iPad Pro 12.9 vs 10.5: Is there a reason for 12.9 when you have MBP + Wacom?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by li3to, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. li3to macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2012
    Hello guys,
    As the title says - is there any point to buy 12.9 when you have MBP (3 mbps in fact)?
    I would like to get it for low-fi sketching, general productivity and entertainment. I am not an artist though.

    I like the big screen but it feels rather uncomfortable to hold (doing anything if its not on a table felt slippery) and buying a keyboard for it is like carrying 2 laptops which seem pointless.


    I am giving it a shadow of a doubt. Am i missing out on something if i get 10.5 and not a 12.9?
    I also revisited my ipad mini 1st gen recently and it felt too small (and laggy), so go figure...
  2. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    Porn looks better on the 12.9

    I have the 12.9 version 1. If your doing some productivity work, but not a lot I think the 10.5 is a better option.

    The 12.9 just seems a little bulky at times.
  3. UBS28 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2012
    10.5 iPad Pro just looks like an iPad Air 2 to me. And my iPad Air 2 still works fine. Hence I went with the 12.9 iPad Pro.
  4. the caveman macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    Say no more
  5. Coxy macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2013
    I've been using a gen 1 12.9 for a few months now, whilst a crazy good device it just got too cumbersome to use as an iPad for me. I have sold it and gone with the 10.5 which brings back a true iPad experience. By that I mean the ease of use, portability, one handed use etc.

    Unless you're using it at a desk or on some kind of surface the 12.9 quickly gets too heavy to hold and difficult to use without 2 hands IMO.
  6. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    10.5 likely the best bet for those who like to take it out and about as it is more portable.
  7. li3to thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2012
    Got 10.5. After 2 days of using it - I think the size is right.
  8. aevan macrumors 68030


    Feb 5, 2015
    Drawing on the iPad is better than on a Wacom and you might appreciate the larger canvas of the 12.9. However, if you need specific Mac-only apps, then Wacom is your only option. In this case, you might benefit from 10.5 mobility.

    Also, note that you can use iPad Pro as a Cintiq like device with Astropad - and it works quite nice with a MBP. In this case, 12.9 will also be better due to size.

    Basically, if you're going to do some sketching, 12.9 is a better option with or without the MBP. If you're just looking for a great tablet experience, 10.9 is perhaps better.
  9. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
    i have had my gen 1 12.9 from launch and love it. I mainly watch tv shows on it .. if apple would reduce the bezel size like they did with the 10 it would be perfect
  10. Wildkraut macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2015
    Well you won’t be able to run Zbrush on your iPad, but for 2d drawing stills its fine.
    But there are few drawing scenarios where it fails.
    Specially when coworking with other apps, due to Apples file system limitations.

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