Keep an eye out for it.