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iPad vs iPad Pro: Which is the best tablet for you?

Weighing the decision between a regular iPad and the Pro model? Here's what to consider.

After a long history of devices with varying stats and improvements, the iPad line now consists of three distinct models: Mini, iPad, and Pro. We've gone over which model is best for your life, but I've had a number of questions from folks who specifically want to know whether they should go for a standard iPad or an iPad Pro.

Specifically: What does an iPad Pro get you that you can't enjoy with a regular iPad or iPad mini?

Do you want everything iOS 11 has to offer?

All shipping iPad models will get iOS 11 when it launches this Fall, but the iPad Pro line will have a tiny leg up on its siblings in how it relates to multitasking.

Drag and Drop, Multitasking, and Split View in iOS 11: Everything you need to know!

From our FAQ:

Because of RAM limitations on [the iPad mini and standard iPad], you can pull up a maximum of two Split View apps with both in focus; you can also pull up to two Split View apps, one Slide Over app, and a Picture-in-Picture video all on the same screen, but only the Slide Over app will be in focus.

In contrast, the iPads Pro:

… [have] 4GB of RAM, allowing [them] to pull up a maximum of two Split View apps, one Slide Over app, and a Picture-in-Picture video all on the same screen; all will be in focus.

In other words, you'll be able to interact with more content simultaneously on an iPad Pro. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro gets an even bigger boost here: It's the only iPad in Apple's line that lets you view two iPad-sized apps side-by-side in Split View.

Do you draw, write, or annotate?

If you think you'll ever want to write, sketch, or make annotations on your tablet, buying an iPad Pro and Pencil is the best decision you can make. I've tested over 80 styluses since the iPad's launch in 2010 and drawn on all manner of digital tablets, and nothing comes close to the Pencil and iPad Pro.

Annotation may not appeal to the average user at first, but I'm surprised how often I use it: I use it to sign digital documents, make edits to photos, draw plays over still shots of roller derby footage, and add information to screenshots. 
Combine the iPad Pro's already powerful annotation options with iOS 11's upcoming Markup features, and you'll be able to add writing or drawing on just about anything on your screen. If that appeals to you, you need an iPad Pro. I wouldn't recommend a standard iPad and a third-party stylus unless you expect to never draw or write on the screen.

How to use Apple Pencil: The Ultimate Guide

Do you care about a better screen?

The iPads Pro don't just have better screens than those on the iPad and iPad mini — they're also more functional and interactive, too.

Of the three options, the standard iPad actually has the worst screen: While all iPads have pixel-dense Retina displays, only the mini and Pro lines are laminated with anti-reflective coating; both help users see the screen better in brightly-lit conditions (like outdoor activities).

The Pro line goes far beyond these basics, however, including a Wide Color display for truer, deeper reds and blacks; True Tone sensors to intelligently white balance the iPad's screen; and ProMotion, which makes scrolling, gaming, and drawing look incredible.

If you care about the way your content looks, an iPad Pro is the way to go.

Are you going to run high-end apps and games?

One of the biggest advantages in the new iPads Pro is arguably internal: Apple's A10X processor and included 4GB RAM can outperform a MacBook, making even the most graphically-intense tablet task shine. The iPad Pro is faster at rendering 3D graphics in games and edits on photographs, and can run just about any iOS app you can think of without lag or delay.

If your primary use for an iPad centers around Netflix watching or idle browsing, you likely won't need the power the iPad Pro provides. If you want to play any high-end game titles or work on any graphically-significant projects, it's the iPad Pro life for you.

Do you use the iPad for photography?

While my bias against the iPad as a primary photography machine is fairly well-known among regular iMore readers, I concede that it does have its applicable uses, especially among those in the previs or filmmaking industries. If you're interested in using the iPad's hardware for something beyond the occasional FaceTime chat, you'll want the iPad Pro's excellent 12-megapixel iSight rear camera and FaceTime HD front camera.

How to take photos on an iPad that don't suck

Do you need a physical keyboard?

While all iPad models can connect to Bluetooth keyboards if you want to take advantage of a quicker writing experience, the iPad Pro models both offer keyboards with a Smart Connector, which allows users to automatically connect or disconnect to a keyboard with a click — no external battery charging or Bluetooth connectivity needed. 
That said, there aren't many Smart Connector keyboards out there beyond Apple's own options, and Bluetooth keyboards are still quite robust and workable on the standard 9.7-inch iPad. (But seriously, don't buy an iPad mini keyboard case — the keys are unworkable. Just connect a full-sized bluetooth keyboard instead.)

Best Cases for the New 10.5-inch iPad Pro

Best keyboards for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Do you need more storage?

The standard iPad and iPad mini top out at 128GB of storage; the iPad Pro line, meanwhile, starts at 64GB and ramps all the way up to 512GB. You may not need 512GB of storage — most don't — but the Pro's median 256GB model is smartly priced, giving you a ton of storage for what you pay. It also gives you a lot more freedom in how many multimedia files and projects you store on your device.

Which iPad storage size should you get?

