How Has Apple Improved The iPad Pro Series?

A Practical Review of the iPad Pro 2018

A Few Inches Smaller

Apple has made the iPad Pro 2018 smaller and it’s a good improvement because my iPad Pro 2015 didn’t fit well into my standard backpack. The few inches they shaved off makes the iPad Pro 2018 fit into my backpack with less of a struggle and I really appreciate that. Who knew a few inches could have such a huge impact? 

Different Display

The screen size hasn’t changed though. Apple replaced the IPS LCD display on the previous generations with a liquid retina IPS LCD display.  What does this mean for you and me besides just an emptier bank account?

It doesn’t mean anything! It certainly means something to the engineers at Apple who designed the technology and probably anyone making commissions from your purchase. However, comparing the screens side-by-side you won’t be able to tell the difference if I showed you an inch of the screen from both iPad Pros. The screen resolution hasn’t changed. 

It Weighs Less

Apple has been successively decreasing the iPad Pro weight since the first generation. Without their cases, the 82 gram difference between the first and third-gen iPad Pro is negligible, at least for any practical purposes. Both Pros have a good weight balance, the weight is evenly distributed. 

More Storage & RAM

The maximum storage is now 1 Tb, up from the 256 GB we had in the first-generation iPad Pro. As expected, it comes at a hefty price because of that. The iPad Pro 2018 has more RAM, which apparently makes it much faster. Let’s give Apple the benefit of the doubt and accept that maybe at this point only the iPad Pro 2018 will be able to run the new iPad version of Adobe Photoshop.  

USB-C Port

They changed the charging port to use the USB-C port for the new iPad Pro. It can only connect to new laptops and Macbooks. The USB-C port transfers files from cameras: photos and videos, for example. Apple just assumed all creators are photographers and videographers?

You’d still need an accessory if you’re going to use this USB-C port on the iPad Pro itself. I can’t connect my iPad Pro to my Windows PC out of the box and I can’t get a USB working on this device either. The lightning-USB cable on the iPad Pro 2015 can connect to the computer without any accessories!

NO 3.5mm Jack

The 3.5 mm EarPod jack is gone! Removing an already existing function for more expensive alternatives is always a downgrade. How is purchasing expensive accessories something to celebrate? The iPad Pro 2015 allows me to use whatever earphones I want. 

FaceID

I personally prefer fingerprint because it is easier to use and more responsive. FaceID though impressively accurate on the iPad Pro 2018, makes more sense on the iPhone. To use your iPhone, you pick it up, which you wouldn’t do so much of with a 12.9 inch iPad Pro. 

Improved Camera

The camera has improved. But it’s still the same as the one from the 2017 iPad Pro. Who takes photos with a 12.9 inch iPad Pro though? I use my iPhone XR to scan documents that I sync to my iPad Pro via iCloud.

No More White Bezels & True Tone

I have never been one to like white bezels, but I know there are those of us that do. Why did Apple take away that option? The true tone on the 2nd and third-generation iPad Pros is easier on the eyes.

I can safely conclude that the iPad Pro hasn’t been improved much. I believed Apple will have a hard time improving the iPad Pro series because it’s always been a fantastic product (since its first launch). The iPad Pro 2018 looks beautiful, but that doesn’t add anything to its functionality.

Comments · 3

  1. Hi Ropsie. I am very happy with my budget iPad 2018. The only few things that I want apple to give us in budget iPad are usb-C, same RAM as in iPad pro (6gb!). The last thing that I want is true tone. That’s it!
    I’ve written to liquidtext developers that they should actually adop marginnote 3 method to import books once and then use the same books with different projects without duplication…Let’s see if they could pull this off? If they do, it’s gonna be a major game changer, right? 🤞…take care..

    1. Hello, Abid!
      It will definitely be a game-changer! It could potentially eliminate the lagging and crashing problems. The iPad 2018 is great. There’s really no reason to buy the Pros anymore, unless you need the 1 TB storage or the big screen.

    2. Hello, Abid!
      It will definitely be a game-changer! It could potentially eliminate the lagging and crashing problems. The iPad 2018 is great. There’s really no reason to buy the Pros anymore unless you need the 1 TB storage or the big screen.

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