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Top Advantages and Disadvantages of 11" and 12.9" iPad Pros

2018 iPad Pro was finally here on Oct 31, 2018. Thus we can get the new tablet in two different sizes (11-inch and 12.9-inch models) since then. So what are the 2018 iPad Pro advantages and disadvantages? Can the benefits of the new iPad enable Apple to snap out of the year-over-year sales? Check out the the new features, specs, highlights, pros and cons of iPad Pro to see if you will like to help Apple to fix the situation.

Over the last 8 quarters we have seen a steady decline in the sales of iPad, does Apple lose confidence in tablets? Of course no. Now Apple is launching a new big-screen iPad Pro in an attempt to stop the drop in sales and make ends meet with smaller screen iPad too. Here we gather the latest iPad Pro's pros and cons, benefits, features and specs.

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Top Advantages of iPad Pro to Stack Up Against Android Tablets

No.1 - 11"/12.9" Liquid Retina display

By setting the sites firmly on Pixel Slate and Surface Pro 6, also as a killer advantage of using an iPad Pro, the new Apple tablet comes with a 12.9-inch display, almost the same with the ultraportable 13-inch MacBook Air. Meanwhile, the obctober event also came with a new 11-inch model. With the advantages in the display size, the latest tablet will have weakness in the thickness.

Besides the display size, users also enjoy iPad Pro benefits from the display resolution. The new tablet is equipped with 2732x2048 pixel resolution, with a pixel density reaching to 264 ppi. No matter the 11" or 12.9" 4k Retina screen is no doubt a good partner for high-quality movies and you can free download HD movies to iPad Pro

No.2 - iOS 12

Apple unveiled iOS 12 on its 2018 WWDC and the new iPad of course ships with its new mobile operating system iOS 12. Those benefits of iOS 12 versus iOS 11 give its iDevices a number of advantages, like faster and more responsive performance, smoother animations, group FaceTime, much smarter Siri, etc. Of course, the newly released iOS 12 version is coming along with some annoying bugs, so you'd better wait for the official version to enjoy iOS 12 new features on iPad Pro.

Read on: iOS 11/12 update problems solved

No.3 - faster speed with A12X Bionic chip

As top 2018 tablets, iPad Pro receives an edge in the performance and data processing speed with the new comer A12X Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture. It delivers up to 3X faster CPU performance and eighth the graphics performance as compared to the previous chip. In fact, as the bigger, productivity-oriented iPad for the mobile worker, it makes sense that users will enjoy extra advantages in it's new improved processor.

No. 4 - Longer battery life

To supply power for the massive screen, pros of iPad Pro also come in the larger battery. Based on the Apple official product description, the new iPad has advantages over the rest with its built-in 38.5-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, which offers you up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi and 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network.

No.5 - New Keyboard and Pencil

Another big extra benefits of the new iPad Pro is its new configuration of Smart keyboard Folio and 2-gen pencil. The full size keyboard that's fully portable, and connects with the Smart Connector, making the new iPad Pro more productive and flexible.

No.6 - No PC Required Anymore

"Yes, the iPad Pro is a replacement for a notebook or a desktop for many, many people" as claimed by Tim Cook, it offers groundbreaking performance that will obviate any need to buy a corporate PC. Essentially, it comes with a wide range of IT support and corporate management tools that make it an excellent pc replacement. This becomes the biggest advantage as users can own an entertainment device and a portable business tool at the same time.

Verdict: All the above advantages and benefits of iPad Pro like the gumbo screen, faster processing, larger battery and others not mentioned here, we can draw the conclusion that the new tablet is an ideal device for not only business work but also entertainment like watching movies videos. How to get HD movies videos watching on iPad Pro with less power consumption? Worrying about the formats incompatibility? The world-class MacX Video Converter Pro, help users to free download HD 1080p/720p, 4K/8K UHD movies TV shows, videos music from 1000+ online sites like YouTube, Vevo, Vimeo, Metacafe more and convert them to MP4, MOV, M4V video or iPhone Ringtone, MP3, AAC audio with intact quality and 83X faster speed.

Top Disadvantages of Apple iPad Pro that Fall Behind Android Tablets

No.1 - High price tag

There are many digital products from Apple that come at premium prices, and iPad series is also among them. Considering that the entry level iPad Air 2 currently costs £399, the new comer is available at higher prices, as high as $999 for the 64GB version. Comparing to an Android competing device with the same size from Samsung or Microsoft, iPad Pro has disadvantages for charging for an extra $50 to $150. However, it is slightly cheaper than Surface Pro 4 that is priced at $899.
Related: iPad Pro vs Surface Pro 3, iPad Pro vs iPad Air 2

No.2 - Less expandability

It is definitely one of the shortcomings of iPad Pro to lack the ability to expand its storage through microSD cards. As is known to all, Apple sells its devices at different prices for each storage level. The only way to upgrade your storage is to pay more for an advanced version. Even the 64GB version comes at a high price tag. This is no doubt among the most disliked disadvantages of iPad Pro. In this regards, it is more limited than Android tablets.

No.3 - Limited software options

Another big iPad Pro disadvantage is that the apps available are rather limited. unlike PC and Mac, all the applications offered in App Store must be approved by Apple. While this is good to make your device more secure, it also limit the apps that users can get. Users may jailbreak the iPad to get other programs but after which the software upgrade will be more difficult.

No.4 - iOS 12 problems

While enjoy the benefits brought by new mobile operating system of Apple like multi-tasking, keyboard shortcuts etc, users are also suffering from some annoying iOS 12 problems like incompatibility issues with apps, battery drain and WiFi problems etc. Those problems are also among the disadvantages of iPad Pro/Mini 4. 

No.5 - Rapid obsolescence

Every year, Apple is going to replace its predecessor device with new ones. For example, the iPad was unveiled on 2015, but two years later, the new 2017 iPad Pro is one everyone's lips. It's great that we can see a new upgrade device annually, however, for those who paid a premium for an iPad that is the most cutting-edge currently, pay attention to its quick obsolescence.

No.6 - Absense of graphic card and do not support files in CSV and PNG.

iPad Pro boosts to a great extent in many aspects, let alone the file of game that is the most welcomed by users. Despite it is shipped with A9X chip, it can be more perfect if it were shipped with graphic card that is said to finish the complex image processing. Another iPad Pro's disadvantage lies in the failure to support files in CSV and PNG. This means users cannot open these files but only edit them on other computers.


Now you may have a tough understanding of the iPad Pro's main features. The question is whether you should buy the new slate or the current ones. The decision depends on what you want to do with it. From the above pros and cons of iPad pro, we can see that, the new iPad, compared with its predecessors, which are both casual media devices, is more productivity-oriented and will work well with business and professional tasks.

Author: Abby Poole | Updated on Dec 4, 2018

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