iPad Pro The iPad Pro 11 is ridiculously good.

mcdj

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I've had the 11 for a few months now and I am still blown away by how much better the iPad experience is with this version over anything prior.

I’ve owned the 1, 2, 3, 4, Air, Air 2, and 10.5 Pro. The 11 puts them all to shame.

Yeah sure, more is more, and the 12.9 is awesome too, but typing with it for me was a chore.

The size, ergonomics, weight and usability of the 11 ticks every box and then some. This really is what the iPad should have always been. The iPad we always wanted.

My one complaint is that because it’s so good, I use it a lot, and the battery needs charging more often than I wish it did.
 

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I've had the 11 for a few months now and I am still blown away by how much better the iPad experience is with this version over anything prior.

I’ve owned the 1, 2, 3, 4, Air, Air 2, and 10.5 Pro. The 11 puts them all to shame.

Yeah sure, more is more, and the 12.9 is awesome too, but typing with it for me was a chore.

The size, ergonomics, weight and usability of the 11 ticks every box and then some. This really is what the iPad should have always been. The iPad we always wanted.

My one complaint is that because it’s so good, I use it a lot, and the battery needs charging more often than I wish it did.
I also been through a lot of ipad generations, if you ask me they are all the same limited to the same ios, im finished upgrading!
 

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I also been through a lot of ipad generations, if you ask me they are all the same limited to the same ios, im finished upgrading!
Agree. I guess, for me, the key is the form factor which impacts how and why I use it.
 

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You do realize the 11 is 3mm shorter and only 4mm wider than the 10.5, an overall difference of 1mm. I would hardly characterize that as bigger, as much as your wallet may want you to create it into a beast.

EDIT: Wait wut? Lol.

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I’m referring to my 12.9 It Was Way too big for my needs but I’m happy with the 10.5
 

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You do realize the 11 is 3mm shorter and only 4mm wider than the 10.5, an overall difference of 1mm. I would hardly characterize that as bigger, as much as your wallet may want you to create it into a beast.
I think you kind of answered your own question on why I feel the 11" isn't really worth it. It is just an overall difference of 1mm and the 10.5's top bezels might be fatter than the 11 but the side bezels are thinner. Plus all the swipe gestures work on the 10.5 like they do on the 11. So I can't see why someone would be 10x more impressed with the 11 rather than just "1.2x" more impressed.
 

Lyrca

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Just got my 11 iPad pro today as my first tablet. I am amazed by it. I own an iPhone so I am familiar with iOS but still need to learn a few tricks.

This device really takes my breath away with its speed, screen and design.

I found it hard to see why I might need a tablet but this has definitely changed my mind.

Looking forward to see how it integrates with my usual workflow within the next few days and of course at what Apple will bring to us with iOS 13.
 
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I couldn’t agree more with this post. I’ve also had just about every iPad. 1, 2, 3, Mini, Mini 2, Air 2, 9.7” Pro, 10.5” Pro, and now the 11” Pro.

Every one of them had their pros and cons. The 11” to me has been as good as it gets. From the device itself with the power, and incredible screen displaying a the best workable viewing area on a tablet as I have had. This is the sweet spot of them all. The 2nd gen pencil and keyboard case has me leaving my MacBook Pro home more often than I ever had.

The killer apps that will always do it for me is Goodnotes and the Office apps. Combined with the on board apps, they all make this so good to go. Everything else just adds piles of cherries on top.
 

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I think you kind of answered your own question on why I feel the 11" isn't really worth it. It is just an overall difference of 1mm and the 10.5's top bezels might be fatter than the 11 but the side bezels are thinner. Plus all the swipe gestures work on the 10.5 like they do on the 11. So I can't see why someone would be 10x more impressed with the 11 rather than just "1.2x" more impressed.
Because the 10.5 is garbage speed wise , i would take the 11 all day long video editing.
 
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I have been a iPad 2, 3, Air 2 user.

I have to extensively use the iPad for work/development (we are an ERP software company that has e-comm sites and apps to compliment our main software). Along with development I’ve also tried to use my iPad for meetings numerous, numerous times.

