CNET First Look
iPad Pro: A closer look at Apple's biggest iPad everThe iPad Pro is finally here. CNET's Scott Stein takes an in-depth look at Apple's newest and largest iPad -- and its amazing stylus, the Apple Pencil.
[MUSIC] What is iPad Pro? Well it's a gigantic 12.9 inch iPad. It's a larger screen. It's also got a faster processor, and it's got new peripherals like this pencil to work for you and for professionals. What does that mean? Can this replace a computer? Well I worked with this for about a week and a half And this is what I like the most, here's what's great about it, size, this is a 12.9 inch iPad, 2732 by 2048 pixels. That is a lot, and it feels like a big screen T.V. running IOS apps. It's fantastic for games, for watching movies. And you can spread out documents and webpages and really see a lot. If you split screen apps, then you can make out two, almost nearly iPad sized apps, side by side, and it starts to feel even more like a computer than any iPad before. Pencil, Apple's separately sold pressure sensitive stylus is a marvel. It costs $100, but it offers you a wide range of pressure sensitivity. Tilting to be able to control brushstrokes and pencil like shading and it also enables quick lightning charging directly from the iPad itself. With the right supported art apps, this thing feels like the best stylus I've ever used. Keyboards and connectors. Apple's got a new smart connector on the side of the iPad that should allow all sorts of inputs. Right now, it just works a keyboard. And a couple of the ones out of the gate, Logitech's iPad Pro keyboard and Apple's own smart keyboard, have great keys and feel comfortable but they're expensive. They're over $150 each and you can already get bluetooth keyboards that work for the iPad, that do just fine and cost less. Optimized apps and better split screen ones. If you can find apps that take advantage of this iPad pro screen resolution, and it's more advanced A9X processor, you're going to get some great photo editing tools, graphics apps and things that are a little more powerful thank you can get on another iPad. And split screen apps look great. But you're gonna have to find the ones that take advantage, which right now there weren't as many as we would've liked. What's not great? Size. As big as this is, it's also harder to carry around. This thing's going to require a laptop-size bag. While it's lightweight for its size, it's still wide and long and more cumbersome and loses some of that great iPad portability. Sometimes it's not that much different than an iPad. Really, iOS 9 still allows the same type of split screen apps that you can get on the iPad Air 2 or even the iPad mini 4. You get more screen real estate, but you're not getting any new types of interfaces on the main screen. No new ways to deal with apps in the dock. And it feels more like a blown up iPhone than it should. Under the hood it's more powerful. But I want it even more. Cost. The iPad Pro starts at $800. But if you add in the 128gb of storage, and the pencil, and the keyboard, you're climbing into the price of a premium laptop. Do you need this iPad Pro? Is it the computer of the future? It depends, I mean, if you're a creative professional who really likes using a super accurate stylus with some art apps, then maybe. But this is expensive and it's not exactly where I need it to be, which is to be something more like a computer. It's day one of where the iPad is going. And where I hope it's going is something somewhere between an iPad and a MacBook. But for now, for my editing needs, I'm probably going to go back towards that MacBook. [MUSIC]