iPad Air 2 to iPad Pro 9.7 - A Welcome Upgrade

Discussion in 'iPad' started by shakeman0, Jun 13, 2016.

  1. shakeman0 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2009
    Hello everyone,

    I wanted to share my experience for those on the fence about updating from the iPad Air 2 to the 9.7" iPad Pro.

    I'll begin by going over some of the most noticeable improvements out of the box. First, the screen. The iPad Pro's screen with the ambient light sensing is phenomenal. The color correction makes an incredible amount of difference while reading, and there is almost no glare when reading in lit rooms. Second, the stero speakers. I've been using my iPad to watch movies and TV for the past couple of weeks and there is a night and day difference between the sound quality of the iPad Air 2 vs the iPad Pro. I have a late 2012 15" MBP and the iPad Pro honestly blows its sound out of the water. Third is the speed. This is especially apparent when multitasking, which actually is a usable and interesting feature now. I've particularly been taking advantage of this by having Evernote open along with safari or another application. This allows you to copy and paste images, text, and links directly into Evernote. Additionally, game experience is greatly improved.

    Features that are vastly improved that I use much less frequently are the cameras. The new camera is well suited for document scanning, which is likely to be my primary use for it. The front facing camera is fantastic for FaceTime calls, which I plan on taking advantage of regularly.

    Lastly, the Pencil. I've been waiting for a feature like this for a very long time. The ability to highlight and annotate while I read is a game changer for me. Additionally, doing quick UI sketches and flow charts is incredibly on the iPad Pro. Handwriting seems very natural and is perfect for mathematics or handwritten notes.

    There has been one major frustration that I'm sure many of you have faced, but I was very irritated that my iPad Air 2 Smart Cover didn't work with the iPad Pro. The cover was a purchase that I didn't intend on having to make as part of the upgrade.

    Finally, I would consider the storage space in your decision. Going from a 64gb air to a 32gb pro will likely be a little jarring, and I believe you would quickly find yourself running low on storage space as you install a suite of capable apps and graphic heavy games. This would like change based on your use case scenario, but is definitely worth the consideration. I bit the bullet and went with 128gb and have been happy with that choice so far.

    As an example of the storage, I have little more installed than iWork, Office, and a few games and have already reached 40gb used.

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  2. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    It's really Overcast, Hearthstone and Garage Band that's taking up a lot of space though.
  3. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    Indeed, if you limit yourself to purely "Pro" purposes without multi-megabyte app downloads or excessive media storage, it's definitely possible to stay within the 32GB envelope.

    I'll never get low capacity iOS device because I like to "fire and forget" on app / media downloads, but if you're careful enough it should be manageable.
  4. MacModMachine macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2009

    yea , i have no problem with 32gb , i use it for work , play and i always have around 10-12gb free. I love how you get people complain its not enough and have it stuffed with 20 games.

    Delete some of the games....32gb is more than plenty.
  5. SestoElemento macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2014
    But wouldn't the 32GB be a limiting factor once you consider the future spacing requirements of software updates and the addition of a few more apps?
  6. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    Software updates won't ever take up more than an additional GB or two, and in the past couple years, I haven't downloaded and kept more than a dozen new apps.

    If I had at least 10GB free after setting up my device and installing everything I needed, I would have no issues with storage for the life of that device.
  7. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    I have 128 GB now and I wish I had gotten the 32GB instead. Next time I'll learn my lesson. 32 GB is just pleanty, at least for me.
  8. Teddek macrumors newbie


    Aug 21, 2016
    I have the 128gb version and only 62gb left for editing en apps after I dropped my media on it.
  9. gregrose macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2010
    I am getting a used iPad Air 2 today, you really notice that much of a difference in performance for everyday tasks?
  10. deivydas macrumors member


    Sep 28, 2014
    Vilnius, Lithuania
    You know, i had Air 2 for more than year and then i switched to iPad Pro 9.7. Difference in performance - from minimal to no difference :) Yes, the screen is better, but this is it.

