Anyone else having seconds thoughts of the 10.5, and gearing towards 12.9?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by kevinkyoo, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. kevinkyoo macrumors 6502a

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    I am thinking of getting back into purchasing an iPad after I sold off my last one (iPad Mini 4). It was a great media consumption device, but that's all it served for me. With my iPhone 6 Plus, I didn't find a need to use it as often. However, with all of the new iOS toys to play with the iPad, my interest has peaked once again.

    I was initially interested in the 10.5" model - adequate size to use one-handed, and seemed like a good compromise between portability and size real estate.

    Well, after browsing through this forum, I learned that the 10.5 inch iPad will use iPhone-sized UI for 50/50, whereas the 12.9 would be using iPad-sized UI. That's a big deal breaker for someone whose primary reason of purchasing the device in the first place is a complement to my laptop.

    Another is the PPI - I wouldn't say a deal breaker, but it adds the nail in the coffin for me. 264 PPI instead of the 325 in the 12.9 (And I've gone to the store and looked at the 12.9 - images and videos on it look absolutely gorgeous).

    Am I being a bit crazy here though? Would love to know other people's thoughts before I order the iPad. (Thinking of getting the 512GB model, maybe without cellular data... Doesn't seem worth it to pay $10/month)
     
  2. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    I think the 120hz on the 12.9 ipp will be pretty impressive
     
  3. crouchingtiger macrumors member

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    I'll probably go with the 10.5 (have iPad Air 2 now), but I found the 12.9 more appealing when I check it out at the Apple Store than I thought I would.

    But one point of correction: 12.9 is exact same 264 ppi as the 10.5 (and 9.7) iPads. Obviously you get more total pixels as the size increases.

     
  4. kevinkyoo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's a game changer for sure, for either of the sizes. I'll definitely look into an Apple Pencil in the future :)
     
  5. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    For the sake of media viewing and having a larger display, I think I will venture on the 12.9 iPad Pro. Initially, when the 12.9 iPad Pro debuted in November 2015, I thought it was too large. Now after seeing it in person, I can appreciate the larger display, as I wouldn't travel with it.
     
  6. DNichter macrumors 68030

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    12.9 is a beast, but it's just too big. I will evaluate next year when they slim down the size/weight.
     
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    I bought the 2017, and I'm considering the 12.9. The larger Ipad would be used in and around the house and I'd use the cheaper 2017 when traveling about
     
  8. DaveOP macrumors 65816

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    I've been using the 12.9" since it released, and I love the form factor. I am 90% consumption on my iPad, and it's great for that. I do think the Smart Keyboard is the only reason I can deal with it on my lap or at a table though, and I am 6'6 so have rather large hands, but the size can be unwieldy.
     
  9. sracer macrumors 603

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    That's a good plan. If I get antsy about buying another iPad, it will be the cheaper 2017 model to complement my 12.9.

    antsy = Staples having a $100 off sale. :D
     
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    The 12.9 is geared more to those who will use split-screen more heavily and for those who will try it as a PC/laptop replacement.

    The 10.5 has a more portability factor even though it is bigger than the 9.7".
     
  11. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Agreed, i don't think you can have the 10.5 as a laptop replacement
     
  12. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    I agree it is still too small for meaningful multitasking.
     
  13. Dave245 macrumors 601

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    Agreed, I think the 12.9" iPad Pro is great for a laptop replacement! The 512GB storage is going to be awesome, I assume they have added that option due to the new File app.
     
  14. Mathias Denichi macrumors 6502

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    I purchased the 12.9 on release date in 2015, while I enjoyed it for a year and half, I ended up selling it when I got a 13” MBP. I sorely missed my iPad, and ended up getting 9.7 inch Pro. I then remembered why this form factor was so useful and light. I could actually browse vertically again, and type on my screen without the need of the Smart Keyboard or my lap. Games were even easier to play, and the apps fit and didn’t look blown up.

    Now with iOS 11, I too have the hard choice between the 12.9 and the 10.5. I of course purchased a maxed out 10.5, because I feel it’s apples baby and the newest form factor. If either don’t work, I’ll probably picking up the Surface Pro 2017 i5 with LTE when it’s released in fall.
     
  15. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    I get that

    I will get the 10.5 pro as simply there are times when I want the bigger screen with the keyboard which is why the MacBook will still be useful to me. When I want a portable device the 10.5 is perfect.
     
  16. Mathias Denichi macrumors 6502

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    Thing is, I sold my Macbook pro 13" because I found a work flow on my 9.7 Ipad Pro that worked for me. And I just revamped my custom build. So I am in limbo still.
     
  17. ascender macrumors 68000

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    And I think that's the conundrum I have. When I'm at my desk, there's an iMac I can use, but when out and about or working from client sites, I currently use a 13" MBP. For everything else I use a 9.7" iPad Air.

    The draw of iOS has become greater this last couple of years and I think I could now use it as a replacement for my mobile work from a software point of view. Thanks to Citrix I even have a mouse for use when connecting to remote Windows desktops.

    if I go for a 12.9, I might have to keep the 9.7 for those times when I'm just lounging around on the sofa browsing the web or reading stuff. Or do I? Some people have been saying that the iPad itself with no smart keyboard cover isn't actually as heavy as you think. It still seems pretty big... But unless I'm trying to balance it to read in bed, maybe its not an issue.

    For working at my desk for any period of time, I think a 10.5 may be too small. But a 12.9" screen with a smart keyboard cover or even an Apple Magic Keyboard seems like it might be perfect. 10.5 would undoubtably be better for using on the move with the Pencil for note-taking...

    Maybe a 12.9" with a few different accessories is the way to go after all. Its a really interesting time, but its a shame there's not an easy way to get a loan of different sized devices and accessories to try them out for a week or so at a time.
     
  18. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    Are you purchasing the new 10.5 iPad then? I know you were contemplating purchasing a new iPad from previous threads.
     
  19. DNichter macrumors 68030

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    Yes, I ordered a 256GB 10.5 in Black. I plan on selling my MacBook soon and going iOS only. Looking forward to loading iOS 11 on it right away.
     
  20. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    Very nice. Congrats on your purchase.
     
  21. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    I know I will

    Think it's the perfect sweet spot.

    I fear getting the 12.9 my usage of my MacBook would disappear like it did when I got the 12.9' first gen before getting the 9.7 pro instead
     
  22. DNichter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks! I have been wanting to go iPad and iPhone only for a while now so I am crossing my fingers that everything works the way I want it to.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 7, 2017 ---
    Why the fear?? Drop the MacBook.
     
  23. Dave245 macrumors 601

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    Nice, it's definitely made more people look at the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement, I think the stand out has been IOS 11 but other things like adding a 512GB storage option has also helped and the 120Hz screen. It's going to be very interesting to see where Apple take it next.
     
  24. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    I like certain things with the MacBook like WhatsApp access, twitter live feeds and having access to iTunes when needed. Plus using a keyboard is easier at certain times.

    If I got rid of my MacBook I feel I would need to get the 12.9 and to me it's not portable enough to do that.
     
  25. DNichter macrumors 68030

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    I agree. iOS 11 certainly helped tip the scales. 4GB of ram and the 120Hz screen make it very close to a perfect iPad for me.
     

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