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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11 thoughts on “Are you in the market to buy a 12.9 inch iPad Pro?”

  1. I know several musicians anxiously waiting for the larger iPad. iPad Air screen size is too small for PDF sheet music. I use the ForScore app which would be vastly more useful on a larger screen.

    1. Ah, yes–artists are a very natural choice and one I overlooked. Thanks for your comment, Karen.

  2. I came within a whisker of buying an Air-2 in November but decided to wait until the ‘Pro’ is released and check that out first (presently using a ‘3’ and was happy enough until iOS8 arrived and jammed it up)

    1. Hi Neil,

      I, too, have an iPad 3, and it does struggle to keep pace with the newer processors. What is it about the the larger screen Pro that interests you most?

      1. Hi Renkman
        What I really want is to discard my laptop but can’t as it is still the best way to do MS Word/Excel docs. I tried the MS Apps but find they simply don’t have the ease of use or functionality that my laptop does. I’m hoping the extra screen size will also bring upgraded Apps for ease of use to doc creation.(yes I’ve tried other doc Apps but I seem to be hard wired for MS)

  3. I think that your question, “Is there enough appeal/up-side to use iOS over OS X on a similar sized form-factor? “, puts things into the proper perspective. Apple’s OS X / iOS approach is about the most ill-conceived solution these people could have come up with. My iPad Air 2 has been collecting dust ever since I got it. First of all, there is no stylus that really works with this device – useless for artwork. Secondly, it’s not possible to open more than one document at a same time…? How does that make this tablet acceptable for business use?
    The 12.9 inch iPad Pro seems to be a desperate move to counter the Surface Pro 3 tablet, however, the drawback of not having a full operating system will never match the capability of the Surface Pro.

    1. Hi Peter,

      I’m really confused by your remarks. You speak as though you bought the iPad Air 2 with little to no knowledge of what you were getting. Is this your first iOS device? Did you not research the iPad ahead of time and make sure that it fit your needs before purchasing it–or was it “forced” upon you at the workplace and you are unhappy with that move?

      I’m not sure that the answer is to merge iOS and OS X. They are designed for different use cases. Even though they communicate with one another better than ever before with features introduced in iOS 8 and Yosemite, and some individuals have been able to use iPads as successful productivity devices, one software to rule them all is probably not the solution either. There are a wide variety quality styluses available. In what way did you see yourself using a stylus–note taking? If you need suggestions, we can certainly point you toward several choices.

      Your comment about Apple being “desperate” to counter the Surface Pro 3 is really silly. Apple is the most profitable company in the world. Creating an additional form factor for a niche market is not a desperation move. As I have learned from some of the other comments oaths post, it is most likely aimed at Artists and serious readers who simply wish to have a larger canvas to experience their content. Potential additional features like Force Touch make that move even more appealing for some.

      The Surface Pro 3 looks like a nice device, but Microsoft’s approach to the tablet is very different than Apple’s. The majority of people out there will never need the functionality of the Surface Pro 3 in a tablet form. Does that mean that Microsoft shouldn’t make it? Na, there will always be a small percentage of people like you who will benefit from them–just like those people who will buy the iPad Pro. I’d be curious to see a comparison of how many iPad Pro’s are sold in the first year compared to the Surface Pro 3. I bet it will be closer than you might think.

      Thanks for the comment. I appreciate your views, even if I don’t completely agree with them.


  4. I hv used 10 inch android tablets n Ipad for reading pdf books in portrait mode but its not possible / visually comfortable to read the books of avg 1000pgs on 10 inch screen …. u can read in landscape mode but you can’t fit the whole page….so 12.9 inch wl b very good to read a full A4/Letter size pages of book without zooming..

  5. Yes I’m EAGERLY awaiting the larger iPad! I’m in architecture and surveying. I’ve been using the iPad Air and earlier versions mainly because of the large display (and mobility of course). Even the iPad Mini is too small for me, not to mention the iPhone. I’m skipping the iPad Air 2 for rumors of this larger iPad.

    In fact, I don’t own or ever need any of the smaller computing devices. Before the iPad came out, I was seriously contemplating the ModBook. But then I don’t need the keyboard input. Or want the embrumbrance of the full OS. The iPad was a game changer, seriously, and the new larger version (iPad Pro?) will be all the much more so.

    You see, there’s a whole industry or profession that relies on large tablets. The larger the better — within reason and with associated technological improvements that make them useful. It seems pundits can only imagine what the common household teen can do — or want — with any new mobile device. Everything beyond is unimaginable. It’s like all the doomsday questions that followed the original iPad.

    Maybe Apple really should call it the “iPad Pro” like the Mac Pro. Maybe the market segment is small, but without these devices, there would be a painful void in the market.

    Yes some of us are using the iPad (and hopefully the upcoming larger iPad) in ways unimaginable to the common folk. I would NOT know where to begin to explain how.

    1. Awesome to hear, Ken! Thanks for your response and your insight. In my day job, the iPad is a invaluable tool for me as well–but I can get by with the iPad Air 2 size just fine. I use it mostly for data entry, mapping and plant & stream surveys. In fact, I fear that the weight alone would probably make a device like the “iPad Pro” more trouble than the its worth for me. Can’t wait to hear what Apple ends up announcing, though.

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