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9/14/2015
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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.

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mejiac
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9/15/2015 | 11:12:07 AM
Did it hit the sweet spot?
Excellent Article!!

It clearly stated what many of us (and other sites) have commented (but you listed them out more clearly)

I think what Apple is doing from a portfolio stand point is a really good strategy. Many business users (including myself) see this as a good option... but more in the lines of a companion device than a replacement.

You stated why I also thought...the price point is a deal breaker. Why would I want a device that I would need to compromise certain tasks and features when I can get my same enviornment (Windows and Office) on the Surface and not need to compromise?

The surface is by far the closest I think there is to a true laptop replacement, where my only drawback is when using it on your lap (it's just not confortable), but aside from that it rocks!!!

Apple definitly did there homework...I was really impressed with the stylus and have to give kudos to the team that designed it. I do see it has a great deal of potential...but not as a replacement device (IMHO)
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9/15/2015 | 9:29:59 AM
Missing hardware
This article forgot to mention the inability to connect to any other hardware like USB or micro chips. I find using Apple's approved ways of transfering data to be onerous and a security risk.
midmachine
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midmachine,
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9/15/2015 | 9:01:15 AM
Not quite....
It only runs IOS? Lost me right there. That OS prevents the machine from being Pro in any fashion, let alone the walled garden effect of Apple products and lack of storage. I'll stick with my reliable, fast and productive Surface thank you.
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srreeee,
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9/14/2015 | 10:06:33 AM
thank you!

very informative.all specs have been specified
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