Would it be great to see an 11inch iPP?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by drewjonn, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. drewjonn macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2016
    The 12.9" is jawdropping but thing is it's in some way too big to travel with, I tried it at the store, holding it with one hand and tapping on applications with the other hand, not comfortable enough, at least for me. Couldn't get the firmest grip out of it. For table and couch, perhaps.

    I'm talking about somewhere around 11-11.5" so kind of close to the smallest Macbook there is. Sounds to be just right. Big enough to type, write, and stream movies, but not too big to hold with one hand.

  2. James.K.Polk macrumors 6502a


    Aug 31, 2015
    For me, yes. I have the 9.7" which is a great machine, but I either have to go landscape for side-by-side notes and PDFs or not at all. The 12.9" looks amazing (and I'm trying to trade up) but is still a little unwieldy. I think 11" could be the sweet spot.
  3. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    Yes, the 12.9" is a tad unwieldy, but after getting used to it this past month, it's totally worth it.

    The huge screen is one of its main differentiators. It's what I loved about it the first time I played with one in the store. It wouldn't make any sense (to me, at least) to diminish it.

    As far as travel is concerned, it's the same footprint as a medium laptop, but much, much thinner. It easily slips into a small laptop bag, beside my regular laptop.
  4. eltoslightfoot macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2011
    I don't know that I could go any smaller. I love my 12.9".
  5. Beerstalker macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2011
    Peoria, IL
    I still don't get people acting like the 12.9" is so big. I carried around trapper keepers, folders, and paper notebooks for years throughout school, and have been carrying a padfolio around work since I left college. The iPad pro is smaller than all of those things.

    Now I will admit that I haven't bought the iPad Pro 12.9" yet, but I have spent a decent amount of time with it in the store and I like it. Maybe my mind will change when I actually buy one and start carrying it around more. I've been trying to hold out until the second gen but my 3rd Gen iPad is becoming more and more frustrating, and using my wife's 9.7" iPad Pro has me really itching to upgrade. I was very close the other day with the $250 off deal at Best Buy.
  6. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    in exile
    LOL Do you remember the size of the first mobile phones? Ever seen "Night at the Roxbury"? :D
    Technology gets smaller and more portable as time goes by... but apparently the pendulum swings the other way as phablets are now mainstream.

    I had settled on 1/2 Letter size for things. I used a Padfolio (the technical term for 5"x8" or "junior portfolio", portfolio is for 8.5" x 11" and larger) and a 9.7 iPad was larger than that but sufficiently small enough to easily tote. I currently use my 12.9 iPP as a replacement for my iPad Air 2 and 11" MBA. It took about 2 weeks to get accustomed to the size. In and of itself, it isn't large... compared to all other iPads before it... it is gargantuan. There are places around the house that I would set my Air 2 down on. Those areas are too small for the 12.9 iPP. It's a little thing, but it does change things.

    No matter how much time you spend with it in a store you cannot truly understand what it's like to use throughout your daily workflow and use cases. I mean both the good and bad points. If you were able to resist the $250 off at Best Buy then you are better off waiting until 2017 for the 2nd gen 12.9.

    Oh, as for wanting an 11" iPP, for me it depends upon what Apple does at WWDC and the 6-9 months after that. If they don't do anything to better exploit the larger screen then I'd prefer a smaller one. 11" would be fine. I find my 11" MBA to be a highly portable device.
  7. Tmelon macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2011
    I'd rather see them slim down the bezel on the 12.9 to make it more portable than shrink the screen.
  8. Beerstalker macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2011
    Peoria, IL
    I've never heard of Padfolio only being for smaller pads, and Portfolio for larger ones. Search Amazon and both sizes come up. I just measured the one I've used since graduating college as 310mm x 240mm x 18mm. Pretty comparable to 306mm x 221mm x 7mm measurements for the iPad Pro. I carry this around to meetings all the time and have never found it to be cumbersome.

    That said I also have the 6+ and love the size of it, where many feel it it too large. I'm looking forward to buying the 7+ this fall, which is another reason I am trying to hold off on the iPad Pro right now.

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