iPad Pro

When I purchased the original iPad, I didn’t have a use for it. I commented at the time that it was probably the largest frivolous purchase I’d ever made. I never regretted it and kept it until Apple announced that it wouldn’t get the next iOS release. It helped that the first Retina iPad was out by then, though it was the short-lived iPad 3 (or whatever it was called), which wasn’t a great iteration.

Once the iPad Mini existed, I was quite tempted by it for the potential of more comfortable reading in bed. However, giving up Retina was not an option. Eventually, the Retina version came out along side the iPad Air and very nearly feature equivalent with it. Mine! The next update to the Mini was fairly minor, with TouchID being the only change I recall. Not tempting enough.

Fast forward to the recent release of the 9.7″ iPad Pro. Nice. Pencil is cool, though I’m not an artist nor do I normally write by hand, so it’s not really something I’m likely to use. There are a number of improvements relative to my iPad Mini that actually matter to me, including split screen multitasking, TouchID, and more RAM. There are, of course, other improvements as well, but I don’t know that I’ll really notice them.

And yet, I bought one. I’m honestly not certain why. Having used it some, there are obviously advantages to the 9.7″ over the 7.9″, and the weight difference is pretty small (until you add the Smart Covers). I’m not unhappy with it and I expect it will probably grow on me.

(Based on Dave2‘s write-up, I may buy Procreate for Pencil fun!)

  1. #1 by Dave2 on April 10, 2016 - 9:17 pm

    There’s several art programs that are pretty good. Procreate makes the most “sense” to me from a usability standpoint, but there’s some up-and-coming apps that are worth a look too.


    • #2 by renm on April 10, 2016 - 9:30 pm

      The only decent one I already have is Paper, by FiftyThree, Inc., and it seems pretty limited. ArtRage is pretty nice in some ways, but the Pencil support doesn’t seem very good.


  2. #3 by martymankins on April 11, 2016 - 3:52 pm

    As a current owner of an iPad Air 2, I wasn’t tempted until I read your review and Dave2’s. I’m not the artist that Dave2 is, but use the Adobe apps currently with a Wacom stylus to doodle around. The Apple Pencil has been getting rave reviews from a lot of people and a few people that I’ve followed on Twitter for years have given their thumbs up. Of course the temptation gets easier when Apple sends me an 18 month 0% interest deal. I might just make the jump.


    • #4 by renm on April 11, 2016 - 9:31 pm

      I’m surprised my review would be tempting as it seemed pretty tepid to me. I think that means you were already convinced and even my slightly positive comments get added to the justification pile. 🙂


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