Which do you prefer 12.9" or 10.5"

Are you buying the 10.5" or 12.9" iPad Pro?

  • 10.5" for content consumption

    Votes: 87 40.1%
  • 10.5" as a laptop replacement

    Votes: 41 18.9%
  • 12.9" for content consumption

    Votes: 43 19.8%
  • 12.9" as a laptop replacement

    Votes: 46 21.2%

  • Total voters
    217
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Dave245

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Ok so after the keynote and everything that Apple announced i just wanted to get opinions on what people think, are you happy that Apple announced a 10.5" iPad Pro? do you think the extra screen estate will make a difference?

What are you buying a new iPad Pro for? will it be as a content consumption device or will you be aiming to replace your current laptop?

Personally i'm leaning towards the 12.9" iPad Pro as a laptop replacement, especially with all the features that Apple added to IOS 11 for the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Do you feel like it's going to replace your laptop? personally i'm hoping it replaces mine however i will still have an iMac as a desktop for home use i couldn't envision (at least at this point) not having a Mac at all.
 

iPadDad

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I have been running 100% iPad only for 4 years now, currently (iPad Air 2) with my iPhone 7 to compliment it, and the two work seemlessly together. For work it is an amazing combination. I use the two together all the time, from copy and pasting from my iPhone to my iPad, using apps on my phone (as a second screen) that sync to apps on my iPad, to using my phone on speaker as aposed to my office phone while I type and use my iPad, to checking off Project steps and things things to do in my Omnifocus on my phone while I work on mail and other apps on my iPad, to scheduling calendar events on my phone so as not to take up more screen real estate on my iPad. It's such a great combonation.

I am going for the iPad Pro 12'9 2nd Gen with Smart Keyboard for the screen size and multitasking room.
 

Relentless Power

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I recently just purchased my laptop approximately a month ago, and I have been anticipating purchasing a new iPad. The 10.5 seems promising, but it does utilize the iPhone user interface for 50/50, where as the 12.9 iPad would be using the iPad user interface . Being that I want to have more of a desktop, I likely will opt for the 12.9 iPad Pro. And I also already have a 9.7 Air 2.

Also, I would appreciate the higher resolution with a 12.9 iPad Pro. Being both models have 4 GB of RAM, it's not an easy decision. I Don't have any use for the Apple Pencil, but I like that they expanded on that.

I will likely use my laptop for more administrative work, but I do want to 12.9 iPad for mainly media and the larger display would be more beneficial for me. I would also consider adding on the smart keyboard, at least I would have the option of converting it into a desktop if I wanted to.

I should also note, the other reason I would consider the 12.9 Pro over the 10.5, is I likely wouldn't be taking it with me outside my home. If I traveled more, for portability reasons, I would likely opt for the 10.5 with for the more compact size.
 
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jumpingjackflash

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I should also note, the other reason I would consider the 12.9 Pro over the 10.5, is I likely wouldn't be taking it with me outside my home. If I traveled more, for portability reasons, I would likely opt for the 10.5 with for the more compact size.
This is something I quite don't understand. People have been travelling decades with their 15"-17" laptops that weight 3-10 times more than current 12.9". Now suddenly 12.9" is too much to even take outside home! Give me a break!!

For these people it honestly seems to be more of a fashion/image question than anything else.
 

Relentless Power

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This is something I quite don't understand. People have been travelling decades with their 15"-17" laptops that weight 3-10 times more than current 12.9". Now suddenly 12.9" is too much to even take outside home! Give me a break!!

For these people it honestly seems to be more of a fashion/image question than anything else.
Fashion verus function. I prefer functionality. I don't have a reason to take the 12.9 outside my home. I already have my 9.7 iPad to take with me if I so choose for portability. As I already previously indicated, The 12.9 would primarily serve as a desktop, which is reason enough to have it stationary at my home.

But more than anything, I think it's just about comfortability. It depends what somebody else is carrying with them that they don't want to carry the 12.9 iPad Pro. I don't think it's necessarily too large or too heavy, but I think it depends on how mobile somebody really is and what they Over all prefer. I Think it's important for you to remember Everyone is different and has alternative preferences for portability.
 
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IPadNParadise

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I voted for the 12.9"'as a consumption device. I have one on order but I'm thinking its still going to be a couple more IOS upgrades before the ipad can truly replace my mac needs. And possibly more ipad upgrades also before it is a laptop replacement. One major need that I have is transfer of raw photos from camera to ipad to be raw developed in AP without the current need of my mbp to save them onto the icloud drive first. IPad replacement of the mac is coming, I just dont know how soon. Until then, I'm looking forward to the larger consumption screen of the 12.9!
 

HengenJL

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I will primarily be using the 10.5" Pro in my college courses this fall. I have a 12" MacBook which is primarily my school computer. Hoping the 10.5" Pro will be a good supplement. I won't say that it is a laptop replacement for me, just a supplementary device.
 
