iPad Pro If I never plan on using the Stylus Why? Do I need a Pro?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by TheRealAlex, Sep 11, 2015.

  1. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    Ok so I love the iPad Pro great device will sell tons. My Budget is $500 but i can stretch to $800

    So, thats not enough because without the $900 Pencil Stylus its just a Huge iPad.

    And I thought to myself, I am NO Artist I will never use that Stylus I don't draw I am not a CAD designer
    I use a PC to Video Edit with Pro Software.

    So I was thinking, Its just a huge expensive iPAd

    Am I wrong ?
  2. malih macrumors member


    May 11, 2013
    No you're not wrong.

    I think if you don't plan on using it Professionally, then the iPad Pro may be a waste of money for you.
  3. sunapple macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    It's not a huge expensive iPad, it's a huge expensive iPad Pro.

    Why buy a Mac Pro if a base model Mac mini wil do? Pro stands for the work you can do with it, without doing any work on it it's probably a waste of money.
  4. ron7624 macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2011
    Houston, Texas area
    The iPad Pro is awesome. A must have for someone that can use its talents. It would certainly be a waste of money for me. As the op pointed out, one must have a need for those talents. There are lots of folks with the talent to use one of them, but Im just not one of those folks.
  5. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    You might as well have asked: "Well I just browse the Internet with my iPhone, so why do I need to buy a 12-core Mac Pro?" Answer: you don't.

    OP, you answered your own question - if you don't see a need/use for buying the iPad Pro, you don't need to buy it. You're not an artist, you don't draw, and you're not a CAD designer. So the iPad Pro wasn't made for you in mind.
  6. TheRealAlex thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015

    Thanks that settles everything really did answer my own question.

    I can see alot of people casual users dropping $1100 for a iPAd Pro with keyboard and Stylus and being like

    WTF this is an iPad I could have bought a MacBook Air or a MacBook
  7. arcite macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2009
    Cairo, trapped in a pyramid with my iphone
    iPad pro will be popular with people who have to do a lot of presentations, ie. real estate agents.

    On the other hand, if one is a hardcore ipad gamer (is there such a thing?) the extra graphics power could be useful.

    Otherwise, the split screen feature and overall more powerful processor help with using all manner of Apps.

    Other people may splurge out on it just for the benefits of the bigger screen.
  8. Surrylic macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    It doesn't matter what you plan on using it for. It's literally just a huge iPad. That is 100% all it is. It may have a couple extra features, but there is no other definition for it than "larger iPad". I'm not sure what you're confused about, but you should buy this iPad for one of a few reasons.

    1) you want to use it for drawing/painting/video/etc. For creating.
    2) you read magazines and comic books and want the larger screen.
    3) you just like really big screens and don't care about portability.

    So I guess you aren't wrong because all this iPad is, is an iPad. *shrugs*
  9. Michael Goff macrumors G5

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    I don't see that happening.
  10. noodles5666 macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2010
    I don't use the Pencil either but I am loving this iPad Pro. Between the smart keyboard and the speakers, this device is making me reconsider my ban on iOS devices. I am contemplating getting rid of my Android devices and moving over to the iPhone and Apple Watch. I think getting those devices I will fall back into the anti-iOS though.
  11. moxxham, Mar 13, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2016

    moxxham macrumors 6502


    Mar 8, 2015
    Sydney, Australia
    I just feel like the pro is going to be able to handle a good few iOS updates and not turn to a slow piece of metal. With 4GB of ram and a powerful chip, I'm expecting even iOS 12 to be running good on it haha.

    Plus the screen size for me is great! I'm a photographer and videographer, however I tried using it as a main editing device - and it's just incapable of that yet. I can see why you wouldn't want to pay for a pro; but that screen is so incredibly immersive, the speakers are fantastic and the speed incredible. Even if you wouldn't plan on using it as a pro device, it still has some very nice features over the Air 2
  12. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I got the iPad Pro and the pencil and hardly ever use the pencil after the novelty wore out. For general Internet use the pencil will slow you down compared to using your finger. I LOVE the large screen on the Pro and consider that worth every penny.
  13. sjleworthy, Mar 14, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2016

    sjleworthy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2008
    Penarth, Wales, UK
    If money and desire matters not, then Pro it is. Its the best there is.
    You dont have to buy it for 'pro' or productive work, but if you need to justify a lower budget and all you want is basic consumerism on it then no, the Pro is overkill.
    It really is nothing more than a huge expensive ipad with a stylus. Yes, spec and options might differ, but its only a large ipad in essence.

    Thats a subjective issue. General internet browsing with the Pencil for me is much faster and fluid than using my finger.
  14. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god


    Sep 16, 2014
    Fo the same reason any of us buy any bigger device, I din't buy a 27" iMac for any other reason than it had a bigger screen I could fit more on. My 55" TV does exactly the same as it's 32" cousins, but it's easier to see and looks better. My iPhone 6 Plus has, well you see where I'm going with this, we can manage perfectly fine on a smaller screen but choose to enhance what we do with a bigger one.

