Brand new apple ipad pro 12.9 owner

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Angel102110, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. Angel102110 macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2013
    Any tips or apps i should get? what about cases does everyone use? any help would be great
  2. WacoDaBurna macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2014
    Best case for maximum protection is the Otterbox defender series have it in black I love the protection of this case also has a holder for my Spen
  3. RudySnow macrumors 6502


    Aug 27, 2016
    Tyler, TX
    I have the cover but use mine naked. I found the cover added too buch extra weight for my liking. Due to the form size I tend to be very careful with my Pro. When I leave the house with it, I use a 13" neoprene sleeve that I bought from Evernote.
  4. Capeto macrumors regular


    Jul 9, 2015
    Similar situation as OP here, just won the big-*** iPad two weeks ago at the casino and wondering what accessories and programs y'all recommend.

    Accessory-wise: So far I got the Apple Pencil, one of those cases that you can fold to serve as a stand, and a Pencil holder for the case. The Smart Keyboard Cover seemed way too expensive and the keys look like they are just going to be these puny gummy keys, so I'll stick with a good ol' Bluetooth keyboard for now. Also looking for another solution for the Pencil, and this case looks nice and efficient.

    Software-wise: I have an iPhone (personal) and an iPad 2 (work's, not mine). The iPad 2 is sluggishly slow on 9.3.5, so I basically only use it for work-related things that include reading PDF's, emails, and clocking in/out through a website. My point here is that I'm not very familiar with iPad software so I've been looking around, especially for apps that work with the Pencil. So far this is what I've got:

    - For reading and notetaking:
    -- Readability. I use OneNote on my Macbook Pro and Windows Desktop, but based on what I read Readability has good support for note-taking (including searching handwritten notes!), so I got that. Annotating PDF files is also pretty convenient - comes very handy for textbooks and other technical books. For "regular" reading, I find the Pro too uncomfortable - I've been spoiled by my Kindle, so I'm sticking with that.

    - For drawing:
    -- I am not a drawer by any means, but it's something I'd like to pick up as a hobby. I started with Adobe Sketch (since I have a CC subscription) and it was nice, but I just picked up Procreate and it's leaps and bounds better. Still getting the hang of it - as I said, I've never been a drawer.

    - For photography:
    -- Duet is really nice to make your iPad a second monitor - I do it for my Macbook Pro and it's a lot easier to organize stuff on two screens.
    -- I got Rocketpad to use my iPad as a drawing tablet for Lightroom/Photoshop adjustments, since it was advertised as being lag-free, and unfortunately that was not the case. I tried a 2.4Ghz wifi connection, a 5GHz connection, and USB, and all had noticeable lag and would sometimes not detect input. Still using it but I'm going to check out Lightroom Mobile as well.
  5. scotttnz macrumors 6502a

    Dec 16, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Welcome to the club :)

    I bought the genuine apple Smart Cover and Silicone Case with my iPP. Expensive, but one of the slimmest, lightest options offering reasonable protection. I usually take the Smart Cover off completely when I am not using it.
    Yesterday I bought the UAG case to try, as it adds a kickstand, which is one of the (few) features of the Surface Pro that I like. It is compatible with the Smart Cover or Keyboard and also has a pencil holder. It is a little thicker and heavier, but so far seems like a reasonable trade off for me.

    I don't currently use an iPad for anything that needs a physical keyboard.

    For note taking I'm trying a bunch of different apps, but the one that I think I like most is Myscript Nebo, which works with the pencil and does decent real time handwriting recognition\translation including diagrams and formulas. Honestly I'm quite amazed that it can get anything out of my scribble, but recognition has been pretty accurate so far. It was free on the introductory offer which I think is still running.
  6. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Finite case was good. I have both case on iPad Air ź and LG G Pad F 8.0
  7. Speechless macrumors 6502a

    Mar 5, 2015
    Non-gentrified Brooklyn.

    I mostly use my Pro for education but I'll recommend some other apps as well..

    -Notability: notes with Apple Pencil
    -Hyper: daily vids; amazing design layout
    -TubeX: YouTube with PIP
    -Fantastical: calendar
    -GTA vice city: only if your into the franchise, lol. I love that game.
    -Zinio: magazines
  8. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    It's difficult to suggest anything without an idea of what you'd like to use it for and where... but I'll offer some suggestions.

    Apple Pencil: It works great on the larger 12.9 iPad and so many excellent apps now support it. Before investing in some notebook apps, give Apple's Notes app a try.

    The fastest way to add bulk and heft to the 12.9 iPP is to add a fully protective CASE. If you feel you absolutely need one, Fintie (mentioned earlier) makes some great quality cases at inexpensive prices. (I have Fintie cases for all of my tablets)

    If you can get away without a CASE, then look for a COVER. I like covers because they are easily removed when using the iPad as a tablet. I never found a case that had a good way of folding the cover out of the way.

    I switch off between the Apple Smart Cover and Apple Smart Keyboard. On the back, I have a thin clear skin/film that improves the grip and protects against scratches. I use felt portfolio/sleeve to transport it, but when at my destination, I have a sleek, slim, and light configuration.

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