The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro hit the global markets with the Apple M2 processor and attractive design. he is too It can be purchased now on the Apple website here in Brazilbut the price is still somewhat steep.
Apple still sells a model with an 11-inch screen, but its proposal differs somewhat from the more premium alternative, one we’ll analyze in this hands-on made in partnership with HdBlog.
So, without further ado, check out our first impressions of Apple’s most powerful and affordable tablet.
Design and accessories
The design of the new iPad Pro is basically the same as that of its predecessor and this may confuse a lot of people, but the main improvements lie inside the tablet, which has a recycled aluminum body, flat sides and is just 6.4mm thick.
Another detail worth mentioning here is that the tablet’s thinness is not intimidating and has a good sense of strength. The new iPad Pro with the M2 chip also retains four speakers from the previous generation to ensure stereo sound and it must be said that the sound quality of the device is great.
We have a loud, well-defined sound with good calibration, even if it lacks a little bass at times.
Additionally, there is a USB-C Thunderbolt port for charging or even connecting portable hard drives or SSDs. Finally, the tablet comes with a complete set in the box, something very different from the iPhones.
screen and hardware
This results in good images and color reproduction that can stand out in any scenario, including professional use. Another advantage is that this panel is very close to the contrast offered by OLED screens, the maximum brightness can reach over 1000 nits on some select content and there is still a 120Hz refresh rate.
Of course, the fact that the processor of this tablet is Apple Silicon M2 is what makes the iPad Pro as powerful as the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. Overall, the new model has seen a slight increase in CPU performance compared to its predecessor.
The biggest improvement is in graphics performance, which is between 30 and 50% more than the tablet equipped with the Apple M1. Either way, this tablet lets you do almost everything a MacBook can.
From editing photos in Photoshop or videos in LumaFusion, working with documents, 3D modeling and rendering or playing some casual games.
Here in the iPad Pro, the Apple M2 chip is paired with 16GB of RAM, which is plenty for a tablet but essential for pro-level tasks.
As for the battery of the tablet, here we have the same capacity as its predecessor. Considering a very common use case, watching videos and doing basic tasks, the autonomy can reach 9 hours.
However, using the device for 3D modeling and video and photo editing, it drops to about 4 1/2 hours. Finally, to charge the tablet we still have the usual 20W charger
- 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with a resolution of 2372 x 2048 pixels
- Mini-LED panel with up to 120Hz frequency
- Apple Silicon M2 platform
- 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM
- 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, or 2 TB internal storage
- 12 MP front camera
- Two rear cameras
- Primary lens with 12 MP (f/1.8) sensor
- Ultra wide lens with 10MP sensor (f/2.4)
- 5G connectivity, dual-band Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, Face ID, Thunderbolt USB-C, and four speakers
- 40.88Wh battery and 20W charging
- iPad OS 16
The program can now offer more flexible and intuitive multitasking, allowing the user to quickly switch between open applications.
But the iPad remains a product that only has to work with one app open at a time, or two apps in extreme cases. The main reason is that everything in iPadOS is still somewhat streamlined.
And this means that Apple needs to work so that iPadOS takes advantage of the hardware of this device much more, since here we have a chip capable of doing more than is currently required.
An interesting novelty is that it is now possible to connect the iPad Pro to an external monitor for better multitasking work. Of course, iPadOS also continues to do well in what is already standard on the device.
This makes the iPad Pro endearing to designers who need a drawing tablet with the Apple Pencil.
The iPad Pro with M2 has a 12MP main lens with a 10MP ultra-wide secondary sensor. The front sensor has a resolution of 12 megapixels and is characterized by its ability to provide excellent results in video calls.
Overall, this group of cameras delivers iPhone-level imaging quality.
First impressions and the price
Finally, before we talk about our first impressions, we need to clarify what kind of audience this tablet is aimed at. This is because, although it has the same performance as a laptop, it is still not a laptop.
Therefore, this iPad Pro with M2 chip also cannot replace the workstation of a professional who deals with photos, for example. However, it could be a kind of complement or even a temporary hiatus.
Citing an architect as an example, he can use the rear camera to take a picture, scan some elements, and insert them into his project. Professionals in this genre, like designers, find the iPad Pro to be a great ally.
I also mention here the photographers, who can take a photo, quickly edit it and send it to the client using their iPad. On the other hand, for us mere mortals, this iPad is rather big, overpriced, and basically useless.
Not that it’s bad. Quite the contrary, it is a tablet that has no competitors in the market. However, like every Apple device, it is very expensive. More so in Brazilian territory.
iPad Pro with M2 launched for R$13,300 in the version with 128GB of storage and Wi-Fi only. If you agree to get the 2TB version with cellular connectivity, that price shoots up to an incredible R$28,500.
Therefore, the range of iPad Pro with M2 is rather small, since not everyone has the money to buy it. Anyway, if you have the money and you are a professional who needs a powerful tool for the job, then iPad Pro with M2 might be a great choice for you.
Finally, Apple is not going to lower the price of this device just because there is a strong complaint, even abroad, about the values being exercised. Therefore, the company offers less expensive options, such as the tenth generation iPad.
It is aimed at the general public and can even be obtained “easier”.
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