Apple iPad Pro (2016) Impressions!

Not the iPad Air 3.

Image courtesy of Apple

Many people were speculating that Apple would release the iPad Air 3, but they didn’t. What would be the iPad Air 3, the all-new iPad Pro features the same capabilities of the original iPad Pro, just in a 9.7 inch Retina Display form factor.

Display

The 2016 iPad Pro features a 9.7" Retina Display. That’s not all. It features a True Tone display, as well.

New 9.7" model (top) being compared to the original (bottom) [Image courtesy of Apple]

A True Tone display is a display which makes the iPad Pro’s display react similar to how paper reacts to the lighting condition. For example, if you were writing an essay, on a piece of paper, in a room that had orange lighting, your paper would turn orange. Not physically turn orange, but our eyes adjust to the color. On an iPad though, it doesn’t. Now it does and it should be comfortable to look at the display, maybe more comfortable and with Night Shift (iOS 9.3 feature) is introduced, our eyes should be more comfortable and healthy at the same time.

The new display features a 25% more brighter screen, as well.

Performance

The iPad Pro features the latest A9X chipset with an M9 co-processor. The A9X chipset is much more faster than the A9 and, according to Apple, it could be a sincere laptop replacement. Gaming and professional content should be a bliss. With 12 cores of graphic performance, gaming applications certaintly shouldn’t stutter.

The M9 co-processor, on the other hand, can construct the iPad Pro’s OS to dictate, “Hey, siri.”

Sound

Just as in the 13" model, the new 9.7" Retina Display model has 4 stereo speakers. Two at the top and two at the bottom.

Image courtesy of Apple.com

Camera

This was a little bit of a dissapointment.

iPad Pro’s new 12MP does impress. It’s the same camera sensor and inherits the same camera technology found in the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE. It, also, supports an True Tone flash for the first time on an iPad. That’s not the disappointing part.

Image courtesy of 9to5Mac

APPLE WYD. A CAMERA BUMP ON THE IPAD PRO? REALLY. REALLY.

Accessories

Again, just like the original 13" model, the new 2016 iPad Pro features accessories of it’s own. It does share one too.

Image courtesy of Apple

An all-new Smart Keyboard has been specifically designed to support this new 9.7" form factor.

The Apple Pencil, on the other hand, is the same. It’s the exact same accesory that can now work on the new iPad Pro. The new iPad Pro also has detection technology that focuses on whether your hand is touching the display while using the Pencil. While using the Pencil, sensors in the display will block out hand touches and focus on the strokes of the Pencil.

Pricing & Availability

iPad Pro now comes in 4 finishes. Rose Gold has been added. The cost of the new iPad Pro will start at $599 (32GB) and move forward to $749 (128GB). Apple has now introduced their first ever 256GB model for both iPad Pros (9.7" — $899, 13" — $1099).

The 2016 9.7" Retina Display iPad Pro will be available for pre-order on March 24 and will officially release into retail and online on March 31.

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