Built for work, but bet­ter for play

Stanthorpe Border Post - - LIFESTYLE - BY MARK FURLER

IT’S built for some se­ri­ous work but I must ad­mit I’ve spent more time hav­ing fun on Ap­ple’s iPad Pro.

This is one se­ri­ous bit of kit. Faster than your av­er­age lap­top, now with a key­board and mouse set-up ready for work with more pro­cess­ing and graph­ics grunt.

It’s even got some cool aug­mented re­al­ity gear that NASA is us­ing for plan­ning its trip to the moon.

For photo and video en­thu­si­asts it has pro cam­eras sim­i­lar to that on the top of the range iPhones as well as stu­dio qual­ity mics.

But with its stun­ning Liq­uid Retina dis­play and light­weight lay­back feel, I have to con­fess I’ve prob­a­bly spent more time on it watch­ing Ap­ple TV and Net­flix and play­ing As­phalt 9: Leg­ends.

For work stuff, the typ­ing is not as smooth as on the big iMac or my Win­dows lap­top but it’s more than ad­e­quate for when you’re out on the kitchen ta­ble be­cause your teenager has stolen your of­fice.

We’ve been test­ing the 12.9 inch iPad Pro for the past few months and I can hon­estly say it’s prob­a­bly the most loved piece of tech in my home right now, apart from my phone.

Af­ter a day in the of­fice (at home of course), I re­treat to the lounge and kick back to watch some streams or go vir­tual car rac­ing in­ces­santly. It’s also great for check­ing out pho­tos and videos I’ve shot dur­ing the day.

The iPad Pro has an 8-core graph­ics pro­ces­sor as well as the A12Z Bionic chip.

In the cam­era depart­ment, the Ul­tra Wide con­fig­u­ra­tion is a wel­come ad­di­tion while Ap­ple’s ex­cel­lent Por­trait modes fea­tur­ing bokeh or blurred back­grounds are avail­able.

Most peo­ple don’t use their iPad to take a photo but this de­vice may change that for trav­ellers or video blog­gers.

Like your phone, you can do Live Pho­tos, 63MP panora­mas and 4K video at 60 frames per sec­ond.

Be­ing able to shoot and edit on the same de­vice while in a com­fort­able lounge chair feels less like work than on a desk­top.

As a well as the 12MP Wide cam­era, for the first time the iPad Pro has a sec­ond cam­era on the back that lets you zoom out two times and cap­ture a much wider field of view for pho­tos or 4K video.

That fea­ture is par­tic­u­larly handy for land­scapes or when you’re in a tight spot.

One of the cool fea­tures in pho­tos is that it stitches to­gether your pho­tos and videos to create Mem­o­ries, sim­i­lar to what you get on your iPhone.

For Face ID, there’s a 7MP TrueDepth cam­era which also of­fers Por­trait Mode, Selfie Scenes in Clips and An­i­moji and Me­moji in Mes­sages and Group FaceTime.

Ap­ple was par­tic­u­larly spruik­ing its Li­DAR Scan­ner which mea­sures dis­tances to sur­round­ing ob­jects from re­flected light up to 5m away.

Ex­ist­ing aug­mented re­al­ity apps are even more re­al­is­tic while the Li­DAR Scan­ner will al­low de­vel­op­ers to of­fer even more re­al­is­tic AR ex­pe­ri­ences.

The key­board we tested it with has gen­er­ous-size keys and it now sup­ports a mouse or track­pad, which will be wel­comed by those want­ing to use it more like a lap­top.

The dis­play fea­tures P3 wide colour while Pro­Mo­tion of­fers a re­fresh rate of up to 120Mz for smoother scrolling.

The pro­cess­ing power means this is a de­vice that can eas­ily han­dle ad­vanced photo and video edit­ing as well as pro­fes­sional ap­pli­ca­tions need­ing some fire­power.

The A12Z Bionic has four per­for­mance cores to tackle heavy com­pu­ta­tional tasks and four high-ef­fi­ciency cores to take on every­day tasks.

The graph­ics pro­ces­sor is 2.6 times faster than the A10X Fu­sion of­fer­ing.

For sound, there’s a four­s­peaker sys­tem which ad­justs de­pend­ing on whether you are hold­ing the iPad Pro in por­trait or land­scape ori­en­ta­tion.

Bass goes to all four speak­ers and the mid and high fre­quen­cies come from the top­most speak­ers.

The iPad Pro also cap­tures stereo au­dio when record­ing video in ei­ther ori­en­ta­tion. It has five mi­cro­phones.

With a price start­ing at $1329, or $1649 for the 12.9 inch ver­sion, it’s a se­ri­ous lap­top al­ter­na­tive.

IM­PRES­SIVE: Ap­ple has launched a new iPad Pro with a sec­ond rear cam­era, Li­DAR, and new Magic Key­board.

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