iPad Pro iPad Pro 10.5 or new 11?


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jan 30, 2010
San Diego, CA
I currently do not have an iPad. I have an iPhone X and a mbp w/ tb. Is the 11” worth it or should I just get the 10.5” pro? Config would be based on price. $799. I don’t want to spend more. I know if I were to get the 10.5 I can get 256gb storage as opposed to the 64gb on the 11”. I’m just torn between new design and support. Was anyone here in the same situation? What did you end up going with?


macrumors 68030
Jun 9, 2015
I’m the biggest apple whore out there. I make every excuse to spend thousands on new stuff just because I like having new stuff and yet I haven’t upgraded from my 10.5 to the 11 yet. I tried one out in store and honestly feel like it wouldn’t make my experience any different at all. In fact, I’d lose some stuff. Like the ability to use smart covers and split keyboard. They took away the split keyboard in the new 11inch for god knows why and it’s my main way of typing small things. Take that away and id have to use a real keyboard more of the time and that’s really inconvenient.

So im probably gonna stick with my 10.5 for awhile. And 64gigs is more than enough for me. A lot of my time is spent on my iPad and this is my storage right now



macrumors newbie
Oct 31, 2018
Wait for a black Friday deal and get the 10,5 model. 11 inch are nice, but I don't think they are +$200 nice. The only real advantage is the new pencil, which is much better (but again +$30). Better connection, better charging, is a bit shorter, therefore the weight distribution is better (pencil 1 for me at least is a bit too long).

If you don't intend on buying a pencil go with the 10,5 inch. And with 4 GB RAM I'm certain it will be supported.


macrumors 603
Jan 6, 2005
It really depends on how much the difference in cost impacts you. There is a good case to be made the $329 base model is more than good enough for most users.
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macrumors 68020
Apr 4, 2011
I currently do not have an iPad. I have an iPhone X and a mbp w/ tb. Is the 11” worth it or should I just get the 10.5” pro? Config would be based on price. $799. I don’t want to spend more. I know if I were to get the 10.5 I can get 256gb storage as opposed to the 64gb on the 11”. I’m just torn between new design and support. Was anyone here in the same situation? What did you end up going with?
Check out my thread here. https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/my-god-they-are-practically-giving-away-10-5-pros-on-ebay.2154778/


macrumors 6502
Aug 6, 2015
I went with the 2017 iPadPro and find it to be doing everything i want an iPad to do, i did look at the new 2018 iPadPro 11 inch and really did not see anything it would have to help with what i already am doing with the 2017 iPadPro, am sure others have many more needs then i have so it's their choice.

As far as picture quality i had them both side by side in a Best Buy store, and i really could not see any real different in color or picture quality, and i read their are problems when pixels start burning, these problems don't happen in the older LCD screens, and looking at the upgrade cost between the 2017&2018 i felt the 2017 was a god choice right now for me.
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macrumors 6502
Sep 9, 2011
Not sure how useful or accurate this is but I measured the viewable screen / letterbox whilst watching Netflix between 10.5 and 11"

10.5 = 21.5cm by 12cm = 259
11 = 23cm by 12.95cm = 296.85

259 - 297.85 = 38.85
38.85/259 = 15% more viewable screen on iPad 11 compared to 10.5 in Netflix app?

I really like the 11 with the new design and pencil - feels like mature device - but the cost and being a companion device (for me) is making me question the need to upgrade right now.

But ill prob justify keeping it by using the tried and tested "not upgrading anything for 3 years now" the same argument worked last year after I brought the 10.5 :rolleyes:
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macrumors 601
May 6, 2008
I'd save the cash and just buy the 10.5". Like others mentioned on here, the new 11" IPP really doesn't warrant any significant improvement over the 10.5". Hence why I'm keeping my 10.5" around for now.
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macrumors 6502
Nov 12, 2013
USB-C can be a huge factor in the 2018 versions.

