New iPad Pro review: can it replace your laptop?

katma 5 Nov 2018
Apple’s new iPad Pro is a beast of a tablet, and Nilay Patel reviews it -- everything from its new design and screen to plugging in several devices to the new USB-C port. Dami Lee and William Joel, professional creatives at The Verge, also give their insight into the new iPad and Apple Pencil.
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  • Outstanding review. Love Apple products but maybe this is why I only have Air's and Imac's. Sub'd

  • Solution to the problem: Microsoft Surface. I have the iPad Pro 11 and several of the other iPads for the kiddies. It’s a great consumption device with some productivity, but it can’t replace a laptop like the Surface. Microsoft is expected to reveal the new Surface 7 this year. I’m hopeful.

  • haters gonna hate. dont try to shape apple products to you. you have to shape to apple, then everything works out.

  • Basically, I'll say that this iPad Pro and all the other iPads by Apple is just like a mad cow. They're really powerful, but they never get the job done.

  • Apple should make this good enough to be a laptop replacement for people who need a laptop AND a desktop

  • Can we use wireless mouse in iPad Pro 11..

  • So incredible yet so stupid. Great review.

  • Thank youuuu for the review!!! Im going to mbp 2018!!!

  • Excellent ending

  • I couldn’t give an arse if it replaces a laptop. It compliments my desktop nicely. iOS is perfectly fine for me. I save my files (Clip/Affinity) to “Files” or Dropbox, reopen on my Mac, and no probs. The Files system is only a problem if you make it a problem.

  • Yep not replacement... cause if it is then imac wont sells anymore... will be a doom for the company income!!!!

  • Plays Roblox at 15fps. Garbage

  • The first unbiased Apple review I've ever seen.

  • The first unbiased Apple review I've ever seen.

  • It’s a tablet just go out and buy a laptop stop complaining

  • The plugging the pencil into the ipad was apple trolling😂😂😂

  • Im a full time student and have my own brand so I need to do everything online, school work, shipping labels, print... I don’t know which one should I get!

  • I don't want to adopt to my computer. I want my computer to adopt me. Golden words sir. 👍🤗

  • Great video! Apple keeps saying it wants the iPad to become user's laptop replacement, but they always seem to conveniently forget those key aspects that bring people back to their laptops. Hope they learn. This tablet isn't cheap.

  • You're absolutely correct! It has been really painful to see a buddy who's an Android fanatic to tell me not to buy this because of "reasons" and I've experienced the same with every Android user that's in my circles. Bought it and loving it. Have never been so happy using an iPad!

  • Can we use this for Adobe CC, editing of videos and photos...?

  • I have iPad Pro 12.9 2017. and I love it. it's really nice and fast and very productive using it, and mine has 4G lte. I always use Apple products, I prolly owned every product they have, but I'm no artist, I don't draw or designs stuffs, I do photography and I use it to edit some photos to lightroom cc. but honestly I enjoyed using my Samsung Chromebook Plus v2. it has 4glte as well so I can take it anywhere. And I love using keyboard and the mouse. but I love my iPad so much. But I am not thinking about upgrading to a new one.

  • I’m using it right now! Love it

  • Can’t we all just wait till iOS 13 god danit

  • So I have a question. I have the10.5 version is it worth the 165 to upgrade to the 11?

  • I’m gunna take a guess no that doesn’t come in a bundle u gotta pay for the iPad Pro, keyboard and Apple Pencil 😭😭

  • oh yeah yeah

  • Honest Review.. 👏👏

  • You greedy bastard why would you want external storage on something with a freaking terabyte inside it

  • GREAT!

  • Nice video

  • So they just gonna keep copying features off the surface aren't they

  • Can you install mac os on ipad pro 2018?

  • I want this I am 12 and I want this so bad my mom I buying it for me but I am still confused how much it is

  • spot on

  • That is not ipad mini from early 2018, that is the original ipad size.

  • Good review my man.. really informative

  • Imagine an iPad Pro that can switch from MacOS to IOS and vice versa whenever the user feels like it.

