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Why Mossberg won’t be buying an Apple iPad Pro and other reviews

iPad Pro's display and Apple Pencil have been appreciated by reviewers but it is still not ready to replace the laptop

By: Tech Desk | Updated: November 13, 2015 4:42 pm
Apple's iPad Pro is well received by reviewers but it is still not ready to replace laptops Apple’s iPad Pro is well received by reviewers but it is still not ready to replace laptops

Apple finally made a big enterprise push with its iPad Pro. iPad Pro had been long rumoured and Apple finally lifted the wraps off its giant tablet at its September event. Apple iPad Pro brings support for stylus which was once dubbed as an obsolete accessory by the late Steve Jobs.

Apple iPad Pro also supports a keyboard accessory and supports split-screen multi-tasking on its huge 12.9-inch canvas. Apple iPad Pro’s biggest competitor is the new Microsoft Surface Pro, which launches in India in January.

Watch iPad Pro unboxing video by iJustine (App users click here)

While iPad Pro has a huge backing of apps, Surface Pro 4 has the support of legacy Windows. The reviews are already in and general impression is that the Cupertino tablet won’t yet replace the laptop.

Walt Mossberg in his weekly column for The Verge says, “I won’t be buying one, and I don’t recommend that average users do so either.” But he does admire the device just like he has every iPad before.

He adds that the iPad Pro is too big and bulky to hold and it get worse when held vertically. He also criticises the keyboard where he calls the keyboard to be a shallow Mac keyboard.

But Mossberg just didn’t criticise the product. He says the Apple keyboard is cleverly made that he easily got used to. For now, Walt Mossberg says iPad Pro is just not likely to eliminate his laptop use entirely. Read his full column here.

While Mossberg’s reaction was a mixed one, Joanna Stern calls iPad Pro the jack of all trades and master of most. Yes she calls it master of most and not none. She thinks Apple’s iPad Pro follows on the footsteps of Microsoft’s Surface and leads to a future where a single screen can be everyone’s go-to computer.

She further says that the iPad Pro’s 12.9-inch screen can make this one far more capable than previous generation iPads and then like Mossberg, she adds “Some people will be able to replace their laptop with the Pro. I’m not one of those people—yet.” Read full review here.

Watch Apple iPad Pro unboxing video by TechnoBuffalo (App users click here)

In other review, Wired’s David Pierce has rated iPad Pro at 9 out of 10. He says,”The iPad Pro is plenty powerful, and it’s plenty big.” He notes the four speakers around the edges of iPad Pro produce loud sound.

David Pierce thinks Apple Pencil is a very important accessory and it is central to the notion that iPad Pro is for doing anything. And even Pierce ends his review saying, “Nobody’s going to toss their iMacs and ThinkPads into the garbage tomorrow and instead lay a 12.9-inch tablet on everyone’s desk.” Read Wired’s full review here.

Overall iPad Pro has received appreciation from tech critics but it is still not ready to replace the laptop.

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  1. Jerry Pani
    Nov 13, 2015 at 11:06 pm
    I don't blame him for not buying this toy!!! APPLE TELLS YOU THAT "Everything you can do on a desktop computer or gaming console is not only possible on iPad Pro, it is possibly better" (Apple US, 2015). "Yes, the iPad Pro is a replacement for a notebook or a desktop for many, many people. They will start using it and conclude they no longer need to use anything else, other than their phones," (Apple CEO, 2015). BUT THEY DON'T TELL YOU THAT The iPad Pro (iOS 9) can't do many things compared to a real OS like Windows 10 e.g. support multiple users with complete application & file security, fully support all input device types, incl. mice, trackpads, game controllers, microSD, USB, etc., virtual machine support for running multiple OSs simultaneously, fully integrate with the robust enterprise applications that drive organisations. It performs the most basic functions only & completely lacks the power & depth of full-fledged apps e.g. databases (e.g. Access 2016), photo editing (e.g. Adobe Photoshop), video editing (e.g. Adobe Premier), 3D rendering (e.g. AutoCAD), financial management (e.g. QuickBooks), development environments (e.g. Visual Studio). CONCLUSION "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" - just get the Surface Pro 4