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The máy tính bảng ipad Pro 12.9 inch is amazingly powerful, outperforming laptops with core i7 processors while offering a thinner and lighter full-screen design.

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Thinner & lighter design


Immersive full-screen Liquid Retina display


Incredible A12X Bionic tốc độ rivals or beats most laptops


Very long battery life


Improved táo Pencil


USB-C replaces Lightning port


Entry-level mã sản phẩm has just 64GB of storage


Power cable too short


Keyboard not as good as Surface Pro"s


No touchpad

Update on March 18, 2020: Apple unveiled a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2020) with loads of new features, including a Magic Keyboard accessory with a trackpad.

Apple likes to lớn say that the máy tính bảng ipad Pro is a computer, not a tablet. I beg to differ. But it is much more than a tablet.

Whatever you want to điện thoại tư vấn it, the 12.9-inch ipad Pro (from $999; $1,327 with keyboard & Apple Pencil) is one of the most powerful sản phẩm điện thoại devices ever made. The A12X Bionic processor in this slate runs circles around even chip core i7-powered laptops on certain tasks, và yet the device weighs just 1.4 pounds.

Apple has given the ipad Pro an iPhone X-style makeover as well, complete with a full-screen design, Face ID & a gesture-based interface (meaning no more home button). Và the new apple Pencil feels better in your hand while offering useful gestures. Oh, và the battery life is bonkers, at well over 13 hours.

Is the máy tính bảng ipad Pro a laptop replacement? Not for me. However, if you lượt thích the idea of interacting primarily via touch or Pencil, you"ll be floored by the sheer performance và versatility of this slate. This ipad Pro more than earned its spot on our Best Tabletsand Best Kids Tablets page.

iPad Pro (2018) 12.9-inch price và configuration options

The 12.9-inch ipad tablet Pro starts at $999 for the Wi-Fi model with 64GB of storage. The $129 apple Pencil and $199 keyboard bring the price to lớn a fairly steep $1,327. See how Apple"s smart keyboard folio compares to the best ipad tablet Pro keyboard cases at our face-off. That"s táo macbook pro territory. Adding LTE costs $250, getting you the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

If I were spending my own money, I would pay a little bit more & get the 256GB version, which would bring the total cost with the accessories to lớn $1,477. For our review, táo apple sent us the 1TB Wi-Fi + Cellular model, which starts at $1,899 for just the tablet và costs $2,227 when you throw in the Pencil and keyboard. Gulp.

iPad Pro (2018) 12.9-inch design

The 12.9-inch máy tính bảng ipad Pro is still imposing, but now that"s because of a much more immersive display & not because of the device"s sheer footprint. Táo apple blasted away the big bezels from the previous mã sản phẩm to deliver something that"s almost all screen.

Apple ditched the home button while stretching the Liquid Retina display lớn the corners using the same techniques (such as pixel masking) the company employed on the iPhone XR. This is not an iPhone writ large, though, as the aluminum máy tính bảng ipad Pro"s thiết kế is less playful & more industrial-chic, with perfectly flat sides and gently rounded corners.

Apple blasted away the big bezels from the previous mã sản phẩm to deliver something that"s almost all screen.

This slate is smaller in every dimension than the last máy tính bảng ipad Pro, as well as lighter. The new máy tính bảng ipad Pro 12.9 measures 11 x 8.4 x 0.23 inches and weighs 1.39 pounds (1.4 pounds for the LTE model), compared khổng lồ the 12 x 8.7 x 0.27-inch design on the 2017 model, which also weighed a heftier 1.49 (Wi-Fi) to 1.53 pounds (Wi-Fi + Cellular).

The Surface Pro 6 is narrower than the ipad Pro but taller & thicker, at 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches, và heavier, at 1.7 pounds. In my hands, the new máy tính bảng ipad Pro felt wonderfully thin, but you"ll definitely notice its weight after a few minutes.

