Old iPad Pro 9.7 vs new iPad Pro 12.9

by Volker Weber

ZZ0CAF7F1F

If you decided you do not want a new iPad Pro, I have to apologize. I am completely at awe and there is so much stuff to discover and learn, that I will need to write a lot more posts about it.

One of the reasons this machine changes the game for me completely was my decision to go with the bigger one. I was coming from an iPad Pro 9.7 which was state-of-the-art two years ago. It still has a better screen than the current consumer iPad, but a slower chipset and was of course much more expensive. 9.7" is the original iPad screen size and it's perfect for lounging and browsing the web. If you want to read a book, you can go smaller to the iPad mini or better yet, to a Kindle.

As a serious work device, bigger is better. The new iPad Pro 12.9 is actually the third generation. The first one came out before the Pro 9.7, the second was released with the iPad Pro 10.5. The new iPad Pro 11 has the same size as the Pro 10.5, just a slightly larger screen.

ZZ2B47EB73

If you put a first or second generation 12.9 next to the 9.7, the size difference between the two machines is even more pronounced. If you already have one of those machines, I don't really think you need to the new 12.9. Yes, the bezel is smaller, but you are already used to a large tablet. You are running exactly the same software and your chipset is most likely fast enough.

The new Pro 11 isn't small in any respect, but I was simply blown away by the larger one. Also, the keyboard is not constrained in any way. It's exactly the same size as my Apple desktop keyboard or any MacBook Pro keyboard. The 4x3 screen is taller than the typical 16:9 aspect ration found in modern laptops and even taller than the 3:2 Surface display. That's working in my favor since I can see more lines of texts and I am less interested in watching movies on this machine.

Where the larger screen makes a huge difference is when you have many items on screen or when you want to draw something with Pencil. In the first photo I have 10 pages plus 5 half pages on iPad Pro 9.7 vs 21 plus 7 on the iPad Pro 12.9. I am also using split screen view for multiple apps for the first time. The smaller iPad was always to constrained for this use. So far I have not included drag&drop between windows into my routine. I am still learning.

Comments

Do you also have access to 11” iPad pro? How would that smaller size impact your daily work, when compared to the 12.9?

Dominique Roller, 2018-11-11

Yes, I do. Having looked at both, I decided to go with the larger one.

Volker Weber, 2018-11-11

I whish there was a version w/o the back camera.

I never needed it on an iPad and it would then be such a sleek device...

Johannes Matzke, 2018-11-11

I purchased a 2nd gen iPad 12.9 a year ago. It is large, but “pulls you into” the immersive experience. No regrets. Mind mapping with Apple Pencil is fantastic.

Michael Sampson, 2018-11-12

@Johannes: Ein Dremel und etwas Pattex Powerknete und das Problem ist gelöst. :D

Patrick Bohr, 2018-11-12

yeah.

Johannes Matzke, 2018-11-12

Recent comments

Ingo Harpel on Ich wünsche mir von Apple ein iPhone at 12:49
Volker Jürgensen on Ich wünsche mir von Apple ein iPhone at 09:48
Kai Schmidt on Ich wünsche mir von Apple ein iPhone at 08:52
Martin Kautz on Ich wünsche mir von Apple ein iPhone at 16:47
Henrik Müller on SMB is Dead, Long Live SMB :: James Kehr at 13:40
Pedro Sola on Ich wünsche mir von Apple ein iPhone at 10:26
Rene Heinze on Ich wünsche mir von Apple ein iPhone at 09:55
Axel Koerv on SMB is Dead, Long Live SMB :: James Kehr at 09:51
Volker Weber on SMB is Dead, Long Live SMB :: James Kehr at 00:43
Volker Weber on SMB is Dead, Long Live SMB :: James Kehr at 00:38
John Keys on SMB is Dead, Long Live SMB :: James Kehr at 00:24
Volker Weber on SMB is Dead, Long Live SMB :: James Kehr at 21:15
Frank Quednau on SMB is Dead, Long Live SMB :: James Kehr at 20:32
Simon Laule on SMB is Dead, Long Live SMB :: James Kehr at 20:22
Nina Wittich on Surface Pro X :: Das Gerät macht mir große Freude at 09:43
Lucius Bobikiewicz on Switching to Signal at 06:31
Ragnar Schierholz on Switching to Signal at 19:33
Jens-Christian Fischer on Switching to Signal at 14:23
John Keys on Office 365 im Tagesangebot at 10:20
Jens Wagner on Surface Pro X :: Das Gerät macht mir große Freude at 16:52
Hubert Stettner on Office 365 im Tagesangebot at 16:26
Volker Weber on Surface Pro X :: Das Gerät macht mir große Freude at 15:35
Jens Wagner on Surface Pro X :: Das Gerät macht mir große Freude at 15:26
Christoph Spitz on Office 365 im Tagesangebot at 13:38
Yves Menge on Office 365 im Tagesangebot at 12:44

Ceci n'est pas un blog

I explain difficult concepts in simple ways. For free, and for money. Clue procurement and bullshit detection.

vowe

Contact
Publications
Stuff that works
Amazon Wish List
Frequently Asked Questions

rss feed  twitter  amazon

Local time is 05:58

visitors.gif

Paypal vowe