I love the new iPad Pro, but if you plan to buy one, you may be misinformed. There's a lot of nonsense about Apple's best laptop ever across the Internet, and today we're going to put something right. Here are five iPad Pro myths that just aren't true.
You can unlock the screen with the spacebar
Almost all reviews of iPad Pro tell you that you can unlock the screen with a double tap on the Smart Keyboard (or Bluetooth keyboard) space: One tap to wake it up and trigger Face ID , and another press to reject the lock screen.
That's true. But it is also true for some key. Try it. The spacebar is probably the easiest to print, but you can use any key to do the same trick.
Notepad for Apple pencil locks are new
Much has been made of a very cool iPad feature: Lock Screen Notes. You point to Apple pencil on the iPad screen and it opens a new note ready for you to write or draw.
But it's not new. This trick has been around for years and works on old iPads Pro with an Apple pencil.
The only new feature is tap-to-wake. Previously, you had to wake the screen with the home or power button before pointing to the pencil. Now pencil or a finger can wake the iPad.
You can use iPad Pro with Apple Pencil attached
If you are a technological blogger whose first experience of the iPad Pro was when they went through a couple of hours after receiving it, you spent most of the time with the iPad sitting horizontally up on the Smart Keyboard Folio, and Apple pencil on top. In that case, the pencil remains fixed, always loaded and ready to distribute.
But if you use the iPad as a regular person, you wander around with it on hand. You use it without an attached keyboard. And you probably use it in portrait mode at least half the time, no more. In all these cases, the pencil comes in the way. In portrait it is always under your fingers. In the landscape it still feels in the way. And whenever you put the iPad down, the pencil will come loose.
The new pencil 2.0 is still stunning, but the magnetic charging bay is just for temporary parking. It's not a permanent home.
USB-C makes some kind of difference
Until we get support to connect to external hard drives (maybe in IOS 13, maybe never) The iPad's USB-C port is functionally almost identical to the old Lighting port. You can connect USB-C devices without an adapter, but really, how many of them do you have? Most of your accessories are probably USB-A and will require a USB dongle or hub. You can do it with Lightning.
Also iPads have long been able to run external displays. Now they can do 4K, but there's more to do with the new iPad's amazing CPU and graphics power.
Even USB-C's fast charging makes little difference. You can already quickly charge the old Lighting iPad Pro with a USB-C to Lighting cable.
The bottom line is that nothing has changed. You've always been able to connect USB devices with the right dongle. It's just that now you need another dongle.
There are banners than any other computer
I'm not talking about Bendgate 2.0, where iPads are (allegedly) arriving banana-shaped right from the factory. I mean O.G. Bendgate, where YouTubers broke brand new iPads over their knees in search of sweet YouTube advertising revenue.
Can you bend an iPad Pro with your bare hands? Sure, unless you just woke up in the morning and still are as weak as a kitten. Take a look around you right now. How many other things can you see that can be bent with some effort? The MacBook screen? Easy. Your magic keyboard? Completely feasible – I know because I've done it. Magic Trackpad? Sure. Why not?
I tell you why not. Because you are a sensible adult, the type of adult who can afford to get grand on a tablet computer. Treat it like you would treat some of your expensive purchases. If anything, the new iPads are even tougher than the old ones. My old first generator has a bunch of pants in the back, ranging from soft collisions to the corner of soft wood table desks.
Enjoy your new iPad – it's amazing
This new iPad It's really great, from the screen, to the speakers, to the speed of the thing. It's light, thin and amazing. I love mine. I think you will too. Well, I think you will love your own iPad Pro is what I mean. Let's not let things get weird here.