Pixar animators rave about iPad Pro test drive


Pixar takes iPad Pro for a test drive.
Pixar takes iPad Pro for a test drive.
Photo: Michael B. Johnson/Twitter

Apple’s gigantic new tablet just got a huge endorsement from some of the best animators and graphic artists in the world.

Pixar’s animation team got an early hands-on look with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil yesterday, and according to Pixar’s R&D pre-production architect, Michael Johnson, the palm rejection on the iPad Pro is so ‘perfect’ you’ll never have to worry about trying to draw while resting your hand on the device.

Digital artists have been curious how well the iPad Pro will compete against products like Wiacom’s Cintiq. As far as hardware goes, it appears to blow the Cintiq devices out of the water, but software will be key area for Apple to lure in more artists and creatives to use the device.

Former Apple designer, Lisa Dong, detailed the iPad Pro’s major advantages against the Cintiq in a recent post. The iPad Pro’s latency, simplistic pencil design, and pricing are all major draws for the device which is set to launch later this year. Michael Johnson notes that it also helps that the iPad Pro is faster than just about any laptop that shipped three years ago, and faster than most that ship today.

  • jayjaytee

    Let’s try subject-verb agreement in our headlines, OK? “teams rave” or “team raves.” Never “teams raves.” Grammar still matters, folks.

    • Aannddyy

      Wow, devastating critique. Keep up the fight.

  • Thomas Coates

    Haven’t they tried the Microsoft surface pro 3???

    • GR

      Yes. Is not that accurate. Surface pro use captive stylus which is less accurate.

    • tralalalalalala50

      surface pro has a fan, it’s a laptop with a keyboard that falls off.

  • ceteco

    It’s Wacom, not Wiacom.

  • GR

    Same thing. Not as accurate specially at angles

    • Frederick Murre

      Christ no it isn’t, not even remotely the same. Active digitizers use a powered or passive coil of wire/antenna in the stylus that changes via induction the AC voltage in a grid of wires running through the tablet’s surface. The goofy thing is that the stylus dosen’t need to be touching the surface of the tablet to register position either.
      Wacom had the patents tied up on passive since 1986, Ntrig as used on the surface went with powered active, which had been prior-arted for military applications back in the 60s.

      The Apple Pencil uses a high rez secondary capacitance grid in the screen glass, sending a unique drain frequency to the sense hardware, different than that of a finger or passive stylus. The Nvidia Tegra spec tablets do this also. Tilt and pressure sensitivity in the Apple Pencil is handled via MEMs accelerometers and transducers, the same as in a WiiMote, or performing the ‘gyro’ functions in an iDevice. This data is offloaded to the iPad via bluetooth LE.