iPad Pro 9.7 to 10.5: worth the upgrade ?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by anthony13, Jul 3, 2017.

  1. anthony13 macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2012
    i really love my iPad Pro 9.7 (with brydge keyboard) but the screen size has always been the one glaring limitation for me. The 12 inch iPad is really too big for my needs but the 9.7 has felt small too me. Has anyone made this switch? Is it silly too even contemplate?
  2. upandown macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2017
    Not too silly at all. Definitely worth the upgrade. Go hold one for 30 minutes and then pick up the 9.7. Sold.
  3. aakshey macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2016
    It is night and day. Will outlast the 9.7 by at least 2-3 yrs, maybe more.

    Double the RAM. That alone is worth the premium even if you had none of the other features.

    Way faster CPU

    Much bigger and better display

    Way more future proof due to the above

    Better battery life

    More storage

    And there’s probably more.
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    What I would suggest doing if you haven't already, is go test the 10.5 iPad and see if the new display size appeals to you. Most whi have made the upgrade from the 9.7 to the 10.5, have said that the 10.5 is the perfect size for the upgraded display.

    Also, The 120 HZ Promotion display is very crisp and responsive. Not to mention all the other features that are included.
  5. GDF macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2010
    I have had the 9.7 Pro from the start and upgraded briefly to the 10.5, which I ended up returning. While I did think it offered a lot of new benefits that are listed above, I did not think it was worth the upgrade, considering the big loss you take when selling the 9.7. If I had an endless supply of money, then I would upgrade, but the 9.7 still is just fine.

    The only things I really noticed with the 10.5 was the promotion and the larger screen. Maybe that will change with iOS11. 9.7 also seems slightly easier to travel with.

  6. desmond2046 macrumors regular


    Jun 2, 2015
    Columbus, OH, United States
    I upgraded from 9.7" iPad Pro to 10.5" recently. Totally worth it!

    1. I work in academia and read scientific papers all the time. After cropping the edges, the text on 10.5" iPad is the same size as on a printed paper. I don't need to zoom in anymore. Same for magazines. They just look better.
    2. I use notability app a lot. It feels a lot better writing on a bigger surface. 20% does make a difference here.
    3. Although the speakers on the 9.7" sound great, the ones on 10.5" sound amazing. They actually sound better than all my bluetooth speakers.
    4. I use Lightroom for editing RAW photos on the go. You can definitely feel the difference in processing power. More importantly, the 10.5" supports USB 3.0 SD card reader. The import was painfully slow on 9.7" but OK on 10.5" now.
  7. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    Nothing to add, other than that I absolutely agree.
  8. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    I tried to convince myself for a week that I was not going to upgrade from 9.7 to 10.5, but I eventually did and I am so glad. It is going to way out last the 9.7" because of the 4 GB of RAM and the bigger chassis makes for better typing, whether it's on-screen or with the Smart Keyboard. And the screen size increase doesn't sound like much on paper, but there is definitely a difference.
  9. nostodnayr macrumors member


    Jun 8, 2011
    Mie Prefecture, Japan
    The screen is stunning. And I don’t just mean ProMotion. The colours are so much more vibrant. I immediately noticed how black is much more black. And it’s a tiny detail, but that dead screen border between the bezel and the lit pixels is gone. It’s the first time I really felt how the screen is directly under the glass (despite being that way for a while on iPhone).
  10. BigAppleNYC123, Jul 3, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2017

    BigAppleNYC123 macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2017
    The two big things the 10.5 brings is three-app multi tasking and promotion. If you need those, upgrade. The screen size is 18% bigger or so, while the footprint grew about 8%. For me, the screen size upgrade is too small to achieve productivity, and I prefer the smaller screen for bed and couch usage where the device is a foot away from my eyes. You may use your device differently.

    iPad 12.9 will show you two iPad minis in horizontal mode, while 10.5 is showing you 18% more than 9.7... it’s more but I doubt it is a fundamentally different experience with two apps open.

    there are a few reasons to keep your 9.7 over 10.5 Pro.

    - 9.7 has the most common iPad resolution, so you get the best 3rd party app experience
    - smaller foot print makes it more portable
    - bezels make vertical typing easier (Apple arguably shrunk the wrong bezels)
  11. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    The multitasking is not functionally different, but I can't believe you don't think an almost 20% bigger screen is not a big difference. Also, the way they reduced the bezels allowed for an on-screen keyboard and smart keyboard that are closer to "full sized".

    I can totally understand people not wanting to upgrade from 9.7" to 10.5", but saying the differences are minimal is kind of delusional.
  12. BigAppleNYC123 macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2017
    They made the device 8% bigger and gave it an 18% bigger screen... those numbers are not overwhelmingly impressive to me. You obviously feel differently.

    In vertical mode, I like how side bezels keep the keys closer to the middle of the screen. When an iPad Pro comes along that picks up OLED and or facial recognition, the change will be greater than 9.7 to 10.5.
  13. anthony13 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2012
    This is all helpful thank you. I use my iPad as a laptop and a canvas. 75 percent of the time it's docked in my brydge air keyboard. So the increased physical size shouldn't be a deal breaker to me. The size of the screen may be a big benefit as someone above mentioned it's now the size of a paper and I write a lot of papers on mine as well. The pro motion thing is pretty impressive although this really is about RAM and screen real estate for me.

