Lion of the Blogosphere

iPad Pro 9.7 review

This is a big upgrade from the iPad 4th Generation. It has twice as much RAM, and the base model has twice as much storage, 32GB vs 16GB.

I ran the Google Octane benchmark (which measure JavaScript running in a web browser) on a bunch of different devices and got the following approximate results:

2016 Pentium i3: 28K+
iPad Pro 9.7: 20K+
6-year-old Pentium i7: 20K+
iPhone 6: 8K+
iPad Air first generation: 6K+
iPad 4th gen: approx 2K (crashes before completing the test)
iPod Touch 5th gen (that’s the previous generation): approx 1K (crashes before completing the test)

So you see there has been a huge increase in the computing power of iOS devices over the last several years. And it’s pretty impressive that the iPad Pro is as powerful as a pretty powerful desktop computer that was state-of-the art when I bought it six years ago.

How fast does your device need to be for regular use like just surfing the web? Well it seems that web pages are more and more loaded down with massive JavaScript that requires more computing power to run with acceptable speed. I think that the iPad Air first gen with its 6K+ score is the minimum power for a decent web-surfing experience. And as noted, complex stuff crashes on devices older than that.

Similarly, anything older than the first generation iPad Air is probably going to lack the horsepower to run an increasing number of new apps. One app which doesn’t run on my old iPad which I can run on the new iPad Pro 9.7 is the Purify ad blocker for Safari. Goodbye to ads! On the other hand, Vainglory, which is a pretty complex and graphically detailed real-time game, still runs acceptably on the old 4th gen iPad.

The weight difference is also a big deal. The iPad Pro 9.7 weighs the same as the iPad Air, but is 7 ounces lighter than the older model iPads. I notice it right away. It’s so much less tiring to use the iPad Pro compared to the older iPad.

The screen is improved. It’s still shiny, but less reflective. It’s less distracting when watching a movie because you see less of a reflection of your environment on the screen. But it’s still not 100% non-reflective.

There are four speakers instead of two, and sound is much improved, although for any application where you really want to appreciate the sound, you still need to use earpods (or other headphones). Even with the improved sound, I still wouldn’t really want to watch a movie with just the internal speakers.

Conclusion:

Worth the upgrade if you have an old iPad, but probably not worth upgrading from an iPad Air. Unless you need to use the new iPad Pencil which I haven’t purchased so I can’t say anything about it.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 20, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Posted in Technology

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  1. That was interesting and helpful.

    Curle

    February 20, 2017 at 3:20 pm

  2. Lion, are you still a NEET? How can you afford new Apple products?
    What do you use the iPad for? I find that I’m happy with my MBP and my iPhone. I also have a Kindle that gets frequent use.

    R P

    February 20, 2017 at 4:04 pm

  3. we need a post about the Milo thing. They are going crazy about it on NeoGaf.

    My position is that I still support Milo but don’t think he should be speaking at CPAC because CPAC is supposed to be for all conservatives and must remain welcoming to the cuck set. And the cucks hated Milo in the first place.

    Hope Breitbart doesn’t dump him but if they do it might be in everybody’s best interest. Still think Milo will remain strong.

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 20, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    • Milo’s habit of making statements for the shock value was going to catch up with him at some point. Obviously, this is an oppo hit from some liberal group.

      I’m quite sure that Milo isn’t a pedophile. His type is very tall, very muscular black men, which is as far from pedophilia as you can get, without branching into zoophilia.

      And he’s right that gays use “boy” as a synonym for (young/attractive) man, same as “Girls Gone Wild”; “girls, girls, girls!”; “girlfriend” …

      Still, it’s a pretty skeezy-sounding statement, which he stupidly made for the shock value (also, if I’m not mistaken, he was paraphrasing Oscar Wilde), while being recorded.

      I don’t buy his claim about being a victim of clergy sex abuse. It’s certainly possible, but it seems too unlikely and too conveniently-timed a revelation. I think it’s quite hypocritical for a crusader against false rape claims like Milo, unless he starts naming names and pressing charges.

