If you need pure power on the go, the ipad Pro 11-inch offers it - for a high cost.

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ByGareth Beavis23 August 2021


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Our Verdict

The máy tính bảng iPad Pro 11-inch (2018) is an incredibly capable tablet, offering desktop-class power in a wonderfully small package. Some bugs remain và some apps need optimising, but Apple has made finally made a tablet worthy of the Pro name.


The máy tính bảng ipad Pro 11-inch is a device that Apple has designed lớn offer creative sầu users freedom. Armed with the best máy tính bảng iPad Pro apps, it gives digital illustrators a powerful sketchbook on the go và allows architects khổng lồ show their complex ideas without needing to lớn wrestle a cumbersome máy vi tính around. Movie makers get a screen that can display true colour và photographers will be delighted with the portable studio they’ve sầu been craving. It’s an ultra-thin tablet fighting against the most powerful laptops on the market – and it’s giving as good as it gets.


CPU: A12X BionicGraphics: IntegratedRAM: 6GBScreen: 11-inch 1668 x 2338Storage: 64GB - 1TBPorts: 1x USB-CSize: 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9mmWeight: 468g (without keyboard)


ipad tablet Pro (2018): Price

Let’s not hide it: the ipad Pro is a very expensive sầu machine, especially when it doesn’t offer a desktop-class experience. The base price of $799/£769 isn’t terrible, but you’ll be spending another $300/£300 or so for the necessary keyboard và Pencil, and you’ll probably want the LTE (Wi-Fi và Cellular) version so you’ll be adding another $150/£150 to the cost. That means that for the base 64GB storage kích thước, you’re already spending $1250/£1219 – roughly the price of a Chip Core i5 Macbook Pro.

If you want khổng lồ up the storage lớn the maximum 1TB, then you’ll be easily spending over a couple of grand – và this is for a tablet that doesn’t quite have the capability to fully replace a Windows machine or MacBook.


At least, those are the prices you would expect to lớn pay when the device launched in 2018. Nowadays it"s possible to lớn get a refurbished version for much less, and Apple sells refurbished 11-inch máy tính bảng iPad Pros for $519/£479, which is a much more attractive sầu price. If that takes your fancy, be sure to check our round-up of the best ipad đơn hàng lớn see if you can get even more money off.


Máy tính bảng iPad Pro (2018): Power nguồn & performance

Even today, the A12X Bionic chip in the 2018 Máy tính bảng iPad Pro 11 is still fantastically powerful. In our benchmarking tests it outstripped the nearest device by nearly double, và thrashed a number of capable Windows laptops too – including the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 và the HP Zbook X360 G5.


This power translates inlớn tốc độ through the machine – combined with 6GB of RAM there’s very little this tablet can’t manage, as long as there’s a dedicated phầm mềm for it. See our piông xã of apps that come alive with the Apple Pencil for more.

We saw a demonstration of Adobe Photoshop for the máy tính bảng ipad, và the speed at which it can zoom while managing over a hundred layers was truly impressive. We’ve had no moments of slowdown with the machine so far, and the only real issues we’ve encountered are with apps not quite being optimised for the new machine, such as Gmail slowing down and failing to react to lớn touch on the odd occasion.

However, these are being quickly eradicated now the ipad is on the market, và we’d expect the raw power lớn be fully exploited by developers as they get their hands on the new tech.


There is one thing to lớn note, though. Apple"s lathử nghiệm ipad Pro 11-inch from 2021 comes with the desktop-class M1 chip (the first time Apple has put a desktop chip in an iPad), and its performance is exceptional - even beyond the already impressive sầu A12X Bionic. On heavy-duty workloads, there is no matching the M1 in the tablet world.

In normal usage, though, you probably won"t notice much difference because both the A12X Bionic và the M1 are so powerful. With that in mind, you probably don"t need to nâng cấp khổng lồ the M1 Mã Sản Phẩm unless you want as much power as you can get your hands on. The 2018 máy tính bảng ipad Pro 11 is certainly no slouch.

