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New Apple iPad Pro combines the best of PCs and tablets

Apple's new iPad Pro can function as a laptop for workers at their desks and as a tablet for employees on the go, without making sacrifices in either scenario.

The new Apple iPad Pro has a chance to make a big splash in the enterprise, and it marks the beginning of the end of the PC as we know it.

As businesses look to trim PC costs, more are switching to virtual models. An iPad Pro allows workers to access all their current applications in a virtual environment and use powerful new mobile apps to enhance their productivity. The modern workplace demands that employees be able to work from anywhere, but they still need access to powerful tools at their desks.

The new Apple iPad Pro can meet both of these requirements, thanks to its specs and features.

The possibilities of the Apple Pencil are intriguing.

Why is this iPad more of a difference maker than previous editions? For one, its 12.9-inch screen makes it easier to access and navigate Windows applications than on smaller mobile device displays. Native mobile productivity apps such as Microsoft Office for iPad are also much better on a large screen. Plus, the speed of the iPad Pro's third-generation 64-bit A9X processor with M9 motion coprocessor puts the device's specs on par with the vast majority of enterprise laptops out there.

The Split View feature is amazing for business users. Think of all the possible use cases, such as showing a sales presentation on one side of the screen while filling out the order on the other side, or creating the right graphics for your presentation on one side of the screen, while applying those graphics to your presentation on the other side.

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The Smart Keyboard was long overdue, and really, it copied one of the Microsoft Surface Pro's best features, but it is still a welcome feature (minus the $169 price tag). And the possibilities of the Apple Pencil are intriguing. One downside is, where to store it? I've often found that even if I have a tablet for a meeting, there are still times when I carry a pen, and there aren't many tablet cases that have a great spot for a pen.

We have been waiting for a large iPad for a couple of years. Many features are evolutionary, not revolutionary, but when taken altogether, the size, processor, keyboard, pencil and operating system makes the iPad Pro the best mobile productivity tool out there today.

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What are the biggest enterprise benefits of the new Apple iPad Pro?
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The keyboard's ease of connection and water resistance might save the occasional help desk ticket, but most other iPad Pro-specific features will only have the benefit of convenience. This includes better performance, keyboard shortcuts, and the large screen. Multitasking, security, and other iOS 9 features are all in-demand at the enterprise but the fact that they are available across iPad models points to the fact that this device is not intended to be the core enterprise product.  It is the high-priced Cadillac that gets people in the door and makes the mid-range offerings look like a steal in comparison.
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IMO, the iPad Pro fills the niche between those who want to have a dedicated laptop and those who want a freer more mobile like experiences. For me personally, once you get to a certain size for a device, the benefits of an integrated system with a laptop just makes more sense, but that may be my age showing. If my first impulse is to work with the screen and point/touch interaction, then the iPad Pro would be a great platform to work with.
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This story is unbelievable to me, every other operating system has supported "Split View" for years. Windows 10 now allows you to snap up to 4 windows to a screen. I have no idea how anyone credible can write this article without giving the Surface line the credit it deserves for introducing this category of device. Even Microsoft's new smartphones that run Windows 10 (not a compromised mobile OS) are more capable (e.g. Full MS Office) than an iPad Pro for business users.

I guess Apple asked it's faithful to flood the Internet with articles promoting their lack luster devices in attempt to steal Microsoft's thunder from yesterday.
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Agreed, agreed. I've been split screening my Samsung phone for 2 generations already (all while connected my android watch for over a year). I guess when you have tunnel vision the only light you see is the brightest.
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It's worth noting that Split View is not an iPad Pro-specific feature. It is currently available on iPad Air 2s running iOS9 and perhaps Apple will enable it on more devices once more third-party apps successfully integrate the feature. Enterprise users will advocate for iPad Pros because they like using iPads and want the latest model with the best hardware and accessories in the line.
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@laurakopp - This feature should have nothing to do with third-party apps, it's an operating system feature. Apps should be able to scale to different dimensions without modification. The Enterprise users I interact with often leave their iPads in their bags and take out a plain old notepad instead. They marvel at what my Surface Pro can do in comparison to their iPads. I'll give to Apple for being able to sell design over functionality. However, I question any business that would deploy iPads in an attempt to produce productivity, there are so many better options out there.
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All these features described don't appeal as revolutionary to me. I have iPad Air that I use for mobile apps. Due to my eyesight problems I avoid working on those on my iPhone. Connecting these 2 is a vital option to me.

But for my work PC I use large screens. 1 at home, 2 screens at work.
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Never been a big fan of Apple devices. There are just some features I refuse to go without and Apple just doesn't offer them.
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@Todd I like the reliability of software on iOS. This saves me from trouble of being technical support for my family (except that I still am for Windows based PCs we have).
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I've been family tech support for a long time. Back in the day of the Commodore64 if anyone remembers those.
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If Apple added mouse capability to the iPad Pro they would have a killer device. Instead this is just another iPad, a little bigger, so what.
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Fewer and fewer people (as evidenced here) seem to be drinking less and less of the Apple Kool-Aid. These gorgeous (but vastly overpriced) machines haven't been the cutting edge for quite some time. Now that they've fallen to touting their non-features, it may be time for a corporate (and creative) overhaul.
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