John Gruber, Daring Fireball:
I’ve been using the 12.9-inch model for testing over the last five days. It’s a lot easier and more comfortable to hold. There have been times when I forgot I was using the “big” iPad…
With split view, iPad supports running two apps side-by-side. When both apps are 50-50, there remains a difference between the 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPads. On the 12.9-inch iPad, two apps sharing the screen 50-50 are both shown as the “full-screen” version of the app. It’s like each of the two halves of the screen are treated as an iPad Mini display. On the 11-inch iPad, however, two apps sharing the screen 50-50 use a compact size class horizontally.
This makes me feel great about my decision to get the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Unlike the 11-inch MacBook Air where you can scale the resolution to gain screen real estate (as long as you can deal with teeny tiny text and UI elements), the iPad Pro’s resolution is locked. In 50-50 Split View, the difference between a “full size” portrait app and a compact class size is important, particularly for iPad power users. It’s the difference between a universal app on an iPad versus an iPhone: less visible content, hidden controls, smaller work space. If you want to get work done on an iPad Pro, go with the 12.9-inch model which by all accounts so far is vastly smaller and lighter than the previous generation. I can’t wait to get mine on Wednesday!
Also, check out the Geekbench comparisons Gruber includes at the top of his review. Hot damn. The iPad Pro is quickly catching up to the MacBook Pro in performance. Can’t wait to see how iOS 13 takes advantage of all the power inside these new iPads.