First Impressions From New 2018 iPad Pro Owners

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    We've already seen iPad Pro reviews from media sites that Apple invited to test the tablet ahead of its release, but now that the iPad Pro has officially launched, first impressions from regular Apple customers are now available.

    New iPad Pro owners on Reddit, Twitter, and the MacRumors forums have been sharing their opinions on the device, and for those considering a purchase, opinions from average consumers provide useful insight.


    MacRumors reader TrueBlou shared some images of the old 12.9-inch iPad Pro next to the sleeker, slimmer 2018 12.9-inch version, providing a look at just how much smaller the new model is. He says the difference is an "incredible improvement."

    Reddit user SlightCriticism offered up a look at the 10.5-inch iPad Pro on top of the new 12.9-inch model, which gives a good idea of how much bigger the 12.9-inch model is.


    He says he's ultimately going to swap the 12.9-inch model for the 11-inch because the 12.9-inch model is still too heavy for one-handed use.
    MacRumors reader ryuok pointed out that because the new 11-inch iPad is using a different aspect ratio, apps that are not updated have black bars on both sides. Apps will get updates eventually, but it's something to be aware of.

    A 12.9-inch iPad Pro with black bars via MacRumors reader jun180
    Reddit user atru22 said the new Smart Keyboard Folio takes some getting used to, but he likes it a lot more than the previous-generation keyboard. He also says the 12.9-inch model feels surprisingly small.

    Image via Reddit user atru22

    On the topic of the Apple Pencil, Reddit user essjay2009 said that the Pencil feels quite different in the hand and that there's more friction when using it. Charging and pairing is much improved, of course, since it just needs a magnetic attachment to the iPad Pro.
    Reddit user dvegi also thought there's much better drag with the Apple Pencil 2 and the iPad Pro's new display.
    Reddit user GottaDeal confirms that the new 11-inch iPad Pro on-screen keyboard has a 12.9-inch keyboard layout thanks to the extra room from the removal of the bezels. It offers up tab, caps lock, and left side shift keys, unlike the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.


    MacRumors reader ninethirty wasn't a fan of the Smart Keyboard Folio, calling it a "design nightmare."
    MacRumors reader largefarrva disagreed, though, saying that he likes it a lot and is impressed with the key feel.
    Have a new 2018 iPad Pro? Share your first impressions and photos in the comments below. We'll have an unboxing video and our own hands-on later today, so make sure to stay tuned to MacRumors for more iPad Pro coverage.

    Article Link: First Impressions From New 2018 iPad Pro Owners
  2. cibonak macrumors regular


    Oct 15, 2014
  3. Goldfrapp, Nov 7, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2018

    Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    I don't think anyone has said this yet, but the new iPad is still not a laptop replacement
  4. fokmik macrumors 68030

    Oct 28, 2016
    Apple did an fantastic ipad, apple made the macbook air battery replaceable and mac mini has replaceable Ram
  5. TheBensonBoy macrumors newbie


    Apr 11, 2018
    Have to admit... Raised an eyebrow when it said the pencil has more friction. I currently have Paperlike on my iPad and am not overly impressed. I'm anxious to see how this stacks up ;)
  6. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    Be interested to see a photo of the smart connector on the inside of the keyboard folio case. Is it visible or is it under the material?
  7. cbandes macrumors newbie


    Nov 7, 2018
    I got the 11" model. Absolutely love the new iPad itself, it feels like an enormous step up from my 9.7" pro. The new folio case will take some getting used to. I hate the color, so I'm going to have to find some stickers or something, and I don't really like that the keys are exposed on the back. I do like that it has two screen positions, and the keyboard itself is nice and responsive. The pencil is lovely, but the magnets that hold it on are not super-strong, so I keep knocking it off the ipad when I go to reach for it. I think this is something I'll get used to, or I'll just keep the pencil separate in my bag, it's not a big deal.

    All in all just a few small quibbles, I am delighted with the iPad itself.
  8. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 601


    Jul 10, 2008
    Like every product from everyone, some like it, others don't. Big surprise there.
  9. -BigMac- macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Everyone has said this.. for years
  10. breather macrumors member


    Jan 26, 2011
    I have a late 2015 iMac without any USB C ports....Kinda hard to Sync now.
    Guess I´ll have to buy a cable/adapter. *Sigh*
  11. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    I went from 10.5” to 12.9”. The device itself is phenomenal, you are just holding the content on the screen, and that is it. The bezel size is perfect, any smaller and you would be constantly touching the screen.

    I like the Smart Keyboard, and I actually don’t mind the keys folding behind as much as I thought I would. The keyboard “locks in” via magnets when folded back, so it feels more solid than the last gen. The two angles make it worth it IMO, and I prefer ripping the keyboard off when just using it as a tablet anyways.
  12. mariusignorello macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2013
    Yeah I had to also. I cannot believe Apple doesn’t make one too. Had to get one from some shady guy at one of those mall kiosks who didn’t even know iPads had USB C. He was trying to force me to buy a Lightning cable.
  13. dan9700 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2015
  14. cbandes macrumors newbie


    Nov 7, 2018
    Can't you sync over wifi? I only plug my ipad in to charge it.
  15. RamGuy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2011
    Looks great, but unless you have some rather limited or very touch specialized workflow this just won't cut it for most people. It sure looks nice and I bet the performance is stellar but that folio keyboard just doesn't give the same typing experience as a "real" keyboard.

