New iPad Pro: the most powerful tablet on the market
It strikes a balance between wowing and delivering the technology creative professionals really need.
Breaking records or surpassing previous benchmarks is confirmation that you can do something better than anyone in the world. We love to set goals, push the boundaries and go further than ever. In fact, the biggest race at the Olympics always turns out to be a joyful experience watching eight runners hurtle down the track, all trying to cover 100 meters in less than 10 seconds.
In the tech space, Apple is doing just that, flexing its silicon muscles, always trying to outperform the competition, and building on its track record, it has managed to remain the Usain Bolt across all product categories. .
You’ve probably heard of Apple’s new M1 chip-powered iPad Pro, which turns the very concept of performance upside down, leaving the competition a mile (and not just a nose). We’ve been using the iPad Pro 2021 (11in, 1TB version) for about 10 days and tell you what, it’s super fast but more importantly, the power is useful for any workflow.
Professional-quality photo editing on the go
Instead of giving you an overview of the specs, which you can find on Apple’s website, let me walk you through what it means to work on the new iPad Pro, real examples rather than just benchmarks, that the company has crashed anyway. recently. Besides writing everyday, I spend a lot of time trying to improve my skills in photography, video editing and a few other things.
Whether it’s still photographs or videos, ideally I like having all of my files on the device, which means transferring 150-200 files from my Canon camera, every time I go out early in the morning. Although only a handle is selected, I like to see what I have captured. By having the M1 chip, the USB-C port now supports Thunderbolt / USB 4 connectivity (up to 40 gigabits per second), which means I can connect an external SSD and allow the Files app to do its magic. When all of these files are transferred, I can quit the Files app and check Twitter, my emails, or whatever else I want to do without worrying about the transfer. Future iPads, I think, will be able to do a lot more in the background.
Photos upload to Adobe Lightroom in the blink of an eye while applying presets to a collection is done instantly. Going through different crops for a photo, I don’t have to wait and the same goes for playing with exposure or highlights. The benefit of having all the power and RAM is appreciated when I edit photos on the go while taking advantage of the touchscreen as well as the Magic Keyboard (must be purchased separately; we will see the product in another article in a A few days).
New milestones in video editing
Working with videos is a different game. LumaFusion is the editor of choice. Although it doesn’t have a lot of graphical titles, it is among the best apps out there.
The first thing I noticed is that there is no stuttering when playing videos in the editing software. Single-timeline video editing is something you can do on a lot of apps, but it’s when you double or triple the stack that there is a need for power.
Double stacking timelines or stacking different footage on top of each other is something I usually do on the PC, especially if the video is in 4K. By running LumaFusion on the iPad Pro, I can easily double the battery and get through it, with no lag… not even a microsecond. So I decided to triple the stack, which the machine handled effortlessly. The iPad didn’t even heat up during the process. Of course, if DaVinci Resolve is your choice, then the MacBook is something you should be looking at. Otherwise, the new iPad Pro is a spec freak. Usually Apple doesn’t talk about RAM but this time it’s different. There is 16GB of RAM with the storage of 1TB or 2TB, which helps to reach new milestones when editing videos.
Significant benefit for illustrators
For someone who enjoys doing illustrations as a hobby, then any iPad will work. For a professional illustrator, it will be wiser to go for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro version. It’s not just the size but the screen. There’s not much the iPad of 2020 can’t handle when it comes to an app like Procreate, which is fun to use and perfect for any kind of sketching.
With the 12.9-inch version, you get a Liquid Retina XDR display (compared to Liquid Retina on the 11-inch), which uses mini-LED backlit multi-touch technology. The mini-LED is not self-emitting like the OLED or the next micro-LED. It still has a backlight, just a ton of them, over 10,000 to be precise, grouped into over 2,500 local dimming zones, so you can get high dynamic range almost like a OLED, but without some of the downsides of OLED which are particularly noticeable on large screens. For example, the mini LED doesn’t have the same off-axis color change issues when looking from the sides, which is less annoying on the phone but improves around a tablet. And the mini-LED has a more constant brightness and can boost up to 1600 nits of peak brightness. So yes, there is a significant benefit for illustrators, especially if the person is doing a live sketch while sitting in the sun. Or for that matter, streaming movies should be fun on the larger iPad Pro.
Come in, the podcaster
There’s a good reason to move all of your basic podcast edits and recordings to the new iPad Pro. It has four speakers which can perform brilliant tricks. You can turn the device however you want, while still getting a full spatial soundstage. And thanks to the iPad Pro’s sensors, the experience improves if you’re wearing AirPods Pro or AirPods Max. It’s kind of a personal cinematic experience. In terms of mics, it has studio-grade mics, basically the equivalent of plugging in a USB mic. Try Ferrite, an audio recording and editing app.
Take center stage
Of course, the new iPad Pro is worth adding to your shopping list if you’re upgrading after three or four years. Apart from the speed that comes with M1, one feature makes the purchase worthwhile – Center Stage.
It’s a brilliant camera trick during a video conference or even when demonstrating products or cooking skills. Center Stage uses machine learning to adjust the ultra-wide front-facing camera during FaceTime video calls on your 12.9-inch iPad Pro (5th Generation) or 11-inch iPad Pro (3rd Generation) to help you. and anyone else with you to stay in the frame.
If you decide to move around the room while giving a conference, the camera will appear to move with you. If more people are moving in the frame, the camera will automatically zoom out to accommodate them. In other words, the camera is always on you.
Not only FaceTime, Zoom and Webex can take advantage of this feature. If you want to disable the feature only in one app, you can do so without disrupting the settings of others.
Where does it fit?
Does that mean you can fully upgrade to the iPad Pro 2021 and ditch the MacBook? No. These are different products, even though the M1 chip runs them all (not the iPhone, of course). On the iPad Pro you have the advantage of using touch, keyboard as well as Apple Pencil, a combination that has its advantages but you can get around 10 hours on the device while the MacBook Pro lasts 17 to 20 hours, depending on your Activities. There’s the Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro but it still doesn’t have the full layout of the MacBook.
Apple has been trying to get the message across that the iPad is a computer for years. And after offering the M1 chip for its Mac, Apple managed to put it in the iPad, which makes the hardware so good that it’s basically future-proof. As Apple improves the game of apps by bringing more powerful titles to the App Store, your machine is ready for it. The new iPad Pro is by far the best tablet ever. Most importantly, the iPad Pro strikes a balance between impressing and delivering the technology creative professionals really need, in addition to securing a purchase.
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Apparatus: iPad Pro (2021, 11 inches)
Price: From Rs 71,900
• Blazing M1 processor, desktop level CPU
• Center Stage is a single camera function during video calls
• Thunderbolt support
• You can work on multiple video montages using an application such as LumaFusion
• Excellent cameras and audio
• Designed for creative tasks
• Support external display but can only mirror iPad interface.
• Does not have the XDR screen available on the 12.9 inch version