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Kort testrapport Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) Tablet

Daniel Schmidt, 01-07-2017

Grote speler. De Apple iPad Pro 12.9 heeft in zijn update niet alleen een snellere SoC gekregen, maar ook een verbeterde camera en beeldscherm. We hebben niet veel minpunten kunnen vinden, maar de reus van de familie is nog niet een echte notebookvervanger.

For the original German review, see here.

The second-generation iPad Pro 12.9 has not really changed on the outside compared to its predecessor. On the inside, however, upgrades are abundant: the new and supposedly much faster Apple A10X Fusion processor, 4 GB of RAM, and storage options ranging from 64 GB all the way up to 512 GB of internal storage. It has also been equipped with the iPhone 7’s camera module, and Apple claims to have improved the display as well: it now supports HDR at 120 Hz, which should have a dramatic effect on multimedia content and games.

The price, as before, starts at $799. However, you get twice the amount of internal storage than before: 64 GB instead of 32 GB. Two additional storage tiers are available: 256 GB for an extra $100, and 512 GB for an extra $300. Regardless of storage tier, the optional LTE radio is always $130 extra. Thus, the fully equipped top-model will cost you an astounding $1,229 plus tax.

On paper, both iPad Pro models are now similarly equipped and only differ in regard to display size and battery capacity. In reality, however, we found the 12.9 model to be an improvement in some aspects over its smaller 10.5-inch relative. Other manufacturers have all but abandoned this market segment. Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 has aged noticeably, and all other devices even remotely comparable to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro are x86-convertibles running Windows 10, such as the Acer Switch 12 Alpha or the new Microsoft Surface. Thus, for the sake of better comparability, we’ve decided to include a few ARM-based Android tablets in our test group as well: the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (9.7), a powerful tablet that also supports stylus-input; the Huawei MediaTab T2 10.0 Pro; the Asus ZenPad 3s 10; and finally, the Lenovo Yoga Book.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017 (iPad Pro Serie)
Processor
Apple A10X Fusion
Grafische kaart
Apple A10X Fusion GPU / PowerVR
Geheugen
4096 MB 
, LPDDR4, 1600 MHz
Beeldscherm
12.9 inch 4:3, 2732x2048 pixel 265 PPI, capacitief touchscreen, native pen support, IPS, glimmend: ja
Opslag
Toshiba THGBX669D4LLDXG 64 GB NAND , 64 GB 
, 51.24 GB beschikbaar
Verbindingen
1 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, Audio Verbindingen: 3.5 mm audio jack, 1 Vingerafdruklezer, Brightness Sensor, Sensoren: Touch ID, 3-assige gyroscoop en acceleratiesensor, barometer, digitaal kompas, Smart Connector
Netwerkmogelijkheden
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
Afmetingen
hoogte x breedte x diepte (in mm): 6.9 x 305.7 x 220.6
Batterij
41 Wh, 10875 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 3.77 V, Batterijduur: 10 h
Besturingssysteem
Apple iOS 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix (f/1.8, 5x digital zoom, OIS, Auto-HDR, UHD video)
Secondary Camera: 7 MPix (f/2.2, Auto-HDR, 1080p video)
Bijkomende functionaliteiten
Luidsprekers: vier luidsprekers, Toetsenbord: virtueel, Lightning kabel, modulaire lader, snelstarthandleiding, veiligheids- en garantieboekje, 12 Maanden Garantie, Lightning poort, fanless
Gewicht
677 g, Voeding: 99 g
Prijs
899 Euro

 

Case

The new iPad Pro’s footprint is exactly the same as the old one's, and visually, it is almost indistinguishable from its predecessor. The only actual difference is a camera hump on the back, which protrudes 0.9 mm from the case (iPad Pro 10.5: 1.5 mm).

The high-quality aluminum unibody case is extremely well made, and the gaps between the case and the display are virtually nonexistent. The case remains completely unimpressed by torsional forces, and it is more rigid than its smaller 10.5-inch sibling due to its sheer size. Unfortunately, pressure applied to the back results in a minor yet visible ripple effect on the display.

Given that we were only able to review the Wi-Fi-only model, we won’t be able to comment on the iPad Pro’s SIM-card tray. We do, however, expect it to be just as high-quality and sit as flush as the 10.5’s tray. The power button and volume rocker have little to no play, very well-defined actuation points, and rather short travel. They both reacted almost immediately. The iPad’s battery is not user-replaceable, and there is no way to upgrade or expand the available storage either.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

The iPad Pro 12.9’s connectivity is the same as it always was: a Lightning port that supports USB 3.0, HDMI, and card readers via adapter. The Apple Pencil is obviously also supported but has to be purchased separately. The three-pin Smart Connector is included and supports communication with, and power delivery to, peripherals such as the optional Smart Keyboard.

Like before, NFC only supports Apple Pay. However, this may change in the near future as APIs might be made publicly available to developers. Bluetooth 4.2 is supported as well, and unlike the iPhone 7 (Plus), the iPad Pro still features a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Top: audio, speaker, microphone, speaker, power
Top: audio, speaker, microphone, speaker, power
Bottom: speaker, Lightning, speaker
Bottom: speaker, Lightning, speaker
Left: Smart Connector
Left: Smart Connector
Right: volume rocker
Right: volume rocker

Software

The iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) runs the most current version of iOS, 10.3. For further details, we would like to refer you to our iPhone 7 review, where we have covered this version of iOS in great detail.

With the upcoming update to iOS 11 this fall, the iPad Pro is going to profit from many of its improvements, such as the revised multitasking, a new file manager, and improved Apple Pencil capabilities. Among other things, the iPad Pro is going to support taking notes directly on the device's lock screen – something the Galaxy Tab S3 has been known to be capable of since its early days. According to Apple, another big feature will be support for augmented reality (AR).

Communication and GPS

The iPad Pro’s integrated Wi-Fi modem supports all common 802.11 specifications (a/b/g/n/ac) in both 2.4 and the 5 GHz bands. In addition, it also supports HT80 and MIMO, and its transfer speeds when connected to our Linksys EA8500 reference router were remarkable, in both receiving and transmitting data. Its range is very impressive, and even at a distance of 10 m (33 ft) away from the router latencies when loading websites did not increase noticeably. Streaming HD media was performed without a glitch.

In addition to our Wi-Fi-only review model, the iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) is also available with LTE radio. It supports LTE Cat. 9 and thus a very wide variety of LTE frequencies.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
615 MBit/s ∼100% +16%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
577 MBit/s ∼94% +9%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
A10X Fusion GPU, A10X Fusion, Toshiba THGBX669D4LLDXG 64 GB NAND
530 MBit/s ∼86%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
254 MBit/s ∼41% -52%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
618 MBit/s ∼100% +20%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
569 MBit/s ∼92% +11%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
A10X Fusion GPU, A10X Fusion, Toshiba THGBX669D4LLDXG 64 GB NAND
514 MBit/s ∼83%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
246 MBit/s ∼40% -52%

The built-in GPS supports both GPS and Glonass but offers no support for the European Galileo system yet. GPS lock is almost instantaneous when outdoors, and only slightly slower when indoors even in airplane mode.

In order to determine its GPS accuracy, we took the iPad Pro 12.9 (2017), its smaller brother, and a Garmin Edge 500 on a bicycle tour. Unfortunately, it was less accurate than we expected. Positioning occurred fairly often, but overall our recorded track seems rather jittery. We kept the tablet in a small backpack, and the app asked for permission to access fitness data while running. It’s thus possible that the iPad Pro mixed GPS, motion, and positioning data to paint a more precise picture of our track. This, regrettably, did not seem to have worked as well as we were hoping for. Thus, we would advise you to deny access to fitness data, which should in theory improve GPS accuracy. For automobile satnav use, this should not matter at all.

Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)

Cameras

Front-facing camera
Front-facing camera

The new iPad Pro’s cameras are identical to the iPhone 7's and the iPad Pro 10.5's. Thus, we won’t go into too much detail in this review and would like to refer you to our extensive iPhone 7 review.

The iPad Pro’s front-facing 7 MP camera (3088x2320) offers support for body and face detection, Auto-HDR, and it records video at 1080p. It takes very good photos in decent lighting conditions; however, it does add a significant amount of noise in low-light scenarios.

The tablet’s main f/1.8 12 MP camera is equipped with optical image stabilization and records video in UHD at 30 FPS, FHD at 60 FPS, or 720p at 240 FPS. Its features are identical to the iPhone 7, and photos are superb, crisp, and they have a surprisingly high dynamic range. Even though some high-end smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S8+ or the HTC U11, are equipped with even better cameras, the iPad Pro 12.9 offers the best tablet-camera by a long shot.

Beeldvergelijking

Bekijk een scène en navigeer binnen het eerste beeld. Eén klik wijzigt het zoomniveau. Eén klik op het ingezoomde beeld opent het origineel in een nieuw venster. Het eerste beeld toont de verschaalde foto van het testtoestel.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
klik om beelden te laden
ColorChecker Passport: the bottom color is from the reference chart.
ColorChecker Passport: the bottom color is from the reference chart.

We have also tested the camera under normalized lighting conditions, and we refrained from any post-processing whatsoever. ColorChecker Passport was able to confirm that the cameras in the iPhone 7 and the new iPad Pros are in fact identical. Overall, colors are quite natural and only slightly oversaturated. White balance is a bit on the warm side, and Apple has managed to fix the rather pale representation of yellow that older iPad Pros have suffered from.

