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.
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.
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.
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.