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8byte

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Oct 28, 2017
5,629
Kansas
I’m just here to say I absolutely love my iPad Pro 11inch. The thing is the best portable computer I’ve ever owned. iPadOS completely changes the game and makes the thing not only easy but so much fun to use. Add a nice mouse, the Smart Keyboard case, a game controller and the pencil and it’s just a machine complete with everything you could possibly need. I am so happy I bought this thing, and anyone sitting on the fence should just jump in, it’s replaced all my laptops.
I'm really excited to dive into iPadOS, but since my iPad is my daily driver and I rely on it for a lot of work, I can't really risk jumping into the beta. Already bought a few games just waiting to sync up my DS4.
 

Snake Eater

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Oct 27, 2017
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iPadOS makes me want to finally get a keyboard but every keyboard case I’ve used has felt like shit and added so much bulk
 

8byte

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Oct 28, 2017
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iPadOS makes me want to finally get a keyboard but every keyboard case I’ve used has felt like shit and added so much bulk
I just decided to use my older mini keyboard from my iMac. Fits in my bag pretty easily and I don't have to add size to the case. I honestly don't think I'd ever get a keyboard that was attached to the case / iPad. Just seems kind of silly. Being able to position my screen & keyboard independently is a superior setup, IMO.
 

Snake Eater

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Oct 27, 2017
4,756
I just decided to use my older mini keyboard from my iMac. Fits in my bag pretty easily and I don't have to add size to the case. I honestly don't think I'd ever get a keyboard that was attached to the case / iPad. Just seems kind of silly. Being able to position my screen & keyboard independently is a superior setup, IMO.
I wonder if Apple will improve their official keyboard case this year but knowing them it will only be compatible with the 2019 pro models
 

centracore

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Oct 25, 2017
129
11” for sure if your main purpose isn’t long work involving the Apple Pencil (ie design or art).
In a similar configuration and usage, I went for the 11, because I really like how lightweight it is, having essentially the same footprint as a classic iPad. This is going to feel noticeably smaller and lighter than your MBP, though.

I don’t know that you can go wrong either way tbh.

Then you’ll get to move on to the next step of the proud new iPad Pro owner course: whether to install the iPadOS beta or not. I’m sitting it out so far, I favor a glitchless experience too much.
I will always be the one to stan for the 12.9” iPad Pro. Especially if your use is going to be your main portable computer. You’re already used to a 13” screen size, just keep that ball rolling. I would say only get the 11” if it’s going to be spending a significant amount of time out of the keyboard and being used purely as a tablet, or if you were a huge fan of the 11” MacBook Air when that was a thing.

With FaceID the size of the 12.9” iPad Pro isn’t overwhelmingly huge.
Thanks for the advice everyone (even though it made me even more indecisive)! I got both the 11" and 12.9" to give them a trial run at home and the 12.9" ended up being the clear winner so I returned the 11" today. The main reason I went with the 12.9" was the extra screen real estate in landscape mode and the full size keyboard on the Smart Keyboard Folio - both of those things just felt too cramped on the 11".

I think this might be my favorite tech device I've ever used and will very easily replace a laptop in my setup.
 

8byte

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Oct 28, 2017
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Thanks for the advice everyone (even though it made me even more indecisive)! I got both the 11" and 12.9" to give them a trial run at home and the 12.9" ended up being the clear winner so I returned the 11" today. The main reason I went with the 12.9" was the extra screen real estate in landscape mode and the full size keyboard on the Smart Keyboard Folio - both of those things just felt too cramped on the 11".

I think this might be my favorite tech device I've ever used and will very easily replace a laptop in my setup.
Congrats! It's only going to get better from here with iPadOS on the way.
 
Dec 11, 2018
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Pulled the trigger on the base 11 model for 599 today. Hoping it negates my need to upgrade my 2014 MBP. I just don’t trust Apples laptops anymore.
 

justin haines

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Nov 27, 2018
1,221
The latest beta update has made iPadOS so much better.

Just thinking about iPadOS 2 makes me giddy because they are on such a good path finally with iPad.

The pencil was a game changer for me.
 
May 30, 2018
562
so i got an iPad Pro 11 a couple weeks ago when Prime had that sale for 629.

i briefly did the public beta 2 before doing a clean restore with import from a backup to 12. the battery life seems solid for the most part, but sometimes, like today, i'll turn off airplane mode and then an hour later it has lost 10% battery. i have background app refresh turned off and the battery stats section is mostly useless. usually it will say "home and lock screen", today it said facebook messenger used a lot of battery for a chunk of time - but i didn't even open that?

does this happen to anyone else? aside from the random drain it seems like it gets solid screen on time (around 6+ hours streaming HD video). but i also don't know if that's good or not. i just keep being concerned i have a unit with an issue.
 

