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  • [Nilay] I don't even know where to start with this thing.

  • (techno music)

  • This is the new iPad Pro,

  • and this one is actually the most iPad Pro you can get.

  • This is the 12.9 inch version with one terabyte of storage,

  • and LTE, with the optional $199 keyboard cover,

  • and $129 of Apple Pencil on top.

  • This is $2200 of iPad Pro.

  • It is big, and bad, and mean looking.

  • It has an 8-core A12X processor

  • that is just lightning fast.

  • It has this new Apple Pencil that clips on magnetically,

  • and charges wirelessly.

  • And it has a USB-C port,

  • that can theoretically let it connect to basically anything.

  • It's more expensive than my laptop.

  • With a processor that benchmarks faster

  • than Apples own Core i7 Macbook Pros.

  • This iPad Pro is a beast.

  • If a muscle car could turn into a tablet,

  • it would turn into this, and I should love this,

  • I should love it, it should keep me up at night,

  • it should make my heart flutter every time I see it.

  • It should be my computer, my number one go to computer.

  • But it's not, and I'm gonna tell you why.

  • So it's no secret

  • that Apple's lead in tablets is just silly.

  • No other company has a tablet that offers the same power,

  • app selection, ease of use,

  • and battery life as the iPad Pro.

  • Last year when Dieter reviewed the 10.5 inch iPad Pro,

  • he said it was basically like Apple showing off.

  • And this new iPad Pro is definitely Apple showing off again,

  • especially when it comes to hardware.

  • There are two sizes, 11 inches, and 12.9.

  • The 11 inch model fits a larger screen

  • in the same sized body as the old 10.5 inch model,

  • and the 12.9 shrinks the body down to fit the screen.

  • The 12.9 is basically the same size as a sheet of paper now.

  • Although, I'm gonna tell you,

  • it feels a lot bigger than that.

  • Apple likes to say that both models

  • have edge to edge displays, but I mean, come on.

  • Nothing about this bezel is edge to edge.

  • But it is an extremely nice LCD screen

  • that's 264 points per inch on both sizes.

  • And it has Apples fancy new rounded corner technology

  • that the company calls Liquid Retina.

  • That's a little confusing because the iPhone XR

  • also has a Liquid Retina LCD.

  • But the iPad display is way better than the XR screen.

  • With a faster 120 hertz promotion variable refresh rate,

  • better viewing angles, brightness, and wider color support.

  • So I asked Apple,

  • and they told me that Liquid Retina really just means

  • rounded corners, that's it.

  • The new iPad Pro is also the first really really new

  • Apple hardware design language in a long time.

  • Instead of rounded corners, and soft shapes,

  • it's all hard corners,

  • and flat sides with big exposed antenna lines in the back,

  • and a huge camera bump.

  • It kind of looks like the Macbook Pro

  • but it's also kind of brutal looking.

  • Almost like a reference design.

  • Most people I showed it to thought it looked kinda cool,

  • especially in this space gray finish.

  • But it's taking a while to grow on me.

  • You'll also notice that there's no home button.

  • Just like the iPhone X the new iPad Pro has Face ID.

  • It's the same TrueDepth camera system

  • with a 7 megapixel camera,

  • infrared projector, and IR sensor.

  • But it works in any orientation,

  • landscape, upside down, whatever.

  • If your palm is covering the camera

  • while you're holding the iPad, it'll tell you.

  • And if you have it at the bottom,

  • it'll tell you to look down to unlock, which is pretty neat.

  • You can also double tap the space bar

  • if you have the keyboard cover on to unlock.

  • Which is really fast,

  • and kinda reminiscent of Windows Hello.

  • The lack of a home button means that

  • you now navigate the iPad Pro

  • using the same gestures as the iPhone X.

  • So you can tap to wake, swipe up to go home,

  • swipe up a little bit more to go to open the app launcher,

  • swipe up just a little bit to open the dock,

  • and swipe between apps along the bottom here.

  • Now this will even preserve your app layout,

  • so if you've got two apps on one screen,

  • they'll be right there when you come back.

  • And of course you can pop over certain apps

  • to get something done quickly if you need to.

  • These new gestures are all pretty intuitive to pick up,

  • especially if you've been using an iPhone X.

  • But there's a lot going on when you swipe up,

  • and getting the dock,

  • and not the app switcher

  • is a lot harder than you would think.

  • You have to take a minute to really dial it in.

  • Apart from screen size,

  • both size of the iPad Pro are identical internally.

  • With the new 8-core A12X processor, four speakers,

  • the smart connector for keyboards on the back

  • instead of the bottom, a 12 megapixel camera with smart HDR,

  • no more headphone jack,

  • (takes a breathe)

  • and a new USB-C port on the bottom

  • to replace the lightning connector.

  • I'd normally keep going here but that USB-C port

  • is really what you all came to see, right?

  • So let's just start plugging stuff in, and see what happens.

  • Whoop, whoop, whoop, whoop,

  • whoop, whoop, whoop. (laughing)

  • So here's the deal,

  • with one huge exception,

  • most everything you'd want to plug into a USB-C port works

  • if you have an app that supports it.

