Just some initial observations…
It’s fast and the screen is beautiful – the colours really pop.
I’m not fully convinced on the “True Tone” technology. Sitting at my desk, it makes the screen seem warmer, almost as if I’d switched the Night Shift option on. It is a little distracting when comparing to my other devices and desktop monitors that don’t have True Tone capabilities. However, trying the smaller iPad Pro compared to a normal iPad Air 2 in direct sunlight, the iPad Pro does look better and more natural. The iPad Air 2 seems more washed out and has a definite blue colour whilst the iPad Pro looks more natural. I’ll experiment further.
I’ve become accustomed to the luxury of the larger iPad Pro when couch surfing. I tried the smaller iPad Pro and it felt too small. The smaller form factor means that you tend to have to hold it to position it correctly, but the larger iPad Pro just seems to sit more easily on your lap. If you’ve never used the larger iPad Pro, this won’t be a problem for you, but sitting in front of the TV, I had to put the smaller version down and go back to the larger size. When it comes to travelling, the smaller size of the new iPad Pro will win out.
I’ve used Split View but again, the size of the small iPad Pro gives you the equivalent of two iPad minis side by side, whereas the larger iPad Pro is like two iPad Airs side by side. Might not be a deal breaker for some people, but with my eyesight, I definitely prefer the larger size.
Not yet had chance to play with the Camera.
The Apple Pencil works just fine as you might expect, and swapping it between both devices is just a matter of plugging it into the device you want to use it with for a few seconds.
I mentioned yesterday about my dissatisfaction with Apple’s pricing of accessories – I’d stumped up £55 for the Silicone Case but thought I’d be able to use one of my existing Smart Covers with the new iPad Pro.
It transpires that you need to buy an iPad Pro specific Smart Cover, the older iPad Smart covers don’t work as the magnet positioning is different. I’ll give Apple the benefit of the doubt here, in that due to the new Smart Connectors on the side of the iPad Pro, it probably wasn’t possible to support the older iPad Smart Covers. The older Smart Cover won’t attach to the side of the new iPad Pro.
The question is now do I stump up an extra £39 for the iPad Pro Smart Cover, or £129 for the Smart Keyboard.
I already have both a Smart Cover and a Smart Keyboard for the larger iPad Pro, and I much prefer carrying it around with just the Smart Cover – the Smart Keyboard adds considerable bulk to the larger iPad Pro.
As an aside, the larger Smart Keyboard works just fine with the smaller iPad Pro if you remove the Silicone Case, but that’s not really practical.
As I’ll be using the smaller iPad Pro mainly whilst travelling, and I’ll usually have my MacBook with me, I’ll probably stick with just the Smart Cover for now.
My general feeling is that if you’re used to using a standard iPad, the upgrade to the 9.7” iPad Pro is a no brainer. If you’re already used to the larger size, you may not want to downsize.
Unless you do a lot of travelling that is, the smaller iPad Pro is much more portable!