    The response time on the pencil is pretty big for me and I didn't really even realize it till I tried it at the store. The iPad Pro 9.7 will probably start its hand me down path in my family as I think I'm getting a 10.5 tomorrow. Thanks for all the great input.
  14. Mackinjosh Suspended

    Aug 21, 2014
    People say this every year. And next year's iteration will have something cool that this one doesn't and it will be stated that it will outlast the current model by 2-3 years.
  15. BigAppleNYC123 macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2017
    Always interesting to see what sells other people on a device. Enjoy
  16. Booji macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2011
    I just got my 10.5 yesterday. After spending a few hours on it, and going back to the 9.7, the difference is quite stunning. The extra size is much more dramatic than the numbers much suggest. It really is the much more functional size with with being inside a very similar form factor. The Promotion screen will spoil you forever once you use it - really so fluid and smooth - you can really notice it when you switch back to the 9.7. Also, the huge bezels on the 9.7 make it seem like something out of the 90's.

    It's really very fast and the combination of all the changes, while seem relatively small in isolation, make for a significantly upgraded experience.
  17. Relentless Power, Jul 3, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2017

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I agree the reduced bezels really provided the 10.5 iPad a facelift it needed. With the reduction of the bezels by 40%, I think the device looks more like a larger Canvas, even though The display Sounds like a small Upgrade, but the reduced bezels made a huge impact.
  18. rkuo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2010
    Let’s get serious here ... 20% is not a big difference and anyone who tells you differently is fooling themselves. The issue is compounded by most websites and apps using a mobile layout when multitasking on the 10.5 as opposed to the 12.9” which generally lays out side by side apps in full iPad mode. Where the extra size really can make a big difference is keyboard comfort ... but that will depend on your personal preferences.

    Also, if you have a current model that is performing perfectly fine, you shouldn’t buy a new one based on the idea that it will last longer like some of the others here are saying. Upgrading when you aren’t going to see a benefit immediately totally defeats the purpose of making your technology last.
  19. anthony13 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2012
    I agree that future proofing isn't smart, but I think the main difference in opinion even in this thread is wether 20% is noticeable. I think it is after using it. And the RAM is noticeable. Not having to close other apps all the time is nice.
  20. Newtons Apple, Jul 4, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2017

    Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    ProMotion was worth it for me. You quickly do not notice the larger screen size but the way the stuff moves on the screen is an upgrade for sure. Besides I got two very happy family member who got my 9.7s since I replaced them with two 10.5s
  21. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    The upgrade is tempting - but I'm intending to hold off. The 9.7" is still a fully functional device, and due to the poor re-sale values, the cost of upgrading an iPad yearly is extremely high. I can easily afford it, but it makes more sense to hold off for another year or two until my current iPad is better suited to family/kid duty, to replace our aging iPad 4 which still has another year or two left.

    I've upgraded yearly a number of times with the iPad. The best upgrade was going from the 4 to the original Air IMO. That was when the form factor of the device finally hit the sweet spot. The second-best was to the 9.7" Pro because of the addition of the keyboard and Pencil - accessories I'd been waiting for since the original iPad release.
  22. DougFNJ macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2008
    I think this upgrade was comparable to the upgrade from iPad 4 to Air 2 regarding specs. Much better processor, more RAM, better screen, and future proofed. The 10.5 looks like what Apple truly had in mind for a smaller pro model. I think the 9.7 pro was answering requests for a smaller iPad that you could use the keyboard and pencil on. This is the final version that should hold nicely for a good 2 years.

    I did the upgrade, the size of the screen, promotion, and the color that really pops are significant. Add in the 4 gigs of RAM and the processor that keeps up, and that's why I was sold. All the reviews testing the beta show how well it keeps up with the background multitasking and the processor doesn't break a sweat. I think that's where a lot of decisions will be made when iOS 11 officially releases.
  23. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Nah. More like Air to Air 2 (so pretty much one generation which is exactly what this is). The CPU and GPU jump from 4 to Air 2 was more like Air to Pro 9.7. Air to Air 2 was also when we got 2GB RAM, the fully laminated display and improved anti-reflectivity.
  24. rkuo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2010
    Yes ... the difference now is we've reached the point where the improvements matter less and less to the overall experience.

    4GB of RAM is currently irrelevant as most multi tasking does not require that much RAM yet ... and, if we are being honest, I doubt most users know how to multitask with iOS anyway.

    Web browsing is already plenty fast on the iPad Pro 9.7.

    ProMotion is nice for scrolling but most people would need to compare side by side to know that it was there. You wouldn't know it was there if you didn't go looking for it.

    The 10.5 is a great iPad, don't get me wrong. If anyone hasn't upgraded in a while and wants to step up to this, it's definitely going to be a future proof upgrade cycle. I just think the case is very hard to make for trading into this from the 9.7.
  25. AceFernalld macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2008

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