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Take the iPad Pro launched last year by Apple, change its display of 12.9 inches to 9.7 inches, add a display and cameras / video more efficient and you get the new iPad Pro. If we were to buy a tablet now this would be the iPad that we would choose. But if we already had the previous generation, the iPad Air 2, we would not let us not attempt unless you have really useful drawing functions offered excellent Pencil stylus (sold separately for 109 euros). We wrote this on an iPad Pro 9.7 with its Smart Keyboard for an airplane trip. And if that keyboard is not backlit, it remains comfortable. Moreover, the screen is still as clear, bright and easy to read. We can work, play, and watch movies. This tablet is very convenient. We already use for a while iPad Air 2 associated with a keyboard Belkin. We write a lot on it, or to take notes or in troubleshooting when we do not have our laptop in hand.
Deny the word "Pro"
Despite Apple's discourse that presents him as the future of computing, the iPad is not a real alternative to the laptop. For example, we can not comfortably use it to cover a press conference by writing and editing content from our publishing interface via a web browser. We can not use our videoconferencing software or even enter our expense in the company's accounting system based on Java. The iPad remains stubbornly separate Mac and is less versatile than Windows terminal.
The iPad as close to perfection
All these disadvantages appear to contradict the word "Pro" attached to this new iPad. And yet, if we had to choose the iPad as close to perfection, it is for this that we would opt. This really is the smallest and most mobile productivity tool that Apple provides. He takes all the positives of the huge 12.9-inch iPad Pro last year (the excellent stylus, four speakers), and more, all in the same format as the iPad Air 2. It receives more efficient image sensors: 12 megapixel camera / video rear with flash and video Ultra HD / 4K; 5 megapixel front camera with flash system Retina. We can discuss the importance of having a powerful camera on a tablet, but it can still be useful, especially for scanning documents on the fly.
A reference screen
The screen is also fantastic. Its resolution is the same as the iPad Air 2, but it is brighter and less prone to glare. It continuously adjusts the color temperature according to the light environment. Result, use both inside and outside has improved significantly. However, there are some small drawbacks compared the iPad Pro XL version. The new model is equipped with the same processor A9X, but it ranks behind the 12.9 inches on the test benches. However the difference is imperceptible. Its RAM is 2GB 4GB against its big brother. We did not feel discomfort at this level, but it could happen in the future insofar RAM helps a lot to multitasking performance. We guess that these choices were made to drawing to avoid the iPad 9.7 comes not compete directly with the 12.9-inch model.
The eternal question of the price
That said, although it is less expensive than the big iPad Pro, it is still more expensive than most other tablets. And prices climb quickly if one opts for the Wi-Fi version + cellular connection with the keyboard and stylus. According to Apple, the battery life is equivalent to that of the iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 12.9-inch or 10 hours. During our test, we rarely consumed more than 50% of the battery in a day.
Why the iPad Pro iPad over another? Why choose this iPad Pro rather than an iPad Air 2, the price dropped? Because it is more versatile and simply better. And compatibility with the new system Pencil sensitive to pressure level is really a plus for those working in the design or want to draw with tools like those proposed by Adobe or its FiftyThree with Paper application.
However, for everyday use, we always recommend the iPad Air 2. This model is largely competent for most needs: write, make multitasking and even draw with a stylus. Rates begin at 439 euros to which must be added the purchase of the keyboard and stylus. The iPad Pro is therefore not intended for everyone and it's probably a better investment in the future to take advantage of the next versions of iOS. But meanwhile, this iPad would need an OS and applications into a real pro more flexible tool. We think of the possibility to add accessories, and why not a touchpad? In our view, professional must rhyme with options.
iOS, not versatile enough for the pros
Clearly, we expect more versatility from iOS. In fact, we want Mac OS X fits the iPad so we can take him in business travel and use it instead of a MacBook. The hardware of the iPad is almost perfect, lacks more than OS into a real pro tool. Take for example the Microsoft Surface Pro, which has combined Windows 10 to a tablet. We expect the same flexibility from the iPad. Certainly supply is bloated application iOS and OS progressed in terms of the management of cloud and local applications. But we are still far from the versatility of a computer. Yet we love the iPad Pro 9.7. This is our favorite iPad, one we would buy now. But we hope that Apple will put the software part in to best exploit its capabilities. The first Mac had a 9-inch screen. This iPad is 9.7 inches. This screen size was no accident and that iPad could really succeed the Mac if Apple decides.