Federico Viticci, MacStories:
“The removal of the “forehead” and “chin” has created a sizable difference with the old model: when compared in portrait orientation, the new 12.9″ iPad Pro isn’t that much taller than the 10.5″ model from last year, which was the more compact option of the two. The original 12.9″ iPad always looked and felt enormous compared to every other iPad; the new design makes the biggest iPad look like a slightly larger version of the regular size ones. You can tell that it’s bigger (and, of course, it’s heavier), but its new design helps it look and feel more compact and acceptable than before.”
After a weekend with my new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, I absolutely agree with Federico. The new 12.9-inch is substantially smaller in every way – volume, weight, and thinness. All that equals a vastly more portable, usable iPad Pro with all the benefit of the extra screen real estate for Split View. I posted some Instagram photos this morning comparing the old and new 12.9-inch iPad Pros, showing how much smaller the new one is.
I’m very happy with my buying decision.