As expected, the iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) and the iPhone 7 performed virtually identical with the test chart.

Accessories and Warranty

In addition to the tablet itself, the box only contains a charging/data cable (100 cm/3.3 ft USB Type-A to Lightning) and a modular 12.48 W (5.2 V, 2.4 A) charger, as well as the obligatory warranty booklet, a booklet explaining buttons and ports, and two Apple stickers. We find it somewhat disturbing that Apple has decided not to include the longer cable anymore, as they used to before.

The warranty is only a rather short 12 months and as always AppleCare+ has to be purchased separately for $99. It extends the warranty to two years, includes full phone support, and it also covers two incidents of accidental damage, with a $49 deductible per incident.

A plethora of accessories is available through Apple's own storeshttps://www.apple.com/de/shop/ipad/ipad-accessories, both on- and offline. The Apple Pencil, for example, is available for $99, and the Smart Keyboard - which is finally available in layouts other than QWERTY – for $169. It thus became significantly more expensive.

Input Devices and Handling

As usual, input is conducted through the device’s excellent, smooth, and incredibly quick and reactive capacitive touchscreen. Despite its anti-fingerprint coating, it seems to magically attract the very fingerprints it is supposed to prevent. On the plus side, cleaning should be quite easy.

At first glance, the panel seems huge. An impression, that remained with us throughout the entire test period. Unfortunately, Apple has not yet managed to improve scaling in iOS, and consequently icons are enormous. Artists and creators, as well as those who use the iPad Pro 12.9 to take notes or edit photos and videos, will love the additional screen real estate.

The reliable and fast virtual keyboard is well established at this point. A fingerprint reader (Touch ID) is integrated into the iPad Pro’s mechanical home button. Consequently, the iPhone 7 remains the only iOS device with the new, Force Touch home button.

Keyboard layout (landscape mode)
Keyboard layout (portrait mode)

Display

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

On paper, the display has remained nearly identical to its predecessor’s: a 4:3 12.9-inch 2732x2048 panel. However, just like the iPad Pro 10.5, the new panel now also supports HDR media and a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. The latter will be most useful for gaming and watching movies.

The display’s brightness has been improved dramatically. While the first iPad Pro 12.9’s maximum display brightness was only 400 nits, the new 2017 model offers a whopping 650 nits with activated ambient light sensor. Manual brightness control caps maximum brightness at 536 nits. Our real-world measurements with evenly distributed dark and white surfaces returned a maximum of 649 nits. The panel’s black level is 0.42 nits, and therefore it is almost twice as high as the predecessor’s (0.22 nits). Accordingly, the resulting contrast ratio is lower than before but still excellent at 1,548:1.

We found not traces of clouding on this display, and no traces of PWM-flickering either. It supports TrueTone, which means it is capable of adjusting color temperature based on ambient light. In most cases, enabling this feature results in a somewhat warm representation of colors, and it is particularly comfortable to use in darker surroundings. As before, color temperature can be reduced either manually or automatically through Night Shift.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) with enabled (left) and disabled (right) TrueTone
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) with enabled (left) and disabled (right) TrueTone
603
cd/m²
622
cd/m²
597
cd/m²
606
cd/m²
650
cd/m²
618
cd/m²
624
cd/m²
622
cd/m²
586
cd/m²
Helderheidsverdeling
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 650 cd/m² Gemiddelde: 614.2 cd/m² Minimum: 2.98 cd/m²
Helderheidsverdeling: 90 %
Helderheid in Batterij-modus: 650 cd/m²
Contrast: 1548:1 (Zwart: 0.42 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 1.5 | - Ø
Gamma: 2.25
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
IPS, 2732x2048, 12.9
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
IPS, 2732x2048, 12.9
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
IPS, 2224x1668, 10.5
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Super AMOLED, 2048x1526, 9.7
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
IPS, 2048x1536, 9.7
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
IPS, 2736x1824, 12.3
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-70EQ
IPS, 2160x1440, 12
Screen
-44%
-28%
-23%
-143%
-54%
-187%
Brightness
614
393
-36%
625
2%
468
-24%
443
-28%
401
-35%
367
-40%
Brightness Distribution
90
92
2%
87
-3%
82
-9%
86
-4%
88
-2%
87
-3%
Black Level *
0.42
0.22
48%
0.39
7%
0.43
-2%
0.29
31%
0.56
-33%
Contrast
1548
1814
17%
1626
5%
1137
-27%
1438
-7%
698
-55%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1
2.96
-196%
1.9
-90%
1.8
-80%
5.5
-450%
3.63
-263%
6.96
-596%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.5
3
-100%
2.8
-87%
1.2
20%
6.7
-347%
2.18
-45%
7.44
-396%
Gamma
2.25 107%
2.21 109%
2.26 106%
2.11 114%
2.06 117%
3.09 78%
2.41 100%
CCT
6734 97%
7049 92%
7027 93%
6500 100%
7457 87%
6767 96%
8126 80%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
71.15
82.32
63
53
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97.87
99.06
99
83

* ... kleiner is beter

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

Om de schermhelderheid te verlagen schakelen sommige laptops het backlight erg snel aan en uit. Dit gebeurt aan een dergelijk hoge frequentie dat het niet zichtbaar is voor het menselijk oog. Als de frequentie te laag is kunnen personen met gevoelige ogen geïrriteerd geraken, hoofdpijn krijgen en zelfs flickering waarnemen.
Screen flickering / PWM niet waargenomen

Ter vergelijking: 57 % van alle geteste toestellen maakten geen gebruik van PWM om de schermhelderheid te verlagen. Als het wel werd gebruikt, werd een gemiddelde van 6272 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz waargenomen.

We inspected the iPad Pro 12.9’s display in detail using a spectrophotometer and CalMAN. While Apple claims to offer full P3 support, we cannot confirm this claim. However, the smaller sRGB color space is fully covered, and it’s possible that P3 support is only enabled in specific apps.

Unlike the iPad Pro 10.5’s, our review unit’s color accuracy was outstanding. Both grayscales and colors were very accurate and natural, thus allowing for professional use of the device. Even the largest DeltaE deviation (red at 1.8) was still less than the entire competition had to offer on average. The only tablet able to keep up was Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3, which also offers a much larger color space to boot.

Grayscales (color space: sRGB)
Grayscales (color space: sRGB)
Grayscales (color space: P3)
Grayscales (color space: P3)
Mixed colors (color space: sRGB)
Mixed colors (color space: sRGB)
Mixed colors (color space: P3)
Mixed colors (color space: P3)
Color space (color space: sRGB)
Color space (color space: sRGB)
Color space (color space: P3)
Color space (color space: P3)
Saturation (color space: sRGB)
Saturation (color space: sRGB)
Saturation (color space: P3)
Saturation (color space: P3)

Responstijd Scherm

De responstijden van het scherm tonen hoe snel het scherm in staat is om van één kleur naar de andere te veranderen. Trage responstijden kunnen aanleiding geven tot 'nabeelden' rond bewegende objecten of het scherm wazig maken (blur). Vooral spelers van snelle 3D-games hebben baat bij een scherm met snelle responstijden.
       Responstijd Zwart naar Wit
18.4 ms ... stijging ↗ en daling ↘ gecombineerd↗ 6 ms stijging
↘ 12.4 ms daling
Het scherm vertoonde prima responstijden in onze tests maar is misschien wat te traag voor competitieve games.
Ter vergelijking: alle testtoestellen variëren van 0.8 (minimum) tot 240 (maximum) ms. » 11 % van alle toestellen zijn beter.
Dit betekent dat de gemeten responstijd beter is dan het gemiddelde (26.7 ms) van alle geteste toestellen.
       Responstijd 50% Grijs naar 80% Grijs
41.6 ms ... stijging ↗ en daling ↘ gecombineerd↗ 20.4 ms stijging
↘ 21.2 ms daling
Het scherm vertoonde trage responstijden in onze tests en is misschien te traag voor games.
Ter vergelijking: alle testtoestellen variëren van 0.9 (minimum) tot 636 (maximum) ms. » 51 % van alle toestellen zijn beter.
Dit betekent dat de gemeten responstijd vergelijkbaar is met het gemiddelde (42.8 ms) van alle geteste toestellen.

Outdoors, the iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) did very well thanks to its anti-reflective coating (reflection factor: 1.8 %) and its high brightness. It remained readable and usable even in bright sunlight, and it offered excellent readability in the shade.

Outdoors in direct sunlight
Outdoors

Viewing angles are very good overall. Brightness deteriorates slightly at very acute angles, and reflections are not an issue despite the reflective nature of the display’s surface itself. The fully laminated display also showed no evidence of ghosting or dark surface glare common for IPS panels.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

The Apple A10X Fusion is Apple’s most powerful SoC to date. Its six-core CPU is separated into two clusters: a three-core high-performance cluster, and a three-core energy-efficient cluster. The two cores cannot operate simultaneously, meaning that at any given time the maximum of available cores is limited to three. Based on various apps, its maximum frequency seems to be 2.39 GHz. However, we find it hard to believe the 20 MHz increase compared to the iPad Pro 10.5. It also comes with an M10 co-processor and 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM running at 1,600 MHz. The 12-core GPU is most likely made by Imagination, and so far, Apple has refused to release further details.

The iPad Pro scored extremely well in our benchmarks and practically humiliated its entire competition in AnTuTu and Geekbench. For the sake of improved comparability, we have added a Snapdragon 835-powered smartphone to our list, but even that was 23% and 31% slower in AnTuTu and Geekbench, respectively. In 3DMark’s Physics test, the Snapdragon 835 scored between 18 and 43 % higher, most likely due to the fact that it can use all of its available cores instead of just three. GPU performance is, in one word, glorious: 129% faster than the fastest Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab S3, in GFXBench 3.0. Due to its higher resolution, actual frame rates are somewhat lower than we would expect, but even so it was still 71% faster than the Tab S3.

Browsing performance is incredible as well, and the new iPad Pro 12.9 scored first place in all tests. A complex CMS will still manage to bring the iPad Pro to its knees, though. Pages fail to load completely, and scrolling thus becomes impossible. If Apple wants the iPad Pro to truly become a notebook replacement, they need to fix this.

The iPad’s internal storage is made by Toshiba and is very fast, yet it is not as fast as the predecessor's. While the latter managed an impressive 277 MB/s write speed in PassMark, the 2017 model topped out at 78.4 MB/s (read speed: 720 MB/s). Since we have only had one model in review, we cannot say whether or not the other storage tiers perform differently.

AnTuTu Benchmark v6 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
227987 Points ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
217439 Points ∼95% -5%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
184346 Points ∼81% -19%
HTC U11
175032 Points ∼77% -23%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
144426 Points ∼63% -37%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
74177 Points ∼33% -67%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
29823 Points ∼13% -87%
Geekbench 4.1
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
9358 Points ∼51% +1%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
9293 Points ∼50%
HTC U11
6443 Points ∼35% -31%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
4187 Points ∼23% -55%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
3933 Points ∼81% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
3924 Points ∼81%
HTC U11
1906 Points ∼39% -51%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
1745 Points ∼36% -56%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
HTC U11
3085 Points ∼100% +18%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
2610 Points ∼84%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
2036 Points ∼66% -22%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
1754 Points ∼57% -33%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
6993 Points ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
5459 Points ∼78% -22%
HTC U11
3324 Points ∼48% -52%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
3196 Points ∼46% -54%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
5093 Points ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
3975 Points ∼78% -22%
HTC U11
3268 Points ∼64% -36%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
2702 Points ∼53% -47%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
HTC U11
2841 Points ∼94% +43%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
2054 Points ∼68% +3%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
2027 Points ∼67% +2%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
1988 Points ∼66%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
1878 Points ∼62% -6%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
1798 Points ∼59% -10%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
5384 Points ∼100% +15%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
4695 Points ∼87%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
4537 Points ∼84% -3%
HTC U11
3883 Points ∼72% -17%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
2943 Points ∼55% -37%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
763 Points ∼14% -84%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
3806 Points ∼98% +6%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
3605 Points ∼93%
HTC U11
3590 Points ∼92% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
3558 Points ∼92% -1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
2578 Points ∼66% -28%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
887 Points ∼23% -75%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
HTC U11
2832 Points ∼94% +44%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
1960 Points ∼65% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
1960 Points ∼65%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
1955 Points ∼65% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
1811 Points ∼60% -8%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
1555 Points ∼52% -21%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
1040 Points ∼35% -47%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
7525 Points ∼97% +1%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
7434 Points ∼96%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
7212 Points ∼93% -3%
HTC U11
5877 Points ∼76% -21%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
4626 Points ∼60% -38%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
970 Points ∼13% -87%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
81 Points ∼1% -99%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
HTC U11
4744 Points ∼95% +3%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
4588 Points ∼92%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
4521 Points ∼91% -1%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
4061 Points ∼82% -11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
3438 Points ∼69% -25%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
1092 Points ∼22% -76%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
102 Points ∼2% -98%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
21886 Points ∼30% +12%
HTC U11
20140 Points ∼28% +3%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
19567 Points ∼27%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
19534 Points ∼27% 0%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
16449 Points ∼23% -16%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
15473 Points ∼21% -21%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
7964 Points ∼11% -59%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
110971 Points ∼24%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
110148 Points ∼24% -1%
HTC U11
55725 Points ∼12% -50%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
51124 Points ∼11% -54%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
34002 Points ∼7% -69%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
14121 Points ∼3% -87%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
7737 Points ∼2% -93%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
54449 Points ∼28%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
54237 Points ∼28% 0%
HTC U11
40014 Points ∼20% -27%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
33812 Points ∼17% -38%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
30277 Points ∼15% -44%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
9548 Points ∼5% -82%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
7786 Points ∼4% -86%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
225 fps ∼17% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
224 fps ∼17%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
163.2 fps ∼12% -27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
92 fps ∼7% -59%
HTC U11
91 fps ∼7% -59%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
29 fps ∼2% -87%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
14 fps ∼1% -94%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
59.3 fps ∼13% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
59 fps ∼13% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
59 fps ∼13% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
59 fps ∼13%
HTC U11
58 fps ∼13% -2%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
23 fps ∼5% -61%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
13 fps ∼3% -78%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
110 fps ∼20%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
109 fps ∼20% -1%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
80.1 fps ∼15% -27%
HTC U11
51 fps ∼9% -54%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
48 fps ∼9% -56%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
14 fps ∼3% -87%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
5.6 fps ∼1% -95%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
58 fps ∼16% +26%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
46 fps ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
34 fps ∼9% -26%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
33.3 fps ∼9% -28%
HTC U11
29 fps ∼8% -37%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
9.7 fps ∼3% -79%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
5.2 fps ∼1% -89%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
83 fps ∼20% +9%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
76 fps ∼18%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
63 fps ∼15% -17%
HTC U11
33 fps ∼8% -57%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
32 fps ∼8% -58%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
fps ∼0% -100%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
54.3 fps ∼31% +101%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
43 fps ∼24% +59%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
27 fps ∼15%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
19 fps ∼11% -30%
HTC U11
15 fps ∼9% -44%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
fps ∼0% -100%
GFXBench 4.0
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
HTC U11
24 fps ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
19 fps ∼5%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
fps ∼0%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
13 fps ∼0%
HTC U11
13 fps ∼0%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
fps ∼0%
BaseMark OS II
Web
HTC U11
1221 Points ∼79%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
1091 Points ∼71%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
1086 Points ∼70%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
1007 Points ∼65%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
9 Points ∼1%
Graphics
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
8422 Points ∼98%
HTC U11
5976 Points ∼69%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
4941 Points ∼57%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
1185 Points ∼14%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
729 Points ∼8%
Memory
HTC U11
2085 Points ∼47%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
2027 Points ∼46%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
1931 Points ∼44%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
1887 Points ∼43%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
750 Points ∼17%
System
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
6230 Points ∼95%
HTC U11
5570 Points ∼85%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
3505 Points ∼53%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
3071 Points ∼47%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
1250 Points ∼19%
Overall
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
3282 Points ∼87%
HTC U11
3034 Points ∼80%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
2409 Points ∼64%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
1652 Points ∼44%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
283 Points ∼7%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
31188 Points ∼63%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
30333 Points ∼61% -3%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
19852 Points ∼40% -36%
HTC U11
11781 Points ∼24% -62%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
9531 Points ∼19% -69%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
3596 Points ∼7% -88%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
2672 Points ∼5% -91%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
257 Points ∼34% +5%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
244 Points ∼32%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
215 Points ∼29% -12%
HTC U11
162 Points ∼22% -34%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
132 Points ∼18% -46%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
98 Points ∼13% -60%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
56 Points ∼7% -77%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
202.1 Points ∼61%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
200.59 Points ∼60% -1%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
142 Points ∼43% -30%
HTC U11
69.51 Points ∼21% -66%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
57.4 Points ∼17% -72%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
42.73 Points ∼13% -79%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
18 Points ∼5% -91%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
14064 ms * ∼24% -1352%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
3001 ms * ∼5% -210%
HTC U11
2760.3 ms * ∼5% -185%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
2244.4 ms * ∼4% -132%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
1498.8 ms * ∼3% -55%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
972.7 ms * ∼2% -0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
968.8 ms * ∼2%

Legende

 
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017 Apple A10X Fusion, Apple A10X Fusion GPU / PowerVR, Toshiba THGBX669D4LLDXG 64 GB NAND
 
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017 Apple A10X Fusion, Apple A10X Fusion GPU / PowerVR, Toshiba THGBX669D4LLDXG 64 GB NAND
 
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 Apple A9X, Apple A9X / PowerVR Series 7XT, Apple 128 GB (iPad Pro 12.9 NVMe)
 
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M Mediatek MT8176, PowerVR GX6250, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939, Qualcomm Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996, Qualcomm Adreno 530, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC U11 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash

* ... kleiner is beter

Gaming

Apple’s A10X Fusion high-performance GPU offers plenty of power for modern games. Despite its higher resolution when compared to the iPad Pro 10.5, we failed to find a single game in the App Store that would have required us to reduce details in order to achieve a smooth gaming experience. Furthermore, its 120 Hz display and four speakers are welcome gaming features. Unfortunately, the sheer size of the 12.9-inch panel makes it quite strenuous to play games that require you to hold the tablet in your hands for prolonged periods of time.

Assassin's Creed Pirates
Assassin's Creed Pirates
Asphalt 8: Airborne
Asphalt 8: Airborne

Temperature

Temperatures on the iPad Pro 12.9 were no problem at all, and its surface remained cool to the touch even under intense load. The charger, on the other hand, heats up significantly, and it can reach temperatures of up to 58 °C under load.

