“I recently bought an Apple iPad Pro in order to evaluate and test it. As somebody who really enjoys using his iPad Air 2, I was excited to get my hands on the latest iteration of Apple’s iPad product line. Indeed, the new iPad offers a lot of very exciting new technological advances over my iPad Air 2, so surely it must be better, right?” Ashraf Eassa writes for The Motley Fool. “After spending a few days with it, I decided to return the iPad Pro and continue plugging along with my trusty iPad Air 2.”
“It’s a marvelous piece of engineering,” Eassa writes. “Sadly, it’s just too big and unwieldy to really replace something like the iPad Air 2 for traditional ‘tablet’ uses. In using the iPad Pro as a ‘replacement’ for my iPad Air 2, I found myself frustrated with how large and heavy (the latter was really a problem) the device is compared to the Air 2… Now, to be fair, I did not buy either the Apple Pencil or the Apple Smart Keyboard along with the iPad Pro; the Apple Pencil seems to be perpetually back-ordered and the Smart Keyboard frankly seems like a rip-off at its current price. However, I did spend some time with the Apple Smart Keyboard at my local Apple store and I can say the typing experience was just not very good compared to what you get with a MacBook or a high-quality Windows laptop.”
MacDailyNews Take: Gee, a writer who’s too cheap to spring for a physical keyboard, complaining that the iPad Pro doesn’t work for his needs. Now, let’s leave the cheapness aside: You cannot “test” a keyboard for a few minutes in a retail store and properly decide if it will be useful to you nor can you use its subsequent absence to decide against a device from the point of view of a writer who types a lot.
Excuse us while we totally discount Eassa’s opinion.
“It’s neither as good as the iPad Air 2 as a tablet nor is it as good as the Mac as a productivity device, at least for my uses. Maybe future iterations, which should be thinner and lighter, could do the trick,” Eassa writes. “That being said, even though the iPad Pro isn’t for me, I would love to see some of the great technologies Apple introduced in the iPad Pro in a next-generation iPad Air 3.”
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MacDailyNews Take: For every one person for whom the iPad Pro doesn’t work, we can find at least ten for whom it does:
1. In Depth: A month with Apple’s iPad Pro – December 18, 2015
2. Om Malik: iPad Pro has replaced my 12-inch MacBook – December 7, 2015
3. ZDNet reviews Apple’s iPad Pro: A genuine 3. alternative to a laptop for business users – November 20, 2015
4. Apple’s super-sized ‘iPad Pro’ shines for work, play and creativity – November 19, 2015
5. TIME Magazine reviews iPad Pro: ‘The best computer Apple has ever made’ – November 16, 2015
6. I’ve ditched my MacBook for an iPad Pro; here’s why – November 16, 2015
7. iPad Pro: Day 2 and already making my work better, easier, and faster – November 13, 2015
8. A designer’s take on the iPad Pro – November 13, 2015
9. Wired reviews Apple’s iPad Pro: ‘The best tablet, and the best case for tablets, anyone’s ever made’ – November 11, 2015
10. Gruber reviews Apple’s iPad Pro: A MacBook replacement for many
Wednesday, November 11, 2015