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iPad Pro: 6 Pros, 4 Cons For Business Users

The iPad Pro represents a sea change for Apple's tablet, which is now more than ever angling to replace your laptop.
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Apple revealed the iPad Pro on Sept. 9, a massive tablet aimed squarely at those looking to be productive on the go. The iPad Pro is clearly a shot across the bow of the Surface Pro, a tablet Microsoft claims is good enough to replace the ever-trusty laptop.

The iPad Pro is a steroid-infused beast of a machine that will appeal to many business users, but it's not for everyone.

Apple nailed the design. The iPad Pro is a larger version of the iPad Air 2, which is a slim beauty. It maintains the 4:3 screen aspect ratio, an ideal balance for work and play, and carries over the attractive aluminum casing without adding too much bulk.

CEO Tim Cook and his executives also decided to pull out all the stops with the iPad Pro by including a stylus called the Apple Pencil, an addition that is designed to give the tablet more functionality in the boardroom and office. This seems to have been one of the bigger steps for Apple, since the company had been allergic to the idea of a stylus for years.

[Want to see Apple's full fall lineup? Here's a look at the iPhone 6s, the iPad Pro, and Apple TV.]

The bigger question is: Can Apple make the tablet relevant? After all, iPad sales, along with other tablet sales, have stagnated or fallen in the last year as the smartphone has become the dominant device for consumers and business users. Is Apple's magic enough to ignite a market?

The enterprise market is not one that Apple actively seeks out, but the company has shown the ability  not only to glide into it, but to dominate it as well. Just ask anyone using an iPhone who sits next to you in the office.

What else did Apple get right? What did it get wrong? What do you think? What are your favorite and least favorite features of the new iPad Pro? Please add to the discussion below.

Eric is a freelance writer for InformationWeek specializing in mobile technologies. View Full Bio

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SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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11/4/2015 | 8:14:49 AM
Re: Not quite....
A seamless user experience across every platform is going to be the norm in the next few years.  We had a big push toward apps and web apps that allowed your OS, browser, etc. to vary but still provide you with the same experience but while it solved some problems it also made people aware of just how fractured their various pieces of technology are.  I'm not picking a winner in this war but I can see that all of the big players are moving in this direction, I'm happy for that much. 
tjgkg
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tjgkg,
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11/4/2015 | 8:04:26 AM
Re: Not quite....
And I just heard a report that Google is going to have Chrome that works on all platforms as well sometime in 2016. So the trend seems to be in the direction you mentioned.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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10/19/2015 | 8:32:24 AM
Re: Not quite....
I'll agree with your user experience opinion.  Apple does seem to keep things more consistent and that's why I thought they would bring iOS and OSX together sooner.  They do tend to look similar as opposed to how Windows and Windows Mobile were for a very long time.  Either way I'm happy to see it taking place now because it means I'll get what I really want soon. 
tjgkg
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tjgkg,
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10/16/2015 | 4:14:18 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
The processor is powerful for iOS, but will it be powerful enough for MacOS? That part i am unsure about. Also there will have to be a significant amount of RAM and perhaps a special graphics chip, I think.
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10/16/2015 | 1:55:25 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
The next step might be to supercharge the innards with laptop quality processors and RAM.

I think the iPad Pro hits that mark. It's pretty powerful.
tjgkg
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tjgkg,
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10/16/2015 | 9:21:24 AM
Re: Not quite....
I also thought Apple would have merged the two OS' first. While only an iOS user myself, i have seen enough MacOS laptops to notice that many of the icons are identical on both platforms and there probably is already similar functionality. It is just that Apple does a better job with the user experience than MS in my opinion.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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10/16/2015 | 8:12:33 AM
Re: Not quite....
I think what we'll see is the two OSes coming together much like Microsoft is doing right now.  Win 10 phone isn't quite Win  10 but it can behave in a  very similar manner.  I think iOS and OS? will eventually run in a very similar manner.  Honestly I expected Apple to do this first since they rolled out the Appstore for OSX and their app delivery is much closer between the two OSes than Windows and any mobile OS Microsoft ever had.
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10/15/2015 | 4:55:04 PM
Galaxy Note 5
I did remarkably well traveling this weekend with my new Galaxy Note 5 and an external bluetooth keyboard. I don't think anything without a keyboard could ever be a serious business device, but for me it needs to be as close to full size as possible. I would be curious to see what this iPad cover keyboard thing is like, but not curious enough to buy it.
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10/15/2015 | 4:52:57 PM
Re: Missing hardware
Yep, this is the death nell for me. Give me external accessibility or give me death.
tjgkg
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tjgkg,
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10/15/2015 | 4:08:15 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
I think they will eventually come around to realising that laptops and tablets can coexist and one does not universally replace the other.  Feature-wise i am not sure there is not that much room for improvement on the tablets at this point. The next step might be to supercharge the innards with laptop quality processors and RAM.
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