“The iPad Pro is Apple’s most fully realized example yet of the future of computing, with a workhorse of a processor and a beautiful 12.9-inch Retina display packed inside a svelte, ultraportable design,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider. “Current limitations with iOS apps prevent it from being a PC replacement for the most demanding tasks, and at $799 it won’t appeal to casual users, but we are confident the iPad Pro will carve out a niche in the high-end market.”

“Put plainly, the A9X system-on-chip Apple packed into iPad Pro is a beast,” Hughes reports. “A short 4K video editing session in iMovie is all it took for us to fully appreciate how powerful Apple’s jumbo tablet really is, playback never stutters, scrubbing is smooth and it flies through exports. Less demanding tasks like split screen multitasking, picture-in-picture video viewing, and word processing were of course no problem for Apple’s ‘desktop-class’ chip.”

Apple's all-new iPad Pro with Apple Smart Keyboard

Apple's all-new iPad Pro with Apple Smart Keyboard

“A pessimist might dismiss the iPad Pro as a ‘gamble,’ but to do so would be foolish. What the iPad Pro does and what it promises feel like inevitabilities, in many ways,” Hughes reports. “Rather than a gamble, the iPad Pro is instead a bold statement from Apple about the future of computing. It’s a clear sign of the direction Apple wants to take things, and this is obviously a company that isn’t afraid of pushing against the grain for its vision. To bet against Apple at this stage would be unwise.”

Much more in the full review – recommendedhere.

MacDailyNews Take: We’ve got a feeing that the iPad Pro (with iOS 10 and a bit more time in the oven for some of our required apps) has a strong chance of displacing the MacBooks in our backpacks for on-the-go computing.

Until then, we can hardly wait to see what Apple does with the next-gen MacBook.

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