Apple’s iPad Pro 2021 is a high-end specialist’s dream | Technology / Gadgets


The new iPad Pro is relatively expensive, but for some it’s worth the price. – Pix by Erna Mahyuni

KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 – Trying to figure out why someone would want to buy Apple’s latest iPad Pro when you have the excellent performance of the iPad Air and the relative affordability of the base iPad, that’s like trying to decide if you need a fancy folding knife when a box cutter can handle (most) of the work.

Although blacks are precise, the halo effect that can be seen in some settings can be a drag for some.
Although blacks are precise, the halo effect that can be seen in some settings can be a drag for some.

Exaggerated or unbelievable?

What the new iPad Pros have are M1 processors, the same that runs Apple’s latest MacBooks. On paper, that’s a huge performance boost, but how would you use this treatment in the first place?

The answer lies in the name of the iPad: Pro. What would professional users be used for? Who are they? Why would they need a desktop level processor in tablets? These people would be a very small, very specialized group, and Apple, I think, knows that.

Besides the artists and the cult drawing app Procreate, the iPad also offers a very portable solution for architects, illustrators and even interior designers.

Laptops, even those powered by M1, don’t have the advantage that tablets do – apps that load almost instantly and are extremely portable.

I had tested some of the more resource-intensive apps on the iPad M1 and for some apps there didn’t seem to be much of a difference.

Apps optimized for iOS including Lumafusion, Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, and Procreate seemed to load almost instantly, but ports, usually games, including Divinity Original Sin 2 and Civilization VI didn’t seem to load much faster, although loading time for the notoriously resource-hungry Genshin Impact saw some improvement in load times.

Set of specific features

The Procreate drawing app will soon be adding the ability to import 3D models and paint them and it’s actually a pretty cool upgrade.

While Procreate makes the feature available for all iPad models, the M1 chip would make the process much smoother.

Unfortunately, Procreate 5.2 is not yet released and neither is iOS 15, which will update Swift Playgrounds to let you code apps directly on an iPad. I can’t wait to write about them once they drop.

In the meantime, there are already 3D apps that can use a high-end iPad Pro. For example, there are already 3D motion capture apps that use Apple’s LIDAR scanner for more precise depth perception and 3D scanning.

There is a limit to the amount of 3D work you can do with an iPad. You cannot do, for example, rigging, animation, or 3D rendering.

However, you can still create 3D models as well as 3D concepts and illustrations.

On a regular laptop this would be tedious and you would need a separate tablet and stylus. On an iPad, you can immediately draw on canvas, create and edit 3D models, and then display them on a screen for potential clients.

If you want full 3D creation capability in tablet form, Wacom’s Studio Pro is a full-fledged tablet and stylus that runs on Windows and a high-end Intel processor, but also costs nearly twice as much as the iPad Pro, depending on the model.

Is this display really worth the hype?

Much has been written about the 10,000 mini-LED display, the exclusive 12.9-inch display, and to be honest, unless your job really demands true absolute blacks, you might be better off. expect a real OLED screen.

Is the outbreak or “halo effect” real? Yes, it can be noticed if you turn on your iPad Pro in the dark. In ordinary daylight, you won’t really see it unless you watch it.

It’s undeniably a beautiful display, but while Apple makes better tablets, Samsung’s OLED displays are, I think, superior to the iPad Pro in this regard.

Still, there’s no denying that when it comes to color accuracy and brightness, it’s the best display Apple has created for a tablet so far.

I also don’t see why Apple couldn’t just put the mini-LED display on the 11in version when I’m sure users would appreciate it just as much.

Can you live with the limitations of the iPad Pro?

As excited as Adobe’s products are on the iPad, the reality is that the iPad version of Photoshop isn’t as complete as the full version.

You can do basic edits, work on layers, etc., but there are still a lot of heavily used features missing from the app, which has been a problem for some artists.

There are also the limitations that come with iOS that don’t allow true multitasking. Of course, you can put two apps side by side, but that doesn’t mean you can run them at the same time, as has been my experience with some apps.

For most people, the iPad Pro is a bit of a stretch and I really don’t know who thought white was a great idea for a new keyboard case, so no Cheeto was consumed during the period. review (tragedy). White seems to be the color of the year, but for most people, go with the Black option instead.

The “new” magic keyboard is almost the same keyboard, but Apple says the old one might not fit too. Still gorgeous, but you could do just as well with Logitech’s much cheaper Combo Touch alternative which also uses smart connectors, comes with a trackpad, no Bluetooth needed and thank goodness isn’t available in white.

Battery life for me was around 4-5 hours for the heavy use days where I played games, noodled on various apps, and watched YouTube or Netflix. The iPad Pro will heat up on GPU-hungry apps, so I would suggest playing with the iPad perched on a stand and / or with a controller.

I noticed some discharge when the iPad was left untouched for a few days and on lighter days of use I was able to extend the battery life to eight hours, maybe nine if I got it. changed the brightness settings.

The iPad Pro line remains the best tablets Apple has to offer, but as to whether it’s the best for you, the answer will most often be no, unless you can use the super-fast processor and the screen with faithful colors.

In the meantime, I’ll wait until Apple finally allows third-party apps to use more RAM so that users can finally test the limits of what iOS can really do on an iPad Pro.

The iPad Pro can be found online at the Apple Store or at official retailers in the 11-inch or 12.9-inch versions with prices starting at RM3,499.


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