Financial Times: Apple’s iPad Pros are work-ready

“To reinvigorate the tablet, Apple is taking the iPad ‘professional,’ with higher specs — and pricing — to match,” Tim Bradshaw writes for The Financial Times. “With the traditional PC firmly in its sights, this is a tablet less for leaning back and reading or watching, and more like leaning in to get things done.”

“November’s new 12.9-inch iPad Pro was joined last month by a smaller, more affordable 9.7-inch sibling. I have been using the larger model, including its keyboard case and Pencil accessory, for some time now — in part to cover the launch of its successor at Apple’s event in Cupertino, where I also got to test one out,” Bradshaw writes. “”

“I am no sketch artist but Apple’s new Pencil accessory is easily the best stylus I have used, for its ease of set-up and smooth, pressure-sensitive strokes across the screen.
More interesting than the tablet itself are the iPad Pro’s dedicated accessories Drawing and handwriting on a solid surface still lacks the friction of paper but it worked well for annotating documents and jotting down notes,” Bradshaw writes. “One computing accessory I did not miss when using the iPad Pro at work was the mouse. I loved tapping the screen to hop between paragraphs or select text, which I found far faster and more ergonomic than clicking around.”

“While Samsung and Microsoft have sold tablets with keyboard cases and styluses for years, iOS and the App Store still provide the best software experience and now Apple has the hardware to match,” Bradshaw writes. “The combination of increased computing power and new accessories does open up the tablet to many more new uses beyond Netflix and newspapers.”

Read more in the full review here.

MacDailyNews Take: iPads have had third-party keyboard cases and styluses long before Samsung started peddling iPad knockoffs and Apple iPads had physical keyboards three and a half years before Microsoft’s Surface tablet debut.

Gizmodo reviews Apple’s 9.7-Inch iPad Pro: Yes, you want one – April 6, 2016
The Verge reviews Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro: Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead! – March 30, 2016
Ars reviews Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro: What makes something ‘Pro’ anyway? – March 28, 2016


  1. Much as I love an iPad, I could not use one for my work. Currently I have two webpages open, a pdf, and a word document all visible on screen so I can refer to them. At other times I have multiple windows open of all differing sizes depending on what I need to refer to. It’s getting there, but I think there will always be a case for a desktop, if only because a really large screen does have benefits. Why is the media so obsessed with products superseding each other? We’re not going to do away with iPhones to all carry iPads at all times.

    1. No one ever said the iPad would be able to replace every desktop. The workflow is much different on these devices. Furthermore, people who have “trained” themselves to work one way, are rarely able to “retrain” themselves to work any other way. Habits are formed as means to become more efficient – it’s completely natural. “iPad computing” will be a much more natural progression for those who are used to smartphones. And their workflow will be much different than yours – someone from a windowing desktop background. This is the same transformation that took place in the 80’s when people derided the GUI over the command line. Those users also claimed they could get things done faster with a command line and a keyboard versus using a mouse and menus – and in part that was very true for certain things.

    2. True I feel the same but it depends what your business is I suppose. For some business and its increasing all the time, the tablet is the ideal solution in ways that the laptop or desktop can’t be. For many operating in the field doing no end of work or in stores or doing media work it is the perfect tool, or will be in the near future, so while both will co exist new opportunities for business are opening up almost unique to tablets and yes many areas that desktop and laptops were used for will be taken over by tablets or their derivatives. That will still leave a lot of us who need both or a computer mind.

      1. What it boils down to is that iPads are able to do more now than they could when launched, therefore some people can use them for things they couldn’t previously, some of which might be business related.

  2. “I loved tapping the screen to hop between paragraphs or select text”

    Straight away you know this guy doesn’t do any real document creation work. To tap the screen you have to stop typing, pick up the pen, select, put down the pen and continue.

    If it’s not OS/X it’s just not for work.

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