This slate is really best for using in your lap, whether you"re drawing or typing. But it"s fine for use in short stints while you"re standing.

The other big (and overdue) kiến thiết change on the ipad tablet Pro 12.9 is the USB-C port, which enables users lớn connect the tablet khổng lồ an external monitor (up khổng lồ 5K), digital cameras and other devices. Some users will lament that the tai nghe jack got zapped as well, but many of us have already moved on to wireless headphones, anyway.

Overall, I like the design of the ipad Pro, but I wish hãng apple had included a kickstand lượt thích the Surface Pro 6 & Galaxy Book 2 have.

If your new máy tính bảng ipad Pro looks bent, even though it just came out of the box, you"re not crazy or looking at it wrong.Apple admitted that a slight, visible curve is the result of its manufacturing process. Specifically, the bend is a result of the tablet"s metal and plastic parts cooling down. If you notice this within the first 14 days, you can exchange your máy tính bảng ipad under Apple"s return policy.

iPad Pro (2018) 12.9-inch display

It would be a total waste of $999 (or more) khổng lồ use the ipad Pro 12.9 just for bingeing Netflix, but damn does this screen look good. I streamed Ugly Delicious, a show about food, and this panel made a brick oven look mesmerizing. It looked so good I had khổng lồ pause the frame when it showed the rich orange flames & oozy pizza cheese up close.

According to our lab tests, the máy tính bảng ipad Pro averages 484 nits of brightness, which beats scores from both the Surface Pro 6 (408 nits) và Samsung Galaxy Book 2 (350 nits).

This LCD can reproduce 128.4 percent of the sRGB màu sắc gamut and registered a Delta-E color-accuracy score of 0.29 (0 is perfect). The Galaxy Book 2"s OLED display is more colorful, reaching 200.2 percent of sRGB, but it"s not as accurate (0.31), while the Surface Pro 6 produced slightly more colors than the ipad tablet (136 percent) but with worse accuracy (0.56).

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The display on the ipad tablet Pro 12.9 benefits from other technologies as well, such as ProMotion. This enables the panel to lớn scale its refresh rate automatically up to 120 Hz, depending on the task. There"s also True Tone, which can change the color temperature of the display based on ambient lighting to lớn make reading easier on the eyes.

iPad Pro (2018) 12.9-inch audio

Whoa. That"s what I said to myself when I listened khổng lồ Bruno Mars" "Perm" blasting through the ipad tablet Pro"s four-speaker audio system. Compared khổng lồ what you get from the Surface Pro 6, the new iPad"s sound wasn"t just louder and clearer; the bass guitar and bottom end overall were just more present on the táo apple slate.

The máy tính bảng ipad Pro also includes five microphones, which come in handy for FaceTime calls but also Siri queries. In fact, the ipad Pro heard me from several feet away in a conference room when I said, "Hey, Siri," và asked about the weather.

iPad Pro (2018) 12.9-inch táo bị cắn Pencil

The new táo apple Pencil is now pricier, at $129, but it"s a big improvement over the original. For starters, it"s a cinch to dock this Pencil with the máy tính bảng ipad Pro, thanks lớn a built-in magnet. The Pencil starts charging as soon as it attaches.

I tried shaking the ipad tablet Pro hard with the Pencil attached, and it didn"t come loose. The Pencil also stayed put after I walked a mile with the máy tính bảng ipad Pro stuffed in my backpack, but it did come loose one time while I was taking the tablet out of my bag.

The new hãng apple Pencil also feels better in the hand, as there"s a flat edge. Plus, you can activate various shortcuts with a double tap, such as quickly pulling up the eraser. Và with a quick tap, you can go straight into the Notes ứng dụng when the ipad tablet Pro"s screen is off.

The new táo bị cắn dở Pencil is now pricier, at $129, but it"s a big improvement over the original.

