Federico Viticci, MacStories:
The new 12.9” iPad Pro seemed particularly impressive in this regard: the combination of reduced physical footprint, lighter body, and edge-to-edge display gave me the impression that I was holding the largest iPad Pro in the smallest and most comfortable form factor I could have ever hoped for. I’m reserving final judgement for a proper review, but I think I’m sticking with the 12.9″ iPad Pro as Apple managed to make it even more portable and lighter than before. I was in love with it as soon as I picked it up.
Federico is the king of iPad in the Apple community, so you should definitely read his entire hands-on post for impressions of the new design, Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard Folio, and USB-C.
As for the sizes of the new iPads Pro, I’ve been going back-and-forth on my decision to get the new 12.9” model. On the one hand, I love my 12.9” 2015 iPad Pro for its giant screen which is the best way to use split view and perfect for watching video. On the other hand, the iPad Pro is the only computer I travel with and the new 11” model has a much lighter, more compact form factor that is extremely cute and appealing.
Ultimately, I ordered the 12.9” iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard Folio (new Apple Pencil to come later) and I’m probably going to stick with it. During a wonderful Twitter exchange the other day with Carolina Milanesi, Christina Warren, and Dan Seifert, I did some math and figured out that the new 12.9” iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard Folio will weigh somewhere around 2.2lbs compared to the new MacBook Air at 2.75lbs making it pretty competitive in the portability department. Despite the fact that, in Canadian dollars, the 12.9” iPad Pro plus Smart Keyboard Folio costs $400 more than the 11” with keyboard, I don’t want to compromise on my only portable computer.
I’ll have my first impressions of the new iPad Pro posted on Wednesday or Thursday, followed by a full review later this month. Look out for Federico’s iPad Pro review on MacStories too!