“What is clear about the 12.9-in. Retina screen on the iPad Pro is that it’s the best-looking tablet screen I’ve ever seen. It makes you want to use it, even if you’re just surfing the Web, checking email, tracking storms on radar or skimming through photos,” Ken Mingis writes for Computerworld. “If you’re keeping tabs, the iPad Pro display has 5.6 million pixels, 78% more than the 7.9-in. iPad Air 2. And the iPad Air 2 is no slouch when it comes to beautiful displays.”
“For many buyers, picking which iPad Pro you want is just the start. What sets it apart from its predecessors are the new ‘Smart Keyboard’ and the stylus — which Apple calls the Pencil. Without them, the iPad Pro is just a tablet. But with those two accessories, it becomes more of a true hybrid, two-in-one device,” Mingis writes. “I’d like to tell you how well the Smart Keyboard and Pencil work, but I can’t. Although the iPad Pro was available yesterday if you ordered online early and opted for pick-up at the closest Apple Store, neither accessory was in stock. Buyers will be waiting about three weeks for both to arrive, according to the shipping times offered on the Apple online store.”
MacDailyNews Take: We’re shaking our heads. Please see:
Apple’s joyless iPad Pro launch: WTF are the Apple Pencils and Smart Keyboards? (4-5 weeks away)
“The iPad Pro is a breakthrough device. But I’m not yet sure what it’s breaking through. It’s the biggest, baddest, bestest iPad ever. So if you just want the ultimate iPad — that’s pretty much me — you’ll be happy. If you’re looking to replace a laptop, however, the question of whether you should buy it is murkier,” Mingis writes. “That’s in part because of the hardware, and in part because of the operating system.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Not making enough Pencils and Keyboard to have ready to sell at iPad Pro’s launch is simply inexplicable. “Why did this happen?” would be an interesting question for someone to pose at Apple’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting.