Monday, 15 June 2020

ipad pro (2020) review | full review | mobile review

Ipad pro (2020) review:

I've got the 12.9 inch version of it right here. And, you know, the iPad Pros have been around for a few years now. And we kinda know what to think about them at this point. We've had every possible argument, you could possibly have on whether or not they're real computers or if they could be your main computer or if they can be really used for productivity or whatever. I think that they're computers no matter what Apple says in their new marketing (chuckles) copy. And I think they're really good computers, that sometimes work in weird ways, because Apple imposes some limitations on them that bug me sometimes. I'm just gonna say right at the top, that you can take all the usual
iPad Pro stuff for granted.

The screen is amazing, face ID is great. Battery life is a full day. Although now that I'm using it full time to work from home, I can manage to kill the battery by like three or four or five o'clock, I really push it. There are lots of really good iPad apps. The USBC port is still here, and it does most of the USBC port stuff that you'd want. It's an iPad Pro. What you probably really wanna know is, how this iPad Pro compares to 2018s model. And there are a few things here. But remember, I just don't think
that you're gonna take advantage of most of the new stuff that's built into this thing,

which is the story with every iPad Pro. So, let me just list the new things, so that you've got them in your head. There's three of them, well, three and a half. The first is this new camera module here.
It's got an ultra-wide lens and LiDAR. There's a new processor inside, that Apple calls the A12Z Bionic. It has studio quality microphones. And the third half thing is, the trackpad support.
And I only counted as half because, trackpad support is coming to basically every iPad, not just this iPad Pro. Which means at this point, you're probably wondering,  why do you have the
dumb smart keyboard here and not the new fancy magic keyboard cover, the trackpad, Flippy Hands
that Apple announced?

 so let's actually get into this stuff. What should we do first? Well, let's talk about the chip.
It's the A12Z Bionic, where in 2018, It was A12X. Why is it called the Z? Well, I guess Z is
higher (chuckles) than X. I don't know what's gonna happen, they've run out of letters. Anyway, the big change with the Z version of this processor, it has a more powerful graphics processor. And you know what, kinda whatever, it's The thing is really fast. I never felt a slow down, but I also never really felt a slow down on my old iPad Pro. I guess now, there's just more headroom in the GPU for graphics chops and maybe Augmented Reality. Look, a benchmarking anyway,

so that if you wanna argue about numbers, you can do that. This 12.9 inch 2020 version of the iPad Pro, got a 9981 GPU on Geekbench, whereas 2018 got a 9138. But if you really wanna
argue at GPU specs, you can have way more fun doing that, with the Xbox series X and the PS5  right now. What does 800 more on a GPU score actually mean to you? Probably not that much. Look, it's fast. Now potentially a bigger deal is this new camera system here. The standard wide-angle lens is 12 megapixels, with a 1.8 aperture and the ultra-wide, it's only 10 megapixels, with F/2.4 and 125 degree field of view, but I love ultra-wide cameras. I think they're super fun.

So I'm actually kinda glad that they added this one here. I am on team that, it's okay to take pictures with your tablet. I just am. It's okay for people to do it. It's also okay to use your tablet to make movies, but I just think these cameras might be a little bit overkill for the iPad. I'm very impressed that you can shoot 4K video at 2430 or 60fps. But, I'm gonna be perfectly honest with you. If Apple sold a version of this iPad with kind of a dumpy camera on the back and just no big square camera module or just flush,

I would probably buy that version, especially if it cost a bit less. Now on the iPad, I care way more about the selfie camera, because I use it for video conferencing. This camera takes 7 megapixel photos and it also can record video at 1080p. And I think this camera looks great. But, I'm kind of annoyed that it's on the side here, instead of on the top, when you're in landscape mode. So when you're doing a video conference it never looks like you're looking at the camera, you're always looking off to the side. And I'm also a little bit annoyed by the limitations on iPadOS, by the way. iPadOS doesn't let video conferencing apps have the camera on, when that app isn't the frontmost app.

Which means that, if I'm not just staring at Zoom and I switch away to some other app, my camera turns off which makes the iPad Pro, basically the perfect machine for telling your coworkers that you're not paying attention to them. Anyway, the biggest new thing on this iPad,  is this LiDAR sensor right here on the back. Now, LiDAR is like radar, but with lasers, and anytime there's lasers involved, tech companies can't seem to help themselves in their marketing copy. So, Apple says that, LiDAR operates at the photon level and at nanosecond speeds.Yes, that's how lasers work.

They use photons, and they move at the speed of light. Now, the reason that Apple put LiDAR in this iPad is for Augmented Reality Apps. And I need to disclose here, that my wife works for Oculus, which makes virtual reality, which is kind of like Augmented Reality, but it's different. And anyway, none of that changes my opinion on this LiDAR, which is that it works really well, but that there aren't really any apps that take significant advantage of it right now.The main benefit of LiDAR, at least right now, is that it can detect objects in the room almost instantly, instead of having to wave your iPad around like a goon, so that it can detect all the right surfaces. It also means that it can have a much, much, more granular sense of objectsand their position and size in space. And all of that helps with something called occlusion,

because everybody loves that, but you don't need LiDAR to do that. Okay, let's talk about
that trackpad thing. I think Apple kinda nailed it, it actually feels totally natural. And there are a couple of weird things like, you know, sliding your finger to the edge, to bring up the dock or slide over apps or whatever. But for the most part, it really works. It really feels natural, and I really kinda love it. If you have a trackpad and an iPad, you should totally give it a shot. If you want to trackpad case. Well, there're aren't any out available today, that I could really recommend. Apple's is coming in May and it's gonna cost 300 or $350. Bridge is also making one that's more like a traditional clamshell, it's gonna cost a little bit less. That should be out in April. And I'm sure that more coming soon,


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