Apple today announced one beast of an iPad Pro. It’s been completely redesigned to be lighter, thinner, and smaller, while having a larger screen. How is this possible? Easy. They shrunk down the bezels and removed the home button. It now has a smaller footprint and comes in an 11-inch and 12.9-inch size. Not only that, the specs have been bumped up considerably with the following:
- A12X Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
- Neural Engine
- Embedded M12 coprocessor
Apple says this is enough to beat about 92% of laptops out there and has enough graphics power to handle console level graphics similar to an Xbox One. From the tech demo they showed off, I’m inclined to believe them.
However with all that, the thing that surprised me the most is the fact that this is the first mobile product to switch to a standard used by everyone else. Apple killed the Lightning port here and replaced it with a USB-C port. That’s right. You’ll know be able to use a port that has become pretty standard these days, especially among laptops, PC’s and Android devices. That’s a huge step for Apple I think and it means you’ll no longer need all those special Lightning cables or Lightning equipped accessories anymore. This also means you’ll be able to attach more types of devices now and use the iPad Pro more like a laptop than ever before.
Which brings me to what really impressed me and that’s the fact that this iPad Pro can run a full version of Adobe Photoshop, though optimized for touch and Apple’s Pencil. This has long been something I always wished the iPad could do and now it can. That brings me to this. If I didn’t already have a laptop that I recently purchased, I’d probably be all over this new iPad Pro, but as it stands, I don’t need it. My laptop can currently do everything I would do on an iPad Pro and then some and I don’t need another device to carry around.
I would say that if you didn’t have a laptop or are in the market for a new one, I’d definitely say to give the iPad Pro a look. It seems like it might finally be a good laptop replacement.