Review of iPad Pro with M4: “A versatile machine for both work and play”

A report of Funkyadjunct says that Nine years ago when the first iPad Pro debuted, Apple promoted it as a computer replacement. However, the reality at the time was far from it, and I wrote an article ridiculing that campaign. However, in recent years, the iPad Pro has become truly capable of replacing a computer. This is due to a combination of software optimization and very powerful hardware.

With the latest 2024 model iPad Pro, the line between iPad and computer has become even more blurred. There is very little this iPad Pro cannot do, other than allowing a computer OS to open multiple windows at any size. However, there are many things this iPad Pro can do that computers could never have dreamed of Seotoolskit.

hardware

The new M4 iPad Pro looks similar to its predecessor from a distance, but up close there are some big upgrades. First, the new model is thinner and lighter, with the larger 13-inch model being 5.1mm thick and weighing less than a pound. The display uses OLED technology, which can reproduce deep blacks and vibrant reds. It also has an option for an anti-reflective matte coating. But the biggest change is the new M4 chip, which can be called the “brain.” This iPad is equipped with the latest M4 chip, just 10 months after the introduction of the M3.

The M4 is the most advanced Apple silicon, and it’s big news to see it debut in an iPad. But it’s unclear whether an iPad running a mobile OS can unlock the full potential of this chip. Most users may not notice much difference in performance between this new M4 iPad and the previous M2 iPad (there is still no M3 iPad). The

iPad Pro also gets new and redesigned accessories, which are becoming more and more of a must-buy. The new Magic Keyboard is slimmer and looks more like a MacBook when attached with a metal palm rest. The Apple Pencil now has a “Pro” designation, more features and a haptic vibration motor built in. Attach the iPad to the new keyboard and it really does look like an Apple laptop.

software

There are some new software features related to widely used creative apps like Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro and Procreate, but most of these rely on new hardware in the devices, such as the new Apple Pencil Pro, M4 in this iPad and M2 Silicon in the newly introduced iPad Air.

Final Cut Pro can run four live streams from iOS devices simultaneously, allowing you to adjust and edit 4K footage in real time on your iPad. Once you’re done shooting, the four clips are synced to one timeline, allowing you to edit with four camera angles. This is unprecedented power for a thin, portable device. iOS 17.5 runs very smoothly, but sometimes too smoothly. When scrolling through video files in Final Cut Pro or looking for a file in the Files app, sometimes the scrolling is too fast and you miss what you’re looking for. I had to get myself used to scrolling slowly on the large trackpad of the new Magic Keyboard.

performance

As this device is the first with the latest Apple silicon, performance is naturally top-notch. There was no lag, slowdown or stuttering when editing 4K video or playing NBA 2K with apps running in the background. The M4 chip will be in everything from desktop iMacs to MacBook Pros, but it may be too powerful for an optimized mobile OS. The

new M4 is twice as efficient as the M2, and you’ll also notice improved battery life. I took it to a cafe and typed a CMS in Safari for an hour, and the battery only dropped by 4-5%.

Switching between apps, scrolling through social media, and watching YouTube videos could drain the battery by about 10% in an hour. In general, unless you’re doing heavy lifting like gaming or video editing, the iPad Pro will last 10-14 hours. If you’re just checking emails and reading articles, you can probably get a week and a half without needing to recharge.

For a more intensive task, I exported an 11-minute 4K/30p video in Apple ProRes422, and the export took just 2 minutes and 43 seconds, with no lags in scrolling through the timeline. The same export took more than 3.5 minutes on the older M2 iPad Pro. That 50-second difference isn’t a huge change, but it will add up as your workflow gets more complex. The more complex your video project, the bigger the difference in export time will be. I used the Apple Pencil Pro to edit photos in Pixelmator and sketch in Procreate, and the stylus is one of the best on the market. I’m not sure if the haptic engine and rotation gesture support are worthy of the Pro title, but the sketching and drawing experience is top-notch.

Very powerful, but is it really necessary?

The M4 iPad Pro is a cutting-edge, multi-functional machine. However, Apple’s decision to include the M4 in it may be due to the impending release of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite chip, which is based on the same ARM architecture. Rumors and leaks have said that the X Elite is better than the M2 and M3 chips, and by putting the M4 in the iPad, Apple is trying to contain these comparisons.

In reality, this iPad Pro is a bit over-specced. The M2 chip in the previous model was also very powerful, and you won’t notice a big difference in terms of daily performance unless you are doing very specialized tasks such as the aforementioned simultaneous 4-stream live feed. However, the better screen, lighter weight, and improved battery life are evident. Still, I don’t think there is any need for those who already have the M2 iPad Pro to rush out and upgrade. However, if you are using the M1 or earlier models and want the Pro model, this will not disappoint.

If you are looking for a new tablet and want the best, of course this is the way to go. But if you are a little conscious of your budget, it is worth considering the M2 iPad Air or M2 iPad Pro. This machine is a kind of self-indulgence.

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