07 Dec Our look over the iPad Pro
With the recent launch of yet another intensely anticipated Apple product, so must come a swarm of opinion pieces documenting its many near-misses and relative virtues alike.
The iPad Pro is the latest in an already long line of iPad products to emerge since the launch of the original back in 2010. Featuring a desktop-class processor, it marks for many the catch-up point between this format and the forever popular MacBook laptop line.
The space and role occupied by the iPad has long been debated. Initially noted as little more than a big iPhone, or worse yet ‘a big iPod touch’, the journey undertaken by Apples middle child has been a whirlwind of sorts. Integrating itself, as all good tech products do, as an essential tool within certain circles in the five short years it’s been available on the market, the iPad Pro is surely a fully justifiable product?
Some choice pick features of the iPad Pro, alongside the aforementioned processor upgrade, include a 38.5Wh battery (a 40% mark-up on the iPad Air 2 and an upgrade which brings the model up to the same efficiency level as the standard 12” MacBook) and stereo speakers.
Before we get to those however, let’s quickly talk some processing spec. Yippee!
Many people are talking about the mark-up in power between previous iPad models and the iPad Pro. The A9X chip is a processor worthy of a desktop which, quite conveniently for us all, now fits into a tablet. Fresh benchmark tests that were run on the Pro are showing nothing but positive results, pressing many commentators to project the surprisingly rather covert opinion that, with the A9X, Apple have reached the same level as Intel.
To flesh out the A9X a little more for those who are unaware, let us collectively gaze upon these charming bullet points:
- The A9X is a 3rd generation, 64-bit, chip
- Its storage performance is two times faster than its predecessor (A8X)
- Its memory bandwidth is two times faster than its predecessor (A8X)
- Up to 80% better performance than A8X (iPad Air 2)
- Twice the graphics performance capability of A8X
- Reportedly more powerful than 80% of all portable PCs release in the past 12 months
Is it backwards to speak of a products legacy only days or weeks after it has been publicly released? If so, then I guess we’re just the backwards sort.
Well-respected commentators have already stated that the release of the iPad Pro marks the reaching of an ‘inflection point’, that this product has ushered in an eagerly awaited era of mobile devices offering just as much in the way of power and ability as desktops. Is it really too soon to tell? The stats certainly don’t suggest so!
Either way, the point here is that all of this initial perception is likely to offer up just as much for the products eventual legacy as anything else that becomes apparent within the intermittent 18-24 months (tops) before, once again, Apple attempt to outdo themselves.
One thing that is for certain is that each of the primary elements associated with mobile computing, whether we’re talking about operating systems or the rich tapestry of iPod Pro tailored apps that will soon inhabit them, are now at the forefront of the tech development industry.
Building cohesive applications which remain functional within this fast paced sector has grown to be so much more than the novelty it was just five or six years ago. Now, it is a fundamental skill which contributes to the commercial landscape as much as web design itself.
iPod Pro compatible applications for business means or for pleasure are now by default at the core of what we do and we couldn’t be happier about it.
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