iPad Pro 2021 Review: The Only Computer I NeedJun 11, 2021
I've had the new
ipadpro here for almost a week and I have some thoughts, well actually that might be the biggest understatement for those who don't know I've been working from the
ipadfor almost five years and it's already been my main
computer, I do everything right here, I have the 12.9-inch terabyte silver iPad Pro
2021, complete with the white magic keyboard m1 chip and the xdr display, it's great, the biggest update to this generation of iPad Pro is the chip m1 that was introduced. In Fall 2020, to help Apple move to its own GPU and CPU for Mac, this gives a significant speed boost to the iPad, the CPU and GPU aren't the
onlythings that get faster with this iPad Pro. , the internal storage is now twice as fast as the 2020 model and for the 128, 256 and 512 gig model, they now come with 8 gigs of ram and for the 1 terabyte model and the newly added 2 terabyte model, now it comes with 16 gigs of ram, for some context the 2020 ipad pros came with six with the addition of the m1 chip, faster storage and additional ram, these new ipads have a big increase in speed over the 2020 models as I mentioned , I work entirely from the iPad, this includes my creative workflow as well as video, photo and podcast editing, the biggest benefit.
I have seen from this ipad that my workflow is in the video editing category. Now I know that most people don't edit videos on their ipad and that's totally fine. I'm just using this as an example to show what the m1 chip in the ipad is. What I can do? I recently posted a video talking about the Bridge 10.2 max plus keyboard now that the video was completely edited on the ipad pro
2021. This was mostly 4k footage shot at 24 frames per second, all i c-log h.264, now there was some b. -rolled clips there that were 1080p 60 frames per second but still h.264 24 frames per second.
All these files, these clips here are huge now, when it comes to editing on the ipad pro 2020, it handled that type of footage well. I've been shooting with it forever since I bought my Canon eos r here, but every once in a while when editing, if you had a big timeline or a big library of a ton of clips, it would freeze for a second or two. It was never that big of a deal, it was a little frustrating, it was almost like a paper cut, but those paper cuts start to add up and start to get really frustrating after a while with this iPad Pro.
I didn't have that problem at all. I was able to simply speed up my timeline by moving it back and forth or navigate through a large library without freezing, everything was fast, in fact I was able to export this 11 minute 33 second video in 5 minutes 32 seconds when exporting. video, it uses the CPU and GPU, but also writes to the internal storage so that faster internal storage comes into play. One problem I've had with all other previous iPads is doing file transfers in the background. I now move a ton of files from SD Cards to the Files app with previous iPads.
You would have to leave the files app open in the foreground. I couldn't do anything else because the files could fail or be deleted from memory if that were the case with these new iPads. pros and the extra RAM they have, I was able to transfer files in the background, close the files app and check Twitter email, edit some photos, whatever I wanted to do and background file transfers would be fine. I tested this two ways, first using a single mp4 file, this was a 43.6 gig file, it was the trailer for that bridge keyboard video. I started the file transfer.
The closed files went to the home screen. I started opening Twitter, email, Lightroom to edit photos and checked later and the file transfer was completed. The
onlyannoying thing is that you have to go back to the files to see if the file transfer is complete. There's no notification or anything that says, "Hey, this thing you were doing in the background is over." So I did a second test because I wanted to make sure this wasn't a fluke or anything, it just happened to work out once. I wanted to try it a second time, so I took 82 clips.
These were all the b-roll clips for that bridge video. This is mostly 4k footage, but some. 1080p footage at 60 frames per second and I did the same process, started the file transfer, closed the files app, Twitter, email, Lightroom, whatever, kept opening different things, Safari and then I checked again and everyone the files were transferred. Everything worked perfectly there. There was no corrupted data, no missing files, nothing crashed, it just worked perfectly as it should. This is a great example of why
computers can and always should be faster. Now I know this is really specific to my workflow, but what I mean by this is that these are getting faster because they have more RAM, more CPU, GPU, faster, internal storage power, all that means is that iPads in the future can start doing more with software and hopefully this means they can start doing more things in the background too, this should help everyone's workflows.
