IPad Pro 10.5 Reviews: What you really need to know

Isaac Cain
June 13, 2017

We know you've had your heart set on the iPhone 8, but you won't want to dismiss the new iPad Pro after you hear more about it - so think about your next Apple purchase wisely. The 10.5-inch update to the high-end tablet PC features upgraded specifications and comes as Apple both tries to bolster a flagging tablet market and make the large-scale tablet a viable contender to hybrids like Microsoft's Surface Pro. The Pro 10.5 has a bigger battery than the Pro 9.7, but it also has to deal with a brighter screen that refreshes twice as fast.

iPad Pro's stunning, redesigned Retina display features ProMotion, a new technology that delivers refresh rates up to 120Hz for fluid scrolling, greater responsiveness and smoother motion content.

But if you're committed to Apple, and you're looking for a tablet that can replace your MacBook for certain uses, the new iPad Pro can do the job. These may sound like minor changes, but they seem essential for anyone actually trying to get work done on an iPad Pro.

Along with the launch of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, there is now a new Leather Sleeve ($188) that comes in brown, taupe, black and blue. On top of the sleeve, there is a holder to store your Apple Pencil. First, there's a new Mac-like dock, with the option for adding multiple shortcuts to apps, along with a trio of apps the iPad predicts you'll use.

I don't suggest you run and download the beta developer version, because it's extremely buggy, but a publicly available beta will debut this summer.

It feels premature to write about the iPad Pro today because a lot of its potential won't be unlocked until iOS 11 launches this fall.

All iPads will now come with an enhanced dock, the bar at the bottom of the screen that shows users' most frequently used applications, similar to that of macOS.

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- ARKit, a new platform for developers, will bring augmented reality experiences to the iPhone and iPad (remember Pokemon GO?).

One such tweak which is happening throughout iOS 11 is its ability to greatly reduce the amount of storage space required by apps and photos, which will be a big boost to users.

With the match of iOS 11 and a newly responsive display, Apple looks like it has finally reached a tipping point with iPad Pro functionality.

With iOS 11, Apple gets an all-new Files app. I never thought safety would be a reason to stick with Apple, but the company is full of surprises lately.

In addition, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro has its own Smart Keyboard ($248). There aren't any function keys. And, most frustratingly, no home button for jumping back to the home screen. Just how simple? You can send money to or pay someone via Messages. I'd love to see some sort of solution for this in future versions of the keyboard.

Business Insider's Steve Kovach had a similarly positive view of the iPad Pro, with his only real complaint concerning the revamped Smart Keyboard, an optional accessory for the tablet that costs a whopping $159. The keyboard kept falling off the iPad's magnetic connector too. But the new 10.5-inch Pro provides the ideal middle ground.

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