I handed the new ipad tablet Pro lớn our deputy director of photography, Jef Castro, who also happens to be a great illustrator, & here"s what he said: "My favorite update, as simple as it may sound, is the flat edge, which felt much better in my hand & made for a better grip. I say this as someone who gets minor hand cramps from the previous Pencil after continuous use."

Jef also liked all the improvements, from the magnetic charging to lớn the double tap, which created a much smoother experience for him. Unfortunately, the táo bị cắn dở Pencil works with only the new ipad tablet Pros; it"s not backward-compatible with previous ipad Pros.

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iPad Pro (2018) 12.9-inch performance

The 7-nanometer A12X Bionic cpu inside the ipad tablet Pro is so fast we almost did a spit take when we tested the CPU in our labs. This processor packs four performance cores và four high-efficiency cores, & there"s a new GPU that promises twice the graphics performance as the A10X processor inside the last máy tính bảng ipad Pro provided.

On Geekbench 4, which measures overall performance, the ipad Pro 12.9-inch turned in a multicore score of 17,995, which smokes scores from the Surface Pro 6 with its bộ vi xử lý core i5 CPU (13,025) & even the bộ vi xử lý core i7-powered Dell XPS 13 (14,180).

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 850-powered Galaxy Book 2 (3,945) is not even in the same universe as the máy tính bảng ipad Pro. Qualcomm has announced a new Snapdragon 8cx chip for laptops & 2-in-1s, but that won"t start appearing in devices until the third quarter of 2019.

Transcoding a 4K video to 1080p in the Adobe Rush app took just 7 minutes and 47 seconds on the máy tính bảng ipad Pro, while the Dell XPS 13 took 31:03 và the Surface Pro 6 took 31:54. The latest 2018 13-inch táo macbook pro completed the task in 25:53.

The gap wasn"t as great when we exported 100 raw photos in Adobe Lightroom on the ipad tablet Pro, but Apple"s tablet still came out on top.

The máy tính bảng ipad Pro took 59 seconds, while the XPS 13 took a little more than 2 minutes. The 13-inch apple macbook Pro and Surface Pro 6 were in the middle, at 1:35 and 1:36, respectively.

All of that A12X horsepower also comes in handy when using AR apps lượt thích Plantale. My colleagues were floored when I placed a big sunflower in the middle of the newsroom, and then the app let me zoom in on a highly detailed cross section of a leaf khổng lồ see the photosynthesis process. Apps lượt thích this can change the face of education.

This máy tính bảng ipad has serious game, too, as I found when I fought as dũng sĩ in Injustice 2. This resource-intensive title loaded in less than 10 seconds, & the kích hoạt never stuttered, even on a giant, 12.9-inch display as I frantically punched and kicked.

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However, that trò chơi isn"t even fully optimized for the ipad Pro. Assassin"s Creed Identity and a new version of NBA 2K19 both look impressive, but we"ll have to see if those và other titles are really Xbox One S-quality, as táo khuyết claims.

iPad Pro (2018) 12.9-inch battery life

This is impressive. On the laptop Mag Battery Test, the ipad tablet Pro 12.9 inch lasted 13 hours & 14 minutes. That beats the Surface Pro"s time (9:20) by nearly 4 hours. The ARM-powered Galaxy Book 2 mustered a good-but-not-great 10:41.

Despite the inclusion of USB-C, the ipad tablet Pro 12.9 inch doesn"t offer fast charging. We will update this reviews with full demo results, but this slate took about an hour to lớn charge to trăng tròn percent.

My biggest gripe with the ipad tablet Pro is the short, 1-meter power cable. It didn"t even reach to my kitchen table from a very close wall. Táo khuyết sells a 2-meter USB-C cable for $19, but that accessory should have been included.

iPad Pro (2018) 12.9-inch game ios 12 (and iPadOS)

Using the máy tính bảng ipad Pro in game ios 12 feels a lot more intuitive and productive than you might think. This is not just a big iPhone. You can easily run two apps side by side, provided they"re optimized for the software. For example, I could easily drag an image out of Photos into an outgoing message I had composed in Mail.

