iPad Pro Videos: 4K Video Exporting, Cases and Apple Pencil Tracking

Apple launched the iPad Pro yesterday online and in stores, and early adopters are now receiving their deliveries around the world. The trio of videos below provide a closer look at the iPad Pro, Smart Cover and Silicone Case accessories and a comparison between Apple Pencil and Surface Pen tracking.

YouTube creator Jonathan Morrison shared a video called My First Day with the iPad Pro, proving how powerful the iPad Pro's A9X processor and 4GB of RAM are by exporting 30 seconds of 4K video in around only 38 seconds. He also provided a quick rundown of the 12.9-inch tablet's tech specs, benchmarks and camera.


Despite his 4K video test, Morrison concludes that the iPad Pro's hardware is mostly unutilized, due to the lack of true professional apps like Final Cut Pro X that take advantage of the processing power. Those apps could arrive in the future, but in the meantime the iPad Pro is essentially a bigger and better iPad Air 2.

YouTube channel DarGadgetZ went hands-on with the new Smart Cover and Silicone Case for the iPad Pro, available for $59 and $79 respectively in Charcoal Gray and White. The Smart Cover has its usual magnetic hinge and doubles as a stand, and can be paired with the Silicone Case for full front-and-back coverage.


The last video is an Apple Pencil vs. Surface Pen tracking comparison shared with us by GforGames. The 15-second test, slowed down from 120 FPS, shows the Apple Pencil has slightly less input lag compared to the Surface Pen on the Surface Pro 4 when sketching swirls with each stylus.


Limited quantities of the iPad Pro are available at select Apple Retail Stores in multiple countries, with Personal Pickup available at U.S. locations. Smart Covers and Silicone Cases are well stocked, but the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard are out of stock or in very limited quantities at most stores.

Also read our iPad Pro reviews roundup, tidbits and timeline for the latest news about the 12.9-inch tablet.

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65 months ago

given how much they were promoting the pencil, thought it would do much better vs. surface than it seems to do.

The iPad does do way better. If you look at the lines drawn you will see that the surface is sampling less points as it goes so that it renders straight lines when there should be a curve.
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65 months ago
I got to try it in store today. It's an awesome device. Amazing screen but it feels surprisingly light for its size. The Pencil is incredible - easily the best stylus I've used since my Cintiq, and probably bests it. The video barely conveys how much better it is than Surface Pro, bu that fact was immediately apparent to me. The Pro stylus isn't even close as far as responsiveness and accuracy. No wavy lines either. It doesn't even feel like a stylus, honestly. The performance was so good and so consistent it just felt like a regular pencil. The pressure response curve was flawless, unlike the Surface which registers all kinds of different line weights. Hard to describe in writing or if you don't have a lot of experience with various styluses, but the feel is just perfect. Latency seemed app dependent. It was imperceptible in the Notes app, but in Paper 53 it was definitely noticeable, but still not bad. I can't wait to get one of my own.

I'm sure this thread will get the usual dismissive comments from the peanut gallery, but it's a very impressive device. So much so I kind of wonder where the Air even fits in anymore, as if you want the larger format iPad the Pro is definitely the way to go. Just excellent stuff all around.
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65 months ago
The video is MUCH more impressive in real time (30fps). Virtually no lag.
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65 months ago
Pro? It's just an iPad Plus
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65 months ago

Pro? It's just an iPad Plus

Er given the Processor speed benchmarks it's pretty damn powerful - Just need some poe apps to appear on it.

given how much they were promoting the pencil, thought it would do much better vs. surface than it seems to do.

It's way better. Look at the curves - the surface is jaggy as hell. The pencil is smooth. The Surface pressure and tilt are shocking / non existent too.
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65 months ago
I think we'll start to see more and more applications created to take advantage of this. The iPad was "just a bigger iPhone" when it came out, and right now this isn't much different, however with time we'll likely see developers using this really big iPad for some cool uses. It'll take some time until we get there, but I believe some really cool things are coming.
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