On the inside, things are a bit different. With GFXBench’s battery test, we managed to determine how well the iPad handles heat emission around its SoC by running the benchmark 30 times in a row and recording fame rates as well as battery charge levels. In the more moderate OpenGL ES 2.0 test, the iPad Pro 12.9 was able to utilize its SoC’s full performance throughout the entire test. However, performance slowly decreased during the more demanding Manhattan test (Metal), and it was around 15% less at its lowest. Nevertheless, overall performance is still exceptional, and users won’t notice this dip at all.

GFXBench battery test result: Manhattan test (Metal)
GFXBench battery test result: Manhattan test (Metal)
GFXBench battery test result: T-Rex test (OpenGL ES 2.0)
GFXBench battery test result: T-Rex test (OpenGL ES 2.0)
Max. Belasting
 33.7 °C33 °C34.4 °C 
 35.6 °C35.6 °C34.8 °C 
 36.9 °C35.4 °C37.2 °C 
Maximum: 37.2 °C
Gemiddelde: 35.2 °C
31.5 °C32.9 °C33.3 °C
33.2 °C34.6 °C35 °C
33.2 °C34.3 °C34.6 °C
Maximum: 35 °C
Gemiddelde: 33.6 °C
Stroomadapter (max.)  57.9 °C | Kamertemperatuur 21.6 °C | Voltcraft IR-260

Speakers

Pink noise
Pink noise

Like its predecessor and the iPad Pro 10.5, the new iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) has a total of four speakers to ensure a steady and consistent soundscape regardless of tablet position. Our review unit’s speakers were very well balanced, and while pink noise measurements revealed a slight decreased maximum volume, its characteristics were much more balanced than before. Thus, it is even more suited for watching a movie or listening to music than it was despite this handicap. External audio output via 3.5 mm headphone jack or Bluetooth is supported, and both worked very well and produced low-noise audio in our tests.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.636.22525.430.63125.3314032.931.55033.634.26331.634.68028.437.41002750.112520.858.31602261.320021.367.525020.868.531521.267.840019.465.550019.565.263017.767.380017.967.5100017.865.2125017.372.6160017.467.5200016.768.1250017.268.7315018.272.5400017.970.6500017.667630017.761800017.858.21000017.9601250018.167.61600018.267.5SPL3081.2N1.351.3median 17.9Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017median 67.5Delta1.33.131.639.825.430.725.330.632.933.533.632.231.630.328.425.92726.620.826.82236.221.346.320.861.321.27219.475.319.573.817.780.817.980.517.879.217.373.417.474.116.77217.268.518.267.717.970.717.672.817.76917.873.517.970.318.167.718.264.43086.51.371median 17.9Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825median 70.71.38.336353637.428.237.435.825.435.83729.83737.928.537.940.728.940.740.429.140.440.928.940.943.528.443.545274548.723.848.75022.75056.721.956.758.320.958.358.120.558.162.219.562.264.918.464.960.818.260.860.917.860.961.21861.267.817.867.865.217.865.260.317.960.35817.95855.81855.856.71856.757.117.957.156.117.856.145.117.745.142.517.842.57430.77432.31.532.3median 57.1Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5median 18median 57.15.92.15.9hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 5.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 33%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 99% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.51 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.5% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 31% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 59% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 33%
Compared to all devices tested
» 32% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 62% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (68 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 9.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 9% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 85% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 23%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 18% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 78% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram (checkboxes selectable/deselectable!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Given its massive size, the iPad Pro’s power consumption is top-notch, especially when compared to last year’s predecessor. Battery capacity has been increased slightly.

Unfortunately, charging the tablet from 0 to 100% takes 8:14 hours and is thus very slow. Apple does not support any of the many quick-charging technologies.

Stroomgebruik
Uit / Standbydarklight 0.05 / 0.24 Watt
Inactiefdarkmidlight 1.55 / 8.58 / 8.59 Watt
Belasting midlight 10.09 / 10.61 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
10875 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
10307 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
8134 mAh
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
5900 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
6000 mAh
Lenovo Yoga Book Android YB1-X90F
8500 mAh
Power Consumption
-33%
-23%
16%
17%
29%
13%
Idle Minimum *
1.55
2.69
-74%
3.1
-100%
1.44
7%
1.59
-3%
2.08
-34%
2.19
-41%
Idle Average *
8.58
10.95
-28%
8.9
-4%
6.12
29%
4.14
52%
3.5
59%
4.3
50%
Idle Maximum *
8.59
11.14
-30%
9.4
-9%
6.14
29%
4.23
51%
3.58
58%
4.37
49%
Load Average *
10.09
11.54
-14%
9.8
3%
8.55
15%
10.89
-8%
6.97
31%
8.62
15%
Load Maximum *
10.61
12.8
-21%
11
-4%
10.62
-0%
11.58
-9%
7.4
30%
11.26
-6%

* ... kleiner is beter

Battery Life

Larger battery plus improved energy efficiency equals longer battery life. The iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) managed to outlast its predecessor in every single test and is now on a par with the Galaxy Tab S3.

