We’re continuing our streak of Apple news, diving into the only review of the iPad Pro that really matters: the one from AnandTech.
Overall, the iPad Pro is an incredibly good tablet. I’ve always liked the idea of a tablet, but for the most part I’ve been deeply dissatisfied with the implementations of tablets. With the iPad Air 2 review I really emphasized how a proper keyboard and a good stylus would really make the user experience much more compelling, and with the iPad Pro we’re finally starting to see movement towards the tablet that I’ve always wanted. The iPad Pro is arguably the first tablet that I personally want to even consider buying. It isn’t perfect by any means, and there is still a lot of work to be done – seemingly fitting for a first-generation Apple device – but for the first time in a long time it feels like the broader tablet market is advancing once again. If you want a proper tablet that can replace pencil and paper with a keyboard for extended typing sessions, I have no problem recommending the iPad Pro. If you’re hoping for a laptop that can also double as a tablet, I suspect that the Surface Pro 4 will remain the right choice for you.
In the end, the success of the iPad pro is pretty much a given. It’s a bigger iPad, and there are enough people in the world who’d love a bigger version of their Netflix machine. However, whether or not the iPad Pro lives up to its moniker – i.e., it becomes a tool tons of people rely on for their work – remains to be seen. After the first few days or maybe even a few weeks of excitement, I remain convinced artists will go back to their Cintiqs and Photoshops, journalists writing “can it replace a laptop?”-articles will go back to their MacBook Airs, and everybody else didn’t even look up from their smartphone.