This is perfect. This is the first time i ever used the Apple keyboard (used 3rd parties before but it was too bulky and wasn’t as ergonomic as apple’s. Not to mention it protects the front and back.


I can actually use this for meetings rather than using pen and note pad or labtop. (I still use pen and note pad to take quick scratch notes or notes I don’t need to save virtually because i just end up deleting a lot of crap)

Pen to keyboard seems seamless. I can use the keyboard to write notes and use the pen if i need to make a diagram of some sort (like EDI/PO process between vendors and retailers, or how databases, web services, and apps/websites communicate)


I think its perfect and the iPad i always wanted. From the Air 2 to the Pro 11” this is great. I can truly multi task not without hitting maximum memory and having the whole device either slow down or have the app crash.


I’m truly happy with my purchase, lol I’m actually typing this on my iPad right now
 

haruhiko

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I've had the 11 for a few months now and I am still blown away by how much better the iPad experience is with this version over anything prior.

I’ve owned the 1, 2, 3, 4, Air, Air 2, and 10.5 Pro. The 11 puts them all to shame.

Yeah sure, more is more, and the 12.9 is awesome too, but typing with it for me was a chore.

The size, ergonomics, weight and usability of the 11 ticks every box and then some. This really is what the iPad should have always been. The iPad we always wanted.

My one complaint is that because it’s so good, I use it a lot, and the battery needs charging more often than I wish it did.
Yeah but there is USB-C PD fast charging to quickly add some juice back to the great machine!
 
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EugW

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I have been a iPad 2, 3, Air 2 user.

I have to extensively use the iPad for work/development (we are an ERP software company that has e-comm sites and apps to compliment our main software). Along with development I’ve also tried to use my iPad for meetings numerous, numerous times.

This is perfect. This is the first time i ever used the Apple keyboard (used 3rd parties before but it was too bulky and wasn’t as ergonomic as apple’s. Not to mention it protects the front and back.


I can actually use this for meetings rather than using pen and note pad or labtop. (I still use pen and note pad to take quick scratch notes or notes I don’t need to save virtually because i just end up deleting a lot of crap)

Pen to keyboard seems seamless. I can use the keyboard to write notes and use the pen if i need to make a diagram of some sort (like EDI/PO process between vendors and retailers, or how databases, web services, and apps/websites communicate)


I think its perfect and the iPad i always wanted. From the Air 2 to the Pro 11” this is great. I can truly multi task not without hitting maximum memory and having the whole device either slow down or have the app crash.


I’m truly happy with my purchase, lol I’m actually typing this on my iPad right now
It should be noted that the 10.5" Air, 10.5" Pro, and 11" Pro all have the exact same 18 mm key spacing for their Apple Smart Keyboards.

The 12.9" models have 19 mm key spacing though, which is the same as the Macs.

The black sheep of the family is the keyboard for the 9.7" Pro. That one has noticeably smaller key spacing, which is definitely not good, and which IMO makes it a non-starter.

Because the 10.5 is garbage speed wise , i would take the 11 all day long video editing.
11" would be excellent, but the 10.5" seems to work just fine even with 4K HEVC footage (from the iPhone at least) in LumaFusion.

 

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After using my (first) ipad for the past 2 days I keep being taken away by how fast I can get everything done. I thought there would be more of a learning curve but it turns out that the gestures are really intuitive and natural.

I absolutely love this device and how it suits my needs. I can definitely say that it will replace my MacBook air for 95% of my tasks.

I created a home family film with our vacation videos and everything was smooth. Editing photos is a real pleasure thanks to the speed and screen.

Definitely a great buy.
 

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I've had the 11 for a few months now and I am still blown away by how much better the iPad experience is with this version over anything prior.

I’ve owned the 1, 2, 3, 4, Air, Air 2, and 10.5 Pro. The 11 puts them all to shame.

Yeah sure, more is more, and the 12.9 is awesome too, but typing with it for me was a chore.

The size, ergonomics, weight and usability of the 11 ticks every box and then some. This really is what the iPad should have always been. The iPad we always wanted.