    Few days ago i sold my 9.7 and bought 12.9. Yep, and that's the Pro that is really different kind of animal. Bigger, faster, stronger :D I know that all depends from preferences and it's OK. But if you have Air 2 - stay with it. Until 9.7 pro vol. 2 (if you want this size) :)
  11. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2013
    Is there a difference in speakers between the 9.7 Pro and the Air 2? I'm often too lazy to bother with headphones, and am curious about that.
  12. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Yes! Air2 has two speakers, the Pro has 4. And they switch around so you are getting stereo no matter how you are holding your iPad.
  13. Devyn89 macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2012
    Thanks for your thoughts here. I got some money from my tax return so I'm considering upgrading my Air 2 to the Pro. I might wait until the next one (iPad pro 9.7" 2... or iPad 8... or whatever they're going to call it with this ridiculous naming scheme they're on).
  14. BeatCrazy macrumors 65816

    Jul 20, 2011
    I also went from the Air 2 to a 9.7 IPP. The difference in speakers can not be overstated. I had such a hard time hearing simple videos on the Air 2 (no, I'm not hard of hearing). The fact that the IPP has stereo speakers is nice, but the volume and clarity at low volumes is significant.

    Yes, the screen is wonderful, without the harsh blue glow of the Air 2. Definitely reference quality, in all lighting conditions.

    I haven't used many of the other "Pro" features yet, but for my purposes, it's doing quite well. I too waffled between 32GB and 128GB, ended up going with the bigger. But it's overkill for me. I guess it will prompt me to load some movies on there, there's plenty of things I need to catch up on when I'm traveling.
  15. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    I bought a 64GB iPhone SE because I wanted to store more music on it than 16GB would allow with everything else I needed, but 32GB would have been plenty. Since I had so much extra storage, I wound up storing all of my music on my phone (12.1GB) and all five seasons of Game of Thrones (15.8GB), which I haven't even watched once on my phone, and still have 15.3GB available. If I just stored my Last Added playlist (500 most recent songs), which is all I really need, and removed all those episodes, 32GB would be plenty for me. I would have bought a 32GB iPhone SE if one was available and costed less.
  16. kasakka macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    It still has a somewhat miserable 2 GB of RAM though. The Pencil support is probably the only feature that interests me personally.
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    DSTOFEL macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2011
    I came from an Air 2 as well and somewhat agree with you're comments. I'd say that for someone who plans to use the 9.7 pro primarily for consuming content (consuming videos, Internet, etc...) plus for mail and a few apps, they probably won't notice much of a difference between the Air 2 and Pro 9.7 in terms of performance and everyday use. Yes, the display and speakers are better on the 9.7, but the Air 2 was more than "good enough" for me in those departments.

    What really separates the 9.7 (for me) is the pencil and the smart connector for keyboards (i.e. No more Bluetooth keyboards needing periodic charges, etc...). When I added the Pencil (use it with Goodnotes) and the Logitech Create keyboard cover to the 9.7, it transformed the iPad into what feels like a small laptop....in addition to an iPad. The setup is very productive. I've never quite felt that way about any of my other iPads.
  18. Teddek, Aug 24, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2016

    Teddek macrumors newbie


    Aug 21, 2016

    Would you push an 9.7 as hard as an 12"? most won't and screen wise it's not needed.
  19. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Both the Air 2 and iPad Pro have only 2GB of RAM correct?
  20. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    That's why apple doesn't offer the 64gb model

    Gotta love the business model of Apple and GB selling points.

    They love to increase the average selling price per unit and what better way than to drop the "sweet spot" GB.

    They will do it with the new iPhone 32-128gb as well
  21. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Am I the only one who thinks websites nowadays have gotten bloated? Honestly, I'd rather have an app that's had to abide by App Store restrictions than JavaScript-laden websites. Thank goodness for content blocking.
  22. max2 macrumors 68020

    May 31, 2015
    No your not the only one!

    Yep thank god for Adguard Pro!
  23. xmonkey macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2016
    I also went from the Air 2 to the 9.7" Pro and agree with your impressions, although I don't find the Pro that much faster in day to day use. The screen is easily the best part and the improved speakers actually make it something I want to watch media on now.

    Yup, 2GB in both. Only the big 12.9" Pro has 4GB RAM.
  24. Tsepz macrumors 68000


    Jan 24, 2013
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    If the Pen isn't important, then get the Air 2, still a great tablet.

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