I’ve been testing Apple‘s new 12.9-inch iPad Pro for the past week or so.
It might look similar to the last two versions, but it’s a really big upgrade that caters most to power users who use an iPad as a portable adjunct to their Mac for tasks like capturing video in the field for later editing. It has a number of features you won’t get in the iPad Air, but I still think the Air — which is several hundred dollars cheaper — is the best tablet computer for most people.
Apple’s iPads, like its iPhones and Macs, have been crushing it recently. The company reported nearly 79% year-over-year revenue growth in its last quarter, generating $7.8 billion from iPad sales alone. Some of that growth was propelled by the pandemic, but I think that trend could continue as people find ongoing use for the iPad’s portability as parts of the world begin to reopen.
For the first time, the 2021 iPad Pros are equipped with the same M1 chip that also powers the new iMac desktop and the refreshed MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini that were released last year. It