I actually procreate an app that I don't use much because I can't draw to save my life, but it's a very popular app on the iPad and it was recently announced that you'll be able to import 3D files, so 3D image files in a 3D space and being able to paint them in procreate using the Apple Pencil, that's cool talking about the Apple Pencil which brings me to today's sponsor, Paperlike, it's a channel sponsor and one of my favorite iPad accessories and hey, you probably just bought a new iPad. If you are watching this video or could buy one, this is perfect for you, it is a screen protector with a matte textured screen, so when you use the Apple Pencil when you draw on the screen, there is feedback, so it's like a pencil. and paper so it feels really good, it's not that plastic on glass feeling that I can't stand, I just don't like that feeling, this is something I use every day now, like I said I don't draw but I do drink a lot. of handwritten notes I journal on my iPad just to get thoughts and ideas out of my head and onto a digital device, paper also helps reduce light reflection so with a glass screen if you're working Outside and you're working in direct sunlight, it can be quite difficult to see that the screen is matte, so it will help reduce light reflection.
I highly recommend picking up a paper lake and will put my link in the description below to where you can get one. Thanks to Paperlake for sponsoring my channel. The USB port on the new iPad Pro has also been updated. It's now Thunderbolt 4. That means it can perform up to 40 gigabits per second of data transfer if you have the right Thunderbolt device: the iPad. It can also support higher resolution displays now, including the 6k pro xdr display and Thunderbolt 4. It also allows for a host of new devices you can connect to your iPad, such as Thunderbolt docks and external drives.
I have a few different Thunderbolt docks on the way, unfortunately they just didn't make it. I don't get here on time, most of them are backordered, but when they arrive I will make videos on those types of accessories, so be sure to subscribe. Ben q recently sent me this monitor to test and
review. A video will appear very soon. I was waiting for these new iPads so I could make that video. This is a 32 inch 4k HDR display and it has a ton of ports including Displayport HDMI but the most important thing is Thunderbolt so I can take that Thunderbolt cable and plug it into my iPad and have access to the Full 4k HDR display unfortunately still at 4x3 because that's how the iPad handles external monitors, but I can take advantage of all the other ports that are on that monitor, including the extra Thunderbolt. port and USB ports between the iPad gaining additional RAM and Thunderbolt.
I feel like I can rely on the background file transfer system so once those Thunderbolt docks arrive, I try them out and decide which one I like, I'll grab the file drive I've been using with my mac mini now my mac mini it's just a file server and automation server and I've been using it to backup footage that I want to keep for future videos finished videos finished podcasts like that, but I have a two terabyte nvme and a Thunderbolt case attached. I'll take it from that Mac mini and plug it into the dock of my iPad Pro.
This way I can just drag and drop files into that file and I don't have to go through smb file transfer to move things from my ipad to that mac mini and honestly at that point I don't know if I'll
needthat mac mini anymore, I might as well get rid of it I've also been looking into Thunderbolt attacks. I haven't made a decision on anything yet, but if I do, of course I'll make a video about it. The feature that I think is the sleeping giant of this version is the center. The stage, so the center stage is for video calls and basically what it does is it has a 125 degree wide angle field of view, a 12 megapixel front camera that you have access to, that's the front camera on the iPad and when you move. it automatically crops so that it is cropped and zoomed in so that I am centered and in the frame and then if someone else comes and sits in the frame it will zoom in and have both people in the frame.
This is really A cool feature is that I just opened the Facetime app and I like to run around it and I have my iPad in that back corner facing this corner and I was able to run around my entire office and it kept me in frame the whole time . It doesn't matter if I wasn't in front of the camera directly, I could run, I could stand at the back door or stand here next to my camera and it was framed, it was fantastic, so I found a couple of things. when testing, when opening the Facetime app and running around my office, if you kept the ipad in a keyboard case like the magic keyboard or something, it was still looking down your nose, which is not very flattering, but to be expected .
It's not a periscope, it's just cropping out what you see, so the way I've found works best is to put it on a laptop stand or an iPad stand or something like that and just make the call from there, that's what was doing even before this iPad. a professional showed up, but I had to put Legend of Zelda art books under the laptop stand so it was at eye level because, again, you don't want the camera to be below you because that's not flattering, no you want the camera to be on top of you. because that's not great either, you don't want it to be at eye level either, so I used to have to use those art books, but what I discovered is that I don't have to do that anymore, so if I have a video call I can turn to my ipad . and start the video call and do it from there.