My biggest gripe with the ipad Pro is the short nguồn cable.

If you swipe up from the bottom of the screen, you can close an app, but swiping up slightly will show the Dock. Swiping down from the vị trí cao nhất right will display the Control Center, for tweaking settings on the fly. You can also quickly switch between xuất hiện apps just by swiping from left lớn right toward the bottom of the screen.

However, I think the keyboard integration with quả táo should be better. For example, you can"t just type on the trang chủ screen to tìm kiếm for apps. You have to lớn swipe down from the vị trí cao nhất of the screen first. It"s a similar giảm giá for the Settings menu. You shouldn"t have to tap the search bar first when you have the keyboard attached.

Later this year, though, the iPad"s operating system changes its name, as táo bị cắn releases iPadOS. Wondering how iPadOS will stand out from quả táo 13? We"ve got a full guide lớn iPadOS"exclusive features. Và if that makes you curious enough lớn want to lớn try the public beta, kiểm tra out our tutorial for how to lớn install the iPadOS public beta.

iPad Pro (2018) 12.9-inch cameras

You will look silly using a 12.9-inch tablet to take photos and videos, but you"ll be glad to know that the 12-MP camera on the iPad"s back takes sharp pics.

And this camera uses the same smart HDR feature as the latest iPhones have khổng lồ bring out more highlights.

Take this photo of mums, for example. The ipad Pro delivered fairly good detail in the petal, and the pinks và yellows were rich without being overly saturated.

The máy tính bảng ipad Pro also did a good job capturing this scene in Bryant Park. The holiday lights are fairly distinct, though the trees in the background could be a little sharper.

The front 7-MP camera on the máy tính bảng ipad Pro can take Portraits, complete with the ability lớn tweak the depth control for a nice bokeh effect (after you shoot but not before). But for some reason, táo bị cắn didn"t give the back camera Portrait mode support.

Bottom line

The ipad tablet Pro is the quintessential tablet for power nguồn users and creative pros. It"s so fast that I imagine the likes of Qualcomm và Intel are getting nervous. This tablet wiped the floor with premium Windows laptops and 2-in-1s, in both benchmarks and real-world tests. The máy tính bảng ipad Pro"s display, sound & battery life are also top-notch, and the improved táo khuyết Pencil is more comfortable và easier to store.

However, it"s going to take some time for developers lớn tap the potential of the A12X Bionic chip. For instance, a fully optimized version of Photoshop for the ipad tablet is shipping in 2019, complete with táo khuyết Pencil and touch tư vấn -- not a watered-down Photoshop, but the real deal.

If you"re looking for a true máy tính xách tay replacement, the Surface Pro 6 is a better option. It"s not as speedy, but Microsoft"s 2-in-1 offers a more comfortable keyboard with a touchpad và a true desktop environment.

Then again, táo bị cắn didn"t set out to lớn create a 2-in-1. The company wanted to deliver the ultimate điện thoại device for those who like the idea of using touch & Pencil đầu vào most of the time. & if you"re in that target audience, nothing comes close to the máy tính bảng ipad Pro.

Apple máy tính bảng ipad Pro 12.9-inch (2018) Specs

BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
CPUA12X Bionic chip with Neural Engine Embedded M12 coprocessor
Company Websitewww.apple.com
Display Size12.9
Hard Drive Size64GB
Highest Available Resolution2732 x 2048
Mobile BroadbandAddNewOpt
Native Resolution2732 x 2048
Operating SystemiOS 12
Ports (excluding USB)USB-C, Microphone, Nano SIM
Size11.04"x 8.46" x 0.23"
USB Ports1
Weight1.39 lbs
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Responsible for the editorial vision for mynhanke.mobi, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of máy tính xách tay since 2003 & has covered giải pháp công nghệ for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events và makes regular truyền thông media appearances on CNBC, Fox & CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at điện thoại Computing, và his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science và Inc.

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