New iPad Pro.. the first hour!

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Rob.G, Dec 23, 2015.

  1. Rob.G macrumors 6502

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    I got my iPad Pro today! Knowing it was coming Fedex and knowing that Fedex doesn't come around here often, I called up to give them some extra info so they could find me. Last thing I wanted was to wait and wait only to have them not deliver it and have to re-attempt tomorrow.

    What ended up happening was the local delivery station called me back and said hey, you wanna just come pick it up? We're running four hours behind on deliveries today. I'm like, SURE, I'LL BE RIGHT OVER! So I did, and picked it up about 11:30, then hit the grocery store on the way home.

    I got through the initial setup; added my email and twitter accounts. I setup TouchID. Right this minute it's doing an update to 9.2. BTW -- for those asking, mine came out of the box with 82% charge.

    I have yet to try the Pencil on it (which also showed up today via UPS). I've had it plugged in and charging since it arrived back around 9:30 AM. Oh interesting tidbit... I first plugged it into my rMBP... and got an OSX notification saying that a USB device was using too much power and other USB devices had been disabled. Weird. So I moved it to a USB port on my Thunderbolt display, and no more complaints from OSX.

    So, first impressions. It's huge! Not QUITE as huge as I had thought, but huge. Light. Very thin. My last iPad was a 3, and it was fairly thick and heavy, being something of the red-headed stepchild of the iPad line. This definitely feels lighter. I don't have a case yet; I wasn't expecting it to arrive this soon so I hadn't ordered one yet. I may have to hit Best Buy tomorrow.

    The display is gorgeous. I can't really comment on speed yet. It's certainly zippy. I'll post again later after I play with it some more. For now, I'm starving and need to make lunch.
     
  2. chfilm macrumors 65816

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    I watched in the store twice and am really torn.. on the one hand I really like the size, and if I see the ipad air next to it, this feels like an ipad mini suddenly :D

    But then again it's huge to carry around I think. I'm really curious about how you feel about the size.

    The pencil is just plain AWESOME.
     
  3. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    Many people make this comment. But most don't think a 13" MacBook is "too huge" to carry around. The iPP is actually smaller than the 13" MBA/MBP.
     
  4. Rob.G thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think once I have a case for it, it'll be fine. It'll be like carrying my laptop around but half the weight. I do wish somebody would put a pencil holder in the case though.

    The iOS update is done; now I'm in the process of downloading fifty thousand (note: slight exaggeration) apps from the App Store... as slow as my 'net connection is, it may be a few hours before it's done.

    Almost done with my sandwich too. :)
     
  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    It does take a bit of getting used to -- compared to previous iPads, it IS big. But the more I use it, the more I'm liking it. I haven't taken it out of the house yet, not sure if I ever will, but for at home use, I'm finding that the size is not a problem. Am typing this now on iPP on the software keyboard, in landscape, on my lap. Quite comfy.
     
  6. Rob.G thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I just played with the pencil a bit in Procreate. WOW. Seriously ***** impressive! I'm no artist but this thing's gonna be FUN. What I really want is a technical drawing program... uMake might do. Something like MacDraw from waaaay back in the System 6 days. That'll make designing stuff a lot of fun.

    Is there a list anywhere of the apps that have been updated for the Pro? Like, I see that the Gmail app apparently hasn't been I'm not sure about Google Earth either.
     
  7. username: macrumors 6502a

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    I went into a store to play with one. Yes it's big but wow I was shocked how light it was. Totally could carry the iPp around no problems it is super light compared to MacBook Air and especially MBP
     
  8. Dammit Cubs macrumors 68000

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    This screen is awesome. The only thing I would love now is if you can folder the iPad pro screen for better packing...and protection. But that technology won't be ready unti 2025 when NanoRobots invade our gadgets :)
     
  9. Robnsn2015 macrumors regular

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    The weight takes a little bit of getting used to, but it isn't too bad. I've held the IPP in portrait mode with one hand while standing up. Not terrible at all.
     
  10. Rob.G thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm loving it! I'm making this post with it. It's so nice having a full-size web page open. No more need for apps like tapatalk.

    Next I need to learn how to use Procreate, Paper, uMake and the other drawing apps.
     
  11. Speechless macrumors 6502

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    send me your apple pencil it's Christmas.
     
  12. MH01 macrumors G4

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    Enjoy! Just in time for xmas.

    It's like the 6 Plus, you get used to the size fast. My iPad Air 2 feels tiny.
     
  13. Fthree macrumors 6502a

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    i am also noticing that the more i use the IPP the more i get used to the size and "Awkwardness" of it. I also am awaiting more optimized apps.
     
  14. riverfreak macrumors 6502a

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    For those of you with the iPad Pro, what iPad did you have before? I have a first gen iPad (yep!) and a first gen iPad Mini. I've seen it in the Apple Store (very briefly) but I'm curious what people think coming from different iPad models.

