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Old 09-17-2016, 02:29 PM   #1
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iPad Air 2 to 9.7" iPad Pro?

Has anyone had the opportunity to directly compare an iPad Air 2 with a 9.7" iPad Pro? I've had my Air 2 for a couple of years now, and I need to store a lot of large files (very large PDFs). I'm tempted by the 256GB option on the iPad Pro. Are there any other significant differences between the two models?

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Old 09-18-2016, 09:09 AM   #2
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And the 256 model is about the same as what I paid for 128 Air 2 a couple of years ago.
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And the 256 model is about the same as what I paid for 128 Air 2 a couple of years ago.
Unfortunately, that is only true for the US, not for the Euro zone and the UK
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I was actually considering the 12" iPad Pro, as a replacement for my Macbook + iPad Air 2, but the cost, ohmy. Here in Oz, its dropped a tad but for the 256GB is something like AUD $1500 just for the wifi model. Oh well, if our dollar gets strong again, I may do it on the next release. Thats a big IF of course.
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Old 09-26-2016, 02:12 PM   #5
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The Apple Pencil is truly a game changer. Its integration on the pro 9.7 is flawless. I went from an iPad air (1st gen) to the pro and it's wow, just wow. I take lots of notes, and the pro is fantastic for that.
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I am kinda waiting for iPad Pro 2 (12") at this point. I'm trying to use my Air 2 for sheet music, and I think the extra screen would help with that. Also it should have better camera with flash (I want to digitize sheet music etc., but probably should experiment with my current iPad first). Pencil might be nice too, though I am making do with Bluetooth styluses which confer some additional accuracy and pressure sensitivity with some apps.
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I am kinda waiting for iPad Pro 2 (12") at this point. I'm trying to use my Air 2 for sheet music, and I think the extra screen would help with that. Also it should have better camera with flash (I want to digitize sheet music etc., but probably should experiment with my current iPad first). Pencil might be nice too, though I am making do with Bluetooth styluses which confer some additional accuracy and pressure sensitivity with some apps.
The Air 2 and the Pro 12.9 have nearly identical cameras. The Pro 9.7 has a much better camera than either of the others.

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Old 09-30-2016, 06:52 AM   #8
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The 12.2 was too big for me, I really needed something I can take with me on my flights. I hesitated between the Air 2 and the Pro 9.7, because I used a Bamboo Fineline on my Air and managed, but while at the Apple Store in June I tried the Apple Pencil and "saw the light".
I waited for a special offer somewhere on the web, looking now and then this summer, but it's the actual exchange rate GBP to EUR that made it a real steal. I could have even waited a bit more to cumulate the exchange rate + Black Friday, but I needed it for my classes which started mid-September, and at under 600 EUR transport included on amazon.co.uk it was impossible to resist....

So far I have not taken much pics, but have used it for my classes and the ability to take excellent notes on one side while having the document open on the other , all this on less than 10", is very valuable to me. I love that I can write super small with the pencil without having to use the zoom function on any app. And it's perfectly readable, although I have a very bad handwriting, which was never the case for me without using the zoom function with a BT stylus.

My only 2 complaints are A. that between the pencil, the pencil cap, and the pencil adapter, you end up having to find a cover that can take all that (hence loose a bit on the thin/light aspect) or use a separate pouch for that and again, loose on the portability, and B. that the charging of the pencil with the iPad is quick but dirty, design wise.
But from what I gathered, Apple is working on a new version of the pencil so hopefully those issues will be addressed soon.

The Pro brought me back to Apple, because until then I had found the new iPhones and iPads always very boring and not really different from their predecessors. Our household has an iPhone 4, an Air 1 and a mini 1, and none of us felt like upgrading.

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Old 09-30-2016, 08:07 AM   #9
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Has anyone had the opportunity to directly compare an iPad Air 2 with a 9.7" iPad Pro? I've had my Air 2 for a couple of years now, and I need to store a lot of large files (very large PDFs). I'm tempted by the 256GB option on the iPad Pro. Are there any other significant differences between the two models?

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Here are two comparison videos.



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Old 09-30-2016, 06:30 PM   #10
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Recent rumors say there may be a 10.5" iPad Pro next March. If you don't need to upgrade now, then you might want to wait for the next series of models.

I upgraded from the iPad4 to the iPad Pro 9.7 which obviously was a bigger leap than going from the Air 2. I got the 256GB. I like the True Tone screen and also the additional speakers. I haven't used the Pencil as much as I should! We also have an iPad Air in my house, and we don't need to upgrade that for awhile. It still meets our needs.
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Good idea to wait.

@HarryT have you considered investing in a portable wifi hard drive, if you need to be moving big files about? Seagate and WD make them.

I use Filebrowser from Stratospherix.com (available in the app store) to access files on my mac-connected external drives, but a portable drive probably has its own iOS app for such a thing.
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The 10.5" rumor seems dubious: who is complaining that 10" is just a little too small? Just to make bezels smaller in existing shell? I guess 5% larger would work, without noticeable degradation due to smaller DPI and maybe some manufacturing cost reduction.

Another rumor suggests new iPad releases in each of the existing form factors (8/10/12). Another rumor that physical Home button will go away. I assume headphone jack is history...
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The 10.5" rumor seems dubious: who is complaining that 10" is just a little too small? Just to make bezels smaller in existing shell? I guess 5% larger would work, without noticeable degradation due to smaller DPI and maybe some manufacturing cost reduction.

Another rumor suggests new iPad releases in each of the existing form factors (8/10/12). Another rumor that physical Home button will go away. I assume headphone jack is history...
According to an article on Mac Rumors, "Apple will ship three new iPad Pro models around Spring 2017, including 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, and 10.1-inch models, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara."

But rumors or just rumors, unless they become true.
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According to an article on Mac Rumors, "Apple will ship three new iPad Pro models around Spring 2017, including 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, and 10.1-inch models, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara."

But rumors or just rumors, unless they become true.
I think you meant '7.9-, 10.1-, and 12.9-inch", which is what the article says.

So, .4" larger than the current 'small' iPad Pro? Seems a little weird since that model was the first with True Tone display and you would think that they would just keep the same display going.
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I think you meant '7.9-, 10.1-, and 12.9-inch", which is what the article says.

So, .4" larger than the current 'small' iPad Pro? Seems a little weird since that model was the first with True Tone display and you would think that they would just keep the same display going.
Nice catch. But I just copied and pasted the obvious typo directly from the text of the Mac Rumors web page without reviewing it. So they messed up. No surprise there! Just read any blog or news media site these days to see loads of typos. Looks like they have corrected it now though.
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