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iPad Pro Diary: I'm already in love with the new compact 12.9-inch iPad Pro

I wrote earlier that I hoped that the 2018 12.9-inch iPad Pro would prove that, as Apple claimed, "The Ultimate…

I wrote earlier that I hoped that the 2018 12.9-inch iPad Pro would prove that, as Apple claimed, “The Ultimate iPad”. All the joy in the big screen in a form factor that did not prove too big compromise in terms of comfort and portability.

When the film case arrived before iPad, I was encouraged: The size difference did not seem to be too big. Since then I’ve been waiting for my iPad to come out – and today it has …


I’ve literally only had it for a few hours, but my impressions so far can be summed up in one

That True, Apple’s description of it as the “full screen” is hyperbole to keep it comfortable and to provide space for the face-to-face camera system, etc. without having a chin. But, honestly, “the whole screen” does not seem too ridiculous an exaggeration. It really feels quite close to it.

I also love the flat pages. Regular readers will know that I’m a big fan of the flat iPhone 4/5 / SE design, much more than the later-rounded iPhones. So I love the design here. It’s a little reminiscent of the first genus iPad, but without the bulbous back, of course.

For me, there is an elegant simplicity in a side-sided design that is not in the previous generation.

Once again, I’m in love with the screen size, like I was with the original 12.9-inch model. And once again it’s not so much that this size feels great, it’s going back to 10.5-inch one (or 9.7-inch one last time) feels small. When used, the 12.9-inch screen feels right.

Visually, it does not look thinner than the older 10.5-inch, because you pull off a little optical illusion thanks to how the top of it returns, but you can only see the difference.


It feels light.

I was worried that it might feel heavier in my hands than my 10.5 “model, and yet – even though it’s 40% heavier – it does not. If I had to judge subjectively, I would have guessed something closer to 20%.

The only time I’ve noticed the extra weight holds it in one hand in a lying position, but it does not even feel terrible, and it’s not something I often do.

I will definitely not notice the extra weight that carries it around, and I’ve just tested the reading books in bed and it feels comfortable there too. So my question about weight has been answered: there is no worry at all.

In use

I write more about the experience of using it later this week. As always, if there are specific aspects you want me to cover please let me know and I’m doing my best. But first impressions are amazing!

Like all Apple devices today, I love the easy installation process: Just take it near an iPhone or iPad and let it handle most of the process itself. [19659002] It’s great to have Face ID and gestures on the iPad. I’ve been waiting for iPad to catch up with the iPhone X experience, and now it has.

A small detail: During the setup process, Apple refers to the power button as the “top” button and in landscape mode, the screen on the iPad screen is oriented so that the button is upper left. However, the magnets do not match the folio case as follows: you must actually have it so that the power button is at the bottom right side in landscape mode. I do not care what way it is, but it bothered my OCD, that this is a detail. Apple did not sweat.

When I talked about the folio case, I said before I was disappointed that Apple does not offer a simple smart protection for it, and it’s still the case: I’m happy to leave the back open and do not want to add the device’s thickness. But I will say two things. First of all, the folio case is extremely easy, so I do not feel that there is any weight penalty for having a back. Secondly, it magnetically clicks against the back so easily that it’s actually less work to put on the folio than it was smart clothing.

However, the magnets are very strong: it takes more effort to remove it from folio. But overall, I do not mumble too much about the change.

I’m glad to have USB-C instead of Lightning. It’s convenient to use my MacBook Pro charger for either device. The iPad, as its predecessor, is also loaded smoothly from my 15-inch MacBook Pro.

But most of all, I’m totally spoiled by having this size in such a small and easy device. I really do not want to return to the original model. I was totally in love with the screen size. But it was just too big and heavy. This is not either. Even in a short time, I have used it so far today, it already feels a normal size and weight in my hands – but connected to the wow experience on that screen.

The video is really good in this size, and the speakers are incredibly powerful. Newspapers feel like watching a full-size page in portrait mode. Ebooks allow you to see significantly more of the text on a screen, so less page browsing. For sites, I have switched to portrait mode because the page width does not feel tight and you can see so much more at once. I’m not much of a player, but I just kicked up XPlane, and it’s obvious that games are also noticeably more in-depth on this screen.

In short, I feel the same way about this screen I did about the original one: I absolutely love it. But this time, I do not feel I have to compromise on size or weight.

Big as the speakers are for video, they are still not what I would like to regard as speakers. The amount of bass is as impressive as the volume, and stereo separation is good, but they are still small built-in speakers and the sound quality reflects it.

Before launch I was unsure if 11- or 12.9-inch model would be right for me. I later realized that the bigger iPad is likely to work out, and there is no doubt that this is the case.

I rarely feel happy about a new iPhone. Of course I look forward to their arrival, but I do not usually worry about the front door. iPads are different. My MacBook Pro is my primary Apple device, simply because I do so much more, but if I had to identify my most loved device, it would be my iPad. I was impatient for this to arrive, and I’m glad to have it. This is the best iteration of my favorite interface.

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