In this year 2018, the iPad Pro has experienced a welcome change and a significant price increase. It is now necessary to spend 1119 € minimum to afford the large format slate Apple. A price that obviously does not take into account the keyboard (€ 219) or the Pencil (€ 135). Two accessories that seem essential to take full advantage of a tablet that compares to laptops. With them, the invoice for an iPad Pro 12.9 “reaches 1473 € This is more than what is asked by Apple for a MacBook Air 2018 (1349 €) .The tablet market is unrivaled tariff and even the competitors under Windows do not present a bill as salty.
The iPad Pro of 2018 bring a little renewal to the family of tablets of Apple. The first change that is obvious is the decrease in the thickness of the black borders that surround the screen. The iPad Pro abandons, like the latest iPhone, the central button and Touch ID, replaced by the new navigation gesture of iOS and Face ID. The new iPad Pro 12.9 “is therefore less bulky than its predecessor and the screen occupies 85% of its front panel.
This does not turn the iPad Pro into a compact tablet. The format remains very impressive and the 633 grams of the iPad Pro make it quickly tiring to hold with one hand. The edges are reduced, the fingers are placed quickly on the screen during gripping. This is no problem for navigation, Apple has renewed the neutral point that allows you to ignore a finger to continue to use his tablet.
The Home button and the fingerprint reader have disappeared to make way for Facial ID face recognition technology. This system works well overall, whether the tablet is in landscape or portrait position. If the iPad Pro is held so that the camera is obstructed, a message appears telling us that it is impossible to unlock the tablet. Except in this situation, Face ID is as responsive here as on an iPhone. It is still tense to not be able to access the home screen directly without having to slide your finger up. If a keyboard is used, pressing any key replaces that drag.
On the back, there is a connector used to link the tablet to a keyboard. On the edge, a magnetic connector allows for its part to accommodate the new pen Pencil. By placing it here, the Pencil is charging and holding pretty well. One of the big news is that Apple has abandoned its proprietary Lightning socket in favor of a much more common USB-C port. No miracle on the other hand, the iPad Pro does not allow to board a microSD card. The 3.5mm mini-jack plug is missing, as is a possible adapter.
After taking the step of the Oled on its iPhone, we would have liked Apple to continue with its iPad. This is not the case and we must be satisfied with a IPS panel 12.9 inches (32.76 cm) diagonally. Fortunately, this is an excellent IPS panel. Not surprisingly, the contrast ratio does not reach highs and remains stuck at 1500: 1. Of course, the iPad Pro is behind a Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 or a Galaxy Book, both slabs Super Amoled. The brightness of the iPad Pro climbs to 510 cd / m² and falls to less than 1 cd / m². The rate of light reflection is particularly low on the iPad Pro. We have half as much reflection here as on a 2018 iPad, which does not benefit from a rolled screen.
True to its habits, Apple delivers an iPad Pro that excels in color reproduction. We measure a delta E at 1.5 and a color temperature at 6700 K. Values that place the iPad Pro 12.96 (2018) among the best students in the discipline.
The screen 120 Hz that equips the iPad Pro gives a great feeling of responsiveness and fluidity to use. According to our measurements, it has a touch delay of 35 ms and a persistence of 15 ms.
The performance of the iPad Pro 12.9 “2018 are simply among the best on the market at the moment.It is to wonder if the chip A12X Bionic is not even a little too powerful for iOS. Indeed, we would sometimes like to be able to use this performance for greener and more feature-rich software than the apps on the App Store, and there are only apps that take advantage of augmented reality for us. prove that it’s difficult to hurt the iPad Pro
Video game enthusiasts will find in this iPad Pro an interesting ally.It is able to run all games without any problem of fluidity.It is more its format giant who is embarrassing for some titles.
After permanently removing the ability to connect a wired headset on its latest iPhone, Apple continues with the iPad Pro 2018. No jack mini-jack 3.5 mm or USB-C adapter to mini-jack. Impossible for us to realize our usual battery of tests. The sound reproduction will depend on the wireless headset used. Difficult for the American manufacturer to invoke the lack of space for this decision.
In contrast, the speakers are a real highlight for the iPad Pro. Four in number, spread on the side slices in landscape mode, they deliver a sound of a very comfortable power for a tablet. The restitution of the stereo is excellent and the accuracy is clearly at the rendezvous, even at full volume. What to enjoy a movie beautifully.
Apple continues to heal its tablets for the photo. Without reaching the level of iPhone XS , the iPad Pro 12.9 “2018 is pretty good in the exercise.It embeds a sensor of 12 Mpx surmounted by an optical opening at f / 1.8. the iPad Pro captures snapshots with good detail and good white balance management, and the real problem lies in simply capturing images with such impressive slate.
In low light, the result is less good. The electronic noise makes a noticeable appearance and the flat areas of color are particularly smooth. The colors are clearly fading and the blur of moving requires a good dose of stability to not hinder things.
The front photo module and its 7MP sensor are also pretty good. Again, you have to want to capture selfies with a tablet of almost 13 inches, but the quality remains above the average of tablets. It is regrettable that the position of this camera – on the side in landscape mode – gives a side frame for video. We see ourselves having a conversation on Skype more than pulling the portrait with such an iPad.
It’s a constant at Apple: an iPad must offer 10 hours of autonomy. No more no less. This iPad Pro 12.9 “effectively provides between 8 and 12 hours of endurance, depending on the uses.The 3D games and augmented reality weigh no surprise on the battery of the tablet.Our test video playback on Netflix , the iPad Pro 12.9 “realizes a score of 15:21. This is equivalent to the autonomy we had measured on the 10.5-inch model of the iPad Pro . The 12.9 “version of 2018 is placed in front of a Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, compared to laptops, the iPad Pro is among the most enduring.