The iPad Pro was a significant change for the iPad line when it was first unveiled at 12.9″ in November 2015. In March 2016, Apple updated the iPad Air 2 with the 9.7″ iPad Pro. For the most part, it’s a very similar device, but with an updated chipset. The 9.7″ iPad Pro also benefits with the ability to connect to the Apple Pencil and Apple keyboard. The new model offers a true tone display, as well as a four speaker audio system for an upgraded $599 price tag at the entry level. We recently came across a 9.7″ iPad Pro and Apple Pencil combo allowing us to go hands on with an unboxing iPad Pro video.
Opening the 9.7″ iPad Pro doesn’t reveal much different than the iPad Air 2 from the outset. The true tone display is tough to really notice at first glance, though the speaker enhancements are appreciated. The main distinguisher is support for the Apple Pencil. There are plenty of third party styluses for the iPad, but none work as smoothly as the Apple Pencil. You will definitely benefit if you like to draw, but even if you don’t, you will likely be enticed to do so. Another surprising boost is for writers, especially for jotting down notes, or brainstorming ideas. A number of apps support the Apple Pencil including a lot of note taking apps that just feel more natural as you write, rather than type. The Apple Pencil battery lasts and lasts with easy connectivity to the lightning port of the iPad. It feels great in the hand, and definitely enhances specific use cases for the iPad.
Enjoy our unboxing video below of the 9.7″ iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.
The 12.9″ iPad Pro originally launched in November of 2015. It’s not exactly new, but we came across one recently. That allows us to do an iPad Pro unboxing video, and go hands-on with Apple’s 12.9″ tablet. The 12.9″ iPad Pro is quite a site to behold, especially if you have become familiar with the 9.7″ iPad. The 12.9″ is extraordinary, as though Apple ripped off the screen part of the 13″ Macbook, and added a capacitive touch screen. The device is naturally longer and wider than the 9.7″ iPad Pro/iPad Air 2, and yet it’s only 0.27″ thick as compared to 0.24″. The 12.9″ model is also 1.57 lbs. compared to 0.96 lbs. of the 9.7″ model. The weight increase is surprisingly not noticeable as it’s distributed over a wider area to reduce density.
The 12.9″ iPad Pro doesn’t have many apps made for the larger canvas, and yet it still offers the benefit of immersive video viewing and game playing. Even though the interface isn’t different, it still is beneficial to feel like you have more room to maneuver in iMovie and Pixelmator. Multi-tasking and picture in picture are also great on the iPad Pro. It’s not a revolutionary device, but there are definite benefits to the bigger screen.
Enjoy our unboxing video below of the 12.9″ iPad Pro Space Grey 32GB model.
The Loot Crate March 2017 theme is Primal with connections to Overwatch, Logan, Jurassic World, and more. We’re here to unbox all that’s included to show off the $20/month geek/gamer box for the new month. Our Loot Crate unboxing:
Loot Crate ($20/Recurring)
Loot Crate has started 2017 strong with great showings in January and February. Can they keep it going? The March 2017 edition includes four main items along with the usual flier and pin. The main item each month is a t-shirt, and this month’s shirt is all about Overwatch. It’s a grey shirt with a big banner of “Primal Rage” across the chest. Primal Rage is a special mode for Winston, the big ape, and the shirt captures it. The shirt is definitely made for Overwatch fans to nail that theme, but the shirt doesn’t have the widest outside appeal compared to the other franchises in this crate.
The next main item is the figurine, and March 2017 includes a Metals Die Cast figure of Logan. You will receive either Old Man Logan, standard Logan, or Adamantium Logan. Metals Die Cast aren’t exactly Funko Pops in terms of popularity, QFigs in terms of styling, or KidRobot in terms of quality. They often end up on clearance shelves at your local big box store, but they still have their own unique style. You can’t go wrong with Logan in March, and the top heavy design of Metal Die Cast really fits him.
Two smaller items round out the crate beginning with a Jurassic World inspired sign. It’s a warning sign for the electric fences, and it’s great piece to define any of the Jurassic movies. Then, there’s a Predator bottle opener. It’s not the biggest item, but it gets the job done in a fun and recognizable form.
Loot Crate stumbles a bit for March 2017 with odd choices across the board. Overwatch for the t-shirt seems like an odd match, and relegating Predator to a bottle opener is a let down. There are better figure choices than Metals Die Cast, and it all adds together to be a disappointing crate.