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Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) unboxing and first look

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Apple is back at it again with the second generation of its high-end iPad Pro line. Introduced just last week at Apple's WWDC keynote, the two new tablets offer considerably improved specs, including a new screen with a higher refresh rate and better Apple Pencil support, as well as brand new A10X Fusion SoC offering improved performance over previous models.

But while the new, 10.5-inch model mostly stole the show, the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro got a refresh as well, offering all of the same improvements inside a larger form factor, which could prove to be convenient regardless of whether you're an artist, or simply a big screen enthusiast. So if you're interested in buying the device, you may also want to know what you'll find out inside that classic white box:

  • The iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) itself
  • A Lightning to USB cable
  • A USB power adapter
  • The user manual
Make sure to check out the full video to watch us pull off all the protective coating (unf), as well as to hear our first hands-on impressions of the new device. And as for our full review, expect to to see it coming up pretty soon as well.


Also, feel free to check out our unboxing of the smaller, 10.5-inch iPad Pro sibling right here.

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posted on 14 Jun 2017, 04:00

1. TerryD (Posts: 53; Member since: 09 May 2017)


Maybe slightly off topic here but I'm expecting the iPad Pro new versions to get a pretty solid 8.0. I cant see any massive improvement over the last ones but to be honest I'm not that interested in them so I'm not reading much on them. I suspect that it'll get an 8.0 because of the 'processing power upgrade', which is the point I want to make.

Where is feels like you're getting better value for money when you get a 30% speed boost over the previous version, Multicore performance is 80% better apparently. What you're actually getting in the long term is a device that will become obsolete quicker assuming that those speed increases continue in the future. Do you actually need all that extra power to run your apps on your iPad? Do you notice that its 30% quicker? Obviously progress is a good thing so you cant complain too much.

3 years down the line, the new device is more than twice as fast as yours. Mutlicore performance is more than six times better. The latest iOS is optimised for the new device and Apple doesn't really care for your few generation old model, in fact they'd be much happier if you upgraded.

Just saying, little performance increases probably mean that your device will have a longer life, which seems to have happened with the Intel/PC market.

posted on 14 Jun 2017, 15:15

2. razmahtaz001 (Posts: 307; Member since: 11 May 2013)


tablet is so large "it barely fits the frame of my camera here"
what? LOL
either zoom back or move ur camera back...jeezzzz
i get it that ur trying to emphasize the size of the ipad thru ur camera LOL

posted on 15 Jun 2017, 03:29

3. TerryD (Posts: 53; Member since: 09 May 2017)


You get so used to the size of the iPad 9.7 and the iPad mini that when a larger form factor comes out, you're like 'whoa! thats a monster'. In reality its the size of a small laptop screen. Just down to perception.

But yeah, how would this guy take a picture of a car? They're way bigger than iPads. 'Oh no, I can't get more than a wheel in this picture, its too big!'

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