Here’s the deal. Apple’s new iPad Pro is about the size of a MacBook. It’s packed with extra RAM, plenty of storage, a cool new extra sensitive display with more pixels than a new MacBook, and has two options not found on any other iPad.
There’s that nifty neato stylus that Steve Jobs ragged on way back when, but Apple calls it a Pencil, and it’s specially made for artists and the iPad Pro’s humongoloid screen. And, there’s that ginormous smart keyboard cover which doesn’t use Bluetooth (because Apple feels Bluetooth is so 1999, or something).
After reading everything I could find on the iPad Pro, and checking on my credit card balance to see if there’s enough room for me to stimulate the economy and bump Apple’s executives into a higher tax bracket, here’s what I found that’s not obvious.
Packed With RAM – My old and nearly useless iPad Air 2 sports a whopping 2GB of RAM which makes it faster and easier to use than the iPad Air it replaced, but the iPad Pro is saddled with 4GB of RAM (so say prognosticators and soothsayers).
Pencil is for iPad Pro – That’s right. Spend the $99 wisely on Pencil and make sure you have an iPad Pro first, because it won’t do it’s deed on an iPad Air 2, which must be one of Apple’s most nearly perfect devices ever because Apple couldn’t figure out a way to turn it into iPad Air 3. Maybe next year.
No 3D Touch – On the Mac, the new trackpads are called Force Touch, but on the iPad the same technology is called 3D Touch, ostensibly because it handles touch, light press, and heavy press, each of which has different functionality.
Goodbye Bluetooth – Leave it to Apple to churn out the proprietary connectors. Again. Bluetooth is still there but iPad Pro has a new connector called Smart Connector which connects the Smart Keyboard cover. But third party accessory makers can use it, too– in place of Bluetooth keyboards.
Apple didn’t spend much time announcing many of the hard-to-find details about iPad Pro, but there are others not really worth mentioning, but digital ink being as cheap as it is, I’ll spill a little right here and now.
Pencil Charging – Apple says Pencil has a 12 hour battery life, but it only takes six minutes or so to give it a full charge. And it plugs into the Lightning connector at the bottom of the iPad Pro.
Charge It, Baby – Since we’re on the topic of charging, Apple has a new Lightning port on the iPad Pro which is bidirectional (somewhat like the new USB Type-C port, which Apple had a hand in designing). That means it can charge connected devices. For now, the only one we know of is the new Pencil.
Keyboard Cover – Apple wasn’t the first company with a spill and stain resistant keyboard for iPad, but the iPad Pro has an optional Smart Keyboard which uses the same keyboard technology in the new MacBook, but is covered in a layer of cool looking protective synthetic stuff which helps to ward off Starbuck and McDonald’s spills.
No Camera Love – Specifications indicate that Apple just couldn’t come up with a better camera in iPad Pro which features the 8-megapixel iSight camera on the back. Just like iPad Air 2. The front-facing FaceTime camera is still HD. 720p HD and a minuscule 1.2-megapixels.
There you have it. Four things about iPad Pro that Apple didn’t bother to push, and four more that are not worthy of pushing too hard.
I want one.