Apple's smaller iPads are perhaps the wrong comparison. In what you'd use it for, the iPad Pro is nearer to Microsoft's Surface Pro or Wacom's Cintiq Companion. Both of these pair a tablet with a stylus, and the iPad Pro has this in the form of the Pencil. Apple sells the Pencil separately, as it's not essential for a home user looking for a larger surface to play Scrabble on – but for Digital Arts readers, it's essential. It's the best stylus on the market, more natural-feeling that Wacom's or Microsoft's.

One key difference between the iPad Pro and the Cintiq Companion and Surface Pro is that Apple's device runs a tablet OS, while Microsoft's and Wacom's run the full version of Windows. As we discovered, there are pros and cons to both.

To put the iPad Pro through its paces, we'll be sharing it with a range of artists, designers, photographers and editors. So far, I've been looking at it as a tool for the myriad roles and tasks that the editor of a site like Digital Arts involves: writing, editing photos and rough-cutting videos as a journalist; ideation as a creative director; and sketching wireframes as a UX designer.

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