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Consumer Reports Tell Us About The New iPad Pro

iPad Pro 9.7

Consumer Reports joined Into Tomorrow this week to tell us about Apple’s new iPad Pro 9.7:

The new Apple iPad Pro 9.7 offers extra speakers and add-ons such as a keyboard and the Apple Pencil, but will it replace your laptop as Apple promised? Consumer Reports electronics spokesman James McQueen is here with a first-look review.

If you’re willing to sacrifice function keys, an uncramped keyboard, and a USB port for Apple’s thriving app ecosystem, then the iPad Pro 9.7 might be for you—especially if you fancy yourself a creative type. But, after using the tablet for a few days, I found myself wanting more. The compromises made to render it a sleek device ultimately hold it back from being the laptop replacement Apple promised.

Nearly identical in size, weight, and shape to the iPad Air 2, the new tablet (starting at $599) offers Apple’s latest A9X processor, two extra speakers, and the 5- and 12-megapixel cameras used on the iPhone 6s. With the A9X processor, it performs just as fast as its 12.9-inch iPad Pro sibling. And, just like the larger model, it supports Apple Pencil technology, too.

But, while a boon for portability, the smaller display on the iPad Pro 9.7 makes it somewhat less rewarding as a sketchpad, not to mention a laptop workspace. And, though the optional Smart Keyboard looks slick and doubles as a cover, it’s a little cramped compared to the keyboard on Apple’s smallest laptop.

For more info on this story, visit ConsumerReports.org.

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For Into Tomorrow, James McQueen – Consumer Reports

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

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