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2017 iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) with iOS 11

The iPad is getting a major overhaul this year. Will the 2017 12.9-inch iPad Pro running iOS 11 be a brilliant computing device? Which is probably still functioning just fine? Let’s find out and get you covered with this quick iPad Pro 12.9 and iOS 11 reviews.

12.9-inch iPad Pro: Bigger meets better

Display

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro maintains its 2732-by-2048 resolution Retina display. However, its display brightness and refresh rate are improved. It now has a TrueTone display, changing the white balance of the screen depending on the lighting conditions.

The more important change is the ProMotion Display with variable refresh rate. The variable refresh rate changes from 24Hz to 48Hz to 120Hz, so when you scrolling around the screen, it looks insanely fluid.

This means if you’re watching an action-packed movie, or scrolling a webpage with lots and lots of photos, or shopping in an app that shows lots of visual products, the rate at which the pixels are refreshed on the screen will adjust accordingly, and the imagery should look more natural or smooth.

Performance

The new iPad Pro 12.9-inch is powered by Apple’s brand new A10X Fusion chips. The A10X packs a six-core CPU — with three high-performance and three high-efficiency cores — and a twelve-core GPU.

By the numbers, Apple claims the A10X CPU is 30% faster and the GPU is 40% faster than A9X, all while maintaining the same 10 hours of battery life as every iPad before it.

Apple also claims the shared memory architecture of A10X, combined with Metal, provides for applications that PCs, with split CPU/GPU memory, not only can’t match but simply can’t do. It’s part of the reason why Apple positions iPad Pro as being more powerful than many PC laptops.

Camera

Apple has upgraded real camera and added a new technology called High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF). With a 12-megapixel, 4K rear-mounted camera complete with optical image stabilization (OIS) and a 7-megapixel, 1080p front-mounted camera, it’s every bit as good as iPhone 7. And yes, that means Apple is finally taking iPad photography seriously, even on its biggest screen.

And the camera software has seen a lot of improvements, including improved image quality. This means a better image, thanks to optical image stabilisation, but in our quick snaps it didn’t impress the same was as on the iPhone.
The camera is also getting a QR scanner built-in – this is long overdue, albeit bad news for the makers of crappy free QR reader apps.

Accessories

For iPad Pro models, the Apple Pencil has become better than ever thanks to new integrated support for inline drawing, and a new Instant Notes feature that lets you open the Notes app directly from the Lock Screen with a simple tap.

For what it’s worth, Apple says the Pencil now has 20 milliseconds of latency — which happens to be one millisecond less than Microsoft’s Surface Pen.

iOS 11: make iPad more Mac-like

The iPad Pro was originally conceived as a replacement for a laptop, which is why there’s such a big screen. However, this model takes that idea and moves quickly forward with it, by adding in more power and also the way iOS 11 really ramps up what it can do. iOS 11 is definitely the biggest update the iPad has ever gotten.

The first is A new Files app

The Files app marks somewhat of a change of pace for Apple, as it had previously argued that there was no need for a “Finder” on iOS. The new Files app Like the multi-tasking features, it’s designed to make life easier for power users. It lets you browse files stored on your iPad. It also works with cloud services like iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box.

Second, new app dock at the bottom of the screen.

The new app dock looks very similar to the dock on Mac that you can pull up from the bottom of the home screen at any time. You can store all your favorite apps there, and those apps retain their previous windowing state when they’re opened up again — so something you had in split-screen will stay in split-screen when you resume use of it. It’s a little bit like the Mac’s Spaces features.

Part of that is because Apple has also brought something that resembles Mission Control to the iPad as well.You can activate a Mission Control-like feature that lets you see miniaturized versions of all of your open apps; apps “float” on the screen in multitasking mode; and you can use drag and drop across a variety of file systems and applications.

iPad with iOS 11 also includes a built-in document scanner, PDF markup support, editable screenshots, inline drawing in images and other documents, and more.

Third, redesigned App Store

Apple has redesigned the App Store quite extensively.split news, games and apps into separate pages.These dedicated tabs for you to discover both new and popular offerings, as well as in-app purchases for apps you may already own which are available to view and download right there within the App Store. You’ll see previews, tips and gameplay videos too.

Last but not least, iPad-only features

There are lots of features coming in iOS 11 that will be exclusive to iPad users. These features are all quite simple and focus on productivity, but they’re key to making the iPad a more powerful and useful device.

So, is iPad Pro 12.9 with iOS 11 any good?

Overall,iOS 11 is a sign Apple hasn’t given up on the iPad, despite having difficulty finding a place for it over the years as sales slumped. iPad hardware keeps getting better and better, so it’s nice to see iOS start to catch up.

We’re cautiously optimistic about this update. The new iOS 11 operating system provides a huge upgrade for iPad users. It gives the 12.9-inch iPad Pro some Mac-like features and functionality. Creative professionals, and the new features are appealing – or serious iPad users with a lot of cash to spend, will appreciate the improvements, especially the display and processing power.

However, the recent discussion around the 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s potential to replace laptop has been heated and passionate.

Well, nearly all the features of the latest iPad Pro and pending iOS 11 software which have filled productivity holes, they can do things we couldn’t do with a MacBook Pro + iPhone.

  • Scanning and signing documents — an utter bane in my working life — has become unbelievably frictionless since adopting the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.
  • Typing on the larger software keyboard is less cramped, less error-prone, and more efficient, meaning I can get into and out of my email quickly and do so on a much more portable device than a MacBook Pro.
  • Taking a screenshot, circling the necessary information, and forwarding to a friend or client is also improved thanks to the new hardware and software.
  • Searchable handwriting ensures I can search handwritten school notes on my Mac at a later study date.

Will it replace the laptop? Not when it comes to photo-editing,running tax software, or working in a browser CMS. But the iPad Pro will replace the laptop when it comes to messaging and email. And it’ll become indispensable for tasks involving PDFs, research, and post-secondary studying.

So those are all nebulous terms to us, as is “PC replacement”. We prefer PC alternative.