iPad Pro 2018: Tests praise design and performance - but also find flaws

iPad Pro 2018: Tests praise design and performance - but also find flaws

The high-performance hardware raises hopes for a "better Macbook". This is in particular contrary to restrictions of the mobile operating system iOS. "It's still an iPad," is the conclusion of a tester.

The new iPadPro Generation receives a lot of praise for its powerful hardware. But at the same time it disappointed the expectations of those who actually hoped for a big step in the direction of notebook replacement. "It's still an iPad," complains one tester, while another explains the new iPad Pro even better Macbook.

Doubts about the pure hardware performance do not even come up. Compared to its predecessor A10X proved the new A12X processor in the 2018 iPad Pro significantly more power and with a total of 10 billion transistors new best values. Even in the single-core test, the A12X reached about the same result as the A9x in the first iPad Pro with two cores. In the multi-core area, the performance increased by almost 100 percent compared to the A10X.

iPad Pro 2018 (Image: Apple)

General Appreciation also experiences the external appearance after Apple the margin around the display down and down, but slightly enlarged on the sides. The overall effect of the iPad Pro is more symmetrical, and compared to the previous model, the 12-9 inch version is noticeably smaller. The Home button with integrated fingerprint sensor was eliminated as the iPad Pro models inherited Face ID and gesture recognition introduced with the iPhone X.

Mentioned almost always praising the revised speakers with a stereo power and volume, through which the tablet is ideal for TV playback. The display attest to the testers at least the quality of last year's models or even better. As far more practical, they experience the new second-generation Apple Pencil, which magnetically attaches itself to the tablet and simultaneously charges wirelessly.

Mixed resonance, on the other hand, integrates a single USB-C port while eliminating the Lightning port and headphone jack. Basically, the open standard USB-C raised high hopes, but it was all the more disappointing, but its very limited usability.

"The single USB-C port will not pay dividends before more compatible accessories are available," commented Scott Stein on CNET.com. "USB-C is still pretty messy and weird, so you just have to try things out and see what works for you," writes Nilay Patel of The Verge. In particular, he complains that Apple's tablets via USB-C no external storage media such as USB sticks or hard drives recognize. Daring Fireball blogger John Gruber, who otherwise sings only praises about the 2018 iPad Pro, also beats that score. For him, "it makes no sense to have a file app, but not to display the contents of a connected USB drive. That just seems vicious. "

On little understanding also encounters that in principle even the playback of a 5K video on an external monitor is possible, but by default on a connected monitor, only the tablet display is mirrored. More is possible only with the support of each app, as well as individual apps, according to Apple could allow access to USB drives.

CNET.com sees the iPad Pro at the forefront of tablet hardware development in many ways, but it lags behind the expectation of a flexible computer: "The iPad Pro really has the power of a real computer – and a really good one. It could only be so much more if iOS was not that limited. "

The same goes for The Verge Editor-in-Chief Nilay Patel. "I see many possible ways to dispense with my notebook and use the iPad Pro as my primary computer," he writes. "Using an iPad is extremely enjoyable, and it's nice to operate a computer with a touch screen. But again and again, some annoying iOS restriction prevented me from switching. "

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