So Incredibly Impressed By iPad Pro.

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  1. spiderman0616 macrumors 68030

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    The second I shipped my 13" retina MBP off to its eBay buyer, I had a feeling of dread. Despite the fact that I've been incredibly skeptical of an iPad Pro ever replacing my laptop, new apps and workflows have become available to me in the last few months that have made it plausible, at least in theory. I do have a work issued laptop for emergencies, and my wife has a Macbook Pro, so that crutch is still there, but I've been surprised to find out that I could totally live without them.

    I don't want to sit here and spell out all my tasks I do every day and how I get them done--I'll simplify it to this: For work I do a lot of conference calling, emailing, and web based stuff during the day. As far as personal computing, I do a lot with audio recording and editing, video editing now and then, collaborating with other people on Slack, etc. In other words--a huge variety of stuff.

    I took a hard pass on the 12.9" iPad Pro, but when the 9.7" came out, I had to have it, and I can honestly say that after putting it through its paces since the day the UPS guy dropped it off, the iPad Pro is going to be my main computer going forward.

    The first thing I did was test all my work applications. We use Office 365 and are permitted to put it on our personal devices. We also use a lot of internal and external teleconferencing software. All of these apps have either always been iOS compatible/optimized or just recently became compatible, and they all work amazingly well in iOS. The one thing that makes me say I wouldn't want to work from my iPad all day is that they don't all support split screen. For example, I think all the Office 365 stuff supports it EXCEPT for Skype for Business (formerly Lync), which is the main way my company communicates. There are also still times where I like my dual monitor setup for certain tasks. In those occasions, I will still use a laptop. So for work--most of the time, yes, I can work on an iPad Pro. And the times I can't, I'm convinced that that will become less common as the software evolves.

    For all the other stuff I do, the iPad Pro has me covered. The way final cuts of my projects sound is actually better than anything I ever got out of GarageBand on my Mac. I don't know the particulars of how the audio processing works on iPad Pro, but I am blown away by the results. I cannot believe a tablet this thin and light can produce content like that. There is one very small, quick task in my personal non-work workflow that I need a computer for, but it's not because of a limitation of the iPad Pro or iOS, it's actually more a limitation of the app itself not having iCloud Drive or Dropbox compatibility.

    Speaking of which, I couldn't have cared less when the "share sheet" initially came out for iOS, but having iCloud Drive and Dropbox available in the share sheet has fully taken the place of Finder on my Mac. I organize my files just like I did on that machine. Yes, it's a LITTLE more cumbersome to move stuff around, but I'm not one of those people who was every married to having a file system. I'm open to new methods, and those methods will get faster. I think iOS 10 is going to have a lot of improvements specific to iPad Pro, and file management is hopefully one of them.

    Yes, all the other stuff you keep hearing about in the media is great too--the screen, the speakers, the speed, etc. But what's blown me away, honestly, is just the fact that the iPad Pro has proven to me that my hesitation about it being a laptop replacement (for ME, not saying it is for YOU) was unfounded. I think the iPad Pro is going to be the only "laptop" I need for quite some time. It is the iPad I have always wanted but never quite got. It's the real deal now, and I am SO happy with it.
     
  2. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Great news. I like the new iPad Pro and think it has a bright future. iOS 10 should make it even better.
     
  3. dannyyankou macrumors 603

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    As of now, approximately 80 percent of my computing is done on an iPad Pro. Another 10 percent is for school work and another 10 percent is for doing certain things on my MacBook that my iPad can't do, which is rare.
     
  4. megalaser macrumors 6502

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    Yes it's very fast and responsive, much more than any of my previous iPads which I ended up selling or giving away. I hope this is going to be a device that I use a lot, the pencil is really great.
     
  5. deany macrumors 68020

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    What are you Pro, Pro users doing for accessories are you using the two apple cases for instance? and would a genuine apple bluetooth keyboard be okay for your needs with Office 365?
    thanks
     
  6. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I have had zero time with the keyboard because mine still hasn't arrived. I will be using the pencil mostly just for note taking as I am not an artist at all.

    I do have a Bluetooth keyboard, but I hate having to carry a separate thing that I have to remember to charge.
     