    Admittedly for me, I did also want the Pencil but even without it I would have still ditched my Air 2 for the iPad Pro, for the bigger screen. Split screen is much better on the bigger screen, reading anything is better, games look great on the bigger screen and so on and so on.

    I'm not including in that list the added benefits to those of us who also use it as a digital canvas, or that keyboards are less cramped than on the smaller devices because such things aren't universally beneficial.

    Is it just a bigger iPad? Of course it is, but for some at least, thats exactly why we wanted it and why we love it. Just as going from an iPad Mini to an iPad Air improves many things, going from the Air to the Pro does the same. But that's why these different sizes exist at all, choice, we cant all prefer the same things.
  15. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Interesting. Please explain how your pencil makes you faster and more fluido_O
  16. mrklaw macrumors 68020

    Jan 29, 2008
    the ipad is just a big iphone.

    Its the size that makes it so different. The standard ipad is a lot more comfortable to sit down and browse the internet or watch a video - I know because I've been surviving on just my iphone for a couple of weeks since selling my air 2 :)

    So a bigger ipad pro is 'just' bigger but that bigger lets you do more. Eg if you often use apps in side by side mode (I like safari alongside messenger when I'm chatting with someone), then the ipad pro will make that more usable because you have more space per app. If you like watching videos in PiP mode, they'll be that much bigger than on the ipad air

    Then you have the keyboard cover if you do a lot of typing. Yes the ipad air supports bluetooth keyboards, but having it built into the cover means it is always there if you need it.

    There are lots of reasons to want a larger screen ipad even if you don't want to use the pencil

    For what its worth, I was an ipad pro skeptic, and thought it was ridiculously large. But if you think about it, its still smaller than the laptops most of use would have used on our laps a few years back to browse the web. I've been using a surface pro 4 the past few days in tablet mode, and I think I'm coming around to the idea of a larger screened tablet. Browsing isn't much different - it was perfectly comfortable on the ipad air 2. But browsing with something else alongside is nicer. And videos are *amazing* - the size makes a huge difference here. I'm almost tempted to keep the surface pro 4 as a day to day tablet and not buy a new ipad - or maybe buy an ipad pro 32GB, rather than the 'ipad pro jr' coming out soon.
  17. iPadDad macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2014
    Yes it's a big iPad, BUT that screen size changes the game. The screen size allows you to make more use out of the multi-tasking features. The Pro is also lightning fast so doing things quickly like; Multi-Tasking, switching between apps, spot light etc, is super fast. So the screen size and speed make it feel like a PC replacement.
  18. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    The iPad (any of them from mini to pro) is not a replacement for a computer. Even with a keyboard and a stylus. It just isn't. Maybe some day, but not today.

    I love my iPad Air. The screen is just right for a tablet. If I need a larger screen, or need to do some heavy duty work, I move to my MBA. For the casual user, I don't see the point in the stylus and the IPP. I use a stylus with my iPA and am very productive. I'm not an artist, architect, or engineer, so I don't need the control over drawing that you would need in one of those professions.
  19. sjleworthy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2008
    Penarth, Wales, UK
    Well, holding the Pencil near the arse end and using it as a pointer/scroller is a hell of a lot more faster, fluid and convenient than leaning my finger into the screen for every gesture, that sometimes gets it wrong due to stubbiness :)
  20. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    OK, if you say so. I have found it to be clumsy and slow for cruising the Internet. Selection process is more difficult with the pencil compared to touching it with my finger.
  21. upritbass macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2015

    How many times is this lie going to be posted in the various iPad threads? The iPad IS a computer. Unless the definition of 'computer' has suddenly changed...
  22. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    I use split screen and a keyboard constantly with my iPad Pro. I would never consider a smaller iPad now. In fact when I see a normal iPad I have a hard time telling if it's an iPad or iPad Mini.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 14, 2016 ---
    The iPad Pro replaced my Macbook and I couldn't be happier. I have an old Mac Pro at home when I need it and a new Mac Pro at work. For portable uses the iPad Pro is the best device I have.
  23. sjleworthy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2008
    Penarth, Wales, UK
    It is for some, but not for most.
  24. KaliPaige macrumors member


    Feb 9, 2016
    It depends on your needs and desires. Do you want a bigger screen? Do you want better built-in audio? Do you want the fastest iPad on the market that outclasses the Air 2 and Mini 4 by a long shot? The Pro is a fantastic device that won't let you down and is surprisingly light for its size, weighing less than even many 10 inch Android tablets I've tried a long time ago.

    If none of these things are really so important to you (because the Air 2 and Mini 4 are no slouches by any standard) then go for one of the smaller brethren. I can assure you that they are fantastic devices that will also stick around for a while to come.
  25. MartyCan macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2012
    Near Toronto, ON
    Pretty much just about real estate at this point. I like the bigger screen.

    I can't draw very well either but trying to draw does intrigue me so I have a Pencil too. It's actually pretty fun to play with the multitude of tools in Pro Create.

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