Would you trade your 9.7" iPad Pro for 12.9" iPad Pro (1st gen)?

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  1. jmaluso macrumors member

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    I know this is very subjective but let's say you were interested in a bigger screen for more useable splitscreen note taking in class and had the opportunity to trade your 9.7" iPad Pro 128gb for a 12.9" iPad Pro 128gb (1st gen) would you?

    I would gain screen size/resolution, a little speed, double the RAM, and USB 3.0 but I would lose some portability the True Tone display, and the higher quality cameras. Hmmm...and I'm not really looking to spend much $ right now even knowing a new iPad is probably on the horizon.
     
  2. venom600 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd do it in a heartbeat. If I hadn't gotten such a great deal on mine used I'd have gotten a 12.9.
     
  3. Tapiture macrumors 65816

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    No, I wouldn’t. The TrueTone and portability make the 9.7 better than the first gen 12.9. Not to mention most of the accessories you buy for it will be cheaper
     
  4. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    Personally, nope.

    I have both Pro 9.7 and Pro 12.9 (2nd gen) and unless I'm reading comics or PDF, I usually gravitate towards the 9.7.
     
  5. jmaluso thread starter macrumors member

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    Accessories...and having to repurchase for 12.9"...good point. I do already have Apple Smart Keyboard, Apple Smart Cover, and Back Cover, and a few other odds and ends for the 9.7" Pro.
     
  6. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    I think portability is the key factor here. I like a compact solution when I’m out and about. 9.7” fits perfectly for my needs.

    To be honest I feel the 12.5” is just too big to carry around, at that point I’d rather carry my MacBook and enjoy the power of a full fledged computer.
     
  7. emembee macrumors regular

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    A friend of mine had the 9.7, I had the 12.9. No difference in performance despite half the ram.
     
  8. sracer macrumors G3

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    If I were interested in a bigger screen, I'd rethink that. I say that as someone who has owned 9.7" iPads since day-1 of gen 1, went to a 12.9 Pro and then back to 2018 9.7" iPad.

    Not only will you need to re-purchase any accessories (as you pointed out), but depending upon the apps that you use, you may not be able to fully take advantage of the added screen space. I have found that many of my apps don't support split-window. But you'd probably already know which ones those are based on your 9.7 Pro usage. :)

    The 9.7 Pro is a fine device. I am more productive on my 2018 iPad than I was with the 12.9 Pro. Should Apple enhance iOS functionality to include support for mice/trackpads, universally accessible filesystem, and added support for USB accessories then I would definitely go back to a larger iPad.
     
  9. Shanghaichica macrumors G4

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    If you want to take it outside then I’d stick with the 9.7. I always found 9.7 inches to be too small and didn’t enjoy taking it outside. I prefer my iPad mini for that. I find the 10.5 inch pro to be the perfect size. A good amount of real estate for home use but not too big that I have to use it on a table.
     
  10. DNichter macrumors G3

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    It's an upgrade for sure, but I would be comfortable with the size and weight of the 12.9 before doing anything. It wasn't for me, and I use an iPad Pro as my main work computer.
     
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  12. RudySnow macrumors 6502

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    Yes, although I already have the first-gen 12.9, so maybe I’m a bit biased. Absolutely love it, and it doesn’t feel outdated at all.
     
  13. rachelsgoldens macrumors member

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    I've had both. I love my 12.9, I would do it.
     
  14. jmaluso thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the great feedback. Someone contacted me about a trade like this a few days back on CL but after I replied I haven't heard back. So we will see.

    If nothing comes of this maybe I will look into values on eBay for the 9.7" Pro and also what the 12.9" Pro gen 1 and gen 2 are going for as well. But the iPad event was just announced for 10/30 so that might impact pricing and my decision as well.
     
  15. rachelsgoldens macrumors member

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    Check Swappa.com, much more reputable for electronics than eBay. Good luck!
     
  16. RudySnow macrumors 6502

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    I second this. Skip the runaround that is Craigslist.

    I also like the current price ranges that are listed on everymac.com. That gives you a pretty good idea as well for comparison.
     

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