iPad Pro 2018 review: Powerful but is it useful?

The iPad Pro is a ridiculously powerful device, mainly due to its powerful hardware, but it ultimately falls short due to Apple’s decision on imposing limitations on its software.

It’s no lie that Apple is one of the top brands – no other company has a product that does what the iPad does. It has been a couple of days since Apple has released its new line of iPad Pro, on October 31. It has a lot to offer, a new Liquid Retina Display, USB – C, Face ID, an 8 core for processing and so on, so let’s get started.



Firstly the new iPad comes in 2 sizes, 11 inches and 12.9 inches, which can be purchased in 64GB, 256GB, 512GB and staggering 1TB storage variance. They have Apple’s new – Liquid Retina Display – which means that the corners are rounded and the display is closer to the edge. The display has a faster, 120 Hz display with 264 pixels every inch of its screen. It has Apple’s new 8 cores – A12x processor, which in-theory is as powerful as a desktop processor. It’s the same chipset used in the iPhone Xs but is clocked at a higher speed. The iPad does not have a home button, instead, it has Face ID, from the iPhone X, but here it can be unlocked while it’s placed horizontal or vertical. Also, you can buy with the iPad is the new Apple pencil and a keyboard case. Since there is no home button, the same gestures used on the iPhone needs to be used here for navigation. No headphone jack is to be found, but for the first time around a USB – C port has been included as opposed to Apple’s proprietary lighting cable.


The iPad is focused for ‘Pro’ users; it’s trying to blur lines between large-scale workstation behemoth and handheld tablets. In that aspect it succeeds, the A12x processor is powerful in almost any task you throw at it. Now you can use more that 2 apps on-screen simultaneously, 4k footage can be edited and also played back without any lag, pictures can be edited and Illustrations can be done in multiple layers and with ease with the Apple pencil, which attaches itself magnetically and charges wirelessly this time around as opposed to its previous generation which was more awkwardly placed. It seems to be small and uncomfortable to hold as opposed to other on-screen drawing devices – such as Microsoft’s Surface Pencil.

The USB- C port it uses would enable the iPad to connect to a number of things including charging your phone and connecting your iPad to a secondary display, but due to proprietary limitations by Apple you cannot you a mouse, rather you directly control it from the screen. Storage devices, such as a USB drive or external hard drives also cannot be accessed through the iPad, but memory cards can be accessed through its proprietary card readers.


Apple’s limitations on its software are not allowing its users to utilize the powerful hardware the iPad has to offer. Software restrictions such as restriction of external storage devices mean that you’d have to use iCloud to import the files. Even if using the proprietary card reader, you need to import them through the files app and cannot be used directly through 3rd party apps such as Illustrator or Photoshop. While you can use a secondary display, it’s not ergonomic in terms of usage since you cannot use a mouse and need to only use it through the screen. ‘Pro’ users technically can use this but their workflow would change completely to the point they may not use it.


As mentioned before, the iPad Pro is a ridiculously powerful device but its software’s restrictions do not make the iPad ergonomically useful. Electronic devices should make workflow simpler and in favor of the user; it should not make the workflow to be cumbersome and make the user adapt to the device. The iPad Pro is expected to release in India at the end of November and is expected to be priced at 80,000 rs.