Who should get an iPad

If you're looking for a great tablet for reading and viewing content, the iPad is in its prime and more affordable than ever. Starting at just $329, it's a perfect beginner tablet for just about anyone looking to get into large multitouch screens.

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Who should get an iPad Pro

If you plan to use Apple's tablet to get work done, regularly play high-end games, or sketch, get an iPad Pro. Starting at $649, it not only provides the display space and the accessories necessary to do more complicated work, but it grows with you, providing the speed and features when you need them but not overwhelming you when you don't. It's the perfect computer for those who want something a little different than what a Mac can provide.

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Still debating? Let me know in the comments.

Keep your mouth feeling fresh and clean with this Aqua Water Flosser!

The last time you went to the doctor, they asked you whether you've been regularly flossing and you said yes — but have you been? Probably not. But maybe that's because you don't have the proper tools.

Get this water flossing kit for under $35! Learn more

Here at iMore Digital Offers, we want to help. That's why we've got this great deal on an Aqua Water Flosser and dental health kit that's perfect for an individual or family.

With this kit, you get an Aqua Flosser Water Flosser with a 150ml water tank and a rechargeable lithium ion battery along with four color-coded bonus tips for other members of your family to use. If the deal stopped right there, it would be well worth the discounted price of $33.99, but we're also throwing in a four-piece dental set complete with the same professional tools used to fend off extra stubborn plaque and tartar. We're not saying you'll never need to see a dentist again, but if you use these tools they might actually believe you when you say you've been flossing next time.

Keep your mouth feeling fresh and clean between dentist appointments! Learn more

This kit is regularly sold for $150, but you can get everything listed above for over 75% off that regular price. Your dental health is important, so keep it in check between appointments with the Aqua Water Flosser.

These are the keyboard cases that will fit the 10.5 iPad Pro

What are the best keyboard options for the 10.5 iPad Pro?

The 10.5 iPad Pro is the Goldilocks of iPad tablets: Not too big, not too small. It packs all the great productivity features present in its bigger 12.9-inch cousin, all while retaining the portability of the standard 9.7 iPad.

If you're hoping to do writing work on your 10.5-inch iPad Pro, you're probably going to want a physical keyboard case as an option. While the software keyboard offers full-sized keys for a better digital typing experience, hardware keyboards are great for iPad power users: With one, you can take control of iOS's built-in keyboard shortcuts, navigate more efficiently through text, and type like a speed demon. Some keyboards also offer additional features like function rows to save you a swipe or two through Control Center to change your brightness, volume, and more.

Note: The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is both slightly wider and longer than its 9.7-inch predecessor; as such, you won't be able to use full keyboard cases made for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Models that only connect along the bottom (like the 9.7-inch Smart Keyboard) may still work, but not perfectly. We've noted this in any applicable products below.

Here are the keyboards we've confirmed work with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

Smart Connector Keyboards

If you want the simplest way to connect your iPad to a mechanical keyboard, the Smart Connector is hard to beat. You don't have to worry about Bluetooth, nor do you have to charge or connect your keyboard — it automatically pairs when you snap it to your iPad.

Unfortunately, these models come with a few drawbacks: They're often more expensive than a stand-alone Bluetooth keyboard or keyboard case, and even in 2017, there are really only two options: Apple's Smart Keyboard and Logitech's Slim Combo.

Apple Smart Keyboard (10.5)

Apple's 10.5-inch full-size keyboard attaches to the iPad Pro using the Smart Connector and allows for charging and a two-way exchange of data — no Bluetooth required.

The $159 Smart Keyboard also folds into a slim, lightweight cover to protect the iPad Pro's screen when not in use. Its woven fabric keys do take a slight adjustment period, but as long as you don't mind the texture, you'll be typing away in no time.

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Apple Smart Keyboard (9.7)

I'm going to note right off the bat that if you're buying a new iPad Pro Smart Keyboard, you should get the 10.5-inch model up above. But if you already have an older 9.7-inch Smart Keyboard or you can get one at a discount, this is an acceptable alternative for a typing experience on a 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

The 9.7-inch Smart Keyboard isn't a perfect fit by a long shot: Its smaller-than-full-size keys aren't nearly as enjoyable to type on, and it doesn't cover the bezels of the iPad when closed, owing to the 10.5-inch screen's longer and wider casing.

That said, it's one of the few previous-generation keyboard cases that you can actually use with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and that makes it at least worth a mention.

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Logitech Slim Combo Keyboard Case

Logitech's latest Smart Connector case for the 10.5-inch iPad isn't as simple to use on laps as its predecessor, the Create, but it does offer more features.

Our review of the Logitech Slim Combo

The new $129.99 keyboard case weighs a slightly heavier 1.16 lbs compared to the 0.94 lbs of the 9.7-inch Create, thanks to two distinct casing pieces: the top case, and thicker bottom keyboard case.

The top case wants to be a Microsoft Surface when it grows up: It offers an adjustable kickstand for multiple-angle viewing — great for desk use, but not so comfortable when using the iPad on a lap or softer surface. There's also a simple fabric loop at the top for the Apple Pencil, though it leaves the Pencil (and its cap) vulnerable to being banged around in a bag or snagged on outdoor elements.

