iPad Pro (2022) review: I’m cautiously optimistic. Or foolish

Advantages

  • The new multitasking feature of iPadOS 16.1
  • Strong performance

Cons

  • The new multitasking feature of iPadOS 16.1

The iPad Pro 2022 is powered by Apple’s most powerful Apple Silicon processor, has a nifty new Apple Pencil feature for creators and note-takers, and has the same $799 or $1,099 starting price as its predecessor for the 11-inch or 12.9-inch iPad. Because of, respectively.

But, as has been the case for the high-end offering in Apple’s tablet lineup for several years now, the real story here is the software. There’s even more pressure on Apple to deliver this year with the addition of Stage Manager, a whole new approach to multitasking on the iPad with the launch of iPadOS 16.1.

For the past few days, I’ve been using the 12.9-inch version of the brand new 2022 edition iPad Pro, complete with 1TB of storage, 16GB of memory, and Apple M2 Apple Silicon. I need more time to grasp the full picture here (it’s complicated), but I do have some early thoughts.

Specifications

iPad Pro (2022)
Processor Apple Silicon M2
show 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with ProMotion and True Tone
memory 8GB or 16GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB
Rear cameras 12MP wide, 10MP ultrawide
Front camera 12MP TrueDepth FaceTime
battery 10 hours
Connectivity USB-C Thunderbolt/USB-4
Operating system iPadOS 16.1
Colors Space gray, silver

Appel iPad Pro 2022 on wooden floor

Jason Cipriani/ZDNET

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but…

The hardware of the iPad Pro continues to strengthen the software. Although, with the addition of Stage Manager in iPadOS 16.1 and true external monitor support before the end of the year, iPad Pro users have more hope than ever that the iPad is about to turn the corner.

In my early hands-on preview for iPadOS 16, I wrote that the update fundamentally changed the way I use my iPad Pro. For the better; and I support that. I definitely gave Apple the benefit of the doubt that some issues I experienced during early testing were bugs in a young beta and that when the official release arrives, those bugs will be ironed out. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

For those unfamiliar, Stage Manager brings resizable windows and the ability to have four open programs active at the same time to the iPad Pro and iPad Air.

External monitor support doubles the number of running apps to eight, four on each screen, but was pulled from the official iPadOS 16.1 release so Apple could focus on fixing all the weird and annoying issues that plagued Stage Manager early on.

I’ll hold off on providing more thoughts on Stage Manager for now, but I will say that Stage Manager is full of little moments of brilliance where you realize and see the vision of what Apple was going for.

Also: Apple’s worst product has become one of its best

For example, when I use the Mail app to triage my inbox and I press Command-R on the keyboard to reply to a message, a new window pops up from my inbox, floating above the Mail app, ready for my input. I can move that window, close or minimize it, just like the application window on my Mac.

However, there is no doubt, Stage Manager is far from perfect in its current form. I’m cautiously optimistic that Apple will get it right, though.

But I’m going out. So far, the M2 processor in the iPad Pro handles Stage Manager and my typical workflows without problems. That said, I had no complaints about performance on my personal M1 iPad Prothe performance of. Actually, sometime in the last couple of days, I mistakenly picked up my iPad Pro thinking it was the M2 iPad Pro (they are identical in design) and used it for an hour or so, all the while wondering if the performance. a boost I suddenly perceived was a placebo effect or not.

Turns out, it was.

Apple iPad Pro 2022

Jason Cipriani/ZDNET

The hover feature of the Apple Pencil is neat

Outside of the iPad Pro now coming with the M2 Apple Silicon processor, there’s not much new with the 2022 model. That said, if you’re an Apple Pencil user, you’ll notice a trick that, so far, has been a very subtle addition during my use.

There is a new co-processor in the M2 chip that is dedicated to handling interactions with the second-generation Apple Pencil. It controls that the tip of the Pencil approaches the screen of the iPad Pro, and when it is within 12 millimeters, parts of the interface come to life in programs that support the new floating function.

In the Notes app, this means you’ll see a small preview of what the selected tool will look like after you put the tip of the pencil to the screen. In my case, when using the pen to take notes, a small black dot mirrors the movement of the Pencil over the screen. In apps that support this feature, you can even hover the Apple Pencil over the screen and use the double-tap gesture to perform additional actions.

Sometimes, hovering was obvious — like when in the Notes app — but other times, I didn’t notice it at all. For example, when you use the iPad’s Pen, the text field is supposed to expand as you write with the Pen, and then shrink back to its original size after you’ve finished writing and it’s converted to text. I’ve only seen this happen in the Messages app, but not in places like Safari’s address bar, where it would be helpful. Maybe I’m just doing it wrong. I will continue to experiment though.

More to come

I really want to spend more time with the iPad Pro 2022 and the M2 chip to see if there are any noticeable differences between it and last year’s M1 iPad Pro. A few days of testing just isn’t enough to make a full judgment on the hardware and software that many, including yours truly, hope will set the pace for the iPad’s journey for years to come.

Source

Also Read :  UnifabriX Uses CXL To Improve HPC Performance

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Articles

Back to top button