iPad Pro 9.7

by Volker Weber

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My history with the iPad has some highs and lows. I was very fond of my first iPad. Oliver bought one for me in Orlando in April 2010, when it was not yet available on the German market. I kept it for three years before passing it on. iPad 2 was a slim version, iPad 3 brought Retina and iPad 4 shed some of its weight. I never felt the same excitement like with the original iPad.

Then came the iPad Air and that machine really hit home. Boy, it was fast, and slim. This was it. While many people where craving for the iPad mini, I used this machine a lot. Then came the Air 2 with fingerprint sensor. But it was missing the rotation switch. And I had the wrong color. The final nail was the iPhone 6(S) Plus.

When the iPad Pro came out, I wasn't interested. Too big for my usage. But now that there is an iPad Pro in the same form factor as the Air, with pen input, my fingers are tingling. I love to take notes on Microsoft Surface. I can't wait to see if iPad can match or exceed this experience.

And there is another use case that nobody really talks about. An iPad with a camera that matches an iPhone 6S. It never happened before that an iPad had the same great camera as a contemporary iPhone. I am not afraid to hold up an iPad to take a photo. You may be laughing, but I have a huge viewfinder.

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(..."But now that there is an iPad Pro in the same form factor as the Air, with pen input, my fingers are tingling. I love to take notes on Microsoft Surface. I can't wait to see if iPad can match or exceed this experience." ...)


Looking forward to your final verdict :-)

Alex Martin, 2016-04-03 23:42

Question out of interest: Up to now we always bought Wifi+Cellular models - but with the easy tethering with an iPhone I wonder if this is really still useful as the only difference seems to be the missing "real" GPS. Not sure if it gets GPS data via the iPhone for e.g. the photos' location.
Are you looking for the Wifi-only model or the +Cellular one?

Bernd Schuster, 2016-04-04 09:38

I am looking at the LTE version. The interesting innovation here is the embedded SIM (eSIM). I wonder if I will be able to book short term data contracts when traveling. It does have a normal SIM tray, for now.

Tethering works well, but it is a burden on the iPhone battery. I have only used it in a pinch.

Volker Weber, 2016-04-04 09:57

Hi Volker. The iPad pro has an Apple SIM and not an eSIM. The only provider in Germany is therefore Telekom. Vodafone is supporting the standard eSIM. The friendly Apple guy told and showed me this info today.

Bernd Schuster, 2016-04-05 00:08

Interesting. Vodafone does not support the Apple SIM. Not surprised here. :-)

Volker Weber, 2016-04-05 09:06

Im Apple-Store wurde mir dieser Link gezeigt: http://www.ifun.de/nicht-verwechseln-apple-sim-im-ipad-pro-ist-keine-esim-90637/

Bernd Schuster, 2016-04-05 11:59

I see the iPad Pro 9.7 as an interesting device, including to take videos. With a long battery life and massive screen/viewer, it will be possible to take excellent quality videos at high resolution (HD or 4K), especially with a stability holder (tripod, monopod, etc.). Just please don't hold one up blocking my view in a performance venue while sitting in front of me. ;-) The pencil is still interesting, but I haven't seen enough places that add specific value to the feature...yet.

Daniel Lieber, 2016-04-05 15:43

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