On Monday, I asked if anyone cared about the 12.9″ iPad Pro, and many of our readers took the time to tell me that they definitely do (and a BIG thank you to all who took the time to join in the discussion). I was actually surprised at how much enthusiasm was expressed for the device. I see now that I’m not alone in preferring the larger size of the original model, and that several fellow users have some really cool and unique use cases for which the larger screen is advantageous. It’s always great to share experiences like that and learn from fellow users. The 12.9″ model may not have as much Apple marketing push behind it these days, but it is obvious to me that it should continue to have a place at the iPad table.
Shifting gears, I would now like to hear from everyone who either isn’t using the 12.9″ iPad, or who currently is and may be re-thinking what size works best for them. Right now we have a 9.7″ version that is thinner, lighter, and less expensive. For those of you who have this model, what are you using it for? What do you think of it? What are some specific advantages and use cases that highlight its form factor? Inquiring minds want to know.
Any amount of variety is better than none at all, but we all know that more iPad choice may be coming very soon. I’ve already heard from a few users who are curious about the potential 10.5″ model that looks like all but a sure thing now. Are any of you with a current iPad Pro looking for some middle ground? Are some of you considering a Pro, but waiting to see what this new model will bring to the table?
Also, is anyone interested in the rumored $299 9.7″ iPad Air 2 revamp? For those who don’t need Pencil or Smart Connector support, that is a pretty inviting entry-level price for a new Apple tablet. I’ve already heard from a couple of users who have older devices that still meet their needs, and know several more personally. Would this price point be enough to sway you towards an upgrade?
Last but not least, are there any iPad Mini/Mini Pro holdouts among us? I wrote this model off in an earlier article, but the device is evidently still selling better than the 12.9″ Pro, so I guess there is still something to be said for a small form factor at a cheaper price. If Apple were to release an iPad Pro Mini, which has come and gone through the rumor mill (but is currently back on the outs again, it seems), would any of you be interested? While the Mini really doesn’t appeal to me that much, the thought of having the closest thing to a digital steno pad with Pencil support is at least interesting.
Thank you to all of the readers who commented on their 12.9″ iPad preferences and use cases earlier this week. I hope we will hear from those of you with a different point of view this time around. If you are a fan of any of the smaller iPads above or have an interesting use case you want to share, please let us know in the Comments section below, on our Flipboard channel, or on Twitter @iPadInsightBlog or @jhrogersii. I look forward to more lively discussion.