iPad Pro 12.9" or 9.7"

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Siobhan98, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. Siobhan98 macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2016

    What is the best iPad Pro model to buy the 12.9" or the 9.7" I have the 12.9" and wondering if I really need the 9.7" and what are the main difference if any.

  2. sjleworthy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2008
    Penarth, Wales, UK
    Screen size. Obviously. Spec wise/performance wise the 12 incher is probably smoother, if even noticable.
  3. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    If you're using it for taking notes then I can recommend the big one. Feels just like a piece of paper...
  4. Ohmm macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2014
    They both have their advantages and disadvantages. If you need a bigger screen size, go for the larger one. The larger one is also likely more future proof with the higher clocked processor and greater amount of RAM. The camera is lacking in the larger iPad, but I have no intention of ever taking pictures with it.
  5. AttilaTheHun macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2010
    For me
    I have the 12.9" it's nice big as long as you using it around you desk. but if you need to move with it such as go to school or to use it as a scratch pad you better go with the 9.7"
  6. Rob.G macrumors 6502


    Jan 17, 2010
    NW Oregon
    I love my 12.9" one, have no need for the little one.
  7. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Same here.
  8. smashie macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2009
    Or both??? :)
  9. Koobs macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2014
    This is only one reason why the 12.9" screen is amazing. image.jpeg
  10. Rab Simpson macrumors regular

    Rab Simpson

    Feb 10, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
    If you need the extra screen space and the extra memory, stick with the 12.9", otherwise it's entirely down to preference.
  11. bruinsrme, Mar 27, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2016

    bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    I justb[Ickes up the 12.9.
    here is what I have for toys:
    IPP 12.9
    Air 2
    Mini 4

    For he phone the 6+s hands down.
    iPads - well I was thinking about this/
    With the 12.9 the 9.7 is almost dead to me.
    The mini is great for out and about.
    The 12.9 has its challenges in handling. Typing - it's taking a little getting used to as the key board is much larger. Pecking the keys requires the hands to have to travel a lot ore distance. The icon set up on the home page is ridiculous; they should have allowed for more icons.
    The extra real estate makes it feel much more like a laptop.
    The larger split screen is incredibly useful.
    Working on word and excel is now manageable.
    Editing photos doesn't require so much pinching and spreading.

    The 12.9 was boxed up and going back.
    I rethought the situation and started playing with those apps that I stopped using on the 9.7.

    Summing it up. The 12.9 is a usable tool and closer to a laptop replacement.
    9.7 is useful however, he 12.9 is more useful in he productivity realm.
    Movies, watching NHL games, surfing the web, photo/video editing, office apps, action games and FaceTime are much better on the 12.9.

    The 9.7 does reign while sitting on the toilet.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 27, 2016 ---
    Now I can surf and watch.
    The picture of the game is perfect. The puck is visible and can easily be followed.

    I also just connected the apple keyboard.
    It feels kinda cheap but easy to type on.
    Next up is the pen and the camera connection.
    The 9.7 is losing my love more and more.
    The keyboard arrows adds a lot to the ability for Word and Excel.
    Now if there was a mouse, hmmmmmm

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  12. Rapmastac1 macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2006
    In the Depths of the SLC!
    I sold my iPad Pro 12.9" because it proved to be too unwieldy and essentially became a desktop device. I was going to get an Air 2 but glad I waited to be able to get the iPad Pro 9.7".

    They have their pros and cons but I want something that's more portable. I already have a computer at home so I don't need another one that is kind of more portable. I'm downsizing from a 6 Plus to the SE as well so the size gap between my two devices will be similar to the 6 Plus and the 12.9" Pro.
  13. Bargle, Mar 27, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2016

    Bargle macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2012
    Obviously, money is an issue, for those to whom money is not an issue then many of the arguments about hitting a price point for a certain need don't matter. I swear to god, it seems like half the people buy the apple pencil and the 12" iPad pro to browse Facebook and make posts like "After I got the big screen I could never go back to the iPad air which feels like a toy!" (These fall under "money doesn't matter" purchases. Obviously, duh, a big screen is going to make watching Season 5 of Louie CKs new show great....but, its a "pro" device you're using as just a big iPad air and you spent $100 for an extension to your finger).

    Get the big one if:

    1. if you feel like multi-tasking split screen is something you will do a lot of with your work.
    2. if you are a graphic designer/artist and feel that the larger real estate will be put to good use.
    3. You want to use the onscreen keyboard and appreciate the larger layout.
    4. you're old and have bad eyesight and your default font is giant letters on your phone.