    A lot of applications and services are offering web-applications these days so you can do most things directly in the browser. But the experience isn't comparable to using the full desktop applications and alot of them won't even work in mobile web-browsers.

    Combine this with the fact that we are starting to reach the same price-point as MacBook's and other decent notebooks on the market its not all that compelling. It sure has it benefits, but its limitations just outweight's all its benefits unless you have a workflow where the Apple Pencil and the artistic values it provides will be essential to you.

    What I would prefer would be to have something like a 2-in-1 device where you have a device that combines this iPad Pro and the MacBook Air with a detachable display. Have it run macOS when docked to the keyboard, giving the full desktop experience with a great keyboard and touchpad. And when you detach it starts running iOS and becomes just like this iPad Pro. It doesn't seem all that far-fetched when we look at how far the hardware on these iPad's have come and how powerful their SoC's really are.

    We need a way to get macOS running on ARM, and Apple needs to find a elegant way to integrate the iPad Pro with a detachable keyboard and we are pretty much Golden.
  16. RickInHouston macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2014
    Why? And really slow down a fast machine?
  17. mariusignorello macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2013
    You can...once the pairing record is established in iTunes...which requires plugging it in the first time :D;)
  18. normwood macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2008
    In a house...duh!
    ....for me.

  19. 1071318 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2017
    Just a word of caution. Do NOT try and use any of the glass screen protectors currently available for the new iPad Pros. The touch response becomes SERIOUSLY wonky. It is so bad I thought I had a hardware issue with my brand new 11" iPad Pro.
  20. breather macrumors member


    Jan 26, 2011
    You must connect ONCE with a cable, then you can sync via wifi
  21. outskirtsofinfinity, Nov 7, 2018
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 8, 2018

    outskirtsofinfinity macrumors member


    Aug 2, 2017
    And look at the difference in the efficacy of the anti-reflection coatings in that side by side photo!
  22. breather macrumors member


    Jan 26, 2011
    Was kinda surprised that Apple even didn’t sell an adaper or cable for this issue.
    My late 2015 iMac isn’t THAT old...
    It’s a bummer, not the biggest of deals... just a bummer
  23. unobtainium macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2011
  24. apolkowski macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2012
    Poland, Warsaw and Masurian Lake District
    First impressions (12,9" one):
    1. Lack of USB-C- USB-A adapter is a joke.
    2. Heavy (compared with 10,5 inch Pro)
    3. With keyboard on it almost looks like Surface Pro
    4. I expected "wow" effect, but at the end of a day I am considering keeping 10,5 one for a while.
  25. JD2015, Nov 7, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2018

    JD2015 macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2014
    Purchased the 12.9 Inch, 64GB LTE model. It is everything I hoped it would be:
    • Gorgeous screen
    • The size is very manageable
    • Blazin fast
    • Looks very sleak
    • Good speakers.
    • USB C works as advertised. Hooked it up using USB C to Digital AV Multiport Adaptor to my HD TV to mirror BT Sports live football coverage. Have not tried charging my iPhone via the IPP. Plugged in a USB C hard I’ve and it cannot read the contents. I am hopeful USB Drives will be added in iOS 13.
    • The Suppliued plug (UK version) is very small and the pins collapse. The Supplied USB C cable is too small so use the 2m Cable I ordered.
    • The Apple Portfolio Keyboard looks very neat and matches the space grey IPP nicely. I really like the portfolio keyboard as typing is nice, the two angles you can use it are welcome and is very much more sturdier when using on your lap. The Apple Pencil Gen 2 is much better in terms of design. I really like the magnetic way it clips on and that it automatically charges as well. Not an artist at all, it feels nice and is slightly smaller.
    • Apps wise I am able to use my macbook desktop apps on IPP so will be selling the MacBook. I do a lot of writtten work, Mind mapping, Project management, basic photo editing, and very basic vector graphics stuff. I do though look forward to more desktop class apps porting to IOS. I have found using IOS on the IPP a pure joy. Everything is smooth and no RAM management issues. Coming from an anemic MacBook 12 inch which struggled at times to this IPP is like light and day in performance. Was easily able to run two apps in split mode and have streaming picture in picture to watch football.
    • Battery is okay and will meet the advertised length.
    • On the downside, the weight of the ASK and IPP combined will put some off.
    • The ASK has no backlight which is a shame however, I hope Logitech and other 3rd party manufacturers will bring out such keyboards.
    • Some will bemoan IOS which I can understand if you need Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premier. The lack of Xcode is something also noticeable for app developers. Microsoft Office apps are excellent but do not offer the full range of some basic features still seen on their desktop counterpart.
    • Welcome to a life of dongles which will not be as painful if you have or do own a MacBook. This again is an added cost.
    • No Headphone jack is not an issue for me but will be for music developers/DJs, however, there is a dongle for this.

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