      Liberals are downright eager to run sex-predator and get-a-load-of-this-faggot dog-whistle campaigns against conservative gays. In 2014 there were two gay Republicans, Carl DeMaio in CA-52 (San Diego) and Richard Tisei in MA-6 (North Shore), who initially looked favored to win.

      In DeMaio’s case they paid a disgruntled, unstable ex-staffer to claim DeMaio had sexually harassed him, and even though his account was filled with immediately-disproven lies, it was endlessly repeated in breathless tones by SoCal’s liberal media outlets. (After the election, he admitted he’d lied).

      In MA-6, Seth Moulton, the Democrat, ran round-the-clock ads that went along the lines of “while Seth Moulton served his country in Iraq [photo of Moulton in combat gear against a blue background], Richard Tisei was a career politician in the legislature* [gayest-looking photo of Tisei they could find against a pink background].” It worked; both DeMaio and Tisei lost by wide margins in what was otherwise the post-FDR Democratic Party’s low point.

      *A very unfair attack since Tisei was too old to enlist for Iraq or Afghanistan. (The attack is the unfair part; of course Moulton could legitimately point to his own biography, although I suspect he enlisted to help his political career along).

      snorlaxwp

      February 20, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      • An incredibly (coming from a Massachusetts Democrat in 2014) unfair attack, actually, since DADT ended in 2011 and even closeted gays were dishonorably discharged under the previous policy that ended in 1994.

        snorlaxwp

        February 20, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    • And the cucks hated Milo in the first place.

      90% of the altright is as pleased to see his problems as the cucks are because he’s a Romanite Jew from Greece.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      February 20, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    • Obviously, this is an oppo hit from some liberal group.

      It isn’t a hit.

      He went on a talk radio show and talked about 13 year old boys having sex with older men.

      I like the guy, but he shot himself in the foot.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      February 20, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      • Sure it’s a hit. It’s something he actually said, but the reason we’re hearing about it now years later is because some liberal group mailed it to a bunch of media outlets. Same as Pussygate.

        snorlaxwp

        February 20, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      • Sure it’s a hit. It’s something he actually said, but the reason we’re hearing about it now years later is because some liberal group mailed it to a bunch of media outlets. Same as Pussygate.

        It isn’t a hit because Milo’s cluelessness is fair game.

        He wasn’t a mainstream figure on the right until he was invited to CPAC.

        And it is worse than Pussygate – at least Trump was talking about fornicating with consenting – and exceptionally hawt! – adult women.

        Was Milo really unaware that legalizing sex between older men and 13 year old boys was out of bounds?

        The Undiscovered Jew

        February 20, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      • Whether or not it’s true or justified, it’s a hit put out by some sub rosa liberal oppo research people. This is just a simple statement of fact. The Jeremiah Wright thing was true, justified, and a hit put out by (presumably HRC’s) oppo research people.

        at least Trump was talking about fornicating with consenting – and exceptionally hawt! – adult women.

        Liberals don’t agree.

        Was Milo really unaware that legalizing sex between older men and 13 year old boys was out of bounds?

        He never said that. I’m posting the video below; looks pretty damning, right? No, because it’s made out of two appearances on the show deceptively edited together.

        There’s the first appearance where he suggests 20-something female teachers shouldn’t be punished for having sexual relationships with their 13-year-old male students. Not a position I endorse but not exactly an uncommon sentiment.

        And then there’s the second appearance, which is the one where he’s talking about “younger boys” and “older men.” He had explicitly stated immediately prior to that part of the spliced-in audio that he was talking about people above the age of consent.

        This whole thing is actually a perfect example of “fake news.” It’s basically the ideologically-reversed version of the Shirley Sherrod thing. You can make anyone (who’s a public figure) sound like they’re saying horrible things by splicing together different statements they made at different times about different subjects.

        snorlaxwp

        February 20, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      • Could you all please not talk about Trump stuff in a post about iPads?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 20, 2017 at 11:13 pm

  4. iPad Pro 9.7 review

    You should return it if you bought it recently. New iPad Pro 2’s will be released in March.

