Do you use 12.9 more portrait or landscape in tablet mode


  • Portrait

    Votes: 10 15.4%
  • Landscape

    Votes: 43 66.2%
  • Almost equally

    Votes: 12 18.5%

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macrumors 6502a
Oct 23, 2007
Columbus, OH
Really depends on what I'm working. Looking through my gallery of work in Procreate... I'm at almost 50/50 (I have one more portrait than landscape oriented piece), web browsing and books/comics/manga I do in portrait, and most games are in landscape.
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macrumors 65816
May 27, 2006
The 12.9 was always landscape. As large and unruly as it is in landscape mode, it is even more so in portrait. Way too top heavy to hold it in that fashion. Now that I have switched to a 10.5, it’s much closer to 50/50.
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macrumors 6502a
May 28, 2014
Due to the Smart Keyboard, almost always landscape...

But when I want to take notes etc. I use it in portrait, because it feels like writing on a DIN A4 paper.
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macrumors 6502a
Aug 3, 2010
Almost exclusively landscape so far, just like my Air 2.

This might change a bit when uni starts again and I have to start reading/marking up PDFs.
FWIW this is 90% of my use case. I use landscape and have another app open in 70/30 orientation (or whatever the ratio is).
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macrumors 68030
Feb 10, 2014
Portrait for drawing and reading. Landscape for videos and when using the ASK (obviously). Everything else is done in whichever orientation it happens to be in at the time.
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macrumors 6502
Nov 12, 2015
Los Angeles, California
Landscape for the win chuck.

It's in the Logitech slim keyboard case (much nicer than the original create one) 100% of the time but now that you can pop it off and use it in any orientation , that's makes for me to be more flexible. Still not used it in portrait as i have no reason to do so in my daily routine (i use this 5-6 days a week, totally replaced my laptop). I still read books in landscape.


macrumors 68020
Apr 24, 2013
New Orleans
Im actually very surprised by the responses. I wasnt expecting that. I use my iPads almost exclusively in portrait mode unless it is for watching movies.
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macrumors 68030
Jun 9, 2015
Wow. Really? Like this fella up here ^ I'm surprised by some of these responses.

For me though, i don't think I've EVER used mine in portrait. Maybe one time to browse through apple news or something, but ever since then and with everything else it's always landscape as if I'm using a laptop or a tv. Like i would never look at a laptop on my lap with the screen all...longways up and down. It just feels weird to me. I like to hold it as if I'm holdin a little tv and i believe multitasking is significantly better in landscape with two iPad Air sized windows side by side

But different strokes. Maybe I'll try using it in portrait for awhile today just because


macrumors newbie
Sep 9, 2016
I’m handing down my first gen 12.9 to my daughter as a way to convince myself I need to upgrade to the second gen. Her favorite app is Club Penguin Island. It is portrait only. I’m pretty sure she will be toppling over regularly.
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rui no onna

macrumors G3
Oct 25, 2013
Landscape except when dealing with PDFs.

I use Smart Case clones with my iPads and the stand is designed primarily for landscape use. I usually don't carry the iPads. They get too heavy with long term use (e.g. marathon reading sessions) so always have them propped up.
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