“Earlier today, I was handed a 9.7-inch iPad Pro and a gaggle of accessories in a big bag with my name on it, which is pretty standard procedure when companies hand review units off to you,” Andrew Cunningham reports for Ars Technica. “And then I was told there was no embargo.”
“The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is a whole lot like an iPad Air 2 in many ways,” Cunningham reports. “Most improvements are subtle. The screen, for instance, is nice. But it’s only nice in ways that you’ll really notice if you’re a stickler for color accuracy or see an older and newer iPad side-by-side… The last major difference to bring up in this quick impressions post is the camera bump on the back, a bump that exists because this iPad uses the same camera as the current high-end iPhone (a first; iPads typically use serviceable but inferior cameras). In the iPhone 6 and 6S phones, that camera bump causes the body of the phone to wobble a bit when placed on a flat surface. A similar sort of wobble would be bad for the iPad Pro, particularly for people who want to lay the tablet flat on a table and draw on it with the Apple Pencil. Happily, the iPad is so big that it doesn’t wobble at all — the camera bump is just an aesthetic annoyance, not a functional one.”
Cunningham reports, “Having half the RAM of the larger version is a bummer, but in most other ways it’s still best described as a smaller version of the big iPad Pro.”
Much more in the full article – recommended – here.
MacDailyNews Take: Good to know that the camera bump is just an aesthetic annoyance, not a functional one. Expect it to disappear in the next-gen devices – iPhone and iPad both.