    One app which doesn’t run on my old iPad which I can run on the new iPad Pro 9.7 is the Purify ad blocker for Safari. Goodbye to ads!

    Good.

    I told you to use Purify.

    There are four speakers instead of two, and sound is much improved, although for any application where you really want to appreciate the sound, you still need to use earpods (or other headphones). Even with the improved sound, I still wouldn’t really want to watch a movie with just the internal speakers.

    You are better off connecting the Pro to a small bluetooth speaker such as Amazon Echo than using the iPad’s native quad-speakers.

    Worth the upgrade if you have an old iPad, but probably not worth upgrading from an iPad Air. Unless you need to use the new iPad Pencil which I haven’t purchased so I can’t say anything about it.

    The pencil is used by professional artists.

    I would love to see you review how well the pencil draws on an iPad Pro 2.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    February 20, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    • “You should return it if you bought it recently. New iPad Pro 2’s will be released in March.”

      Probably why it was on sale for such a good price. It will be a long time before the yet unreleased iPad will be available for only $427.50 which is what I paid (plus sales tax).

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    • Probably why it was on sale for such a good price.

      Good thinking.

      Is the Apple pencil at a discount?

      An second generation pencil is probably going to be released for the iPad Pro 2. The second generation will be better than the original, but artists still widely hail the original. You may like it.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      February 20, 2017 at 7:05 pm

  5. I hate all gadgets with the exception of a functional laptop. They’re a waste of money where they ultimately become garbage in the grander scheme of things.

    JS

    February 20, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    • I’m the same with most things whether it’s electronics, appliances, clothes or vehicles. I try not to buy anything unless I really need it. And when I do I’ll buy the best value (total cost of ownership) that will serve my needs. Otherwise you’re just spending money to produce complications, clutter and ultimately garbage.

      destructure

      February 20, 2017 at 11:27 pm

  6. How fast does your device need to be for regular use like just surfing the web? Well it seems that web pages are more and more loaded down with massive JavaScript that requires more computing power to run with acceptable speed. I think that the iPad Air first gen with its 6K+ score is the minimum power for a decent web-surfing experience. And as noted, complex stuff crashes on devices older than that.

    The rise of client-side Javascript frameworks (React and Angular) is possibly the stupidest trend in 2010s software development. It’s basically an IT full-employment gambit (now we need to hire a bunch of frontend devs as well as backend devs. And pay the frontend guys twice as much…)

    The whole concept is so wrong-headed. We’ll save dozens of bytes by serving JSON instead of HTML! (After serving the 2MB framework). Meanwhile your site is super-sluggish for users and drains their batteries and overheats their CPU and eats all their RAM. And you have to resort to weird hacks to preserve basic aspects of the web experience (back and refresh buttons, cookies, screen-readers for the visually impaired, etc).

    And of course let’s dump excellent, proven backend tooling like Ruby on Rails and relational databases, because they don’t scale! (our app is going to be as big as Twitter and Spotify, doncha know!). Instead let’s use Node.js and MongoDB (which, uh, don’t scale any better). Seriously, if your web app needs to scale beyond the capacity of relational databases or batteries-included server frameworks, you’ll be rolling in so much money it won’t be an issue.

    BTW, my apologies to Lion, I’m one of the newer commenters and I may have used a somewhat condescending-sounding tone talking about software-related subjects; I wasn’t aware you’d worked in the industry yourself.

    snorlaxwp

    February 20, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    • Front-end frameworks are sort of IT pulling one over on management for once, as opposed to Java/OBJECT ORIENTED, by far the biggest hype train there’s ever been in software dev.

