The Apple tablet lineup was introduced in the year 2010 and since then it has a come long way. Compared to its predecessors the 12.9 version of the iPad is not feasible for daily use, simply because of its large size. Moreover, the iPad Pro wasn’t made for the casual users, rather has a multitude of applications. Rather than being used simply for playing casual games and receiving calls, it also can be used for surfing the web and watching movies, due to its large screen size. One can almost say that it is a cross between the iPad and the MacBook, designed to represent the better of the two worlds. The iPad Pro 12.9 was announced in the June of 2017 and is available for purchase.
The iPad Pro 12.9 sports an IPS-backlit LED display with a resolution of 2732 x 2048, a pixel density of 265 ppi and finally with a screen to body ratio of 76.4%. It also has the all famous iPad retina display which makes everything you lay eyes on the screen appear lifelike and vivid. The glass is also scratch resistant along with an oleo-phobic coating to prevent all those smudges from sticking on to the screen. Apple was never known for any great appearances. They like to keep it simple and let the performance of their device do their talking. The overall design remains unchanged and through all these years with only a touch ID button lock/power button, the volume keys and the Sim card tray on the side. What is truly impressive is that the iPad Pro sports four speaker grills aimed to deliver a superior sound experience.
As usual, the iPad runs on the iOS 10.3.2 and has the Apple A10X Fusion chipset and with 4 GB of RAM. There is no external memory slot and the iPad is available in three variants, 64 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB. The A10X is a slight modification over the A10 chip used in the iPhone 7 and 7S.
When it comes to performance, Apple surpasses the smartphone community by a long shot. The level software and hardware optimization are well beyond the comprehension of any other smartphone manufacturer. Attempts have been made to recreate the fluency with which the Apple devices have working up until now. The Nexus is the only device that has achieved it, and the majority of others are still at loss. The iPad Pro 12.5 is no stranger to such optimization. Coupled with 4GB of RAM and the newly enhanced A10X chipset, the performance of the iPad is as smooth and pleasing as ever. Having such a large display to respond to the slightest of touches and prodding is something not many devices can offer and the iPad falls into that category of devices that doesn’t fail to impress the user.
The iPad Pro 12.9 sports a 12MP camera with an aperture of f/1.8, Optical Image Stabilization and a quad-LED flash. It also sports features like 4K video recording, HDR modes for both photos and panoramas, and an 8 MP image recording. Video recording is available at 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, and finally 720p@240fps. The variations are quite impressive and you can prioritize the resolution of the videos depending on the situation and amount of space left in your memory.
The front camera also has a 7 MP sensor and shoots videos at 1080p@30fos and 720p@240fps which is nothing short of impressive. The previous iPads had cameras as well, but none of them were optimized to deliver such massive performances. The iPad Pro is a beast when it comes to the video recording and photography.
Battery life is decent but not what one would expect from a 41-watt-hour juice box. Apple was never known for their decent battery backup and is often criticized in this particular field. The single Li-ion cell will carry you throughout the day only on moderate usage. Some heavy loaded gaming and you will render it dry within moments. The device doesn’t ship with a lightning cable and charging it is a long and hefty process and investing in another powerful charger is nothing but a rip-off.