MrKlaw

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Oct 25, 2017
8,358
What battery/screen on time should I be getting from a 12.9 2018 iPad Pro? Started this morning about 2.5 hrs ago with about 70% battery and now i’m On 6%. Was mostly safari with some youtube. iPad is really hot now and just seems like the battery fell off a cliff
 

signal

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Oct 28, 2017
19,872
What battery/screen on time should I be getting from a 12.9 2018 iPad Pro? Started this morning about 2.5 hrs ago with about 70% battery and now i’m On 6%. Was mostly safari with some youtube. iPad is really hot now and just seems like the battery fell off a cliff
Did you reset it during that time? Not sure about iPads but pretty rarely on my iPhone I'll notice that something in the background is draining the battery and won't stop unless I reset the phone or something. I could close all apps to see if that works but usually just reset it anyway.
 
May 30, 2018
562
What battery/screen on time should I be getting from a 12.9 2018 iPad Pro? Started this morning about 2.5 hrs ago with about 70% battery and now i’m On 6%. Was mostly safari with some youtube. iPad is really hot now and just seems like the battery fell off a cliff
on my 11inch i got something like 6.5ish or a bit more watching saved amazon prime video episodes last week, just about 1% drain every 5 mins. as an update to my post right above yours in case it helps, i uninstalled my fb messenger and google hangouts apps. apparently even when background app refresh is turned off for all apps, some apps (like those) still have the right to get updates, thereby draining the battery. between that and turning off my bluetooth when not using it (pencil can cause drain) my standby has been significantly better
 

Vanillalite

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
3,667
What's the consensus on the best keyboard cover?

I might be buying the 11" model tomorrow and I was wondering. I've heard some say Apples cause of the connector. Others said get the logitech despite it being BT cause the keys on the Apple one suck.
 

Aiii

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Oct 24, 2017
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What's the consensus on the best keyboard cover?

I might be buying the 11" model tomorrow and I was wondering. I've heard some say Apples cause of the connector. Others said get the logitech despite it being BT cause the keys on the Apple one suck.
Both statements are true, neither are correct. The Apple keyboard doesn't type well, doesn't have any function keys, and can't be used on the lap. The Logitech keyboard types better and has the function keys, but also doesn't work great on the lap, and has that horrible huge case around the device that just makes it hard to remove and unnecessarily large. Neither has more than two viewing angles.

The right answer imo is still the Brydge keyboard. Best quality, best looks, great typing experience.

Asking for a consensus is a bit much though, there's no such thing.
 

Blackthorn

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Oct 26, 2017
940
London
What's the consensus on the best keyboard cover?

I might be buying the 11" model tomorrow and I was wondering. I've heard some say Apples cause of the connector. Others said get the logitech despite it being BT cause the keys on the Apple one suck.
I bought the Apple keyboard case for my 12.9 because there were no other options at the time and I was kinda dreading it because I was coming off a very good (but bulky) keyboard case for my 9.7.

It was initially weird but I got used to typing on it (I’m a copywriter so I use it hours daily) and now I really enjoy it for how slim and light it is, how easy it is to clean and how easily it flips around for normal tablet use - something the Brydge keyboard loses on.

Downsides are, as others listed, not ideal for lap typing (I rarely do anyway), it’s not backlit and it has no function keys.

Typing experience is fine though, and maybe I’m just not fussy but I rarely encounter a keyboard I can’t adapt to and use normally after a bit of use.
 

justin haines

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Nov 27, 2018
1,221
I’m a logi k380 guy but I don’t type too much.

I do love it tho. Grabbed it on sale so price could not be beat

looking over some features added to beta 5 on iPad I’m impressed. I’m starting to get the itch for the full release!
 

m_shortpants

Member
Oct 25, 2017
2,294
I bought the Apple keyboard case for my 12.9 because there were no other options at the time and I was kinda dreading it because I was coming off a very good (but bulky) keyboard case for my 9.7.

It was initially weird but I got used to typing on it (I’m a copywriter so I use it hours daily) and now I really enjoy it for how slim and light it is, how easy it is to clean and how easily it flips around for normal tablet use - something the Brydge keyboard loses on.

Downsides are, as others listed, not ideal for lap typing (I rarely do anyway), it’s not backlit and it has no function keys.

Typing experience is fine though, and maybe I’m just not fussy but I rarely encounter a keyboard I can’t adapt to and use normally after a bit of use.
+1

I got the keyboard cover for my 11 and while it's not ideal, I can type on it just fine when I'm on the go. Compared to my MBP with its butterfly keyboard it's honestly not too bad lol
 
Dec 11, 2018
2,368
My 599 dollar Pro arrived today. I’m in love. I returned the Air 3 for this and couldn’t be happier. It offers so much more for that extra 100.
 
Oct 27, 2017
106
I bought an 11in 256GB model from Costco and this thing is awesome. Got it from Costco juuuust in case new models are announced September or October. Dat 90 return policy.