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Dave245

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Fashion verus function. I prefer functionality. I don't have a reason to take the 12.9 outside my home. I already have my 9.7 iPad to take with me if I so choose for portability. As I already previously indicated, The 12.9 would primarily serve as a desktop, which is reason enough to have it stationary at my home.

But more than anything, I think it's just about comfortability. It depends what somebody else is carrying with them that they don't want to carry the 12.9 iPad Pro. I don't think it's necessarily too large or too heavy, but I think it depends on how mobile somebody really is and what they Over all prefer. I Think it's important for you to remember Everyone is different and has alternative preferences for portability.
I will primarily be using the 10.5" Pro in my college courses this fall. I have a 12" MacBook which is primarily my school computer. Hoping the 10.5" Pro will be a good supplement. I won't say that it is a laptop replacement for me, just a supplementary device.
I think the video that Apple made highlights what the iPad Pro can do and what people will be doing with it, i like this video. I do think it will be different things for different people, for example if it can replace a laptop for students that is a BIG thing having been a university student myself i was using a 2011 MacBook Pro that took up a lot of room in my bag, for that to be replaced with an iPad Pro even if it's the 12.9" version is great. Obviously this won't be the case for everyone because some people need a lot more power, but those who take notes and or type up essays and dissertations it would be a great device i think especially with the portability.

 
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jumpingjackflash

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Sounds like an insinuation in some respects. I prefer functionality. I don't have a reason to take the 12.9 outside my home. I already have my 9.7 iPad to take with me if I so choose for portability. As I already previously indicated, The 12.9 would primarily serve as a desktop, which is reason enough to have it stationary at my home.

But more than anything, I think it's just about comfortability. It depends what somebody else is carrying with them that they don't want to carry the 12.9 iPad Pro. I don't think it's necessarily too large or too heavy, but I think it depends on how mobile somebody really is and what they Over all prefer. I Think it's important for you to remember Everyone is different and has alternative preferences for portability.
No offense really, but since you don't even currently have (or ever had?) a 12.9" device, I'm just curious to know where does your opinion come from? Does it even come from a real experience?
 

Relentless Power

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No offense really, but since you don't even currently have (or ever had?) a 12.9" device, I'm just curious to know where does your opinion come from? Does it even come from a real experience?
It's the internet. No offense taken. I have a 12.9 Pro used for work. It stays at work. I have enough experience to know I prefer it as a desktop. I have been leaning for a 12.9 Pro for home now for while and the new 12.9 has provoked me to make the purchase. Again, for a second time, my intentions are to have it as a desktop replacement. That's my ultimate goal. I have no reason to take it outside my house. I have other options for portability Considerations.
 

jumpingjackflash

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It's the internet. No offense taken. I have a 12.9 Pro used for work. It stays at work. I have enough experience to know I prefer it as a desktop. I have been leaning for a 12.9 Pro for home now for while and the new 12.9 has provoked me to make the purchase. Again, for a second time, my intentions are to have it as a desktop replacement. That's my ultimate goal. I have no reason to take it outside my house. I have other options for portability Considerations.
Okay, that's fine. There is a different needs for everyone.
 

Dave245

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After seeing everything that Apple announced i think that this years WWDC was one of the most busy with the most products and software updates ever (i think). The iPad Pro along with IOS 11 is one of the stand out moments for me i think Apple were listening to what people have been asking for and decided to deliver. I'm still deciding between the 10.5" and the 12.9" but i will be updating, the 512GB also seems enticing at least for me.
 
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lyutin

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This is something I quite don't understand. People have been travelling decades with their 15"-17" laptops that weight 3-10 times more than current 12.9". Now suddenly 12.9" is too much to even take outside home! Give me a break!!

For these people it honestly seems to be more of a fashion/image question than anything else.
It actually weights pretty much exactly what first gen ipad weighted...so im pretty happy with my choice. I do have 15 inch pro in case i need heavy duty station.
 

The Game 161

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I'll probably be going with the iPad 12.9 and using it as a replacement for the 2015 MacBook Pro. I'll be making that change sometime in Q3 or Q4 after iOS11 drops.
Same

Going to look to see what can get for my MacBook Pro 2015 soon
 

sracer

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Great comments in this thread!

I've been a big fan of the 12.9 Pro since it came out, primarily because I could see where Apple could take it if they were inclined. (even though in its current incarnation it falls short in some areas compared to my non-pro Surface 2)

With iOS 11, that's going to close the gap for me somewhat. Native/optional mouse support was the only thing that I was hoping for that wasn't included. The primitive nature of iOS version of productivity apps (compared to their desktop counterparts) is a hole that won't soon be filled. But using Jump Desktop + Citrix X1 mouse to remotely connect from my 12.9 Pro to my iMac at my home office for those times when I need macOS-level functionality.

I've been playing around with the RavPower FileHub and that seems to work pretty well. I'm hoping that the software will be updated to fully exploit the new functions of iOS 11.
 
