Apple Highlights iPad Pro Reviews

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Reviews for the 2018 iPad Pro went live this morning ahead of Wednesday's launch, and in a press release, Apple this afternoon highlighted reviews from several media sites that were able to spend some time with the new tablets.

Apple shared key passages from sites that include WIRED, Laptop Mag, Mashable, Daring Fireball, Resource, The Independent, Pocket-Lint, CityNews, and HardwareZone, along with reviews from digital artists on Instagram.


WIRED, for example, said that the new iPad Pro models are the "best, most powerful, most capable" iPads that "put other tablets to shame."

The Independent said that the new iPad Pro is a "huge upgrade" from previous models and that it will become the "tablet of choice" for creatives, while Daring Fireball's John Gruber said that the Apple Pencil 2 "nears perfection" and is one of the "best 2.0" products he's seen.

Laptop Mag called the iPad Pro the "most powerful mobile device ever made," Pocket-Lint said it will pique the interest of those who have started to question whether they still need a laptop," and CityNews said it's "hard not to be wowed when you first pick it up."

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Apple only highlighted the positive parts of each of these reviews, many of which had some negative elements to them. On the whole, reviewers praised the iPad Pro's hardware, which is unparalleled, but most felt that it is no computer replacement due to the limitations of iOS. Some reviewers also ran into quirks with Face ID not working properly, and there were criticisms of USB-C and the way the iPad Pro handles files as external storage devices are not supported.

Apple's full list of iPad Pro review selections can be seen in the article shared via the Apple Newsroom, while additional reviews can be found in our own review roundup.

The 2018 iPad Pro models can be ordered from Apple's online store and will be available in retail locations starting Wednesday.

Pricing on the 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 for 64GB of storage, with 256GB of storage priced at $949, 512GB priced at $1,149, and 1TB of priced at $1,549. Models with cellular connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi are available for an additional $150 over the base price for each storage tier.

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jack5789

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Apple highlighted the reviews for the iPhone XR, too. Have they always done this for their products? I feel like it's something new they're doing and that it's a bit out of character, but I may be wrong.
 
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Relentless Power

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I think my favorite feature has to be that the Apple Pencil 2 can charging Inductively right through the iPad, which basically eliminates without having to charge through the lightning port as an alternative method.
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Apple highlighted the reviews for the iPhone XR, too. Have they always done this for their products? I feel like it's something new they're doing and that it's a bit out of character, but I may be wrong.
It’s not new at all. This is what they are trying to highlight their latest products, they did the same with the iPhone XS & Apple Watch Series 4.
 
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Apple highlighted the reviews for the iPhone XR, too. Have they always done this for their products? I feel like it's something new they're doing and that it's a bit out of character, but I may be wrong.
I kind a remember they did this last year with iphone x.
 

Logiarius

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Its seems oddly overpowered and overpriced. Almost as if a new OS will be installed in the device soon.
I hope they just increase the usability of iOS and not cram macOS inside ipad pro.

I mean, I will have a not a great exprience if I use a macOS by touchsreen.

Can you imagine touching a small button on macOS such as green full screen mode button, etc? Well, that will be hard, isn’t it.

In conclusion, I think apple should increase the functions of iOS and not put macOS or a new OS in ipad. Afterall, Desktop OS is not buit for touchscreen devices
 

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Its seems oddly overpowered and overpriced. Almost as if a new OS will be installed in the device soon.
And it’s undoubtedly the most expensive tablet that can’t connect to a mouse.
I think just like with the Mac Pro and iMac Pro, Apple has clearly segmented a product to either professionals (who will use these products to earn money) or users with high discretionary spending who want the best. What is hard to determine at the moment is if these iPads are reasonably priced. There is no comparison to them at the moment.
 
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Relentless Power

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And it’s undoubtedly the most expensive tablet that can’t connect to a mouse.
I gather The desire for a mouse with the iPad, but is it really _that_ much of an issue that a consumer wouldn’t purchase this simply because they can’t connect to a mouse? No. Using the display for touch works perfectly fine, and I doubt that would persuade anyone otherwise to not want to purchase this new iPad for that reason alone.
 

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So powerful but can it play YouTube 1440p+?
This is probably due to Google limiting the max resolution it can show. They did something like this in the past when banned mobile from going fullscreen, I noticed this in in iOS browsers, not PCs. ProTube for iOS had 4K If I am not mistaken, so this must be Google’s fault.
 

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This always feels so weird and devious, of course a company will only highlight the good reviews, so should you believe only those? Most people (so not us tech heads) will probably not read tons of reviews and watch multiple videos and Apple knows this. The Verge was rightfully critical and guess what, they are not on the list. Their biggest gripe was iOS, obviously not the hardware. Even if the iPad is stronger than the most powerful iMac Pro, iOS is still holding it back in many regards.
 
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This is probably due to Google limiting the max resolution it can show. They did something like this in the past when banned mobile from going fullscreen, I noticed this in in iOS browsers, not PCs. ProTube for iOS had 4K If I am not mistaken, so this must be Google’s fault.
Try again. No support for royalty-free VP9 codec which can be found in $50 devices.

https://www.webmproject.org/about/

The Verge
https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/5/18062612/apple-ipad-pro-review-2018-screen-usb-c-pencil-price-features
And, most irritatingly, Apple refuses to support Google’s VP9 video codec, so there is literally no way to watch YouTube in 4K on the iPad Pro. You just can’t do it.
 

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I viewed most reviews to be pretty flat. Yes, powerful hardware, but mostly wasted or limited because of iOS. It wasn’t just the verge.

Moves like this worry me about Apple.

1. It’s a common trick from the movie biz. Give highlights to reviewers, which builds their brands and they continue to get access. It soft money, if you will, in exchange for good reviews.

2. It hurts apples credibility, at least with its base. I would have been very disappointed with the general reviewer sentiment if I were Apple.

The tell is they didn’t send a review unit to Macstories. Their lense is apps and iOS, so Apple clearly knew the weakness going in.
 

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I don't ever recall Steve Jobs bragging what other people wrote about his products. It reminds me of an old phrase used by certain women of the evening back in the days: "First to brag, first to sag."
 
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I'm still fine with my OG iPad Pro 12.9. Haven't even considered replacing it. In some ways I use it less these days. Find myself mostly rotating phone/laptop.
 

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I don't ever recall Steve Jobs bragging what other people wrote about his products. It reminds me of an old phrase used by certain women of the evening back in the days: "First to brag, first to sag."
Well he definitely quoted Times during keynote. So does that means Jobs is bragging what other people wrote about his products?
 

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I don't ever recall Steve Jobs bragging what other people wrote about his products. It reminds me of an old phrase used by certain women of the evening back in the days: "First to brag, first to sag."
Did you not watch Apple keynotes in the past? Walt Mossberg was Jobs’ go to quote generator. Had quips from Mossberg’s reviews displayed on stage at MWSF and the like.

 

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Funny how what they're not highlighting any mention of the price increase or the iPad's limitations compared to proper computers. Apple calls the iPad the future because it's not the present. As in a present replacement for a notebook.