Edit: Just for clarification - when I use iPad without full keyboard (as tablet/drawing), instead of folding back the cover where I feel the keys on my hand, I remove the iPad (easy due to magnetic clasps) and use it naked. For me, keyboard case functions as a sleeve for iPad or a keyboard. I did just order a new keyboard on Amazon to compare the Apple keyboard case experience to folio + external (portable) keyboard. ---- I’m on my second day with the 12.9” and am loving it!! At first I was nervous because I was coming from a 10.5” and felt the iPad + keyboard case was too heavy. I was also annoyed that the keys were facing outwards when the case was folded behind the iPad. But then I realized I could easily take the iPad out of its keyboard folio and use it naked. The pencil stays secured to the side, and I keep the keyboard folio “folded” - it acts like a magnetic sleeve for the iPad. if I need the keyboard it’s there, but it’s also near me as a kind of sleeve/case. When I take the iPad out of the folio, I do so without opening the entire folio (just slip it out, starting with the camera area first). Now that I regularly use the iPad + pencil without the keyboard attached, the iPad is so much lighter. The size of 12.9” allows me to draw in any seated position (couch, bed, desk), unlike the form factor of the 10.5” which doesn’t have enough screen real estate to rest my wrist. I wonder if Apple created the keyboard folio intentionally, to design the experience so you are forced to take the iPad out of its case. Even if they didn’t, I’m finding it’s a great way to use the iPad!! Convincing me significantly more to stay with the 12.9 instead of moving to the 11 (at first was concerned with weight of keyboard case, but now that I use iPad naked, it’s only in the case when I’m storing it or typing, like this post).