They say ignorance is bliss.
We don’t know what we don’t know, and before I got my hands on an iPad Pro, I was blissfully unaware just how much this sweet piece of hardware would change how I live my life.
The iPad Pro’s not my first rodeo with the product line—I bought a 64 GB iPad 2 back in 2011 to work on my daily blog while we were away on honeymoon. (I even made a pit stop at a Paris Apple Store—twice—because I’d forgotten my Apple Wireless Keyboard at home. Twice because I’d picked up an AZERTY keyboard the first time instead of a QWERTY… but back to our regular program.)
In 2015, a couple of 16 GB iPad Minis came my way through my work with Swiffer and Netflix—their Bluetooth 4 meant I could use third-party styli like the Adonit Pixel and the Wacom Bamboo Stylus, but I always found the experience… lacking.
Sure it was great to draw right onto the screen, but part of the reason I’d never fully switched over to digital art was because drawing on paper felt so natural and I just didn’t get that with these tools. From everything I saw, I thought us still a good way from technology managing to capture the soul that makes art what it is.
And I didn’t know how completely wrong I was ’til I got my hands on an iPad Pro.
The iPad Pro — Changing the Way We Tablet!
The iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil do more than let you draw on-screen smoothly and responsively—it’s actually inspired me to get back into drawing!
And that’s no small feat—my artistic history aside (let’s just say it’s been more than a decade since I’ve drawn regularly), all digital artists know that ’til now, the options were limited. Not so long ago, you’d need to be willing to drop thousands on a dedicated drawing solution that’d give you the same feel the iPad Pro does. And portable they were not—we’re talking devices weighing upward of 80 pounds. So unless you were both a digital artist and a weightlifting world champion, you had to use plug-in peripherals that had you looking in one place and drawing in another. It was a less than ideal solution, which is why it blows my mind that a device weighing 1.59 pounds at most is capable of doing what we were looking for all along!
But it’s not all about me. Apple’s sold millions of iPad Pros to date, and I’m certain people are doing things other than sketching up a storm.
You SHOULDN’T Need a Reason to Love the iPad Pro, but Let Me Tell You a Few….
- It’s beautiful. Apple packed a lot into a 12.9″ tablet that’s only 6.9mm thick! Like a 2732 x 2048 Retina screen with 264 pixels per inch, giving you 5.6 million pixels to work with.
- It’s powerful. “Powerful” doesn’t just mean the third-generation A9X chip that doubles the iPad Air 2’s performance speed and rivals most portable PCs. It means having up to 10 hours of battery life. Or the four-speaker stereo audio that adapts to however you’re holding your iPad Pro. It even means playing well with your Apple computer through iOS 10, where features like AirDrop make it easy to continue working on things no matter which device you’re using. The iPad Pro challenges the way you do you.
- It’s full of everything you didn’t know you needed in a tablet. The iPad Pro’s awesome enough on its own, but then you can pair it with a Smart Keyboard to mimic a laptop with smooth and stain-resistant keys. Or perhaps add the aforementioned Apple Pencil, whose unique tip signal’s sought by the iPad Pro 240 times per second, giving you some of the crispest lines from any digital offering out there! It’s a unique experience that words alone can’t do justice!
Seriously, you might think you know what it’s like, but once you’ve taken the iPad Pro for a solid test run, I promise you—you’ll never want to be without it!
You Don’t Know What You’re Missing Until You’ve Tried the iPad Pro. (Hint: SHEER AMAZINGNESS.)
Happy creating and until the next,
Disclaimer: I wrote this post as a long-time Apple user, with support from Apple for some of the editorial content. You can expect more iPad Pro-related content from me in the coming months!