    I am considering the Pro almost exclusively for reading sheet music on the piano and some web browsing. The mini is TOO small, and my first gen iPad cannot be upgraded past 5.1.1! iOS 5 feels really, really ancient, by the way...
     
  15. Speechless macrumors 6502

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    Never owned an iPad. However, someone in my household had an iPad 2 and I used it for general consumption when given the opportunity.

    I've yet to open the Pro (waiting for Christmas) :(
     
  16. riverfreak macrumors 6502a

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    Christmas is practically here. Go open it and report back!
     
  17. masterpace macrumors regular

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    Congrats bro! You'll love it in the end. I agree that the IPP is quite huge, but it's also sleek and lightweight, when putting things into considerations. My previous iPad was the Air 2. I can feel that the IPP is a huge upgrade compared to it. For instance, the real estate of the screen, the Smart Keyboard, the Pencil... make it a very productive tool. As far as I'm concerned, it's almost replacing my current laptop, a Razer Blade. iOS 9 came a long way, but there are still a few things requiring a laptop. Hopefully, developers will embrace the IPP and deliver apps to its full potent. So far, I'm happy with purchase although it's quite hefty here in Canada (given the bad exchange rate we currently face). IPP + Smart Keyboard + Pencil = 1610 $ (CDN) + 15 % taxes = 1850 $ (roughly). So, yeah, that's quite expensive.
     
  18. Fthree macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know if I'm trying to make myself love it or what. I know now that it really is nothing more than a bigger iPad Air 2 at this point
     
  19. aajeevlin macrumors 6502a

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    Just got mine yesterday. So far I'm in love. The new speaker is awesome and I love typing on it. Totally dig the bigger screen.
     
  20. FrancoRumors macrumors 6502

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    I've had an iPad (original), iPad 2, iPad mini gen 1 and then a very long iPad hiatus until the IPP. I can get enough of this thing.

    Procreate, Adobe creative suite apps, paired with astropad and photoshop and Lightroom.!!

    I have not put this thing down.

    My MacBook Air 11 has been passed down... Not needed anymore.

    I pair the IPP with an iMac 27 inch using astropad. Mostly for Photoshop but it also allows me to easily do something on the iMac if it can't be done from the iPad... For example today I was encoding some old DVDs and I used astropad to remote into my iMac and setup a batch convert. Normally I would have had to get up from the couch... Good thing my Apple Watch reminded me to stand during my IPP enabled laziness.

    Anyway - I'm starting to believe this thing can handle many things - that I cannot easily do with a "laptop"... Although I do argue the point that it does sit nicely on my lap when paired with the keyboard.. Add in gaming with a Mfi controller!! This is by far my favorite Apple product release in a while.

    Although I am envious of he keyboard on the new MacBook. For me there is nothing else. My wife has one and after the initial shock of how different it was I don't want to type on anything else. The smart keyboard is nice - same basic tech - different execution.
     
  21. Rob.G thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm totally hooked on it! The Pencil is what makes it so great. That coupled with the screen real estate and the fast CPU. I hope the iPad Air 3 ends up being anywhere near this powerful (and has Pencil compatibility) and I may get one of those too. Although I think to really do well with the Pencil, you need the larger display.

    If you have no interest in the Pencil, the IPP may not be for you. You might be better to wait for the Air 3, or pick up an Air 2 from the refurb store.

    My first actual Procreate drawing is a Christmas card for my 9yo daughter who lives in another state with her mom. That way it can suck and she'll still love it. :)
     
  22. riverfreak macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting. Thanks. I'm not immediately drawn to the pencil, but I can certainly see it's utility. I have scraps of paper all over my desk simply because I like to jot things down instead of input via keyboard. It would be great if I could do that on the Pro, maybe using Notes.
     
  23. ApplePhy macrumors 6502

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    Your play by play was classic.

    Captured the excitement and anticipation every Apple fan knows (all too well) days and moments before receiving a new product.
     
  24. malandra macrumors regular

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    I'm upgrading from an iPad 4. What is most unbelieveable is that the difference in weight is negligible. It probably is no heavier than your iPad 1.

    Would be really fantastic for sheet music.
     
  25. digitalcuriosity macrumors regular

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    There is a lot of Design and Engineering changes in the new iPads, from what Steve Jobs demanded in how tough the iPads had to be. Also batteries are thiner and more powerful today then back then. Are the new iPads as tough as the early iPads? I don't think so.is it a deal killer i don't think so.
    Mr. Jobs did not want the iPad Mini and he did not want a bigger iPad as the Pro is today.
    Times have changed people wanted smaller iPads and bigger iPads.also thiner iPhones and larger thin iPhones.
    Mr.Jobs would never had allowed the non metal iPhones.now today they are gone.
    In my hands i felt the new iPad Pro had less weight then my iPad4.
     

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