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 iPhone 7 has hit store shelves, front porches, and people’s hands today. I picked up one of the iPhone 7’s in the form of the 32GB Matte Black version. We do all kinds of unboxing videos, and there’s nothing quite like a new Apple product. Now it’s time to go over what’s new, and try out some new apps and iOS changes. The matte black instantly stands out with such a dark rugged feel that is still clean and polished for an understated slickness.
The new home button offers three choices of differing degrees of taptic feedback to choose from. The iPhone 7 home button seems to be quicker, and more responsive than the previous button. I upgraded from the iPhone 6, so got to expereince 3D Touch for the first time, and it takes a bit to get used to on just how much force you need to apply versus a long press. Oz: Broken Kingdom was shown off during the iPhone 7 event, so I had to install it. I ran it head to head against an iPad Air 2, and it was tough to tell the difference in graphical fidelity. The lack of a headphone jack isn’t as important to me as I have used Bluetooth headphones with my iPhone 6 the entire time, but your mileage may vary. The included dongle from lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack is as you would expect, but the lightning EarPods can only work with iOS devices. The new surround sound speaker is tough to convey when being recorded, but it’s a noticeable improvement for music and games.
Enjoy our unboxing video below of the iPhone 7 32GB Matte Black.