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Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2018)

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2018)

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iPad Pro 2018 Review

iPad Pro 2018 Review

Posted   11.06.18
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84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Don’t be fooled by its new, even more minimalist design: Apple’s revamped 12.9-inch iPad Pro is overkill, plain and simple. We have a few things for thank for that, like the absurdly fast A12X Bionic chipset (which actually runs faster than some of the full-blown PCs in our office) and the fact that you can now pay for up to 1TB of onboard storage. And let’s not forget Apple’s decision to include a USB-C port instead of its classic Lightning connector — not only does it make it easier to augment the iPad with additional accessories, it also means the Pro can be used to tackle different kinds of tasks more easily. It’s the first iPad we’ve ever tested that could actually potentially replace a traditional computer in someone’s life. That said, shortcomings in iOS and a lack of optimized software mean that this iPad’s best days are still to come.

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Pros
  • New easy-to-hold design
  • Beautiful Liquid Retina display
  • USB-C for flexibility and faster charging
  • Fast performance
  • Up to 1TB of storage
  • Much-improved Apple Pencil
Cons
  • Non-base configurations get expensive
  • iOS 12 feels limited on this ambitious hardware
  • Lots of trial-and-error to find compatible USB accessories
  • No support for external storage
84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

84
 

User Reviews

60
Nicholas
Damn, long review I wrote got deleted after I logged in. Shorter version:...read more
10
jean
Screen has hairline fracture running across middle of screen. 1 year 3 months...read more
80
ali
iOS is a bit limited. It could be a great device if Apple finalized the software...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
78
Average user Score
 
60
Nicholas
07.03.19
Damn, long review I wrote got deleted after I logged in. Shorter version: the iPad Pro is not very useful, the battery life is not great, but it looks really nice. Apple advertising is misleading, it is only about as useful as a phone, not even as useful as a chrome-book or really cheap laptop (one that would be about AUD$2K less than iPad when keyboard cover is factored in). iPad OS needs to function more like MacOS than iPhone version of iOS to make this actually more usable
 
10
jean
07.02.19
Screen has hairline fracture running across middle of screen. 1 year 3 months old. Apple store is not willing to work with a loyal customer. Between myself and my business I have had over 20 Apple phones and iPads. This is my personal iPad and it has never been dropped. I have never had any type of issue with my screens on any devices. I believe the screen sizing may be too large and is not durable enough for regular use. Currently there is no recall like the hassle I went through getting batteries for the iPhone 6 and had 7 of them that needed to be fixed. The only option is $599 to fix the screen which is over 1/2 the price of the device itself. I would like to report what I feel is a defect. Although Apple will not tell you the amount of screens they have fixed that were not a consumer accident.
 
80
ali
05.18.19
iOS is a bit limited. It could be a great device if Apple finalized the software for the tablet to make it more of a „pro“ device. The design is fantastic and it’s the best iPad to ever come out. The size is a little big to carry around and manage. It would be great if they reduced the device‘s size to 12-12,5.
 
70
Joel
04.30.19
I love this iPad. I use it both for personal and business use(I don't bother with the laptop corp gave me when I travel). Very frustrated, however, about the screen - every once in a while it becomes non-responsive for 10-30 seconds.
 
80
Tyler
04.28.19
Hardware = 10/10 Software = 1/10 iOS is a joke on anything called “Pro”. No file browser, no external storage, no mouse support, & no window manager. iOS is an OS meant for a phone, and it ruins any accomplishments Apple makes in hardware. iOS = Amazing... on a phone. iOS = Pure comedy on “Pro” anything.
 
90
Andre
04.28.19
This is my daily driver at work when it comes to emailing, accessing company distributed information, documenting, analyzing, calculating and graphing, collaborative brainstorming and more. I’ve picked up the 12.9” 256GB LTE version for this very reason. I can easily carry this all day to different parts of the building and plug it into the projector with ease. I especially love how synchronized it is with my iPhone. I can scan a document with my iPhone, then immediately edit and write on it with my iPad. I can receive a PDF via text and immediately start filling it out on my iPad. So many things connect seamlessly, I really enjoy my workflow between my phone and iPad Pro. When I’m not at work my iPad is additionally my smart hub at home and my favourite way to consume entertainment when I’m out and about. A great buy. I did pick up AppleCare in fear of damaging the large and beautiful screen. It’s solid, but wouldn’t want to risk dropping it. Looking forward to future versions of iOS to make me fall in love with this more.
 
20
Alex
04.27.19
My biggest problem with the iPad pro 12.9 256gb is, that the screen often jams (stops responding to touch input) When this happens, there is no respons on touch. You have to put it down, wait een couple of seconds en then you can use the screen until it jams again which happens way to often.
 
80
Devin
04.27.19
Love my 12.9" iPad Pro, but as Lisa Eadicicco writes in Business Insider Apple needs to improve its capabilities with mouse/trackpad support, separate re-sizeable windows, better file management, and external storage support. The hardware is outstanding; iOS lacks needed functionality.
 
60
sheldonl
04.27.19
Good device that improves on the older version. However, it's still far away from a laptop replacement. Until it has proper filesystem management, file sharing, *mouse support* and the ability to hook an external monitor to it it's still just an iPAD. The pencil is nice, I like how they fixed the ridiculous charging issues, but it still feels like writing on glass, they need to improve the feel *and* for god sakes put a handwriting text input keyboard as standard. Samsung has only been doing that with their Note tablets for a decade. Come on Apple! Sadly, there is nothing PRO here, it's still largely a content consumption device, not a content production device. There is very little 'ease of use' if you actually try to use it as a laptop, it's just an exercise in frustration and futility. Save your money until they fix these issues.
 
90
daryl
04.26.19
I also have the iPad Pro 10.5 and I agree the 12.9 is overkill. Yes it is expensive but I wanted to use something that is bigger. It stays home, I use an old iPad Mini 2 or the 10.5 Pro when travelling. So the size at home is not an issue. I love the flat side slab styling, and I hope Apple will introduce this slab styling on a future iPad Mini. I use the Pencil with the 10.5 Pro but it is too expensive to buy the Pencil 2 for the 12.9. I never regularly use the Pencil for anything artistic. If I developed a need, I would get it for the 12.9. I never bought any keyboard for any ipad.