My one complaint is that because it’s so good, I use it a lot, and the battery needs charging more often than I wish it did.
[doublepost=1554290666][/doublepost]I recently went through iPad roulette deciding what’s the best iPad for me. I’ve been using a 2015 12.9 Pro. Previously I used an Air 2. My work recently provided an updated 12.9 Pro with the updated screen technology. Personally, I was ready to go smaller again as taking the larger pro is like toting a small tv around. I ended up trying the new Air just released. It was nice. I’m not a power user as I like to browse, watch tv, Netflix, as well as read. I also edit photos and sometimes make videos on iMovie. The new air felt solid, familiar, but slightly outdated. I decided to head to the Apple Store to demo both the new Air and the 11” Pro side by side. After an hour of using both, I went with the Pro. Overall as fast as Apple is moving, it has the most updated technology available. Screen size is perfect for me. Face ID is better imo. While a majority of what I do on an iPad would be serviced fine by an Air or older pro, I like the thought that if I do need the extra horse power, I have it. Also, 4 speakers vs 2 make a bigger difference than I thought. The form factor feels better when holding it. Also for me, I had a gift card which covered all but $200, which made it a no brainer. If you are on the fence between the new Air and the pro, I’d suggest the pro. Both are wonderful devices, but knowing you have everything Apple offers in the pro definitely future proofs this device not leaving you thinking you have left a little RAM on the table or don’t have quite the CPU. I won’t be upgrading though for quite some time.
 
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LiveM

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This is such a great machine. When I first tried it I thought the screen was nothing to write home about but when going back to my 2014 MacBook Pro I instantly thought differently.

This is my first Apple Pencil and I am disappointed that it is nowhere near as realistic in terms of feel as my Wacom Feel stylus on my Surface Pro 1 (the one with the Wacom digitiser). It feels like it needs more friction and some suspension.

I am now thinking I am going to get the SD card reader and try editing real photos and HEVC videos from my real camera and see how it compares, as the MacBook Pro and my Mac Mini with 16GB RAM are adequate but nowhere near silky smooth. The weight is always what has make the MacBook Pros a PITA for portability, and the iPad Pro takes me back to my Surface Pro experience with similar size, keyboard case, touchscreen and stylus. The portability is a major, major factor in a laptop IMO.

The keyboard folio is fantastic. I just wish the space bar worked as a home button when not typing. It really should.

Face ID is cool but only because it means more screen space. I still find the iPhone SE design breathtaking as evidenced the same day I got the iPad and took the SE in for a screen protector replacement. Seeing it naked again really made my heart skip a beat LOL.
 
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EugW

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This is such a great machine. When I first tried it I thought the screen was nothing to write home about but when going back to my 2012 MacBook Pro I instantly thought differently.

This is my first Apple Pencil and I am disappointed that it is nowhere near as realistic in terms of feel as my Wacom Feel stylus on my Surface Pro 1 (the one with the Wacom digitiser). It feels like it needs more friction and some suspension.

I am now thinking I am going to get the SD card reader and try editing real photos and HEVC videos from my real camera and see how it compares, as the MacBook Pro and my Mac Mini with 16GB RAM are adequate but nowhere near silky smooth. The weight is always what has make the MacBook Pros a PITA for portability, and the iPad Pro takes me back to my Surface Pro experience with similar size, keyboard case, touchscreen and stylus. The portability is a major, major factor in a laptop IMO.

The keyboard folio is fantastic. I just wish the space bar worked as a home button when not typing. It really should.

Face ID is cool but only because it means more screen space. I still find the iPhone SE design breathtaking as evidenced the same day I got the iPad and took the SE in for a screen protector replacement. Seeing it naked again really made my heart skip a beat LOL.
The best shortcut with the space bar is double-tap to take you directly to the home screen. This shortcut alone is worth $50. :p I don’t have this on my 10.5” iPad Pro since mine is Touch ID.
 

LiveM

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Doesn't work for me. The only time the space bar acts like a home button seems to be from the welcome screen.