It really depends on what you do with it.


macrumors newbie
Sep 20, 2012
For what it’s worth, I’m an annual updater of all my Apple products, but the 11 may be the first one I take back. Maybe it’s specific to my use, but I find the 11 slightly aggravates me in ways the 10.5 never did. I like the new pencil, but I had a magnetic sleeve for the 1st gen pencil, so I could always slap it in a bunch of different places on the 10.5. On the 11, it has to sit in one location, which works perfectly for landscape, but is inconvenient for portrait because it’s basically in your right hand. And although I can’t say the new keyboard cover is quantitatively a lot thicker or heavier than the old keyboard cover, it’s just bulky enough (possibly also due to the squared edges) that when I grab my iPad to go from office to office it now feels as though I’m grabbing a laptop, which is the whole thing my iPad is meant to avoid. I want it to be more like grabbing a legal pad, which is what the 10.5 has always felt like. And then folding back the new keyboard and holding the keys on the back is annoying, making me want to remove the case every time, when I never used to have to. So now I’m always looking for somewhere to put the separated case, when I always left the 10.5’s keyboard cover attached. In the end, the 11 feels like an attempt to make a laptop replacement, which may be good for some people, but I have a laptop and I don’t want to carry it from office to office. The 10.5 made a great legal pad/laptop-ish compilation that let me ditch heavier devices when I’m not at my desk. The 11 seems to detract from that.

And for what it’s worth, although I’ve often had the experience of looking at an older device after a newer one and finding the screen on the older device too pixelated or small, that doesn’t seem to be the case here. The screen quality is exactly the same, and my mind seems to have adjusted almost instantly to losing back those extra .5 inches.

And I guess while I’m at it, it’s a small point, but I’m not wild about USB-C. I have a briefcase with appropriate cables for the iPad and iPhone. There’s a benefit to them using the same standard. Needing USB-C to charge one of them multiplies the number of cables I need to carry.

Anyway, not trying to talk anyone out of it if these things wouldn’t matter to them. But they’ve outweighed the benefits for me.
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macrumors 65816
Jan 14, 2013
Depends on what you wanna do. If you’re an artist and want to use the Apple Pencil, I say Definitely go for the 11”. Just an all around better design. But if you just want an iPad for general use, but with pro specs...then save some money and get the 10.5”. Or save even more and get the regular 9.7” iPad(which should see an update in March?). But if you go with the 10.5”, I bet you can get a great deal on a used one with 256 gigs of ram for what the base 11” would cost you.


macrumors 603
Apr 2, 2009
Southern California
The 10.5" have the best bang for the buck. I'm sure there's going to be some good deals on it as well. Not to mention the flooded used market for these, they’re practically giving them away.
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macrumors member
Apr 26, 2010
Well, my use cases appear to be different than most. I have always used my iPads as a consumption/companion device to my 13" MBP. I treat it truly as a tablet and rarely ever use a keyboard with it as I rarely do any serious typing on it where I would need it. If I do purchase the keyboard cover, I only use it when I travel with my iPad only, which again is rare. The reason I've always stuck to the smaller iPads is because I prefer to travel with my iPad and MBP in my backpack. A nice light combination that gives me the best of both worlds on the road.

I had the 10.5 and I upgraded to the 11" for the following reasons:
- FaceID in my opinion is more convenient than touch id. It's nice that no matter how I'm holding the iPad, I don't have to adjust to use touch id when verifying purchases, passwords, etc.
- My 10.5 had that dreaded white spot on the screen and I figured if I could sell it for at least half the value of the 11", I'd rather upgrade than deal with the hassle of getting it fixed. I was able to get 3/4 of what I needed to pay for my 256GB 11" iPad, Apple Pencil 2, and Smart Folio. I did have to sell my 10.5, Apple Pencil 1, Back Cover, Smart Keyboard, and Smart Cover as a bundle to get the deal, but like I said above, I was ok losing out on replacing the keyboard as I hardly use it. And if push comes to shove, I can purchase the Smart Keyboard Folio down the line.
- I LOVE the new pencil as I use my iPad as my everywhere notebook. It's so convenient to never have to purchase a notepad again. Plus the magnetic connection/charging is icing on the cake. Convenient is the word of the day.
- And smaller reasons like the new redesign, speed, slightly bigger screen, and USB-C completed my decision making process.

If my iPad was my main device/laptop replacement, my decision may have been different. But I also probably would've been an owner of the 2nd gen 12.9 instead of the 10.5. In the end, it's all in how you use your iPad. For my use cases and circumstances, the upgrade from my 10.5 to 11 was worth it.