Apple iPad Pro (2nd Gen) 12.9-Inch 256GB (Wi-Fi) – Refurbished Good
Design and build
The iPad’s design has come a long way in seven years. Compared to older models, the 12.9in Pro is comically large and isn’t a device you’ll be comfortable using with one hand to read on. But this isn’t an iPad aimed at the casual reader of news or browser of web. Though it does those things with aplomb thanks to the expansive Retina display that’s bigger than the smallest MacBook’s.
Hardware, features and specifications
The unit measures 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9mm. 6.9! It’s wonderfully thin for what is a very advanced computer. It’s powered by Apple’s A10X Fusion chip, a variation on the A10 chip used in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Paired with 4GB RAM it runs superbly, a result of Apple’s excellent optimisation of hardware and software.
The display is a sensuous 2732 x 2048 resolution with 256 pixels per inch. It is improved for 2017 with what Apple calls ProMotion, screen tech that can achieve refresh rates of up to 120Hz. This is insanity on an iPad, but it makes a massive difference on a machine that relies at its most advanced on quick rendering and fluidity of input from finger and Pencil alike.
Battery life on the 12.9in iPad Pro is quite pleasing, though it’s still not the powerhouse you might expect for the price. Apple stuffs a decent-sized 41-watt-hour battery into the chassis that’ll carry you through a heavy work day much more satisfyingly than the phone in your pocket will.
But it takes a long time to recharge, even with the supplied charger. If you have the 30W charger (slightly older versions may be 29W) Apple ships with its USB-C MacBooks then you can invest in a USB-C to Lightning cable to charge your iPad faster. But that is an expensive faff.