New Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, Wi-Fi, 256GB) – Space Gray (2nd Generation) – $899.00
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.44 x 1.97 inches
- Item Weight: 1.78 pounds
- Manufacturer: Apple Computer
- UNSPSC Code: 43211509
- Item model number: MXDC2LL/A
- Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
- Date First Available: March 18, 2020
11-inch edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display with ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide color; A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Engine; 12MP Wide camera, 10MP Ultra Wide camera, and LiDAR Scanner; 7MP TrueDepth front camera; Face ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay; Four speaker audio and five studio-quality microphones; 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6; Up to 10 hours of battery life; USB-C connector for charging and accessories; Support for Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio, and Apple Pencil
I’ve been wanting to buy one of my friends a coffin for his 67th birthday. I do want it to be a surprise though so measuring him has been the most difficult thing. Thanks to the LiDAR scanner on the new iPad Pro I can now measure people for coffins without spoiling the surprise. Well worth the money.
I specialize in tech reviews and try to help buyers find the best gear at fair value. The 2020 iPad Pros have meaningful improvements I’ll detail below. A major one is much improved 10-hour battery life. But why settle for longer battery life when your new iPad takes forever to charge? Fortunately, there’s an easy fix:Apple is famous for marketing state of the art iPhones and iPads that unfortunately come with slow, subpar chargers. The new iPad Pros come with a ridiculously slow 18 watt charger. For under $30 you can ditch the slow Apple charger and fix the problem. However, with zillions of wall chargers out there, it’s easy for anyone’s eyes to get glazed over looking for which to buy. Here’s what to look for:IPAD PRO CHARGING BRICKS: Which to buy / Tips:It’s essential you get one labeled “USB-C Power Delivery.” This is also known as PD. For wattage, look for 30w and be sure the full 30 watts is coming out of the USB-C jack. Some have dual ports and might be labeled 36w but limit 18 watts to each jack. I’ve reviewed many PD chargers and have found that it is best to stick with reputable brands with warranties of at least a year, and up to two years. I’ve tested several and recommend Aukey, Choetech, Anker, and AmazonBasics. I have no relationship with any tech company. Use your USB-C to USB-C cable that comes with the new iPad Pros. No need to buy another cable. Below are some links:AUKEY:For under $25, this great model also includes an old fashioned but still useful USB-A jack. To get the full 30 watts to your new iPad, don’t charge a second device at the same time. The 24 month warranty is far better than most:https://www.amazon.com/AUKEY-Charger-Delivery-Dynamic-MacBook/dp/B083DD37W7/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=USB+C+Wall+Charger+AUKEY+USB+C+Charger+30W&qid=1585825322&sr=8-1CHOETECH:For just over $20, this 30w PD model is compact and great for travel with its foldable plug. The warranty is 18 months. It comes only in black:https://www.amazon.com/Charger-CHOETECH-Foldable-Compatible-Nintendo/dp/B083DM83BX/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=choetech+30w+pd+charger&qid=1585825382&sr=8-4ANKER:Anker may be the best known of third party brands but its once stellar customer service is now frustratingly difficult at times. Yet, they make great products, although warranties are limited. This model is super compact, comes with 18-month warranty and is quite “Apple like” at under $30:https://www.amazon.com/AK-A2017121-27W-PD-1-Port/dp/B07DFGKFM3/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=anker+30w+pd+charger&qid=1585825876&s=electronics&sr=1-3AMAZONBASICS:I like dealing with Amazon because their customer service is typically stellar. At under $30, this one will charge your new iPad PRO at 30 watts for highest charging speed and will also charge the latest USB-C Mac laptops at high speed. However, it is larger than the others and only carries a one-year warranty:https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Charger-Laptops-Tablets-Delivery/dp/B07PBCKXP7/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8&th=1SHOULD YOU BUY A PD CHARGER WITH MORE THAN 30 WATTS?Chargers with more than 30 watts WILL NOT give you faster charging unless you are also using it for a recent Mac laptop. Apple and most PC laptops require 45 watts for fastest charge. Recent iPhones only come with 5w or 12w chargers but need 18 watts with Power Delivery for fastest charge. So don’t toss the new 18-watt charger that comes with the new iPad Pro. Use it for your iPhone and you’ll be amazed it charges to 50% in just 30 minutes.IPAD PRO BUYING TIPS: SHOULD YOU UPGRADE TO A NEW 2020 MODEL OR NOT?For most power users, yes. The longer battery life as compared with earlier models is absolutely worth it. Apple is not stretching it when it says 10 hours although intense gaming will deplete the battery faster.For general users, maybe. The faster A12Z bionic chip is tremendously zippy but folks who are casual internet browsers will not notice the change. However, this model is fantastic as a laptop replacement with its support for Apple’s stellar Magic Keyboard, the Apple (and some third party) pencils, and the Smart Keyboard Folio.If you take pictures with your iPad, the camera is the best Apple has yet packaged with any device. Terrific. In this Covid era, it’s ultrawide lens is also great for live streaming of meetings. Speaking of meetings, the built in microphones surpass most laptops. For music listening, the new iPads deliver clean and pleasing audio, with surprisingly fine bass. Yes, your new iPad Pro can actually crank up the jams! Good to know if you are stuck in the house.IPAD PRO FOR GAMING: SHOULD YOU UPGRADE TO A NEW 2020 MODEL OR NOT?A giant YES! We have a family member who is quite successful in the gaming world. If you are coming from any other mobile device other than the 2018 iPad Pros, the 120 frames per second (FPS) frame rate of the new Pros must be seen to be appreciated. Silky, slick and so fast! No lag with a good internet connection. Games such as Fortnight have recently upgraded to support 120 FPS. If your favorite game supports it, a new iPad Pro is an absolutely terrific no brainer investment.CONCLUSION:I hope this long review has been of some help. I’m sending my very best to you and yours for health and prosperity, and better days ahead. The new iPad Pros are stellar, light as a feather, and Apple’s best ever for ultra fast speed, productivity, and laptop-replacing good times.
This is a gift for my girlfriend, since her college has been closed. Bunch of homework need to be done online. This generation works good for her school. She doesn’t have to write all the formula equation on paper, scanning, and send out. Everything can be done in one device. She loves it. It is light, thin. Works well with the second generation Apple Pencil. Definitely recommend for the students during quarantine.