  • 2200 dollars? What

  • iPad isn’t meant to be a computer. It’s meant to be a tablet. If you want a computer, but a MacBook or an iMac.

  • The iPad can't replace a laptop so long as it keeps using an OS designed for a mobile phone. You just can't replace a desktop OS with a mobile OS. There's too much you can't do. For the average person the iPad will be fine, but for people who need their computers for work, like programmers and web devs, the iPad Pro isn't useful at all!

  • All that power and yet still no Xcode.... still waiting to upgrade. Apple needs more pro software support and a more accommodating OS.

  • wow, great review and thanks for saving me a lot of money!

  • I basically bought it as a glorified sketch pad bc Procreate is so amazing. I know I'll need a computer for Photoshop and text for comics but the "On-the-go" and mobility is just what I need. Luckily....I don't have a pervious iPad Pro.

  • its detachable why would you ever use tablet with keyboard behind it???

  • U saved me bro..✌ peace


  • Why all the iPad cant using magic mouse 😔

  • Next one hopefully to be OLED, waterproof and the newer iOS opening up more essential functions

  • I echo this sentiment. The iPad Pro is excellent hardware that is severely limited by iOS. Yes the hardware is going to keep getting faster and faster, but unless the OS gains and the software stack gains a lot of capability to exploit it - it's almost pointless.

  • This is the best review! Got so excited about this new iPad got it and found myself cut off by the limited apps and the way iOS limits how you can transfer files. Wish I had seen this before

  • Great review as always. $2200 is a lot for iOS powered device with the limitations iOS has. I wonder if Apple fragments iOS in to two groups: PadOS and PhoneOS. With the performance and price point the iPad Pros have (really since 2017), they need to be flexible enough to replace a laptop fully. Off topic, but one thing I don’t understand is the iPhone XR screen is bashed, yet has higher PPI than the iPad Pro screen which is praised. I have both the 10.5 iPad Pro and the iPhone XR and I can see vitrually no difference.

  • thats the thing bout apple...they dont get it...and well said, i would like it to adapt to me and not me adapt to it

  • Great music playing in the background

  • good thing you guys didnt have to put much together for this video

  • The reason I haven’t purchased an iPad is because of iOS I have an iPhone And the limitations of apps on iOS are purposeful. The whole reason I need a MacBook is iOS. The mobile OS gets in the way of some things I can do a lot of things on my phone, but sometimes you just need full desktop browsing etc. Apple will never allow the iPad Pro to have those functions. If they did, with the specs and performance that the iPad Pro has right now, it would destroy the MacBook Pro line, and honestly, some of the iMac sales would drop as well.

  • Maybe I’d be interested if there was a boot camp app for this iPad.

  • i love this review

  • No, but the Tab S4 can...

  • Is this an answer or something else?? If you're tired then leave it, stop winning It just frustrates 🤐😥

  • Really great review thanks! I was considering possible the iPad pro but, man, too frustrating.. too many exclusivities Apple won't budge on. Your comment, "the iPad pro is just an accessory to my laptop, not a replacement for it" How true, and that's what Apple seems to want...for people who have a lot of money to buy BOTH vs one that can do both. I can't make my Gmail my default email?! nope. I can't watch higher HD/4k on TR-tv?! nope. Too much exclusivity. dam. So frustrating.

  • The iPad doesn’t even have a 4K display...why the hell are you upset about TR-tv not playing in 4K?

    • Because of a 2200$ device? Why would you pay that price and not have 4K?

  • smh, Liquid Retina doesn't mean rounded corners, it's LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) and Retina. It's just a fancy name for good LCD screens, as opposed to the iPhone XS's OLED technology

  • Same question when the first IPad Pro came out......and the answer is the same....NO!

  • I am android fan boy knowing that Apple's hardware and software is way better than Android's but these are the reasons why I hate Apple... I am willing to pay for a device that you made but it's mine now so let me decide what i will do with it.... Why i have to follow your rules even after paying you so heavily? Why there are so many roadblocks in my way? Look at this ipad now, it's way faster than their own laptop but still it can't take place of my laptop PS: 'New phone can't fit the old charger, that's your hero?' Bill Burr Now new pencil won't work with old iPad

  • What no! what kinda question is that! I gotta give them credit tho, better than the pixel slate.