    Get the small one if:
    1. you won't be using a lot of split screen work, but feel that you can use the productivity of the pencil to good use (otherwise buy a regular iPad).
    2. a better camera and the "true tone" idea appeals to you aesthetically.
    3. you will also use your device for reading your kindle books, watching videos etc (see point 2 above).
    4. You want to save some money.

    TL;DR: easier split screen multitasking vs. portability, price and latest gimmick.
  14. Viper2005, Mar 27, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2016

    Viper2005 macrumors 6502


    Dec 2, 2007
  15. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    I like your version of split screen. :p
  16. tazdevl macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2010
    I'm sorry but that is a total load of crap. Not sure how anyone can infer the performance of an unreleased device that only has a few synthetic benchmarks which don't reflect real world use.

    Anecdotally, all the previews seem to indicate performancewise the 9.7 is as much of a beast as the 12.9 for general use.

    There "may" be a delta tied to wider memory and more memory when you start looking at professional applications like CAD, 4K video editing, uber photo editing, etc... because you're dealing with more layers, bigger layers, complex models.

    Don't get me wrong, it is very disappointing Apple skimped on RAM and USB 3.0. My guess the RAM and USB miss is tied to profit mitigation for decreasing iPhone revenues.

    I am a bit torn like many, bought every iPhone and iPad iteration, felt suckered by the iPad 3. Going in Apple Store, the 12.9 felt unwieldy i.e. it doesn't seem to be a device you can kick back with like the 9.7. So you always have to have the 12.9 propped. The extra screen real estate was great but the 9.7 seems to be the ideal size for more use cases.
  17. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    I'm keeping my 12.9" but I think it's a bit too big. Obviously a matter of preference. I have a MBP so I do most of my work there. For the casual use I give it, lighter is better. I also have a mini, but find it too small. The 9.7" seems like the Goldilocks device.
  18. Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    100Mhz/6% isn't going to buy you any real future proofing. Anything that hits the A9X is gonna hit both equally, the RAM is more important for future proofing.
  19. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    You have to consider that the higher resolution plays a part, too. How much and which matters more? No idea.

    However, just look at iPad 2/1024x768/512MB and iPad 3/2048x1536/1GB. For me, the iPad 2 seemed to age more gracefully than the iPad 3 despite lower RAM.
  20. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    This is a good point.

    People seem to overlook the fact that the 12.9" iPad is pushing almost double the pixels.
  21. briankeith513 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 6, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    That 12.9' is a total beast. Nice device, but huge. If it could actually replace a macbook, then I'd choose that, as the size would justify it for me. However, since it can't truly replace a Macbook, then I don't want it to be as large as a macbook. If I'd still need both, it makes more sense to me to have a tablet that's more portable.
  22. sracer, Mar 28, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2016

    sracer macrumors 603


    Apr 9, 2010
    Land of Bongos and Beatniks
    People who are 4GB over 2GB aren't overlooking that fact. Besides, your number is off.

    edit: looks like my numbers were off as well. :eek:

    The 9.7 Pro has 3,145,728 pixels on the screen. 12.9 Pro has 5,595,136. The 12.9 Pro doesn't have twice as many pixels, it has (was:56%) 79% more pixels.

    If the 12.9 Pro had 3GB RAM, then your assertion would have merit. (there would be an equivalence between pixel count and RAM ratios) But with 4GB, there is more headroom on the 12.9 than there is on the 9.7.
  23. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    The gpu is what killed the iPad 3 more than anything else as I quickly replaced it with the iPad 4 when it came out. The 64 bit cpu in the Air 1 made the iPad 4 seem like it had more ram as the 32 bit apps used up less ram. Saw the same effect with the iPhone 6+ vs my iPhone 5.
  24. Biggie Robs macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2007
    Jamaica Plain, MA
    The 12.9 has almost 79% more pixels than the 9.7. The 9.7 has almost 44% less than the 12.9.
  25. Krevnik, Mar 28, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2016

    Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    So, here's the thing, you can run 1GB + 2GB, or 2GB + 2GB, or 1GB + 1GB + 1GB. But physical space (and cost) would make the third option a poor one. And the first can't benefit from interleaving, and now I have two part numbers to order, which may negate some of the cheaper cost of the 1GB parts. So if I'm bumping the RAM, I'm more likely going to bump to 4GB rather than 3GB. Especially if I have the room for the chips on the logic board.

    That said, I do agree that the 12.9 gets more headroom as a result (since not all memory use is related to the screen). But not nearly as much as people think.

    Oh, and yeah, someone pointed out its more like 1.79x the pixels. They are right.

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