13-inch iPad Pro, 11-inch iPad Pro

The 13-inch and 11-inch iPad Pro with M4

The initial reviews of Apple’s new iPad Pro have arrived, with the impressive Tandem OLED screen and the upgrade to M4 catching the most attention from reviewers.

Before the release of many major products, Apple offers select numbers of reviewers some pre-release access. With the release to the public imminent, those hands-on opinion pieces are starting to get published.

The update to the iPad Pro is an important one for Apple. It’s been well over a year since there have been any real iPad range updates, making any changes to the iPad Pro crucial to the product line.

As part of the changes, Apple finally answered rumors by shifting to an OLED screen. One that actually uses two panels stacked on each other, which Apple refers to as Tandem OLED.

Then there’s the M4 chip, which Apple claims is 1.5 times better than M2 in terms of CPU performance. That chip also benefits from a better GPU and a massively more powerful Neural Engine, among other changes.

Lastly, there’s the form of the iPad Pro itself. The footprint of the 11-inch and 13-inch models has changed a tiny bit, but they’re both thinner and lighter than before.

Spectacular design with overpowered hardware

YouTuber Brian Tong says the biggest change to the iPad Pro is its thinner design. It is overpowered with the M4 processor with iPadOS holding the hardware back.

Nano Texture mutes the deep blacks a bit and soft can appear softer by comparison. It is worth the upgrade for those that need it, like outdoor work.

The story will always center around what iPad can and cannot do, but it depends on what work you’re doing. It is Apple’s design at its best and can feel like a MacBook with the new Magic Keyboard.

The best kind of overkill

A review from The Verge says the new iPad Pro is a genuine achievement in tablet design and is just fun to use. However, the software problem still persists — calling iPadOS an oversimplified and locked down operating system.

A person using an iPad Pro in a Magic Keyboard connected to an external display

Apple’s upgraded iPad Pro still has a software problem

The new OLED display is gorgeous, but it comes at a high price, especially once accessories are added in. Though, moving the selfie camera to the landscape side is a big finally.

The new Magic Keyboard is the star of the show, and the Apple Pencil Pro’s features stand out with user-facing additions. But no matter how you slice it, it is still an iPad, and that means this hardware is overkill for most use cases.

So very nice, and so very expensive

Engadget calls the iPad Pro one of Apple’s most divisive devices in years. It is an undeniable feat of engineering with a high cost.

A hand holding Apple Pencil Pro while drawing on an iPad Pro

iPad Pro with Apple Pencil Pro make an excellent combo for artists

Apple managed to push the iPad Pro further without changing the base iPad experience. iPadOS works mostly the same whether you spend $3,000 on the latest iPad Pro or buy one with an M1 processor.

The new iPad Pro may not look very different at first glance, but the updated design feels very different in the hand. It is both thinner and lighter, making it more comfortable to hold — radically changing the experience of holding it.

Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is the best option compared to competitor’s. Apple Pencil Pro is a notable upgrade, though the lack of backward compatibility in both the Pencil and iPad is painful for your wallet.

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