Creative Bloq at 10 Awards: Winners

CB at 10 Awards: Tech of the Decade

Creative Bloq at 10 Awards a woman drawing on an iPad

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Winner: iPad Pro

The iPad Pro wins with 37.63 per cent of the vote. While Apple's first iPad introduced us all to the benefits of a tablet, it wasn't really until the release of iPad Pro in 2015 that the benefits for artists really tool hold. At 12.9-inch (a smaller 9.7-inch model also launched) it was larger than the standard iPad, offering a perfectly proportioned screen for digital art. Read our iPad Pro (M1) review to see why this tablet is still the best around.

While initially reticent to release a stylus for iPad, the Pro meant a new way to interact was necessary – the Apple Pencil released shortly after the iPad Pro and enabled a new level of connectivity – before this we used, and loved, third-party stylus from the likes of Adonit, and even some swish ones that replicated the feel of brushes. (Take a look at our guide to the best Apple Pencil alternatives for more.)

We're now into the 5th Gen of the iPad Pro, which uses the new-ish M1 chip and is now running on the iPadOS15 that enables 5GB of RAM for apps – meaning it can run more powerful software, a standout of which is Procreate 5.2

The power and flexibility of iPad Pro means even the older models are still well worth getting, and as we're all trying to save money these days don't overlook these versions. To learn more, read our iPad Pro 12.9-inch (M1, 2021) review

Tech of the Decade: runners up

  • Nintendo Switch (Nintendo / Yoshiaki Koizumi) – 24.73 per cent
  • Apple Watch (Apple) – 23.66 per cent
  • AMD Ryzen (Advanced Micro Devices) – 5.38 per cent
  • NVIDIA Omniverse (Nvidia) – 4.30 per cent
  • Wacom Studio Pro (Wacom) – 4.30 per cent

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & Design

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & Design at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.

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