My Twelve South Compass Pro Has Shipped!

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  1. jazz1 macrumors 68000

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    I've used the older model, but this one looked to be a little heavier duty to hold my new 12.9 iPad Pro. I'll do a comparison with pictures when it arrives.

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  2. Never mind macrumors 6502

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    Nice looking for the desk. I bought a iPad Stand for my last 12.9 and now with my new 12.9 generation 3 it will not fit the Apple Pencil. Enjoy your 12 South compass pro.


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  3. Treebark macrumors 6502

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    Do you use that compass stand on your desk next to a computer or something? Was just curious what function it provided.
     
  4. jazz1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Unfortunately upgrading has a downside. I'm a bag lover and some of my camera and everyday bags won't work with the 12.9 (coming from a 10.5). Not to mention the 1st Apple Pencil :rolleyes:. Hey, same with snow tires from car to car :D.
    I have previously used the Compass on the kitchen table/counter while cooking. Keeps the iPad above the any errant food ;) I also have used it as a second screen to my iMac (usually for texts and e-mail).

    I found it handy for traveling and in coffee shops for surfing the web or movie watching. Okay, even more honesty, at the local brewpub while I'm waiting for friends to arrive.

    I think the lower angles of the Compass can help in typing if you aren't using a keyboard. Note my only concern it the weight of the device. Even the Compass 2 had some heft to it. So if it gets used out of the house it does add extra weight. I could be wrong but the Compass2 I've used doesn't heft like lightweight aluminum.

    In any event I find the device useful for me. Others may think it is superfluous for their style of usage. I'll review and try to keep my gadget loving nature out of it when I write about it.
     
  5. Treebark macrumors 6502

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    Now that I can see. our 2018 regular iPad is going to be repurposed to the kitchen as a dedicated recipe and calendar pad. Hadn't thought about keeping it above counter spills and the like. Keeping your iPad's normal case off restaurant / coffee table's dirty surfaces (take a wet napkin to one next time you go out...ewww) makes a lot of sense too.

    Might have to look at one for the kitchen. I suppose the older model may be better for the 2018 regular ipad though.
     
  6. jazz1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I think you are correct about the older ones being a better use match for smaller iPads. I will say that the older models did work fine with my 10.5. Check Amazon. I got a Rosegold on sale. It was cheaper than the alternative colors.
     
  7. jazz1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Hey I everyone received the TwelveSouth iPad Compass Pro today. And had lunch with singer Emily Warren . Well I did read a web article about her while listening to her music on iTunes via the fantastic iPad speakers.

    I found the heavier duty version of the Compass Pro to be a perfect fit for the 12.9 iPad. The extended little feet grippers are more are much better than my previous Compass 2. In fact I’m typing on the iPad using the lower angle.

    There is also an additional adjustment on the main leg that works to give one more upright angle. Very good for movie watching.
     
  8. Treebark macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the update. I’m considering ordering one...kind of curious if I’d be able to pop out my 12.9 from the keyboard case and lay it on the really reclined compass stand to have a better drawing angle. May just have to give it a shot.
     
  9. jazz1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Let me check it out. Will respond tomorrow. My concern would be if the pressure of an Apple Pencil would mak it wobble at the extreme left and right of the landscaped iPad 12.9.
     
  10. Hambones macrumors member

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    I just picked one of these up.

    Question on them: When they are expanded like in the pic you have in your first post of this thread, I notice that slight pressure or even putting the ipad (11") on the stand makes that black expandable leg piece (on rear leg) retract into the metal. It "clicks" into place when I pull it out, but feel it goes in way too easy.

    Is this normal or maybe defective unit?
     
  11. jazz1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I don’t have to the new pencil. I used my old Apple Pencil and I think it would work just by the feel of the old pencil. Of course the old pencil won’t draw. So I’m estimating force.
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    Mine doesn’t slip pushing with my finger. If I grab both sides of the iPad I can angle it down. The rear leg only uses friction. There is no locking mechanism on the rear, adjustable leg. I’d call or email Twelve South about the issue.
     
  12. Treebark macrumors 6502

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    Thanks! I might as well give it a shot.
     
  13. ardent11 macrumors member

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    I'm keen to grab this (Just waiting for Australian resellers to get some stock).

    I've a few questions if you don't mind:

    – I can't seem to find any photos of this in use from the front. Do the little nubs sticking up from the feet interfere with the screen at all? On the one product shot of it on an angle it looks as if the nubs are just as tall as the bezel but it's hard to tell.

    – Have you used this with the Smart Folio Keyboard? Does it fit fine?

    – How heavy is it? (Can't seem to find the weight on their website)

    Thanks!
     
  14. Treebark macrumors 6502

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    I don't have it yet but if somebody doesn't respond to your questions I'll try in a few days.
     
  15. jazz1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    No problem with the bezel being covered

    No problem with the Apple Smart Folio

    I don't have a scale to weigh. But it does have some heft. The Compass 2 is thinner and lighter. The Compass Pro I think is best used with the 12.9. The legs on the Compass Pro spread out more. The the hooked feet projections offer more support against sliding off the peg. That said a case thicker than the Apple Keyboard folio and Smart Folio probably won't fit behind the feet hooks.
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  16. ardent11 macrumors member

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    Those photos are absolutely perfect, thanks for taking the time to do that and answering my questions.
     
  17. jazz1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the "thanks" ;) Heck, my spouse is probably right that I buy new devices just to try out the accessories.
     
  18. jazz1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yes, but I would use it at a coffee shop and in the kitchen. Cooking or on the kitchen table.
     
  19. Adamirdud macrumors newbie

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    I love the Compass' design, but I really don't like the look of those glossy hooked feet projections at all, and goes against the stealthy look the compass originally had, in my opinion. Do you feel that the compass 2 (non-pro) is too week or not good enough to hold the new 12.9?
     
  20. jazz1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I think the old one would work if you havea soft touch. I did buy one on sale recently before the 12.9 purchase.

    The legs on the Pro spread out more for better support. The Pro also has the back leg that adjusts the angle. I think if you were going to use the Compass a lot the Pro would be a better choice long term choice. The hooks on the Pro are an improvement support wise. Heck I’m using it right now on the kitchen table. So I am a believer :D
     
  21. Brad Smith macrumors regular

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    I got the Compass Pro yesterday to use with my new 12.9”. Sadly while I am really happy with it as a stand for basic reading and tapping around, it’s too unstable for any detailed work (sketching, more tapping—especially around the edges, etc). The iPad shifts up and down too easily under even light pressure. Too much so for it to be practical for sketching, even in the slightly angles sketching/typing mode. Anyone else have experience like this?
     
  22. ardent11 macrumors member

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    Mine finally arrived. I'm pretty happy with it, build quality is good and the packaging was nice. It's not as steep as an angle as I thought it would but I think I can live with that. I was hoping it'd match the angle of my laptop.
     

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