If you need pure power nguồn on the go, the ipad Pro 11-inch offers it - for a high cost.

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ByGareth Beavispublished 23 August 21


The ipad Pro 11-inch (2018) is an incredibly capable tablet, offering desktop-class nguồn in a wonderfully small package. Some bugs remain and some apps need optimising, but táo khuyết has made finally made a tablet worthy of the Pro name.

The ipad Pro 11-inch (2018) is an incredibly capable tablet, offering desktop-class nguồn in a wonderfully small package. Some bugs remain and some apps need optimising, but táo has made finally made a tablet worthy of the Pro name.

The ipad Pro 11-inch is a device that táo bị cắn has designed to offer creative users freedom. Armed with the best máy tính bảng ipad Pro apps, it gives digital illustrators a powerful sketchbook on the go và allows architects to lớn show their complex ideas without needing khổng lồ wrestle a cumbersome máy tính xách tay around. Movie makers get a screen that can display true colour & photographers will be delighted with the portable studio they’ve been craving. It’s an ultra-thin tablet fighting against the most powerful laptops on the market – & it’s giving as good as it gets.

iPad Pro (2018) specs

CPU: A12X BionicGraphics: IntegratedRAM: 6GBScreen: 11-inch 1668 x 2338Storage: 64GB - 1TBPorts: 1x USB-CSize: 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9mmWeight: 468g (without keyboard)

iPad Pro (2018): Price

Let’s not hide it: the máy tính bảng ipad Pro is a very expensive machine, especially when it doesn’t offer a desktop-class experience. The base price of $799/£769 isn’t terrible, but you’ll be spending another $300/£300 or so for the necessary keyboard & Pencil, & you’ll probably want the LTE (Wi-Fi and Cellular) version so you’ll be adding another $150/£150 to lớn the cost. That means that for the base 64GB storage size, you’re already spending $1250/£1219 – roughly the price of a chip core i5 laptop apple macbook Pro.

If you want lớn up the storage khổng lồ the maximum 1TB, then you’ll be easily spending over a couple of grand – & this is for a tablet that doesn’t quite have the capability lớn fully replace a Windows machine or MacBook.

At least, those are the prices you would expect to pay when the device launched in 2018. Nowadays it"s possible khổng lồ get a refurbished version for much less, & Apple sells refurbished 11-inch máy tính bảng ipad Pros for $519/£479, which is a much more attractive price. If that takes your fancy, be sure to kiểm tra our round-up of the best iPad deals to see if you can get even more money off.

iPad Pro (2018): Power & performance

Even today, the A12X Bionic cpu in the 2018 máy tính bảng ipad Pro 11 is still fantastically powerful. In our benchmarking tests it outstripped the nearest device by nearly double, và thrashed a number of capable Windows laptops too – including the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and the HP Zbook X360 G5.

This power translates into speed through the machine – combined with 6GB of RAM there’s very little this tablet can’t manage, as long as there’s a dedicated phầm mềm for it. See our pick of apps that come alive with the apple Pencil for more.

We saw a demonstration of Adobe Photoshop for the iPad, và the tốc độ at which it can zoom while managing over a hundred layers was truly impressive. We’ve had no moments of slowdown with the machine so far, & the only real issues we’ve encountered are with apps not quite being optimised for the new machine, such as email slowing down and failing lớn react to lớn touch on the odd occasion.

However, these are being quickly eradicated now the máy tính bảng ipad is on the market, and we’d expect the raw power khổng lồ be fully exploited by developers as they get their hands on the new tech.

There is one thing to note, though. Apple"s latest ipad Pro 11-inch from 2021 comes with the desktop-class M1 chip (the first time táo bị cắn dở has put a desktop chip in an iPad), & its performance is exceptional - even beyond the already impressive A12X Bionic. On heavy-duty workloads, there is no matching the M1 in the tablet world.

