iPad Pro Anyone go from the 11" iPad Pro to the 12.9?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by kp98077, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. kp98077 macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2010
    If so, what was your experience and reasoning? considering doing this, to gain more screen real estate basically. Love the 11, don't get me wrong, but something about that 12.9" pro is tempting.... Didn't think it would be a big decision, but has turned out to be.... any advise much appreciated!
  2. sigomez macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2009
    Houston, TX
    I am on the opposite boat as you...currently debating if I want the 11 inch instead
  3. kp98077 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2010
    Haha yes tough decision. I do love the 11”. Just feel screen could be a bit larger.
  4. BarrettF77 macrumors regular


    May 24, 2015
    I use them both :D

    Out and about or in a cramped space I use the 11 or If the apps I use don't have compatibility the bars are more annoying on the 11. If I'm sprawled out, definitely the 12.9.
  5. tps3443 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2019
    The new iPad Pro can be used as a wireless touch display, with other Mac devices like the Mac Mini and things like that. So, I can see the 12.9” being very useful in that area. Or if your doing split screen frequently you can display 2 full apps side by side.

    Your gonna lose some portability though, typing with 2 thumbs in portrait mode is tough with a 12.9” model.

    I have the 11” model, I think it is large enough. But this was my first iPad ever. So it still seems large to me compared to phones and things like that.

    The 12.9” version is running a higher resolution too, so it will naturally utilize more resources like vram to push that larger resolution. The displays are both just as clear, as the higher resolution of the 12.9” is stretched out over a larger area. Gaming performance will also be less capable of holding that constant 60+ FPS as the resolution is higher, and more demanding. So the iPad 11” will theoretically perform better than the 12.9” model in intensive 3D applications.

    I considered this myself. But, I think the 11” is good for me.
  6. tps3443 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2019
    Obviously the best choice is owning both options. But that’s not always possible or reasonable from an expense standpoint.
  7. Coolpher macrumors regular


    May 8, 2008
    I had a previous 12.9 second GEN and upgraded to the 11 inch model instead of going with the third generation 12.9 inch model and I’m very happy with my decision
  8. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    Buy an iPad mini
    You'll instantly think that your 11-inch is really big. :D
  9. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    I actually went from 12.9” to 11”.
    The light weight and mobility won me over, though I do miss a little bit the higher resolution screen.
  10. VertPin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 12, 2015
    If you already got the 11 inch and can’t get a full refund for it, I would keep it. The 12.9 is great, however it lays on my desk as wielding it is not applicable to my wrists.
  11. hemon macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2014
    Anyone go from the 11" iPad Pro to the 12.9… just for *media consumption* (not work)? How did you find the change? Are you satisfied with it?
  12. MisterSavage macrumors 6502a


    Nov 10, 2018
  13. Porterhouse macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2011
    I tried it late last year. The 12.9 is gorgeous, but it was a little unwieldy--at least for me. I noticed my wrists began to ache a few days in. I gave it a good week, maybe a day or two longer, but I traded it back for the 11.

    That said, if someone gave me one or if I could afford two IPP (without making sacrifices), I probably would. They are both gorgeous iPads. But if I can only have one, then it's going to be the 11!
  14. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    I agree that the 12.9 is big, but I love the screen. I prefer to have it instead of a smaller screen, despite its weight. Most of the times I need to hold the iPad with two hands, but that’s ok for me.
  15. scotsmandc macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2015
    Best media consumption device for me. I decided to sell it in favour of portability and got the new mini. I had the 12.9 for almost 2 months and for the most part it was a great device. I use my iPad in bed a lot and the 12.9 while still ok for comfort, sometimes it’s a bit daunting. I travel a lot as well and like the fact I can carry my mini without worrying if I should bring it with me or not. It’s so tiny and light I’d automatically just bring it with me where as the 12.9 it’s always should I or should I not?
  16. AceFernalld macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2008
    I bought both when they first came out because I absolutely could not decide beforehand or in-store. Chose to keep the 12.9” and I’m very glad I did.
  17. idandavid macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2010
    Really depends on what you'll use it for. Sitting on a desk or table or on your lap and used with one hand or a keyboard then I'd say the 12.9. If you think you'll use it by holding it most of the time then get the 11. I had an iPad mini long ago and then the air 2 and last week got the 11. I mostly game on these so I hold it up with 2 hands and the iPad mini was the most comfortable by far. I would have bought a new mini but I wanted the new design, quad speakers, and pro-motion.
  18. RogerKmilw macrumors member


    Nov 5, 2014
    Milwaukee, WI
    I can only give my use case. Absolutely love the 12.9 3rd gen. I use it primarily at home as my main machine (went iOS only in 2015). Although I don’t find it that unwieldy as far as portability I use my 10.5 IPP when I’m out and about. Perfect size and weight to take anywhere.
  19. wmadan macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2013
    I went from an 11” iPP which I just sold to a 12.9” iPP when the iPad mini came out. Now the mini is my out and about tablet and the 12.9 is the workhorse. One benefit I discovered to the 12.9 over the 11 is remoting in to my Windows desktop using the Jump app. The screen size of the 12.9 fills out the entire screen. Running Jump on the 11 resulted in the screen being shrunk down on the 11.
  20. stocklen macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2013
    I really want to do this too - but am coming up against a brick wall on selling it.

    I tired on Ebay to sell my nearly new 11" pro with folio keyboard case - but Ebay wouldn't let me put a high enough reserve on it.

    I don't trust a lot of 3rd party sales mechanisms as I have a friend who used gumtree and was given fake money and lost everything.

    Any recommendations in the UK for selling an iPad?
  21. glhaynes, Apr 13, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2019

    glhaynes macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    I’ve recently switched from an 11” to 12.9” (both with Smart Keyboard Folio) because I’ve found myself using it as a laptop much more often than I thought I would.

    As I’ve gotten quicker and more comfortable with the iOS multitasking/file system and I’ve moved more of my stuff to the cloud, I’ve found that I prefer using an iPad and pretty much only use my Mac when necessary. Which, admittedly is still pretty often because of Xcode.

    That said, the 11” made a great mini-laptop (I don’t guess people say “subnotebook” any more, do they?), too.
  22. tps3443 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2019
    Just to check back in on this thread, I still have no desire for the 12.9” iPad Pro.
  23. scotsmandc macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2015
    I switched to the mini yesterday from the 12.9.
  24. Fthree macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2014
    12.9 is still killing it here. Its all in what you GET used to. It was awkward at first when I was adjusting from the 10.5 but the "hand and wrist muscles" have grown strong and the littler iPads seem like a waste for me
  25. TheMadBrewer macrumors regular


    Feb 11, 2008
    Marina del Rey, CA
    I bought the 11" last fall. One of my uses is as a laptop replacement for shorter trips (2 weeks or less). I found the 11" just a bit too small, so last month I bought a 12.9" and love it when using it with the keyboard folio.

    My 11" has become my couch surfing iPad (replacing an Air 2) -- mostly with the keyboard folded back but I do swing it out when responding a longer email. It is definitely overkill for what I now use it for (both are 1TB versions)

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