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Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch: The best iPad that money can buy

By John Law & Kenny Yeo - 28 Jun 2017
Launch SRP: RM2999

Performance analysis

Performance Analysis

The new generation iPad Pro tablets are powered by Apple’s new A10X Fusion processor. It has six cores in total, three high-performance cores and three high-efficiency cores. It also has 4GB of RAM. Apple says the new A10X Fusion processor will significantly outperform the A9X Fusion processor found in the first generation iPad Pro tablets so it will be interesting to see just how fast this new processor is.

Tablets compared
  Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch Apple iPad Pro 9.7 Apple iPad Pro Apple iPad Air 2
  Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch Apple iPad Pro 9.7 Apple iPad Pro Apple iPad Air 2
Network
  • 4G LTE (optional)
  • 4G LTE (optional)
  • 4G LTE (optional)
  • 4G LTE (optional)
Operating system
  • iOS 10
  • iOS 9.3
  • iOS 9
  • iOS 8
Processor
  • Apple A10X Fusion with M10 co-processor
  • Apple A9X chip with M9 co-processor
  • Apple A9X with M9 motion co-processor
  • Triple-core A8X with M8 co-processor
Memory
  • 4GB RAM
  • 2GB
  • 4GB
  • 2GB
Display
  • 10.9-inch
  • 2224 x 1668 pixels
  • 264 pixels per inch
  • DCI-P3 color
  • IPS
  • 9.7-inch
  • 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution (264ppi)
  • IPS
  • 12.9-inch display
  • 2732 x 2048 pixels resolution
  • 9.7-inch
  • 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution
  • IPS
Camera
  • Rear: 12-megapixel, f1.8, optical image stabilization, 4K video recording, 240fps slow-motion
  • Front: 7-megapixel, f2.2, 1080p video recording
  • Rear: 12-megapixel, f/2.2, 29mm, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Front: 5-megapixel, f/2.2, 31mm
  • Rear-facing: 8-megapixel, f 2.4 aperture, Full-HD video recording
  • Front-facing: 1.2-megapixel, f.2.2 aperture, 720p video recording
  • Front: 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera (720p video)
  • Rear: 8MP iSight camera, f/2.4 aperture, backside illumination and five-element lens
I/O Ports
  • Headphone jack
  • Lightning port
  • Headphone jack
  • Lightning port
  • Headphone jack
  • Lightning connector
  • Headphone jack, Lightning connector
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, HT80 with MIMO Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR, A-GPS, NFC, GLONASS (4G LTE version only)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, HT80 with MIMO Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR, A-GPS, NFC, GLONASS (4G LTE version only)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, HT80 with MIMO Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR, A-GPS, NFC, GLONASS (4G LTE version only)
  • 802.11ac/a/b/g/n Wi‑Fi
  • Bluetooth v4.0
Storage
  • 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB
  • 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB
  • 16GB, 64GB and 128GB
Other Features
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Touch ID sensor
Battery
  • 8,134mAh (30.4Wh)
  • 7,306mAh
  • 10,307mAh
  • 7340mAh
Dimensions
  • 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1mm
  • 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm
  • 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9mm
  • 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm
Weight
  • 469g (Wi-Fi only), 477g (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
  • 437 (Wi-Fi) / 444g (WiFi + Cellular)
  • 713g (WiFi) / 723g (WiFi + Cellular)
  • Up to 444g

 

Sunspider JavaScript

We begin with SunSpider JavaScript, which measures the browsing performance of a device. It not only takes into consideration the underlying hardware performance but also assesses how optimized a particular platform is at delivering a high-speed web browsing experience.

The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro managed a timing of just 140.9ms, which is wicked fast. Compared to the last generation iPad Pro tablets, that’s an improvement of about 22 percent. The new iPad Pro also compares favorably to the new iPad (2017) with an A9 processor, which recorded a timing of 233.4ms. This makes the new iPad Pro nearly 40 percent faster than the new iPad (2017). It is also comfortably faster than the latest flagship phones like Apple's own iPhone 7 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy S8+.

 

3DMark

3DMark (2013) is a synthetic benchmark consisting of two graphics tests packed with high-quality textures and post-processing effects designed to stress the GPU performance of the device and a physics test to stress its CPU performance. With all of our devices easily maxing out the Normal and Extreme versions of this test, we'll just be looking at Ice Storm Unlimited, which is used to make chip-to-chip comparisons of different chipsets, CPUs and GPUs, without vertical sync, display resolution scaling and other operating system factors affecting the result.

On 3DMark, the new iPad Pro continued to lead the way with an amazing score of 53,536. That’s a whopping 58 percent better than the last generation iPad Pro tablets. The new iPad (2017), on the other hand, could only manage a score of 29,267. That’s already an impressive score, but nowhere close to what the new iPad Pro achieved.

In the real world, the iPad Pro was equally impressive. I tried playing Lineage2: Revolution on it and it ran smoothly even with all the settings at maximum. The iPad Pro chugged along effortlessly and the experience was nothing short of being buttery smooth.

 

Camera Performance

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They say the best camera that you have is the one you have with you, so we're not going to judge you when you use your iPad to take photos if that’s all you have to work with. Fortunately, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a rather capable shooter because it has the same camera system as the iPhone 7. This means that it can take Live Photos and also record videos in stunning 4K resolution. It can take slow-motion videos too, at 1080p at 120fps or 720 at a staggering 240fps.

In any case, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro takes very good photos - easily one of, if not the best of any tablet. I have included a sample photo as well as two 100 percent crops.  As you can see, the colors look natural and the image is sharp and crisp (for a tablet). It’s a little soft near the edges of the frame, but it’s definitely not something that most people would notice unless they are looking out for it.

 

Battery Life

Our standard battery test for tablets includes the following parameters:

  • Looping a 720p video with screen brightness and volume at 100 percent
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity turned on
  • Constant data streaming through email and Twitter

 

The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro has a battery capacity of 8,134mAh, which is about 11 percent larger than the battery capacity of last year’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro. However, it lasted a shorter time of 315 minutes or 5 hours and 15 minutes. But it is important to remember that not only does the new iPad Pro 10.5-inch have a larger and brighter display, its display also refreshes more frequently because of ProMotion technology. This factors would have affected battery life negatively. So in light of this, its battery life isn’t so bad after all. In fact, it lasted even longer than the new iPad (2017), which clocked 284 minutes or 4 hours and 44 minutes. Nevertheless, the new iPad Pro’s battery life is definitely quite decent.

9.0
  • Design 9
  • Features 9.5
  • User-Friendliness 9.5
  • Performance 9
  • Value 7
The Good
Superlative performance
Fabulous display
Thin and light
Big sound for a tablet
Excellent accessories in the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil
The Bad
Super pricey
Accessories are sold separately
Accessories are equally pricey