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This is something I quite don't understand. People have been travelling decades with their 15"-17" laptops that weight 3-10 times more than current 12.9". Now suddenly 12.9" is too much to even take outside home! Give me a break!!
For me, the smaller iPad form factor coupled with LTE allows portable/mobile usage similar to iPhones.

Yes, you can easily transport laptops. However, laptops are not typically something you use unless you're relatively stationary. It's also a pain to use laptops on airplanes unless you travel business/first class. Airports, yeah you can use a laptop but packing it up when you've got other luggage to deal with a pain.

Note, the 7.9 iPad mini is pretty ideal for this but given it's on the endangered list, the 10-inch class iPads are on the upper limit of what I'd consider mobile use.

That said, I already have a 9.7 iPad for mobile use so planning on getting the 12.9 this time around for comic reading and PDF. :D
 

macmahon70

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I live in a two storey house, so I need:
- an Ipad 12 for the ground floor
- an Ipad 10 for our (parent's) room.
- an Ipad Mini just to carry it around
And may be a Samsung S3 just to give it a try ;-)

Just kidding ;-)
 
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MyopicPaideia

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This is something I quite don't understand. People have been travelling decades with their 15"-17" laptops that weight 3-10 times more than current 12.9". Now suddenly 12.9" is too much to even take outside home! Give me a break!!

For these people it honestly seems to be more of a fashion/image question than anything else.
Yes, but this is flawed logic. It's called progress. It's like saying that people had been using ships and steam engine locomotives to travel for decades before the commercial plane became a feasible means of transportation. It's like arguing that everyone is insane for taking the view that a several week long transatlantic passage isn't good enough anymore simply because there is an alternative that takes less than 12 hours.

The thing with the 12.9" iPad is that for many people, myself included, the magic of iPad stops being magical when you have one that is larger and heavier (with the ASK) than the rMB and many other laptops with 12"-13" screens. At that point, an rMB seems to make more sense even from a portability point of view, setting aside the macOS vs iOS part.

Now you are mentioning 15"-17" laptops. I would venture to say that most machines in this size category are only lugged around grudgingly or at need because of the horsepower they provide to mobile video pros or people who really insist on having a really big screen even away from their desks.

I would also venture to say that the people complaining the 12.9" iPad Pro is too bulky (like myself) are not the same people who are currently lugging around 15"-17" laptops that weigh 10lbs. They are the people (like myself) using 12" rMB's or 13" MBA/MBP's. These people are also more likely to be those who are very mobile in their daily professional lives, and don't just go to an office to work for 8 hours and then go home.

Why would people carry around 10lb laptops when there is a 2lb alternative? By the same token - Why would people carry around a 2lb tablet when there is a 1lb alternative?
 

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There are definitely some advantages to the 12.9, but I am going with the 10.5 instead. Personally, I need a device that can serve as my primary computer, as well as be completely mobile and easy to handle around the house. If I were to need a desktop only tablet, the 12.9 would be the choice. For me, it is just too limited when it comes to portability to fit my needs. I think the 10.5 is the sweet spot.
 

MyopicPaideia

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For me, the smaller iPad form factor coupled with LTE allows portable/mobile usage similar to iPhones.

Yes, you can easily transport laptops. However, laptops are not typically something you use unless you're relatively stationary. It's also a pain to use laptops on airplanes unless you travel business/first class. Airports, yeah you can use a laptop but packing it up when you've got other luggage to deal with a pain.

Note, the 7.9 iPad mini is pretty ideal for this but given it's on the endangered list, the 10-inch class iPads are on the upper limit of what I'd consider mobile use.

That said, I already have a 9.7 iPad for mobile use so planning on getting the 12.9 this time around for comic reading and PDF. :D
This is the paradigm change that a lot of older peeps don't seem to grasp. Working stationary at a cubicle or desk for 8 hours is not the direction we're going in. The tablet form factor with multitouch lends itself to a new, more mobile professional business environment.
 

DNichter

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This is the paradigm change that a lot of older peeps don't seem to grasp. Working stationary at a cubicle or desk for 8 hours is not the direction we're going in. The tablet form factor with multitouch lends itself to a new, more mobile professional business environment.
Completely agree with this. Collaboration is key in the workforce today and there is something that feels very natural sharing ideas on a tablet, letting them hold it and manipulate your work. On top of that, the younger generation just appreciate technology more and that is only going to increase.
 

MacDarcy

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Would have loved an iPad mini Pro, but since that didn't happen, I'll probably go for the 10.5" iPad Pro. I'm still using my iPad mini 2, but the home button doesn't work, and I had to set up a virtual home button in settings - which is kind of a pain. Also, as an artist, I really want to use the Apple Pencil to sketch with. I still think there's a possibility that Apple will eventually release an iPad mini Pro, but I don't know if that will be this fall...or perhaps in 2018. Dunno if I can hold out that long. So looks like the 10.5" will be my next iPad. Gonna miss being able to put it in my cargo pants pocket like I can with my mini tho.
 
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