How lap-able is the Pro 12.9

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  1. a02 macrumors member

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    I am in the middle of deciding between the two pro models. One thing that came to mind is that I do enjoy being able to sit down and read comics and magazines with a 9.7. How doable would this situation be with the bigger pro? I have only seen it once, a while ago, and it did look perhaps a little big for comfortably resting on someone's lap.
     
  2. DNichter macrumors 68020

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  3. padg91 macrumors newbie

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    Same problem here ... Not sure which one to buy ...

    I need it for university (taking notes with the apple pencil) , but also for reading a lot (on the couch , at the coffeeshop)

    Is the 12.9 handy enough in everyday life?
     
  4. artfossil macrumors 6502

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    Oh come on. Mine is in my lap 90% of the time when I'm at home. When I'm teaching or in my studio I like it propped up on the table so I can juggle other things but it is HIGHLY lap-able. It's my favorite device to read or watch movies/TV on.

    It took a few days to get used to the 12.9" size, but now my iPad Air 2 looks and feels like a toy.
     
  5. Stevi macrumors member

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    It's not the best answer, but I think it depends on the person. I use my 12.9" IPP in bed every evening and on my lap when I am sitting in my la-z-boy during the day. I prop mine on the arm of the chair rather than on my lap but it does work for me. I am used to propping things on other things as I'm disabled and my hands can no longer support things they once could before. Anyway I can make it work for me. I love the increased real estate and it makes reading magazines more enjoyable than on my iPad2. I couldn't imagine using a pencil on my iPad2 (screen size) as I don't think I'd find it large enough. Last week I used the IPP at a meeting and loved how I made all the reports into PDFs and I could use notability to write all my notes right onto the documents and not on a separate one. My IPP goes everywhere with me and it is a lot more portable than my Macbook Pro. There is a little bit of an adjustment, but now I have had mine a few weeks I find my iPad2 rather small. BTW I have a silicone back cover and Apple Keyboard in my IPP.
     
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    I used my 12.9 on my lap all the time, about 95% of it total use and it was fine. Reason I got rid of it and bought the 9.7 is the screen keyboard was too big and made typing difficult.

    The 12.9 fits in the lap just fine.
     
  7. minicard macrumors regular

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  8. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040

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    With the 12.9 you basically have to put it on a table it's so unwieldy, might as well get a laptop as it will,be far more comfortable
     
  9. blackoutz macrumors member

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    If you get the Smart Keyboard, the angle is fixed
     
  10. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Use mine on my lap all the time. In fact, typing this on my lap right now. It does depend on how you sit -- I like to sit with my knees up, so I can prop the iPad on my legs. When sitting with your legs down, you'd want something like a pillow, Smart Cover, Smart Keyboard, or other case that acts as a stand to prop the it up.
     
  11. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    That is just not true. The 12.9 works great in the lap and i would prefer over a laptop any day.
     
  12. richpjr macrumors 68030

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    I am assuming that the OP doesn't need a keyboard to read comic books, so I don't see why the 12.9 wouldn't be perfectly fine on your lap.
     
  13. danmart macrumors 6502

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    I use my 12.9 Pro on my lap 99% of the time - it's perfectly fine.
     
  14. Bclawson macrumors newbie

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    using it on my lap right now. No issues here!
     
  15. FairyCatInPink macrumors regular

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    It's totally personal, I think. But for me, yes, it works and I bring my 12.9" to cafe/library when I know I'm gonna work on digital art/photograph/creating music on it. It's ok to put on my lap and use. I don't use attachable keyboard but Apple Pencil.
    To take a note/draw, it's a perfect size, and split screen mode is really for 12.9". I'm one of people who wished "only if 12.9" iPad Pro was bit smaller" when it's announced first time, but now understand why that size and benefits coming from it, I like my 12.9", 9.7" doesn't have enough space for my needs. For reading, it is also fine.
     
  16. Robnsn2015 macrumors regular

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    I use the IPP on my lap in meetings without the keyboard. It's okay for me.
     
  17. padg91 macrumors newbie

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    Maybe I order both and use them for a while to decide which one to go ...
     
  18. Hpblze macrumors newbie

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    It's just so awesome being able to surf pinterest, artstation and other art sites with this tablet. It felt big at first but always IS on my lap. A few days of using it and other Ipads feel really small .. Magazines look freakin' great on this tablet ... it's totally lapable but you need to give it a few days to let the size factor sink in .. then there is no going back .. IMHO :D
     
  19. iSheep5S macrumors 6502a

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    It's perfect on your lap. I'll say this for any iPad tho.

    How anyone can use a slidy tablet without a case with a microfibre back is beyond me. Put your legs up a bit and it hits your stomach. I use for my 12.9" pro and mini a case that looks like the apple Smart Cover but has a plastic back.

    Well... The iPad Pro one is on order as I just go the pro. It's a phenomenal tablet. I have no need for the pen or keyboard. It does everything I did on my laptop bar raw image photo editing. I calmed my gaming down to console a while back. It was a no brainier.
     
  20. JoeyEatWorld macrumors member

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    If you haven't purchased the Smart Keyboard cover I would consider getting the Zagg Slim Book for iPad Pro. I have it and it is perfect for lapability. It turns your iPad into a more laptop feel with the detachable iPad screen. If you don't mind the extra weight and if lapability is really a concern it is a better and cheaper alternative than the Apple Smart Keyboard Cover.

    If you still haven't made a decision and own the 12.9 inch iPad Pro by June/July you can also check out the Brydge Pro, which is "supposed" to be coming out in late June. Which is even nicer and more premium look than the Zagg Slimbook.
     
  21. Serban Suspended

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    I use it with no prblem on my lap but you need the apple smart keyboard
     
  22. mlovergaard macrumors 6502

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    Well maybe it depends on your lap...if you have a teeny tiny lap, it might not fit, whereas if you have a large lap it will fit comfortably...What I am trying to say is only you can decide if it fits your lap comfortably.
     
  23. DNichter macrumors 68020

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    It's there alright, just awkward. I don't know why the 12.9 people keep referring the 9.7 size as a toy when the new pro is just as capable as their 12.9, but with properly optimized software and a better screen.
     
  24. serkan macrumors 6502

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    I dont want to open another threat but what about 9.7 inch on lap use ?

    I am curious with smart keyboard to use it with my lap and on my bed.

    It seems like the width of smart keyboard is pretty short for putting on to bed for stable use and maybe too short for the lap as well.
     

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