The iPad Pro’s performance in the reader test, which simulates reading an eBook at minimum brightness, is particularly impressive: it lasted two full days and is thus perfectly suited for bookworms. While browsing the web or watching movies on battery, the iPad Pro 12.9 will last slightly longer than its smaller 10.5-inch sibling.

Batterijduur
Inactief (zonder WLAN, minimale helderheid)
48h 39min
Surfen met WLAN v1.3
12h 16min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
11h 16min
Belast (maximale helderheid)
4h 17min
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017
10875 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
10307 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
8134 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
6000 mAh
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
5900 mAh
Lenovo Yoga Book Android YB1-X90F
8500 mAh
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
6600 mAh
Batterijduur
-18%
-17%
-1%
-26%
-15%
-29%
Reader / Idle
2919
1933
-34%
2036
-30%
1903
-35%
1453
-50%
1985
-32%
1230
-58%
H.264
676
630
-7%
629
-7%
551
-18%
600
-11%
702
4%
593
-12%
WiFi v1.3
736
695
-6%
693
-6%
760
3%
518
-30%
602
-18%
416
-43%
Load
257
195
-24%
199
-23%
375
46%
225
-12%
222
-14%
248
-4%

Pro

+ fantastisch beeldscherm
+ hoge kwaliteit vakmanschap
+ fatsoenlijke luidsprekers
+ snel Wi-Fi met groot bereik
+ snelle CPU
+ fatsoenlijke batterijlevensduur

Contra

- geen ondersteuning voor Galileo-GNSS
- drukgevoelige behuizing
- slechts 1 jaar garantie
- in tegenstelling tot geclaimd wordt, ondersteund beeldscherm geen P3
- opslag is langzamer dan de voorloper
- lange laadtijden
- geen snellaad-mogelijkheden

Verdict

In review: Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)
In review: Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)

Dit is de verkorte versie van het originele artikel. Het volledige, Engelse testrapport vind je hier.

Op papier is de iPad Pro 12.9 niet meer dan een grotere iPad Pro 10.5, maar in de praktijk zijn er wel degelijk verschillen te vinden. Het goed gekalibreerde beeldscherm met uitzonderlijk nauwkeurige kleurweergave is met name indrukwekkend; de luidsprekers zijn goed gebalanceerd; het Wi-Fi bereik is groter; en tot slot is ook de batterijlevensduur nog eens langer.

Uiteindelijk komt het dus aan op persoonlijke voorkeur en smaak. Creatief werk, fotobewerken en het bekijken van films zijn allen plezieriger op het 12.9-inch model. Draagbaarheid, betere ergonomie en betere game prestaties zijn de voordelen van het 10.5-inch model.

De iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) is niet alleen groter, maar heeft ook een erg goed 120 Hz beeldscherm, indrukwekkende prestaties en langere batterijlevensduur. Daarbovenop krijg je ook nog eens een superieure camera en erg goede luidsprekers.

We kunnen de iPad Pro 12.9 nog niet beschouwen als een notebookvervanger. iOS is hier nog steeds te beperkt voor, Safari Mobile heeft moeite met complexe websites en CMS-systemen en het optionele Smart Keyboard is onbruikbare op alle behalve vlakke, stevige oppervlakken.

De prestaties van het iPad aan de andere kant zijn meer dan voldoende voor alles dat we geprobeerd hebben. Zelf RAW-foto- en UHD-videobewerken zijn geen probleem. In onze mening biedt de 256 GB versie het meeste waar voor je geld. Bij voornamelijk consumeren van multimedia content is het 64 GB model wellicht ook al voldoende, en ondanks de stevige meerprijs zal ook het 512 GB model zeker zijn fans weten te vinden.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2017 - 26-06-2017 v6
Daniel Schmidt

Behuizing
89%
Toetsenbord
77 / 80 → 96%
Aanwijsapparaat
96%
Aansluitmogelijkheden
45 / 65 → 69%
Gewicht
80 / 88 → 84%
Batterij
94%
Beeldscherm
93%
Gaming-performance
72 / 68 → 100%
Applicatie-performance
80 / 76 → 100%
Temperatuur
90%
Luidheid
100%
Audio
79 / 91 → 87%
Camera
81 / 85 → 95%
Gemiddelde
83%
92%
Tablet - Gewogen Gemiddelde

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