Jim Dalrymple reviews Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro: Highly recommended

“I’ve been using Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro for five days now and there is a lot to like about the device,” Jim Dalrymple writes for The Loop. “When you factor in what’s coming this fall in iOS 11 and the features built specifically for iPad, you have a device that’s more compelling than it’s ever been before.”

“Being able to drag and drop from one app to another is one of the things that made me smile during the keynote. Now when I’m researching an article, I can add links, text, and photos easily without leaving the current app,” Dalrymple writes. “The Dock expands, accommodating more of the apps you choose, as well as your most recently used apps. The new Files app gives you a view of all your documents on multiple cloud services including iCloud, Dropbox, and Box.”

“Being able to have these types of features will make the iPad Pro more attractive to users that want to use it as a work machine, as a complement to their Mac, or perhaps as their only machine,” Dalrymple writes. “The 12-inch is great for working in a fixed location, but isn’t really as mobile as I would like. The 9.7-inch is a great size, but I wanted a bit more screen real estate to work, especially when multitasking with other apps. The 10.5-inch really is the ‘Goldilocks’ of iPads for me. Not too big, not too small, and really powerful in everything it does. I would highly recommend it.”

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  1. This is spookily like someone has been reading my mind, the file app, the drag and drop between apps, the overall increase in flexibility and interaction it’s like we have moved on 5 years in just 1 compared to the sluggish nature of the software development prior to last year. And to further read that the hardware is now faster than most laptops surely means big things ahead to exploit it. At last.

  2. The one thing that would hold be back for having an iPad Pro as my ‘computer’ would be Pages. When I am creating most of my documents I use the inspector palette to precisely size & place the elements in my document. IF I can do this on the iPad Pro, then I think I could be convinced to drop my laptop and work solely on the iPad!

    1. I don’t think it’ll offer that level of precision. What I hope Apple is working towards is a true iOS/Mac OS hybrid that will be the best of both worlds. They already dumbed down Pages to make it play well between OSes. If they truly want to offer an alternative to more demanding pros they’ll put in the effort, but I don’t think they see it as an important enough market, at least not until it blows up in their face like the Mac Pro debacle.

  3. It appears to have the capability to edit photos in complex ways at good speeds (up to files of what size I don’t know).

    How will it fare at video editing for 1080p? For 2160p?

    If adequate, add the pencil and perhaps the Logitech keyboard (which also is a protective case and Apple Pencil holder) and this touch first mini-Mac (with a few remaining compromises but unique strengths becomes quite the value proposition.

  4. That new OS X-like dock is soooo stupid, IMSO!
    You know how much longer it is going to take to find your most commnly used apps with what looks like to be a completely linear app dock?
    You are going to spend more time scrolling through that dock looking for the app/s you need
    I use the current dock to store folder icons full of apps that I can get to a helluva lot faster and easier.
    I have 50 apps stored in the current iOS dock. I can pick and launch apps, at will, with no scrolling or scrolling through folder pages.
    On iPad, one page folder icons hold 16 apps. Time 5 icon locations, that is a total of 80 potential apps you can launch anytime at a glance.
    The OS X style dock is NOT going to work well on small screen iOS driven iDevices
    The OS X style dock is NOT a good fit for iOS and to my eye and sensibilities, looks absolutely ridiculous!

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