Máy tính bảng iPad Pro (2018): Display



The 2388x1668 resolution translates to a 264-pixels per inch sharpness, và it looks great for every task we tried

Apple loves to create a more natural look with its screens, with the P3-màn chơi color display definitely erring away from the sharper, punchier colours of tablets lượt thích the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4.

The result is that things can look more muted on the display in comparison, but for those wanting truer colour reproduction for creative projects, Apple is claiming industry-leading unique in terms of the vibrancy và saturation on screen.

We’re not sold on the idea that the 11-inch screen – which features specially-crafted curves at the edge for a more natural look – is an edge-to-edge display, as the bezel around the edge is still pretty chunky, to make sure you don’t tap the wrong thing when zooming through your apps.

The 2388x1668 resolution translates khổng lồ a 264-pixels per inch sharpness, & it looks great for every task we tried. The peak brightness of 600 nits is a little on the low side these days though, as it means the screen is not HDR-compliant – although it is capable of playing baông xã HDR nội dung, just to confuse things. The 2021 iPad Pro 12.9 can go brighter – up to 1,600 nits of peak brightness – and might be a better choice if that"s something you really need.

máy tính bảng ipad Pro (2018): Apple Pencil



The Apple Pencil has been redesigned, but it’s hard to Gọi it a true nâng cấp in terms of performance

The Apple Pencil has been redesigned, but it’s hard khổng lồ Hotline it a true nâng cấp in terms of performance. The main changes are useful though: it now magnetically clips and charges khổng lồ the side of the iPad tablet Pro, and there’s a double tap function baked in to allow you khổng lồ switch between modes in apps.

In Apple"s Notes tiện ích, this is easily the best performance we’ve seen from a stylus from Apple, with the tiện ích making full use of the Metal 2 framework to lớn give sầu direct access to lớn the GPU. This results in far-reduced latency when sketching or writing, and it’s easily the best experience we’ve sầu had on an máy tính bảng iPad.

Variable pressure levels and the capability to lớn use the edge of the tip give a new dimension khổng lồ đầu vào, và the range of apps set up khổng lồ take advantage of the Pencil (with Pixelmator và Procreate svào favourites) are numerous. Lightroom và Photosiêu thị are also available.

We did have sầu a couple of issues with the Pencil, namely that the Metal framework isn’t used in every ứng dụng yet, it seems, as we noted a little more latency in some applications. Also, the Pencil just refused to lớn connect when being removed from its magnetic charging on the side of the tablet, which isn’t what you expect for a device of this cost.

iPad tablet Pro (2018): Features

Apple has baked in a few new features for the new ipad Pro, with Face ID replacing Touch ID in the Home button. The facial recognition is swift và far easier khổng lồ use, and works in any orientation, although we did manage to lớn cover the camera most of the times we picked up the iPad tablet Pro.

The laông chồng of trang chủ button means the interface is navigated with gestures, flicks và swipes moving you through the screens. It’s incredibly intuitive, & allows you to easily jump between apps and multitask across two apps with ease.



USB-C is now the physical connection on offer here

The speakers around the edge of the new iPad tablet Pro, one in each corner, have sầu their own woofer & tweeter, & movie audio in particular is excellent.

One thing to note: USB-C is now the physical connection on offer here, bringing it more in line with the MacBook and allowing for faster data transfer. It’s annoying if you’ve sầu got your life set up around Lightning cables, although it does mean you can now connect flash drives & external hard drives.

ipad tablet Pro (2018): Should you buy it?

Apple insists the Máy tính bảng iPad Pro 11 can replace your máy tính, & in some cases that might be true. Pair it with Apple"s excellent Magic Keyboard case (it"s one of the best Máy tính bảng iPad keyboards), tải về the right apps, and you could have sầu a good little laptop-like thiết đặt ready to go.

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But even as a second machine, one that allows you to lớn be creative sầu on the go & have a portable music studio, AutoCAD platkhung and photography editing suite in your bag, there’s very little better out there. The bugs in the system still irk, but if you’re after a powerful tablet that lets you get on with your job, the new Máy tính bảng iPad Pro is certainly worthy of a svào consideration.