      They were teaching in business schools that, with Java/OBJECT ORIENTED, all you need to do is create a UML diagram and juniors could do just as good a job as “legacy” developers, so you should definitely outsource your entire IT department to India.

      There were all sorts of mainstream news media stories about how Java was such an advanced language that soon you wouldn’t even need programmers anymore because businesspeople and grandma would just need to describe the program they want and Java would write itself.

      And in the meantime it would enable all sorts of totally mindblowing shit like putting the internet on TV or putting TV on the internet and letting you send emails to the refrigerator.

      snorlaxwp

      February 20, 2017 at 7:44 pm

  7. A new study that blue light from the LEDs in LCD screens has been shown to cause increased retina cell death in rats (i.e. macular degeneration); the primary cause of age related blindness. I bought a pair of Uvex Skyper safety glasses for about $10 to block the blue light. As a side benefit it’s noticably reduced my eye strain/irritation. I also bought adhesive screen protectors from Reticare for about $15 for my kids’ iPads that are supposed to filter blue light. Every single one of them said they could tell an improvement the first day.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3024744/Is-iPhone-damaging-eyes-Experts-warn-devices-cause-partial-blindness-new-screen-cover-protect-against-damage.html

    **
    How fast does your device need to be for regular use like just surfing the web?

    Not very. I’m typing this on a 10 yr old Dell running Windows 7. It’s more than sufficient for home use i.e. internet, video, word processing and ebook management. Which are the only things I use this one for.

    “Well it seems that web pages are more and more loaded down with massive JavaScript that requires more computing power to run with acceptable speed.”

    Indeed. Which is why I have firefox addons for ghostery, noscript, adblock plus and betterprivacy. It kills all the ads and crap I don’t want as well as protecting me from viruses that may be lurking in them.

    “I think that the iPad Air first gen with its 6K+ score is the minimum power for a decent web-surfing experience. And as noted, complex stuff crashes on devices older than that.”

    My oldest son just upgraded his because it was slower and getting buggy. It’s still a great ereader though.

    destructure

    February 20, 2017 at 11:02 pm

  8. I have an iPod Touch 5, purchased in 2015, that I use for light web browsing when away from home, and as a camera. It works okay, but I make sure to avoid certain websites.

    I’d like to get an iPad Mini, since that size better suits my purposes, and I don’t see any of the Android-type tablets that really excite me.

    I don’t like smartphones, and I wish it was easier to get something like a simple Nokia phone that works with the 4G network here in the U.S. (Amazon and Google aren’t sophisticated enough to return useful search results, and all the stores have virtually nothing but smartphones.)

    And I’m still using the same HP laptop that I bought new in 2004, upgraded last year to 1.25 GB of RAM, and still running Windows XP. (What am I, made of money? You mean I’m supposed to buy a brand-new computer every 2-3 years? And I have to upgrade to the very latest operating system or everything will fall apart? I don’t think so!)

    Yankee

    February 21, 2017 at 6:28 am

    • “You mean I’m supposed to buy a brand-new computer every 2-3 years?”

      Actually I said that my own computer is 6 years old and still a good computer. (Wow, has it been that long?) Moore’s law slowed down a lot in 2010, but was going strong from 2004 to 2010.

      I highly recommend you upgrade to a new computer. Anything with a Pentium i3 plus an SDD drive will hit that 28K octane figure.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 21, 2017 at 9:41 am

      • I agree, and I am considering an upgrade within the next six to twelve months. I just need to find an operating system that I like. I’ve tried Windows 7 and Windows 10, and I dislike both. I can get in some free practice on the Apple computer at work with OS X, to help my decision. Or I could look into getting a Chromebook or trying out some version of Linux.

        Yankee

        February 21, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      • I recommend a Lenovo ThinkCentre m700 with an internal 120 GB SDD, if you don’t need a larger internal hard drive or the ability to add a video card for playing 3D games. Yes, with Windows 10. Very fast desktop computer for only $430 (at Amazon) and hardly takes up any space.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 21, 2017 at 12:10 pm

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