David Di Franco


Unboxing the All-New 10.5-inch iPad Pro (2017)

It's not very often I get to unbox a shiny new Apple product — at least one on the expensive side of the spending spectrum. Much like the iPhone, opening an all-new iPad can be a little costly. Throw in the iPad Pro, and things get even more expensive. Being an Apple fan isn't cheap. And besides, who needs to eat for the next few weeks?

So, what's the unboxing experience like for this year's iPad Pro refresh? To put simply, it feels new. Despite recently unboxing the 9.7-inch iPad Pro last March, a lot has changed with the all-new 10.5-inch model. The overall form factor is obviously a little larger, but the weight surprisingly feels the same. And the bezel is now 50% thinner, making the design feel more premium than ever.

Where the 10.5-inch iPad Pro really shines is the addition of a 120Hz display, which displays frames twice as fast as last year's iPad Pro models. Apple calls this technology ProMotion, and rightfully so. The moment you witness the new display in person, you'll wonder how you ever got by with anything less.

Seriously, ProMotion is that good. It's the one feature that will continue to have me drool over how smooth everything plays out. Swipe between home screen pages and you'll see what I mean. Oh, and the best part? Both the 10.5- and 12.9-inch models feature ProMotion. So, whether you go big or small, there's no need to worry about missing out.

It's also worth noting that the ProMotion display has cut the response time of the Apple Pencil in half. Rather than a 40ms delay, the Apple Pencil now inputs at just 20ms. If numbers mean anything to you, that is one millisecond faster than the Surface Pen performs on the Surface Pro.

Source: Apple.com

While I haven't had the chance to put too much time into the new iPad Pro, I can say with confidence that upgrading from the 9.7-inch model is worth it. The screen size may be only about 20% larger, but the increase is noticeable to the point where you'll feel the difference. And similar to previous iPad Pro models, the audio is just as impressive. The four onboard speakers really amplify your listening experience, making the use of headphones less relevant.

Of course, I cannot forget to talk about performance. This is the fastest iPad that Apple has ever created, but that should go without saying. The A10X Fusion chip really excels, allowing the iPad Pro to shine when dealing with professional tasks — such as editing 4K video and rendering 3D models. Oh, and 4 GB of RAM doesn't hurt, either.

Needless to say, I am loving the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. It's the most impressive tablet I have used to date, and it's only going to get better with iOS 11. I plan on installing the public beta when it becomes available, so you can expect more coverage in the coming weeks.

Are you an iPad Pro user? If so, let me know how you're using yours.