How is the new iPad pro with keyboard folio on the lap?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ahostmadsen, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. ahostmadsen macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    It seems that with the solid bottom of the new keyboard folio, the new iPad pro should be easier to use on the lap similar to a real laptop. What is your experience: sitting, lying on a couch etc?

    The old iPad pro is quite poor to use on a lap with the ASK, so I hope for some improvement.
  2. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    It’s very good. Other than the limited screen angles, it’s extremely stable. Much more so than the previous version.
  3. Eugr macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2018
    I have 11-inch IPP with keyboard folio, and the experience has been great so far - very stable, just like a laptop. There are only two angles, but they work great for me. Haven’t tried 12.9-inch keyboard folio outside of Apple Store, so can’t comment on that one, but it should be equally good or even better for lap use.
  4. ZombiePete macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    It's pretty good; it's a little more wobbly when typing when in the more upright position compared to the angled stance, but otherwise it's stable. Due to the new folio design (non-folding keyboard with full-back support) it's a lot more stable than the old ASK, and you can actually pick up the entire device by the keyboard without it feeling wobbly or it's going to break.
  5. BoneHead001 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2013
    It is nothing short of fabulous. My 12.9-inch iPad Pro with new keyboard folio in in my lap as I comfortably type this note.
  6. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    I never really had a problem with the older gen 12.9 on my lap, but the new 11 inch is even better.
  7. ahostmadsen thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    I have to say, I don’t like the added weight from the new keyboard folio, compared to the previous ASK. I never felt I needed backside protection. But if it makes the iPad more stable on the lap, it might be worth the trade off.
  8. melancholy macrumors 6502


    Aug 25, 2016
    Yup, the experience is much improved with a solid bottom frame. It is still top heavy.
  9. MDePew24 macrumors regular


    Jun 23, 2008
    Ballwin, MO
    Great experience for me on the 11inch model. Love the combination.
  10. SergioSP macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2018
    Great Q, im also interested, been today on the Apple Store trying it and i think it can be a phenomenal tool for working on the couch ‍♂️
  11. Greenmeenie macrumors 65816


    Jan 14, 2013
    I didn’t get the keyboard folio for my 11” iPad, but my girlfriend has it, and I have to say, it’s very solid in the lap. Nice sturdy base.
  12. BaddAdvice macrumors regular


    Jul 9, 2016
    My 12.9 and keyboard folio feel awesome. I think the bigger footprint helps quite a bit, stabilization-wise.
  13. ahostmadsen thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    Yes, this is a question you cannot get answered by trying in the Apple store. Only other users can answer.
  14. omelet1978 macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2012
    i agree with the above comments in that it gets a bit wobbly in the fully upright position, but it is relatively stable on the lap.

    The keyboard is growing on me despite the back cover not being made of anything resembling premium material and the high price. I'm buying a skin for the back, so hopefully that helps with the look of it a bit.
  15. ahostmadsen thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    Now I the 11” pro with the keyboard folio, so I can answer my own question: yes, it’s much better on the lap. You can even lie down on a couch and use it with the legs propped up. In that sense, the new pro is much more of a “laptop replacement” than the previous pro. It’s still not as good as a real laptop, but it’s getting close, and much better than a surface pro.

    The downside is that the iPad + Keyboard Folio feels much heavier than my previous 9.7” + ASK. With the ASK attached, I could comfortably hold the 9.7 in one hand. The new iPad Pro + Keyboard Folio gets just above the limit where it’s comfortable.

    On balance, I think the trade off is worth it.

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