I’m jealous. Andrew Cunningham got to do what many of us want to do. Play with new toys.
Earlier today, I was handed a 9.7-inch iPad Pro and a gaggle of accessories in a big bag with my name on it, which is pretty standard procedure when companies hand review units off to you. And then I was told there was no embargo.
Most improvements are subtle. The screen, for instance, is nice. But it’s only nice in ways that you’ll really notice if you’re a stickler for color accuracy or see an older and newer iPad side-by-side. For instance, the screen’s DCI P3 color gamut (a feature originally implemented in the most recent 4K and 5K iMacs) means it can display deeper and more accurate shades of green and red, but it’s not nearly as impactful as the switch from a non-Retina display to a Retina one.
The True Tone feature is subtle. The screen has four sensors that subtly affect the white balance based on ambient light, something Apple says is meant to make the iPad’s screen more accurately resemble a sheet of paper. The screen I’m looking at is just a little orangey right now because of the dim ambient lighting I’m typing this in. Turning the True Tone feature off (something you’ll probably want to do if you’re adjusting photos for color accuracy) makes the screen look unexpectedly cool and harsh, though I know for a fact it’s not something I would have complained about before seeing the new iPad Pro.
Typical Apple. A revolution every few years, incremental improvements every year.