  7. deany macrumors 68020

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    thanks for the reply, have you invested in the apple case(s)
     
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    great to hear it's a success for you so far :)

    my 12 incher is permanently switched on sitting on my work desk next to me main pc's all through the working day, acting as my comms to the outside world, as well and my go-to note pad, organising my working life, my diarys and all my sketching and note taking needs - it is priceless.
    My older ipad2 could kinda do all this, but nothing compared to my large screen, buttery smooth speeds and operation, smart keyboard and Pencil (wow, the Pencil in all it's uses is a huge game changer for me) and splitscreen multitasking.

    as i say, it's in permanent operation organising my 'admin' life, even if it has nothing to contribute to my core work. now, i'd be completely lost without it.

    and of course, chilling on the weekends with it with my wife is a natural bonus.
     
  9. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I suspect when I get my Smart Keyboard (supposed to arrive via UPS today) that I will be using mine much the same way. I work from home and have a nice big dual widescreen monitor setup that I have connected to a docked laptop. I will probably keep the iPad Pro set up right in front of that and will also use it when I want to venture away from my desk for the day and work out on the patio. I plan on getting a Pencil this week and will probably use that for quick note taking when talking to clients. It will be really nice.

    I think that I like the Apple approach to this better than the Microsoft approach. I want this kind of device to be more of a tablet than a laptop because I do love to use it for Netflix and stuff at night too. But that doesn't mean the apps have to suck--I'm using a couple of apps now that were designed from the ground up for iPad and are very powerful and capable. The iPad Pro will take off if app developers remember that touch UI is the key.
     
  10. deany macrumors 68020

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    so no cover at the moment then?
     
  11. TheRealAlex macrumors 65816

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    Curse you Spiderman0616 I was gonna create this exact same thread. Anyways I have been floored by my 9.7 Pro perfect size and insanely fast can only imagine what exclusive goodies to the Pro line iOS will have.

    Heck I'd be more upset if I had purchased a iPad Air 2 and 15 months later Apple drops the Pro with easily 4x the computing power and much improved display and speakers it's a giant leap everyone who bought an Air 2 recently is scratching their eyes out right now.

    My 9.7 Pro has done 1 amazing thing (cleaned up my desk) I use to have an old 17 inch DELL laptop Core 2 Duo 2.5Ghz and 4GB DDR3 RAM and 256GB SSD. All I can say is the 9.7 Pro is easily 2x faster or more than my old laptop. 4K video zooms and more.

    No games take full advantage of its GPU yet it's Xbox 360 class but I can't wait. Games that stutter on the iPad Air 1 or 2 just fly now.
     
  12. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I have the charcoal gray Apple silicon back cover on it, which I actually like a LOT more than I thought I would. I'm not having any problems with lint or pet hair sticking to it, and it seems to be somewhat fingerprint repellant as well. But getting my keyboard has been an exercise in frustration. My Apple Store order was backordered out 2 weeks and I got sick of waiting, so I ordered one from Best Buy that's supposed to arrive today. In the meantime I've been going around to stores in my area hoping to catch one in stock, but nobody has it. I've seen them going on eBay for up to $250. It's been super annoying, and I don't understand why there weren't more of these in stock for launch. They had the same problem with the 12.9" Pro.

    But yeah, I feel like I haven't been able to fully enjoy the device yet because I don't have any of the accessories yet. I was going to skip the Pencil completely, but now I'm planning on picking one up today or tomorrow. Here's hoping the UPS guy shows up super early today. I can't wait to have my keyboard cover.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 4, 2016 ---
    I have a Nimbus controller for my Apple TV and I'm definitely going to try that with the iPad Pro soon. I'm sure it's going to be really cool to use it as a little portable gaming station around the house.
     
  13. AlexJoda macrumors regular

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    What I don´t understand is why everybody made such a fuss out of using the iPPs as a desktop replacement because of the Smart Keyboard. Keyboards for iPads are around for many years (e.g. from Logitech). For me the screen size of the 12.9" iPP is the real difference regarding using it for working stuff. I am using the Smart Cover to keep it light and thin and taking a Apple Magic Keyboard in the bag if it comes to heavy typing (same width than iPP 12.9"). This keyboard works without compromises...
     
