iPad Pro 12.9, has it improved much?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Marco123, Nov 4, 2016.

  1. Marco123 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2012
    As much as I'd love to buy one of the new MBPs, when I look at what I really need an iPad is more than enough for what I want.
    I'm going to wait to see what the next bigger Pro brings but how many apps have been updated to use the pencil, multi-tasking and bigger screen?
    I know Apple touted the Pro as being an all black in one device and laptop replacement but I didn't believe they could accomplish that immediately but after a year have they done much with the pro?
    Are the speakers much better and is most people still happy with the 12.9 Pro?
  2. gobikerider Suspended


    Apr 15, 2016
    United States
    If your sure the Pro has your needs covered 100%, then go for it. All the major apps I can think of have been updated for pencil and multitasking. I will tell you to wait for the Pro 2 in March hopefully. I would not want to get a Pro now and be "old" in 3-4 months.
  3. Steve.P.JobsFan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2010
    The speakers are unbelievably good for a tablet. They are room filling, no doubt.

    I just "upgraded" from a 12.9-inch Pro to the 9.7-inch Pro today. The size and weight was getting to be too much for me, as I use it daily for class.
  4. ph001bi macrumors regular

    May 26, 2015
    I had one of them 12.9 since they've launched it a year ago or so (128Gb cellular). It's my go to PC when my laptop is driving me mad. I have all the office apps I need on it and they replace the "standard" versions very well. I bought the pencil but I never really used it. If they can make version two lighter with a better screen, (the one of the 9.7 pro) then I might consider upgrading next year.
  5. jmeas macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2015
    San Jose
    Facebook is one major app that doesn't support the larger screen nor Split View. FB Messenger supports both, though.

    Gmail supports neither. Inbox by Google supports the larger screen, but not split view.

    The Settings app on iOS doesn't support split view.

    Your banking app also probably doesn't support the larger screen.

    Many other popular apps now support the larger screen. If you ask me about a particular app i can check for ya.
  6. Ghost31 macrumors 68030


    Jun 9, 2015
    My iPad is my laptop replacement. Most of the crap I thought "I need a laptop for this. Surely an iPad can't satisfy my needs" welp....I had my retina MacBook Pro as backup for awhile just in case and I never went back to it. That's when I decided to sell it.

    A lot of the stuff you might use an app for on the phone looks just as good in safari on the iPad Pro. Facebook, banking, etc.
  7. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    Well, Apple only released one version of the 12.9" to date so I don't know what you mean by 'has it gotten better'?

    The 12.9" did get a silent update when the 9.7" has released and a 256gb model became available. And that fact is an important one. (Never mind the fact that IMO Apple shafted the early adopters who bought into the 12.9" initially.)

    But no meaningful improvements with iOS for the iPad specifically since split-windows came out.

    It's been highly disappointing and will remain that way barring some unforeseen developments. We might have to wait until iOS 11 before Apple reveals anything on this front.
  8. Codeseven macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2008
    Same here, was gonna buy another MBP to replace my old one but realized I don't need that amount of capability and my iPad Air 1 has been sufficient. I want an iPP now but have decided I'll wait for Spring.
  9. Marco123 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2012
    Thanks for the advice, at the moment I'm using my wife's Air 2 and it's a great device but I feel that Apple have not done anything with the larger pro other than it's a bigger iPad.
    When I use the multi-tasking side window on the Air2 I'm amazed at how little apps are available and that devs are not updating their apps for it.
    But I love the app ecosystem on iPad more than the Mac and I really do feel that Apple are on to something with it, I just wish they'd do something about it. It feels like they're digging themselves into this hole with half-assed ways of how they utilise the features.

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