iPad Pro Features Improved Storage Controller for Desktop-Class Performance

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's new iPad Pro is powered by a 64-bit A9X processor that delivers up to 1.6 times faster performance over the iPad Air 2, with up to twice as fast graphics. Apple also says the tablet is faster than 80% of portable PCs shipped in the last 12 months.

    Apple's website notes the underlying technology behind the iPad Pro's desktop-class performance is a new storage controller that increases read and write speeds so that large files, such as 4K videos or RAW photos imported from an HD camera, can be opened much quicker (via AppleInsider).
    iPad Pro launches in November in Silver, Space Gray and Gold, starting at $799 for a 32GB Wi-Fi only model. A 128GB Wi-Fi only model will cost $949 and a Wi-Fi + LTE 128GB model will cost $1,079. A new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard will launch alongside the tablet for $99 and $169 respectively.

    Article Link: iPad Pro Features Improved Storage Controller for Desktop-Class Performance
  2. JXShine macrumors 6502


    Jun 11, 2015
  3. BulkSlash macrumors regular


    Aug 20, 2013
    "up to 90% faster graphics over portable PCs"

    I might be mis-remembering the slide from the press conference but I thought the claim was actually that the iPad Pro had graphics faster than 90% of portable PCs? My question to a few colleagues at the time was what counts as a portable PC? I'd assume a laptop doesn't count?
  4. HarryT macrumors 6502


    Mar 21, 2013
    You're right - it said it was faster than 90% of portable PC's not that its 90% faster than portable PC's... Macrumors misquoted.
  5. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    So the graphics more or less are around 500 GFLOPS. Does anybody know if that's actually faster than 90% of portable PC's?
  6. 0815 macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2010
    here and there but not over there
    So everything about this iPad is Pro - except the OS .... This one should run MacOS
  7. pgiguere1, Sep 11, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2015

    pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Still hard to swallow the price tag IMO.

    We've come to expect that bigger versions of iOS devices (e.g. iPhone Plus vs iPhone, iPad Air vs iPad mini) usually cost $100 more. And those even have a couple pros other than size over their smaller sibling too (iPhone Plus has OIS and longer battery life, iPad Air has more accurate colors, was thinner and faster until recently).

    Now this is $300 more, and the biggest feature besides the larger screen is an active digitizer which can only be used if you buy the $100 Pencil, bringing it to a $400 premium over the iPad Air. Other than that, stuff like the A9X and other incremental hardware updates would have been expected on the $500 iPad Air 3, had it been released this fall as usual instead of the Pro.

    Having a bigger iPad is worth an extra $100 IMO. The active stylus + digitizer is worth another $100. I think $69 would have been a reasonable price for the Smart Keyboard (same price as the Bluetooth Apple keyboard). That would have brought the total price to $768. In reality it's $1067, and that's completely nuts. It's a shame because the hardware itself is pretty attractive.
  8. one more macrumors 6502a

    one more

    Aug 6, 2015
    Really looking forward to Apple bringing all this hardware awesomeness into an iPad Air sized tablet, as well as continuing to improve the iPad bits of the iOS to take full advantage of this.
  9. AngerDanger, Sep 11, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2015

    AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    You'd have to be pretty brave to hold the iPad Pro as pictures in this article.

  10. John Mcgregor Suspended

    John Mcgregor

    Aug 21, 2015
    I hate how they put one tech in one device, but not the other. Only when it comes to pricing they just increase it by 100 or more every step.
  11. jtrenda33 macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2008
    And faster CPU than 80% of portable PCs.
  12. Joe Rossignol Editor

    Joe Rossignol

    Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    Thanks. I have updated the article to address the misinformation.
  13. jtrenda33, Sep 11, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2015

    jtrenda33 macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2008
    Apple never said it was faster than 90% of portable PCs, Macrumors did.

    Edit: Oh, right. I misread your comment.
  14. Starflyer macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2003
    I have heard this quite a bit since the iPad Pro's introduction so I have two serious questions for everyone in the OS X on the iPad camp:

    1. What would be the benefit of running Mac OS X?

    2. What apps would you like to run that there isn't already an optimized iOS equivalent available?
  15. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I would really like to know what portable machines they are making the comparison too. I have an ARM based Chromebook so is it THAT model?

    Storage is getting a lot better with updates to eMMC hitting speeds to SSDs on SATA II/3 Gbps speeds. Remember the old USB 2.0 days?
  16. Keane16 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 8, 2007
    I still can't believe you can edit 3 4K streams together on this thing. My MacBook Pro from 2011 is feeling underpowered.
  17. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    I'm pretty sure Apple mentioned that in their keynote.
  18. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Apple said exactly this during their keynote. The GPU was 90%. The CPU was 80%.

    Also, when I hear "portable PC", I assume that means laptops. What the hell is a laptop if not a portable PC, because it's definitely not a desktop.
  19. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    Have you actually tried working with 4 k files? They're huge!
    It may have the horsepower to edit it, but unless apple secretly upgraded the the Lightning connector to usb 3.0 or thunderbolt speeds, it's going to be painfully slow moving those files in/out of the iPad pro. And no, wifi Ac is nowhere near as fast. The sad 32gb base model is another insult to injury. Even the 128gb would be limiting to a real 'pro' working on multiple 4k recordings due to the lack of fast external storage. I edit 4k videos on my rmbp 15 while on the road and I use a combo of the built in 512gb ssd, an external 1 tb ssd in a thunderbolt enclosure and 2x2tb usb 3.0 hdd.
  20. rdlink macrumors 68040


    Nov 10, 2007
    Out of the Reach of the FBI
    Actually, they did. They said that the CPU was faster than 80% of portable PCs, and that the GPU was faster than 90% of portable PCs.
  21. rdlink macrumors 68040


    Nov 10, 2007
    Out of the Reach of the FBI
    By definition a laptop is a portable PC.
  22. canesalato macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2010
    and Yet the iPad still doesn't support Raw Editing
  23. Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    Laptops do count.
  24. lincolntran macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    I think their main complain is about the age old file system, but that's the ancient way of doing things. It's understandable because people are used to it since the first OS was built. Other things are just minors.
  25. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    An iPad Pro that could run OS X would have been an insta-buy for me, but with iOS it's a non-starter (so I guess I'm not the target market :))
    Some apps that I use daily that I can't run on iOS are:

    Online dev tools such as C9.io (doesn't work with mobile safari)

    As I said, I'm not the target audience for this device :)

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