  14. Ludatyk macrumors 65816

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    Agreed! Personally I like the on-screen keyboard of the 12.9" over the 9.7" and I have a iMac to do heavy lifting things and I use the iPP when away from my Mac.

    Having a desktop & iPad is a perfect combination IMO... fitting a laptop along with a iPad kind of defeats the purpose of having a iPad, I understand that users like the idea of having both a laptop & iPad. But by both capable of being mobile... I don't see a logical reason of having both.
     
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    We have a spare unused "Apple Magic Keyboard" form an iMac which we plan on using for occasional use (MS Word) on the 9.7 Pro.
    Do you use a case or cover to protect it when in your bag? or just the original box? if you do use something different can you recommend one?
    Thank you
     
  16. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    That's great to hear. I'm just curious if there is anything about the Pro in particular that made you feel this way, or could iPad Air2 do the same thing?
     
  17. AlexJoda macrumors regular

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    I assume you mean the keyboard. I have a small 13" bag, that has a zipped padded compartment I am using for the keyboard. Another compartment is for the iPP which is only covered by the Smart Cover. The bag is named "Tucano Edge" and it fits perfectly for the 12.9" iPP. Can recommend it....
     
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    Hi Alex
    yes I meant the keyboard, nice looking bag the "Tucano Edge"
    thanks
     
  19. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I never owned the Air 2, but I have to say that now that I have a True Tone screen and the quad speakers, I would never want to go back to a non-Pro iPad. Also, I do plan on making use of the Pencil. These are all things the Air 2 can't do, though I'm still recommending the Air 2 to anyone who doesn't plan on trying to replace a laptop or desktop with an iPad.

    As for some of the other comments being made about the keyboards--yes, it has always been possible to use one, but what makes the Pro attractive is that the Smart Connector eliminates the need for bluetooth devices. I hate bluetooth in general--I think it's a shoddy wireless standard that is in dire need of replacement. I don't like carrying a separate keyboard around, and I like that the Smart Keyboard doubles as a cover. I think the third party stuff just doesn't fill that need as elegantly as Apple's solution. I tried a lot of different keyboard cases with my iPad Air and hated them all. I'm hoping to like this one better.
     
  20. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    I totally get that True Tone and the speakers are great features, but I don't think they are necessary for productivity. So apart from Pencil, I'm not seeing anything that the 9.7 Pro does that the Air 2 can't do. It seems to me that the Air 2 was already a device capable of replacing a laptop in many scenarios.
     
  21. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I agree--however my previous two iPads were the Air 1 and the mini 3. Neither of those could do split screen, so this was a nicer upgrade for me than it would be for someone who already has an Air 2.
     
  22. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Just as an update--I finally got my Smart Keyboard Cover this afternoon. After some testing with typing out some emails and messages in Slack, I REALLY like it! I thought it might feel like something I could use when I'm in a pinch, but I think I could use it for more than that. It has a nice feel to it and feels pretty natural to type on. I'm not sure why people are saying you can't use it in your lap--the keyboard is nice and solid, and I just used the whole setup in my lap for about 10 minutes with no problems. I've never actually liked using laptops in my lap, but this is actually more feasible to me because there is no heat to deal with.
     
  23. kupkakez macrumors 68000

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    I love posts like this. I love seeing other people out there such as myself that are using their iPads as their "computer replacement".
     
  24. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    If you look at my post history, you will see that I was NOT convinced that this could be done as recently as just a few weeks ago. But after completing some big projects EXCLUSIVELY on my iPad Pro over the weekend, I am now 100% convinced that I do not need a laptop anymore. I still have my work issued one and will still use it when needed, but as far as for my own personal use, the iPad Pro is all I need. Probably going to go pick up a Pencil tomorrow and see what I think of that.
     
  25. kupkakez macrumors 68000

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    Yup I think I recall reading a few. I think for a lot of people you just have to give it a try. You'd be surprised, such as you were! I can't use mine for work purposes as our IT department requires we use work issued Windows laptops.. :(

    But for my personal usage I am 100% iPad all day and have been since November.

    It's awesome to know you can consolidate two devices into one, plus saves you a few bucks not having to upgrade both a tablet and a computer! ;)
     

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