It’s finally here! The new larger iPad which everyone has been speculating about for years. I’ve seriously been wanting this tablet for years…(read my earlier post about the rumors)…but now that it’s here I’m not so sure…
I thought I wanted the iPhone 6+ for years too
But when push came to shove, I just couldn’t handle the size of it and dropped it often. Luckily I had purchased Apple Care for it…but after one replacement in less than a year the handwriting was on the wall…Apple Care will only replace a device twice. So I’m the proud new owner of the 6s…and I also have a brand new (Apple Care Replacement) 128GB iPhone 6+ in the now discontinued gold color…that I need to sell but haven’t yet.
iPad Pro Will Go On Sale Wednesday at Apple’s Online Store and In Local Stores
The above title links to a great article telling you more about the ‘on sale’ details, and where I first learned the news.
Gallery of iPad Pro Photos
Some of iPad Pro’s features:
- Apple’s new A9x cpu chip promises to be 1.8x faster than the current iPad Air 2’s…making it very capable of editing 4K video footage…yet battery performance should be 10 hours.
- The pixel count is doubled compared to the iPad Air 2’s, so it’s Retina display is said to be immersive yet twice as fast with graphics processing as the Air 2.
- Every aspect of data management and control is said to be far superior to the Air 2 and better than many computers.
- Ultra-fast networking with download speeds of 866Mbps for wireless and 150Mbps for LTE. These are hard to compare to the Air 2 because Apple doesn’t publish those speeds.
- An additional smart connector which is used to attach Apple’s new smart keyboard
- Apple’s amazing new Pencil appears to be the first fully featured stylus to work with ios devices and can be charged directly from the iPad Pro’s lightening port
- Apple’s new SIM plan alternatives for short term ‘unlocked’ cell coverage in 90 countries.
We Just Ordered Ours…for testing purposes :-) &
I Realized We Need a Case So Here’s Size Info
Price for a Fully Loaded, Fully Accessorized,
Fully Protected iPad Pro is $1446
If you want to get the fully loaded version of iPad Pro with 128GB’s and cellular the price is $1079…or $250 more than the similarly equipped iPad Air 2. If you want to add Apple Care protection to that is $99. The new smart keyboard is $169 and the new Apple pencil is $99.
Earliest Review Links | Steve Jobs Take on Stylus’s &
Who Knew Multi-Touch was a 2007 Innovation!
At the close of first day sales iPad Pro’s earliest reviews have been overshadowed by those for it’s newest accessory. In true Apple fashion the new stylus is called simply Pencil. But there’is nothing simple about Pencil. Read Tech Insider’s article about the high praise Pencil is receiving from some of the industries top tech writers including those from Ars Tehcnica, The Verge, Tech Crunch and Wired. They’ve also included an ironic video clip of Steve Jobs denouncing the concept of pairing a stylus with the iPhone…it’s hilarious in hindsight…yet his introduction of Multi-touch wasn’t.
- Walt Mossberg from The Verge wrote a great review: ‘The iPad Pro can’t replace your laptop totally, even for a tablet lover’
Links to more great information
Apple’s beautiful marketing literature for the iPad Pro (with a links to the Apple’s Keynote introduction and stunning marketing video too)
Apple Smart Keyboard $169
Apple Pencil $99
Very Cool Apple Pencil Video
Quick Overview of iPad Pro’s Keyboard
Detailed Comparison Between Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro
Why I may not want to get the iPad Pro…
(but did anyway)
This Part Can Be Easily Skipped…it’s just one girl’s opinion
This is a really tough pill to swallow for me because I’ve been longing/lusting after the Pro for a very long time. But if I’m being completely honest and frank about it, I have some huge concerns.
There are a few unanswered questions remaining about the Pro. Apple promotes the specs as being vastly superior to those of the Air 2, which I’m writing this on…and I don’t doubt the truth of that. But is it still just a tablet? Will I be able to view flash videos? Will writing for websites be easier? Can I do anything on the Pro that I could do on a computer?
What about the storage space? 128GB’s isn’t very much for a powerful device like the Pro. My most recent iPad Air 2, which I’ve had for about 1 month now (and which is also 128GB’s) is already 1/2 full. I have 56GB’s available from the original 128GB’s.
I setup this Air 2 as a brand new device…I didn’t restore from backup (because all my backups were ‘corrupt’ due to ‘over-the-air’ updates of ios 8 from Apple.) So frankly, I’m worried that my new extremely powerful tablet will fill up within the space of a few months!
My last concern is a hard one to verbalize…I just have this gnawing, sort of gut-wrenching feeling that Apple is trying to hard to lead in technology at the expense of their customers. Granted they are a very rich company that can throw bazillions of dollars into new tech research…but if they can’t follow through and keep customers happy because their products lack the polish their shiney exteriors present…I for one won’t continue to immerese myself in the Apple ecosystem forever…every camel’s back has a breaking point, and last years ios 8 fiasco is still too raw and too unresoveled for me to be super enthusiastic…but I wanna believe.
Thinking about it, isn’t it ironic that, during the Keynote addresses, Tim Cook sort of goes on and on about ‘Customer Satisfaction‘ but in the real world his stats seem hard pretty to replicate in our environment. For sample, do you know anyone who gushes about their Apple devices after last year’s ios 8? Maybe it’s kind of like Catholicisim and the Pope…both of which aren’t really all that popular in Western cultures anymore, but they still dominate in terms of the World’s religions. Probably because they have become very 3rd world focused and let’s face it the populations in 3rd world countries are huge! But I don’t think it’s so much of an analogy (3rd world citizens probably aren’t buying tons of Apple devices.)
So please Apple, get your act together and don’t disappoint!
I don’t really need/want a car made by you…my Watch is nice, but not earth shattering…but I do need powerful, amazing devices that work beautifully and stand the test of time (and by time I realistically mean a year or 2 tops!)