The rear keyboard case snaps to the iPad Pro using a flexible fabric ribbon Smart Connector, which allows the backlit keyboard to stay connected at multiple angles — an improvement on the Create's single angle workspace, though the ribbon is a bit flimsy for my liking and can occasionally detach from the Smart Connector when working on a lap.

The keyboard is as excellent as ever, with a full range of function keys, though its palm rest and keyboard thickness is a little excessive — those looking for where the extra weigh on this case comes from can probably pinpoint it in this decision.

It's definitely not a perfect keyboard case, but it's currently the only 10.5-inch model on the market that offers backlit keys and the Smart Connector, so it makes the list. (For now.)

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Bluetooth Keyboards and Keyboard Cases

Though these keyboards have to be charged on occasion, they often offer a cheaper entry into the world of physical iPad keyboards, and are usually lighter and offer more viewing angles than their Smart Connector brethren.

Apple Magic Keyboard and Canopy Case

Apple's $99 Magic Keyboard is a simple choice for iPad users looking to type on their iPad, but not a poor one. For one, if you have an iMac, you likely already have a Magic Keyboard lying around. It connects via Bluetooth to your iPad, offering a half-pound typing option with a rechargeable battery that lasts over a month.

You can even pair it with a carrying case that doubles as a stand if you're interested: Studio Neat's $40 Canopy offers a synthetic canvas and microfiber stand that both protects your keyboard when not in use and sets up as a nice prop for working with your iPad at an angle.

And because the stand doesn't protect or block the rear casing, you can easily move your iPad out of the Canopy and use its rear camera.

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Future keyboards we're keeping an eye on

Because the 10.5-inch size is so new, there are very few manufacturers that have appropriate options out on the market. We're keeping an eye on the following cases — they haven't come out yet, but once they do, we'll test and report back. They include:

Your favorite 10.5-inch iPad Pro Keyboard?

There aren't many 10.5-inch iPad Pro keyboards out there right now, but we're keeping an ear to the ground to find and test the best ones. What about you, iMore? Found a 10.5-inch keyboard you love? Toss the link in the comments!

Best iPhone 7 Deals for June 2017

What is the best iPhone 7 deal available right now? Let's take a look at where you can score the biggest savings!

Want to pick up an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus but don't want to pay full price for it? There are always deals at various retailers: Some offer slight discounts, while others offer free accessories with your purchase to sweeten the deal. Keeping up with all of the deals around the web can be a pain as they change weekly, but we've got you covered with the best deals you can find in June 2017.

Here are the best iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus deals that you can find right now!

iPhone 7

Are you a fan of the smaller size and want to pick up the iPhone 7? This time around Apple has changed the base storage in the iPhone 7 line to 32GB at no additional cost, which makes it a better value by default. Odds are that you'll want more than the baseline storage, so saving some money to get the additional capacity is important. Here are some of the best iPhone 7 deals you can find right now.

iPhone 7 Plus

Looking for the larger variant with the dual-camera this time around? The iPhone 7 Plus is a fantastic phone, but it also carries quite a hefty price tag along with it, which can be hard for some to swallow. Some carriers are offering trade-in credits and others have great financing. Here are some of the best places to buy your iPhone 7 Plus right now.

Your favorite deal?

Have you spotted another deal that isn't mentioned here? If so, be sure to let us know what the deal offers and where to get it so that others can take advantage of it as well!

How to view and share playlists with friends in Apple Music

Here's how you can share your playlists with friends in Apple Music in iOS 11.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

Apple Music is coming out of its shell a bit with iOS 11, becoming a little more social by allowing you to connect to your friends who also subscribe to the service. Part of this is sharing playlists with your friends, letting them see what you've built, and vice versa. You can share any playlist that you've created yourself, or that was created by another Apple Music user and added to your library.

This is how you can share playlists with friends using Apple Music.

How to share a playlist with your friends in Apple Music

Any playlist that you can edit can be shared with your friends using your Apple Music profile.

  1. Open Apple Music on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Library if you're not already on that tab.
  3. Tap Playlists.
  4. Select a playlist either that you've created, or that another Apple Music subscriber has created and that you've added to your library.
  5. Tap Edit in the top-right corner of the playlist.
  6. Flip the switch next to Show on My Profile and in Search to the on position.
  7. Tap Done.

How to view which playlists you're sharing with your friends in Apple Music

See which of your playlists are easily viewable by your friends.

  1. Open Apple Music.
  2. Tap the For You tab.
  3. Tap on your avatar in the top-right corner.

Your shared playlists make up the top row of shared items.

How to view your friend's shared playlists in Apple Music

You can also check out the playlists that your friends have selected to share.

  1. Open Apple Music.
  2. Tap the For You tab.
  3. Tap on your avatar in the top-right corner.
  4. Tap one of your friends under Following.

The playlists that they've shared on their profile make up the top row of shared items.


If you have any more questions about sharing playlists in Apple Music in iOS 11, be sure to ask in the comments.

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