In normal usage, though, you probably won"t notice much difference because both the A12X Bionic & the M1 are so powerful. With that in mind, you probably don"t need to upgrade to lớn the M1 mã sản phẩm unless you want as much power nguồn as you can get your hands on. The 2018 ipad tablet Pro 11 is certainly no slouch.

iPad Pro (2018): Display

The 2388x1668 resolution translates khổng lồ a 264-pixels per inch sharpness, và it looks great for every task we tried

Apple loves khổng lồ create a more natural look with its screens, with the P3-level color display definitely erring away from the sharper, punchier colours of tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4.

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The result is that things can look more muted on the display in comparison, but for those wanting truer colour reproduction for creative projects, táo bị cắn dở is claiming industry-leading chất lượng in terms of the vibrancy and saturation on screen.

We’re not sold on the idea that the 11-inch screen – which features specially-crafted curves at the edge for a more natural look – is an edge-to-edge display, as the bezel around the edge is still pretty chunky, khổng lồ make sure you don’t tap the wrong thing when zooming through your apps.

The 2388x1668 resolution translates to lớn a 264-pixels per inch sharpness, & it looks great for every task we tried. The peak brightness of 600 nits is a little on the low side these days though, as it means the screen is not HDR-compliant – although it is capable of playing back HDR content, just to confuse things. The 2021 máy tính bảng ipad Pro 12.9 can go brighter – up khổng lồ 1,600 nits of peak brightness – and might be a better choice if that"s something you really need.

iPad Pro (2018): táo khuyết Pencil

The táo bị cắn Pencil has been redesigned, but it’s hard to hotline it a true upgrade in terms of performance

The táo bị cắn Pencil has been redesigned, but it’s hard to điện thoại tư vấn it a true tăng cấp in terms of performance. The main changes are useful though: it now magnetically clips and charges khổng lồ the side of the ipad tablet Pro, & there’s a double tap function baked in to lớn allow you khổng lồ switch between modes in apps.

In Apple"s Notes app, this is easily the best performance we’ve seen from a stylus from Apple, with the app making full use of the Metal 2 framework khổng lồ give direct access khổng lồ the GPU. This results in far-reduced latency when sketching or writing, và it’s easily the best experience we’ve had on an iPad.

Variable pressure levels & the capability to lớn use the edge of the tip give a new dimension lớn input, & the range of apps phối up khổng lồ take advantage of the Pencil (with Pixelmator & Procreate strong favourites) are numerous. Lightroom & Photoshop are also available.

We did have a couple of issues with the Pencil, namely that the Metal framework isn’t used in every ứng dụng yet, it seems, as we noted a little more latency in some applications. Also, the Pencil just refused lớn connect when being removed from its magnetic charging on the side of the tablet, which isn’t what you expect for a device of this cost.

iPad Pro (2018): Features

Apple has baked in a few new features for the new ipad Pro, with Face ID replacing cảm ứng ID in the trang chủ button. The facial recognition is swift & far easier to use, and works in any orientation, although we did manage to lớn cover the camera most of the times we picked up the máy tính bảng ipad Pro.

The lack of home button means the interface is navigated with gestures, flicks và swipes moving you through the screens. It’s incredibly intuitive, & allows you to easily jump between apps và multitask across two apps with ease.

USB-C is now the physical connection on offer here

The speakers around the edge of the new ipad tablet Pro, one in each corner, have their own woofer và tweeter, & movie audio in particular is excellent.

One thing to lớn note: USB-C is now the physical connection on offer here, bringing it more in line with the MacBook & allowing for faster data transfer. It’s annoying if you’ve got your life mix up around Lightning cables, although it does mean you can now connect flash drives and external hard drives.

iPad Pro (2018): Should you buy it?

Apple insists the máy tính bảng ipad Pro 11 can replace your laptop, & in some cases that might be true. Pair it with Apple"s excellent Magic Keyboard case (it"s one of the best máy tính bảng ipad keyboards), tải về the right apps, and you could have a good little laptop-like setup ready khổng lồ go.

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But even as a second machine, one that allows you to lớn be creative on the go and have a portable music studio, AutoCAD platform và photography editing suite in your bag, there’s very little better out there. The bugs in the system still irk, but if you’re after a powerful tablet that lets you get on with your job, the new máy tính bảng ipad Pro is certainly worthy of a strong consideration.