  • We tried a bunch of hubs, an HDMI adaptor, a keyboard,

  • a camera, a microphone, even a VGA adaptor,

  • and silly USB accessories like this fan.

  • The USB-C ecosystem is not super well developed,

  • but the stupid accessories are definitely out in force.

  • The iPad Pro will charge a phone,

  • it'll charge a Nintendo Switch.

  • We tried some pro DJ gear,

  • but that didn't work because there's no app support for it.

  • And neither did this cheap HP printer,

  • but honestly what were you expecting.

  • But the main thing I want to plug into an iPad

  • simply doesn't work, external storage.

  • You can plug as many flash drives,

  • or hard drives as you want into this USB-C port,

  • and nothing will happen.

  • They won't show up in your apps,

  • they won't show up in Apple's files app, nothing.

  • If you plug a camera into the iPad,

  • or an SD card from your camera into a card reader,

  • iOS 12 will automatically pop open a camera import screen,

  • and let you import photos into your Camera Roll, that's it,

  • you can't even import photos directly

  • into an app like Lightroom CC.

  • Apple has to be in the middle.

  • Now, I asked Apple about this,

  • because I use Lightroom CC all of the time,

  • and I don't wanna clutter up my Camera Roll,

  • and iCloud storage with huge RAW files.

  • And Apples big solution is that

  • Adobe wrote a series shortcut

  • that imports photos into Lightroom,

  • and then automatically deletes them from the Camera Roll.

  • Which is basically a hack to be honest.

  • A neat hack that works, sure, but a hack,

  • and this is essentially the story of the iPad Pro,

  • and it's why I can't just use it the way I want to.

  • Either you have to completely understand

  • the limitations of iOS so well

  • that you can make use of these little hacks

  • all over the place to get things done,

  • or you just deal with it,

  • and accept the fact that you have to go back

  • to a real computer from time to time

  • because it's just easier.

  • And it's the same all over iOS 12 on the iPad.

  • For the most part iOS 12 is super fast, and fun to use,

  • but there are roadblocks everywhere.

  • This new iPad Pro is faster than my actual laptop,

  • but the mobile version of Safari

  • just isn't a desktop class browser,

  • so it kicks you out to apps all the time.

  • I don't wanna use Apple Mail, I don't.

  • But I can't set Outlook, or Gmail to be the default,

  • so I kinda end up in Apple Mail all the time.

  • And I hate to tell you this,

  • but since Apple refuses to support Googles VP9 video codec,

  • there is literally no way to watch YouTube in 4k

  • on this $2000 tablet.

  • You just can't do it.

  • In the browser, or in the app.

  • These kinds of little stumbles just happen

  • when you use an iPad all day,

  • and until now we've been really forgiving of iPads

  • because we knew Apple was taking its time

  • building up the iPad into a real computer.

  • They were supposed to get there, but you know what?

  • I'm tired of waiting.

  • It's obvious that Apple has a massive

  • processor performance lead,

  • and I desperately wanna push this A12X to the limit,

  • and use the iPad Pro as my main computer.

  • But over, and over again I can't.

  • And I don't think it's just me being stuck

  • in some old way of thinking,

  • or needing to spend more time discovering a new workflow,

  • or understanding series shortcuts better.

  • This is just basic stuff like plugging in a flash drive,

  • or quickly changing the name of a file

  • before emailing it off.

  • I don't want to adapt to my computer.

  • I want my computer to adapt to me.

  • Apples keyboard cover has the same keys as before,

  • they feel exactly the same.

  • But the whole thing has been redesigned,

  • and it's better, and worse than the old one.

  • On the plus side there's no more weird hump in the middle,

  • or origami folding.

  • This is just much simpler, and cleaner.

  • But if you open it, and just wanna use it as a tablet,

  • you're gonna have to feel these keys on the back

  • which is just not very Apple like,

  • and while the Google Pixel Slate,

  • and the Surface Pro offer near infinite adjustments,

  • you really just get the two with the iPad Pro.

  • You got that one, and you got that one.

  • That's about it.

  • I would bet 3rd parties like Logitech

  • offer much nicer keyboards in the future,

  • just like they did with the older iPad Pro,

  • so I would take a minute, and see what they do.

  • The Apple Pencil has also been redesigned,

  • but I'll be honest I am just not that much of an artist.

  • So I gave the iPad Pro

  • to Verge design director William Joel,

  • and also to Dami Lee a Verge tech reporter

  • who also happens to be a published cartoonist,

  • to see what they thought of the new Pencil,

  • and what it's like to use the iPad Pro

  • as professional creatives everyday.

  • [Dami] The 2nd generation Apple Pencil

  • is a huge improvement over the old,

  • no matter which way you look at it.

  • The Apple Pencil was already pretty great specs wise

  • in terms of pressure sensitivity, and palm rejection,

  • so there wasn't much to improve upon there.

  • But the new magnetic charging method

  • just makes so much more sense.

  • It's what the original Pencil should've had

  • instead of this horrible charging situation

  • that required you to take off the cap,

  • so you can lose it immediately,

  • and plug it into the lightning port

  • so you can accidentally snap your Pencil in half.

  • Apple's added a new feature

  • where you can tap the Pencil<