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Given Current iPad Pro Pricing, I’d Rather Buy a 512 GB MacBook

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Apple has finally let the cat out of the bag: the iPad Pro is available for pre-order this Wednesday and is hitting stores later this week.

Here’s a recap of US pricing:

  • $799 for 32GB Wi-Fi
  • $949 for 128FB Wi-Fi
  • $1079 for 128GB Wi-Fi + LTE

[If you’re a Canuck like me, you can check out Canadian iPad Pro pricing was detailed on iPhoneinCanada.]

When the iPad Pro was first announced, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. The larger screen and stereo speakers are great, but the 1.5 lbs. device weight worried me. I like that the Air 2 is less than a pound in the hand, and I think that’s what one of the integral parts of its design: that you can hold it and use it in most any position, unlike a laptop.

In the weeks since the announcement, I’ve been reading and listening to a lot of talk about the iPad Pro. The best coverage came from Fraser Speirs, who had some hands-on time with the new tablet and discussed it on Out Of School episode 155. He says that much of the focus in iPad Pro apps has been on a giant content canvas. On-screen controls are around the same size as they are on the iPad Air 2 — there’s just a ton more space for the content. The 13-inch screen on the Pro provides enough space that you can run full iPad apps side-by-side, without any compromises on space or layout. It’s apparently a lot like having two iPads working side by side and communicating with each other.

I do think there is a good point about how immersive full-screen multitasking can be, but I find the pricing to be prohibitively expensive. If I were to get an iPad Pro, I’d want the 128 GB Wi-Fi version to store all of my photos on, and I’d also want to try a Smart Keyboard out. Factoring the 13% tax in Ontario, I’d pay nearly $1700 CAD for that combo. There’s definitely a lot of power, but that’s a paltry amount of storage for that price range.

At $1700 CAD, the iPad budget starts to compete with my “new MacBook” budget. I could pick up a top-of-the-line 512 GB 12-inch MacBook for $1800 (taxes included). That two-pound MacBook would be just as light and portable as an iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard, and it would also run applications in split-screen beautifully. I mainly tote an iPad around as a writing machine, mobile photo editor, and browser. A 12-inch MacBook could fulfill all of those same needs, and provide me with more power and automation on OS X. This certainly isn’t a big issue to Apple because they’re always happy to cannibalize their own sales.

However, as an iPad fan, I’m almost disappointed to not want one this year. I’m definitely curious about the iPad Pro’s feature set, but it’s is currently priced and specced like a full-fledged laptop when it isn’t quite there yet. With the kind of work I like to do and the files that I deal with, any device above the $1500 price point is going to a device that runs a desktop-level operating system.

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Our Thoughts On iPad Pro

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November will see the release of Apple’s latest and greatest tablet, the iPad Pro. First off, let’s tick off the more vanilla specs and numbers:

  • 12.9-inch display (vs the 9.7-inch display of the Air 2)
  • A9X — 1.8x faster CPU and 2x faster GPU performance
  • Four integrated speakers
  • $799 for 32 GB / $949 for 128 GB / $1079 128 GB w/ LTE
  • Still 10-hour battery life

The gigantic 2732×2048 display on the iPad Pro was really brought to life by the demos during Apple’s Keynote. Microsoft and Adobe had some great use-cases for getting “real” work done quickly and efficiently through the use of split-screen apps.

Copying tables and charts out of Excel and pasting them into Word looked easy, but it was Adobe’s presentation was even more efficient. They seem to have built “send to” features right into their apps, so you can take the currently selected image and send it straight to one of their other apps, without dealing with any extra pop-up menus. Short of dragging and dropping right across the app thresholds, Adobe seems to have the right idea about how a 12.9-inch display can be utilized.

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What we expect Apple to announce at their live-stream Media event

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock or something over the past couple weeks, you already know that Apple has a major Media Event scheduled for tomorrow.  They will be taking over the vast expanse of the  Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco to unveil what is expected to be “the motherland” of product announcements.  Multiple outlets have been reporting that Apple will announce and/or release the following products at the event

  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad mini 4
  • 4th Gen Apple TV
  • iOS 9
  • watch OS2
  • New Apple Watch bands
  • New Apple Watch finishes

Typically, with iPhone announcements like this we expect to be able to pre-order the new models starting as early as this Friday (9/11), with updates to iOS 9 and watch OS2 coming a couple days ahead of in-store iPhone sales a week from Friday (9/18).  New Apple watch bands and finishes will most likely be available immediately or perhaps along side the new iPhones.

While the Apple TV could potentially be available as early as this week, we do  not expect an iPad Pro to go on sale until October potentially anchoring the release of El Capitan and the iPad mini 4.

This should go down as one of the most packed Apple announcements in keynote history.  Make sure you have your calendar cleared at 1pm EST tomorrow afternoon.  In addition, be sure to stop back here in the days that follow to get up to speed on all iPad related goodness!

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Are you in the market to buy a 12.9 inch iPad Pro?

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Apple is rumored to be announcing a larger screen iPad sometime later this summer–possibly during WWDC, with a release date expected somewhere in the fall.  This has been a persistent rumor that has been around for a while but has gained some momentum since the beginning of the year.  Some potential rumored hardware features include an Apple supported stylus, support for Force Touch technology in the screen similar to what is now found in the new MacBook, and possibly even a USB-C connection in addition to, or instead of a Lightning connector.

Most of the tech media has been anticipating a larger iPad form factor for months.  Last weekend, Apple Insider reported that someone familiar with Apple’s future products has indicated that in addition to the afore mentioned features, a larger iPad “Pro” will also include the following

  • 12.5-13″ screen size
  • NFC Radio to be used as an Apple Pay terminal
  • New touchscreen to coincide with pressure sensitive, Bluetooth connected Apple Stylus
  • Upgraded A-Series processor

So this begs the question–If this limited amount of “rumored” info resembles what Apple releases this fall, are you interested in buying a larger screen iPad?  If so, what would be the appeal for you?  Are you an artist by trade, and are intrigued by the possibility of a pressure sensitive stylus and improved touchscreen that also responds to levels of applied pressure?  What are the advantages of a device that’s as large as a MBA, but isn’t as powerful or versatile? One would expect Apple to bring the same ForceTouch technology to it’s whole iPad line in addition to the iPhone–unless it would be reserved for the top of the line products such as the iPad Pro and the iPhone 6S Plus we expect to be announced later this summer.

I can’t help but think such a device would hover around the $1000 price-point, too.  Is there enough appeal/up-side to use iOS over OS X on a similar sized form-factor?  A larger device with a steeper price tag would probably warrant a case of some sort for protection as well–further increasing care and investment costs.  Who is the target consumer here?  Does the Pro label indicate a niche audience like the Mac Pro?  Seems like for the most part it would be too large to be effective as an education/demonstrative tool in schools, too.  Perhaps when/if Apple releases this device they will have a price tag and a use-case scenario that will make sense–but right now, I just don’t see it.  Am I in the minority here?  Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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