Apple's Cheapest 13-inch MacBook Pro Is No Longer Available

If the prospect of diving into a bunch of reviews of consumer tech's most "meh" product segment isn't overly appealing to you, don't worry because we've got you covered with this quick iPad Pro review roundup. Even if the tablet market is struggling to find its rhythm of cruising, the iPad Pro meets a real need and here is how Apple wants us to understand it. Tablets aren't like smartphones, and even the most crazed Apple fans out there don't bother upgrading every year like they do with iPhones. Apple claims that its new iPad Pro 2 has the world's most advanced display. "It's just the right size", said Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch, while ultimately concluding that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro "is a full-fledged computer".

The top of the list of missing features is iOS 11 which will not come out until later this year, probably in September. The most damning criticism he offers, however, is that it really isn't all that comfortable to use, which is a pretty big negative when you consider how much you may be typing on it. Can they change the equation? Neither has it added any new biometric identification system, such as iris scanning that has become more common with other vendors.

I found that you can tuck the 10.5-inch iPad Pro - with the Smart Keyboard attached and folded - into the Leather Sleeve.

You would think the slight 0.8-inch increase in screen size would be minimal. "But when you do need one, it looks like Apple plans to always offer you something meaningfully better". The 12-inch MacBook is Apple's thinnest laptop, measuring 0.52 by 11.04 by 7.74 inches (HWD), and weighing 2.03 pounds. While the 10.5-inch model is the "nicest, most powerful iPad" available, the 12.9-inch model can fit more content on the screen, which is of course important while using Split View.

Apple recently launched the second-generation iPad Pro and much to the consumers' surprise, it has a price tag nearly similar to the MacBook Air. "This one? Even better", Pierce writes. This pricing makes sense because an iPad, especially the Pro, can do more than an iPhone but, in many ways, falls short of a Mac.

The other thing about this iPad Pro is the wow factor is a slow burn rather an immediate response.

While iOS 11 won't be available for a few months yet, it's worth bearing in mind the improvements it's set to bring if you're buying an iPad Pro now. It's also pricey for a tablet, according to the site. It would be overkill to spend that much on an iPad without the accessories. This narrative can arguably be traced back to the company's 2013 Mac Pro design and only picked up steam following the release of Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar. It was a nice sentiment and the hardware that accompanied it was very good, but iOS leaves much to be desired on bigger screens. The iPad Pro starts at $649 for a 64GB model, and it can be priced all the way up to $1079.00 for 512GB of storage and LTE. At the WWDC demo, I asked our friends at Apple if there was a limit to the number of files you can drag and drop.

Meanwhile over at Engadget, the reviewer there doesn't view the iPad Pro's power as overkill at all.

Apple has announced that it is launching new iMac Pro and iPad Pro models. Apple has integrated their new 64-bit A10X Fusion chip that handles the most demanding of heavy apps, giving this up to 30 per cent faster CPU and 40 per cent graphics than the previous A9X chip.

For one, there is a decent battery life.


  • Arturo Norris