The tablet is very much alive

Ap­ple iPad Pro 10.5-inch

HWM (Singapore) - - Test - By Kenny Yeo

CON­CLU­SION Eas­ily the best tablet avail­able right now.

At WWDC 2017, Ap­ple an­nounced that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be no more. In its place will be a new 10.5-inch model. On the out­side, you would be hard-pressed to tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the older 9.7-inch one. The new 10.5-inch model, de­spite its larger screen, is im­per­cep­ti­bly larger than the 9.7-inch one. Nei­ther is it any heav­ier. At 469g and 6.1mm thick, it has nearly the same weight and di­men­sions as its pre­de­ces­sor.

Though the 10.5-inch dis­play sounds like a mod­est in­crease in screen size, the ef­fects are quite pro­found. If you do the math, it ac­tu­ally trans­lates to 17% more pix­els and dis­play real es­tate. This means you can see more Split View and that the on-screen keys of the vir­tual key­board are larger, mak­ing it a lit­tle eas­ier to type. Pixel den­sity has been kept the same at 264ppi, so im­ages and text con­tinue to look su­per sharp and crisp

The new 10.5-inch dis­play also fea­tures Pro­Mo­tion tech­nol­ogy, which al­lows the dis­play to al­ter its re­fresh rate to suit what­ever con­tent it is show­ing. It can go up to as high as 120Hz when web brows­ing and gam­ing, and go down to as low as 30Hz when watch­ing videos. The re­sults are quite stun­ning. Scrolling through web pages is no­tice­ably more uid, and games look in­cred­i­bly smooth.

The high re­fresh rate has other im­pli­ca­tions. It also makes in­puts more re­spon­sive. As a re­sult, your in­puts, as well as the Ap­ple Pen­cil’s, feel more im­me­di­ate. Ap­ple claims in­put lag has been re­duced to a scant 20 mil­lisec­onds.

The dis­play is also brighter at 600 nits. This, cou­pled with a less re ec­tive coat­ing, makes the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro more suit­able for out­door use. And like the old 9.7-inch iPad Pro, this new model also has fea­tures like TrueTone dis­play tech­nol­ogy and sup­port for the more vi­brant DCI-P3 color space. In short, its col­ors are vi­brant and tan­ta­liz­ing, and the re­sponse of the dis­play to both touch and pen in­puts is un­ri­valed.�

The other ma­jor up­grade is the pro­ces­sor. In­side, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is pow­ered by Ap­ple’s new­est A10X Fu­sion pro­ces­sor, which is a tur­bocharged ver­sion of the A10 chip that can be found on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7s Plus.�

As you would ex­pect, it is re­mark­ably pow­er­ful. It is a hexa-core beast with 3

high-per­for­mance cores, 3 high-ef­fi­ciency cores, and 12 graph­ics-pro­cess­ing cores. It is also paired with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. Ap­ple claims the A10X of­fers 30% faster CPU per­for­mance and 40% faster graph­ics per­for­mance than the A9X chip found in last gen­er­a­tion 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets.�

�As for stor­age, Ap­ple has dou­bled all the stor­age op­tions. So the most ba­sic model will come with 64GB. For those who want more, there’s a 256GB and 512GB op­tion.

The other ma­jor im­prove­ment in the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is the cam­era sys­tem, which comes straight from the iPhone 7. This means a 12-megapixel rear-fac­ing cam­era with op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion and quad-LED True Tone ash. It can also take 4K video and shoot slow mo­tion videos of up to 240fps.� Sim­i­larly, the front-fac­ing cam­era comes from the iPhone 7. It shoots at 7-megapix­els and fea­tures Retina ash with True Tone for more nat­u­ral-look­ing pho­tos in dimly lit en­vi­ron­ments.

The iPhone 7 was a ca­pa­ble shooter and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro was no dif­fer­ent. Im­ages have nat­u­ral-look­ing col­ors and are rel­a­tively sharp and crisp. It’s a lit­tle soft near the edges of the frame, but it’s de nitely not some­thing that most peo­ple would no­tice un­less they are look­ing out for it.

In terms of per­for­mance, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro eas­ily out­paced every tablet we’ve ever tested. On SunSpi­der JavaScript, it was about 20% faster than the rst gen­er­a­tion of iPad Pro tablets. Its 3DMark score of 53,536 was also the high­est we’ve ever seen, a whop­ping 58% bet­ter than its pre­de­ces­sors.

And that’s not all, when iOS 11 drops later this year, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will get even more use­ful fea­tures like a cus­tom­iz­a­ble dock to quickly launch apps; a File app to or­ga­nize data; and Multi-touch Drag and Drop, which al­lows users to drag text, pho­tos, and les from one app to an­other, very much like what you can do on a Mac. Based on our rst im­pres­sions, iOS 11 looks like it will greatly im­prove the iPad user ex­pe­ri­ence and make it an even more ca­pa­ble pro­duc­tiv­ity tool.

Pro­Mo­tion tech­nol­ogy gives the Ap­ple Pen­cil in­cred­i­ble re­spon­sive­ness and uid­ity. The dis­play of the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is sim­ply gor­geous.

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