Any third-party application can update and support Center Stage. I know Webex already supports this, so the video conferencing app you choose should have no barriers to entry when it comes to supporting Center Stage. A lot of people want Apple to move the camera to the long edge, the top edge, if it's on the keyboard case, but that's where the Apple Pencil charger and the magnets are, so I don't think that would really work and honestly, I think center stage is. better compensation, especially if you're going to have multiple people in the frame or if you're going to be walking around a room while cooking or if you're presenting something or something like the Stage center, I think it's the best option, especially considering that you know that the Apple Pencil chargers cannot hold two things in the same space.
Defy the laws of physics. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has an exclusive feature. The 11-inch iPad Pro of this generation does. I don't understand, this is the Liquid Retina XDR display. This is an HDR display built with mini LED and has a million to one contrast ratio for those who don't know contrast ratio is basically the difference between black and white so the higher the number and the million. to one is too big basically means you're going to have deeper, darker blacks like if they don't look washed out or anything like that, they're going to be black.
Low contrast ratios will give you that washed out look and just like it doesn't have that black look or if you have a dark scene or something, all the details you won't really be able to see for the mini LEDs, there are over 10,000 with 2,596 zones Local Dimming This gives your iPad an OLED-like experience, so blacks are true blacks, colors are vibrant and nothing looks washed out. This also brings the return of HDR to the iPad Pro. I don't think many people remember this, except for the 2nd generation iPad. pro, when it still had the home button one had hdr, they removed that feature in 2018 in favor of liquid retina display.
This thing looks awesome and is the hardest feature to mention becauseI film everything in SDR and it really can't be filmed. a screen to show it because you don't know what people are seeing on it, it's a difficult feature to explain how good it is because I can usually show you something but you have to see it to believe it. To be honest, I have two movies that I watch every time I test a screen: Mad Max Fury Road and Blade Runner 2049. On this iPad they looked stunning, in fact, it's probably the best viewing experience I've had of these movies since I started them. i saw in the theaters the bright scenes looked great the dark scenes looked amazing and you could see all the detail in them and the colors were fantastic for sdr content, you will still get the benefit of the mini LED and that contrast ratio so everything be it will look even better than the 2020 and 2018 ipad pros with the newly announced ipad pros came the white magic keyboard now, when I first saw this my first thought was I must have this, my second thought was oh this is going to be difficult to keep clean.
After having it for a week I will say it's pretty easy to clean, you can just wipe it down and it looks new but that's only a week but the real test for this will be using it for months or even a year. My Magic Keyboard that I got in 2020 when it first came out already looks really worn out, but I use it for hours on end so I'm really curious to see how this new white one holds up. I'll make a video on that in the future once I've used it for a long period of time, but unfortunately that's what I
needtime for, aside from all that, the white magic keyboard with the black bezels on the ipad pro gives it the look of stormtrooper that looks so cool.
I'm all for that aspect, speaking of the Magic Keyboard, there's a bit of confusion about the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro being compatible with last year's Magic Keyboard. Now it works perfectly. You can close it, open it and write it functionally. It is perfect. Well, the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro is only 0.5 millimeters thicker, actually not that much, so it doesn't fit perfectly, but honestly, looking at it and looking at it with the naked eye I can't tell the difference, so yeah you have the old magic keyboard and me. I'm buying the new 12.9 inch ipad pro, there really shouldn't be any problems and the 11 inch version is still the same.
One thing you haven't heard me comment on is the status of the iPad OS because the iPad hardware and the iPad software are never updated at the same time, but we will have wwdc in a couple of weeks. This is where Apple typically announces upcoming operating system updates for all of its platforms, including the iPad, so we should see what's coming for the iPad here. very quickly, I hope we see why these devices are so powerful. I would like to see big improvements to system features and apps like file shortcuts and safari. I would also like to see professional applications of Apple Final Cut Logic Xcode.
These are things that I really think the iPad Pro needs to be professional. That's it for this iPad Pro. In this video, I have a bunch more videos about the iPad Pro focused on this device and what you can do with it. I have some ideas for really interesting things. so make sure to subscribe if you have any questions about this ipad pro put them in the comments below. I'll make follow-up videos and I can answer them there. Thank you all very much for watching this video if you liked it. Subscribe if you haven't already and I'll talk to you later.
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