  • THANK YOU! I stumbled into your video after watching several others who spent the first several minutes talking about aesthetics and the "unwrapping experience" of opening a new iPad Pro. I mean, really? I just wanted to know how it works, is it worth the price, can it do what I want it to do. You delivered that information to me in a concise manner. I'll be back in the future!

  • Lol this is so funny

  • What’s that drawing app they are using in the video???

  • It can not be a laptop replacement... But it is the first flexible iPad ever

  • Thank you for the review man. I was planning on buying the new model but I was thinking of choosing the older model because of the price. I have an iPad Air (original) since it came out and it still works like a charm but the problems I had with it were the size of the screen (its kinda clumsy reading pdf files when you have to zoom and look around what youre looking for) and the memory (16GB). The additions are neats especially the Apple Pencil, but I think the older model is enough for my needs. Thank you!

  • Where can I buy the black carpet over the table to standing the Ipad?

  • Im getting that for christmas tommarrow

  • I need to be able to use USBs!

  • Watching this from my destroyed ipad

  • No. It can not.

  • Any good suggestions on a good cases for the iPad Pro 11”

  • I just bought my iPad Pro and just trying to get used to it

  • now I know what I pad I want to upgrade to I have the original I pad mini

  • Nice review Nilay, you made me realise that I should just keep using my MacBook Pro rather than this expensive gadget with limitations. I'll stick with my Macbook pro and iPad air until OSX comes on the pro.

  • turns out i don't need it

  • @theverge What is that black grid pad you guys use for review and where can I get one???

  • *I NEED 4K TR-tv!!*

  • I use Outlook and Gmail on my older iPad Pro via the mail app.

  • Wtf Can I use my dj controller ?

  • It would a very powerful device but you cannot connect a mouse. Which makes it really frustrating

  • Mine will be here in 3 days but could only get an 11in but got it anyway..

  • This is yet another attempt of apple to market Ipad as a surface pro competitor. Its time apple realized that surface pro does a better job of functioning as a laptop/tablet than iPad .

  • Great review

  • 7:17 Now i'm waiting for the Pixel Pad Pro

  • 🤩

  • The ONLY reason to buy an Apple iPad Pro or any iPad is if you MUST buy into the Apple app ecosystem. If you KNOW you will be using THOSE apps. I think the Samsung Tab S4 is more powerful in what you can do. More stylus support. GETTER support. Android is more customize-able. Or their UI. Apple also makes you pay for everything (e.g. pen). No Micro SD slot. And if any was truly serious about photo or video editing they wouldn't be using a tablet or a laptop. Tablets are for casual computer users. For the average joe FIRST. Even if there are some "professionals" insisting on using a tablet. In the end one should use "...the right tool for the job...".

  • Returning my iPad after this review, Thank you. Isn't just worth it.

  • Brutally honest, I love this guy!

  • My 2012 Macbook Pro Retina is quickly starting to age. I want to replace it with an iPad, but not being able to use external hard drives is the deal breaker for me. Not to mention how expensive iPads are.

  • Very informative video. Amazing how fast the darn thing is and depressing how iOS (or as I call it "toyOS") holds it back. Like a Ferrari with shopping cart wheels. And to think that the top model with all the goodies costs 2200 bone! Run macOS on them and I will certainly consider it. Until then, when I want to walk away from my Mac and use a tablet, I will use my Surface Book.

  • Apple should start listening to it's customers as they've wanted a full blown macos version of the iPad for quite some time now. While the Surface Pro isn't perfect either, you can do everything and anything (aside from high end gaming and CAD work) with it.

  • No headphone jacks... 🙄 I’ll stick with my normal iPad Pro...

  • It's nice the iPad Pro includes USB C, but it's way too limited to replace a computer. Although it is nice you can charge other devices from it such as your phone.

  • "Huge camera bump" *holds Moto Z* YOU THINK THAT'S A BIG CAMERA BUMP?