Apple iPad Pro review: why Apple's biggest iPad yet is the ultimate business tablet

Is the 12.9in iPad Pro still worth buying?

  • Amazing display; impressive speakers; flawless user experience
  • Expensive

The iPad has been reborn as a 12.9in tablet that's light, super-powerful and a surprisingly capable business device

When it first launched in 2015, the iPad Pro was a big departure for Apple's tablet but also the first device from Apple for some time which felt like it had been designed from the ground up with business in mind. Yes, plenty of companies use Macs, iPhones and the older iPads, but the iPad Pro felt more like an executive device than a consumer one.

It's also been overshadowed a little since its launch by it's smaller 9.7in Pro sibling, though if you do want it, grab the 128GB version which can be found on Amazon UK (or Amazon US). The new Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch loses a little RAM, but gains a screen that's even better than the bigger one. But does that mean the 12.9in iPad Pro is no longer really worth buying? No, it's still an excellent tablet capable of doing things which nothing else can. Here's why.

iPad Pro review: Design

If you've used an iPad before, there are plenty of elements of familiarity here. One glance tells you this is still very much an Apple iPad, thanks to its glass front and aluminium rear, chamfered-edge front and all-over immaculate build quality.

It has a virtually identical design to the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4. The front is all display, surrounded by narrow bezels on the longer sides and wider ones at top and bottom. A camera lens peeps out from the centre at the top and the home button with Touch ID capabilities nestles at the bottom.

Every other detail, almost, is the same as on the smaller-screened Apple tablets. It has a power button on the top edge, volume up and down buttons on the right edge, and a huge Apple logo on the middle of the back. On the Wi-Fi and cellular model it has a plastic stripe on the back and SIM card slot on the right edge. However, one difference is the single loudspeaker on bottom edge.

The iPad Pro was the first iPad to have four speakers, two on the top and two on the bottom edge. As you'd imagine, this design change seriously upgrades the tablet's audio capabilities.

There's one other difference: on the left edge, three small circles sit innocuously in the middle. These form the Smart Connector, which attaches Apple's Smart Keyboard or third-party accessories such as the Logitech Create keyboard case.

For all the similarities to previous iPads, the Pro has one major difference: its size. The 12.9in display may not sound much bigger than the previous iPad's 9.7in screen, but it looks huge in comparison.

It's much heavier than the iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro 9.7in, but still lighter than the first iPad, weighing 713g for the Wi-Fi-only edition, and 723g for the Wi-Fi and 4G model. That's heavier than many rival tablets, but the way that Apple has balanced the weight of the device means it still feels light relative to its size.

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