I thought I could resist Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro – I was wrong

“Upgrading more often than the average person is an occupational hazard of gadget addicts – and even more so of tech writers. But I do at least try to resist when an update is a relatively minor one,” Ben Lovejoy writes for 9to5Mac. “I’d hoped that would be the case with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. After all, I already owned the 9.7-inch Pro, so already had some of the more advanced features like True Tone. And 10.5 inches isn’t that much bigger than 9.7 inches, right?”

“Still, I had to be sure, so I wandered into the Regent Street Apple Store to try one out,” Lovejoy writes. “After playing with the iPad for 15 minutes or so, I put it back on the table and walked away. I then sat down to use my 9.7-inch Pro. Which immediately felt small.”

“I guess I should have seen this one coming,” Lovejoy writes. “When I tried out the 12.9-inch iPad Pro for a week, I absolutely loved that big screen. My main concern was the decreased portability.”

iPad Pro, in 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models, introduces the world’s most advanced display and breakthrough performance
iPad Pro, in 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models, introduces the world’s most advanced display and breakthrough performance

“I had another play with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro while I was in the store, and it’s true for me too,” Lovejoy writes. “The 12.9-inch model is still too big. My 9.7-inch Pro now feels just that bit too small. The 10.5-inch Pro feels just right. Damn.”

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Also, we don’t think the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, at 12″x8.68″x0.27″ and only 1.5 lbs., suffers from “decreased portability.”

iOS 11 is the inflection point where the majority of Mac users will be forced to seriously consider an iPad Pro vs. a traditional Mac notebook for their next purchase. For most of the personal computer users in the world (email, web browsing, Facebook, some word processing, games, etc.), the iPad is (and has been for some time now, even prior to iOS 11) the superior choice vs. any notebook Mac or, of course, any crappy Windows PC.

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Jim Dalrymple reviews Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro: Highly recommended – June 12, 2017
LAPTOP reviews Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro: Amazingly fast performance beats most Windows laptops – June 12, 2017
Ars Technica reviews Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro: Much more ‘pro’ than what it replaces – June 12, 2017
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  1. Should have let a woman decide the specs of the first pro instead of a team of gay male designers. She would have said “big enough to get the job done and thick enough to do it right”..and also would have emphasized stamina 😉

    1. Apple has no “gay designers” I’m aware of. Chief Designer Jony Ives is married to a woman (British writer and historian Heather Pegg) with twin kids so your apparent attempt at a supposed joke falls completely feebly flat based on a premise that doesn’t exist.

      Better luck next time and try actually being knowledgeable about what you’re talking about for the joke to stick instead of us having to shake our heads at the level of unclever cluelessness.

  2. NAH!!
    Still love my original 12.9 iPad Pro.
    Not enough changes ib the 12.9 iPad Pro 2 to justify selling, spending some more cash and upgrading to the Pro 2.
    iOS 11 will work just fine on my large screen iPad Pro.
    Still waiting/holding out hope for big improvements for next gen Apple Pencil.
    Don’t like the current Pencil, at all!!

  3. I love my full-sized pro. Getting my daughter the 10inch, so I’ll get to play with both. I have a feeling the 10 is a sweet spot for size. The 12 is just to big for her but she appreciates the screen size when working with Procreate. I’ve gotten too used to split screen to give up any screen real estate.

  4. I’ve had the first gen 12.9″ since its original release, and just bought the new one too. It’s not too big, it’s perfect. I’m actually sad it didn’t get the bezel change like the smaller Pro did though, but I can’t go back to a smaller screen now. It would be like downgrading from an iPhone Plus to the mini iPhone model.

  5. I wonder why they did not integrate the home button into the screen like the iPhone 7 and 7Plus, and round the edges too. Also, why did they not remove the headphone jack as well and make it water sealed too?

    I guess those will be the next updates, though it should have be in this one now…

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