I’ve been using a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro as my main iPad for several weeks, and it’s been a joy both in terms of performance and capabilities. Also, poking around in my Mac’s Finder reminded me of a bunch of tricks I use to work with files.
Apple reported its quarterly earnings this week, and in addition to making almost unbelievable amounts of money — $45.4 billion in revenue — one surprise was that iPad sales have stopped their multiyear sales slide.
Sales of iPads were up 15 percent from last year, driven by the introduction of new iPad Pro models and by the reduction in cost of the non-pro iPad to start at $329.
This is surprising because with the iPad, Apple may have engineered it too well: The iPads thus far have been generally good enough that customers are holding on to them for several years.
Now, I think, a lot of those old models are finally starting to feel creaky. The third-generation iPad I passed down to my daughter takes a couple of minutes to start up from scratch, and several seconds to completely wake up from sleep.
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The new iPad Pro models introduced this year feel like bullet trains by comparison. I’ve been using a 10.5-inch iPad Pro as my main iPad for several weeks, and it’s been a joy both in terms of performance and capabilities.
The iPad Pro includes a fast A10X processor with an embedded M10 coprocessor and … you know what? That doesn’t matter. Of course it’s the fastest hardware Apple has made available for the iPad.
What matters is everyday response. I’ve used plenty of computers in the past that have impressive specifications but still felt hobbled. Performing common tasks such as switching between apps, waking from sleep using Touch ID and even scrolling are responsive and smooth.
I say this not just comparing it to that third-generation model, or even the first-generation iPad Air that was my main iPad until late last year. It’s a little more spry than the previous-generation iPad Pro I bought in November. Not dramatically — this 10.5-inch model has to go back to Apple when I’m done with it — but enough to be noticeable.
If you’re accustomed to the iPad form factor, the 10.5-inch model doesn’t even stretch you into an uncomfortable size adjustment, the way moving up to the 12.9-inch model does. Although the new screen size is larger than the 9.7-inch measurement that’s been…