Much prefer this size to my old 12.9. May keep that in office for a second screen. Maybe I’ll sell it. Dunno.
 
Dec 11, 2018
2,368
I bought an 11in 256GB model from Costco and this thing is awesome. Got it from Costco juuuust in case new models are announced September or October. Dat 90 return policy.

Much prefer this size to my old 12.9. May keep that in office for a second screen. Maybe I’ll sell it. Dunno.
I got it at Target with a red card. I have until November 23rd to return it. Same reason as you.
 

Atraveller

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Oct 25, 2017
2,687
I bought an 11in 256GB model from Costco and this thing is awesome. Got it from Costco juuuust in case new models are announced September or October. Dat 90 return policy.

Much prefer this size to my old 12.9. May keep that in office for a second screen. Maybe I’ll sell it. Dunno.
I did the same thing but I doubt Apple will suddenly do 1 year release cycle for Pro models.
 

Compass

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Mar 23, 2019
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Oct 27, 2017
106
You can use something for 89 days and return it?
At Costco? Yes. They’ll let you as long as you don’t take advantage of them frequently. Ive never returned anything there so a one time thing won’t matter. It’s not something to make a habit of because I’ve heard of them banning another return on the same item.
 

Axelotl

Avenger
Oct 28, 2017
1,445
Hamm, Germany
Im currently extremely enjoying the new controller Support. Hyper light seiftet with the box One controller is so much fun on this device.

with this door open and the current performance of the A1x series of chips those Tablets are gaming beasts.
 

Blackthorn

Member
Oct 26, 2017
940
London
Im currently extremely enjoying the new controller Support. Hyper light seiftet with the box One controller is so much fun on this device.

with this door open and the current performance of the A1x series of chips those Tablets are gaming beasts.
My wish list is packed with iOS games thanks to proper ass controller support. Remote play’s great too.
 

Zeyphersan

Avenger
Oct 26, 2017
4,953
California
Im currently extremely enjoying the new controller Support. Hyper light seiftet with the box One controller is so much fun on this device.

with this door open and the current performance of the A1x series of chips those Tablets are gaming beasts.
I just bought hyper light drifter last night and was playing with an Xbox controller. It’s so good
 

leng jai

Member
Nov 2, 2017
9,125
With the controller support the iPad Pros are low key gaming beasts. Playing HLD in that huge high quality screenbl at 120fps with a controller is quite incredible. The only disappointment is that they didn't change the aspect ratio of the game so it has black bars instead.

I still need to get around to buying San Andreas.
 

GalacticMouse

Member
Oct 25, 2017
352
I just picked up my iPad Pro 11" over the weekend and have been messing around with it on the latest iOS 12 release, haven't upgraded to the iPad OS beta yet, and I've been really impressed with how well it handles gaming. I launched Fortnite first because it's easily comparable to PC/PS4/XB1/Switch versions and I had heard they added graphics settings and a 60fps mode...I feel like this seems like it's almost running at base PS4/XB1 levels? It's really impressive. I also have Civ VI installed and I've been pretty impressed with how smooth that runs as well!

Looking forward to getting iPad OS running on it and having true controller support soon!
 

8byte

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Oct 28, 2017
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I'm curious if we'll start seeing much bigger gaming experiences on iPad Pro now that DS4 / XBO Controllers are compatible (considering how many people already own them).
 

justin haines

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Nov 27, 2018
1,221
Will the elite controller pair up?

I’d like to get into mobile gaming since I have a Pro and an X but i keep holding off for fear of using them too much I got gaming and not enough for productivity when I already have consoles and a switch.
 

Futureman

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Oct 26, 2017
4,095
Is there a list somewhere of best "console quality" games on iPad? Somewhat intrigued with this new controller support though I haven't really played why video games in years.
 
Dec 11, 2018
2,368
Ended up getting the Muse case and am returning it today. It's a quality case, just a bit much for me. I hate how the part of the case that holds the pencil moves away from the iPad so easily if you hold the iPad in portrait mode. Not sure what they were thinking with that design decision. Do they think people don't ever hold the iPad like a book? Anyway, my search for a thin case that covers both the top/bottom and sides continues. Next up is Khomo, although I hear I'll need to modify it to support third party USB C cables.
 

8byte

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Oct 28, 2017
5,629
Kansas
Ended up getting the Muse case and am returning it today. It's a quality case, just a bit much for me. I hate how the part of the case that holds the pencil moves away from the iPad so easily if you hold the iPad in portrait mode. Not sure what they were thinking with that design decision. Do they think people don't ever hold the iPad like a book? Anyway, my search for a thin case that covers both the top/bottom and sides continues. Next up is Khomo, although I hear I'll need to modify it to support third party USB C cables.
Technically the pencil holder on the side is for charging. There's a specific elastic holder in the back for the pencil. You shouldn't leave it "charging" all the time.