The latest iteration of the business-class iPod drops the home button and curves the corners of the screen. This is a bigger deal than it seems, because it’s reduced the footprint of the 12.9-inch model dramatically. The old version felt massive and ridiculous in the hand, while this just feels like a good, usable size. The 6 mm thickness and 631 g weight also help make it easy to handle.
The screen is largely identical to the last model. Its 2 732 × 2 048 resolution looks pin-sharp, and the brightness and wide colour display make everything vivid and gorgeous. It might not have the contrast of Samsung’s upmarket models, but it has its own advantages. The True Tone colour adjustment, which matches the lighting temperature of the room you’re in, is kind on the eyes.
Hidden behind the screen are four speakers, with a woofer and tweeter in every corner, giving impressively full sound that’s properly stereo, whichever way you hold it.
Apple has dropped the 3.5 mm audio jack here, along with swapping its traditional Lightning connector for USB-C. There’s no adapter in the box.
The Apple A12X processor is definitely pro levels of powerful, that much is certain. It outperforms the vast majority of laptops, and has handled absolutely anything we could throw at it without skipping a beat.
Admittedly, iOS has some limitations compared to laptops (you can’t open more than one doc at a time in an app, and you can’t easily plug in external storage, for example), so it’s not the primary device for everyone just yet.
Screen 12.9-inch LCD, CPU Apple A12X Bionic, Storage 64 GB/256 GB/512 GB/ 1 TB, Camera 12 MP rear / 7 MP front. 281×215×6 mm, R17 600 (64 GB, WiFi only)
This is an immensely powerful business machine that’s thin and compact, and has great battery life. However, it might feel limited if you’re coming from a full Windows laptop, especially since it costs the same as one.
The new Apple Pencil 2 attaches to the iPad magnetically, and charges wirelessly while connected. It also has a touch button for triggering different tools within apps, and it can wake the iPad by tapping it on the screen. R2 500