1. Abu Khadija's Avatar
    I have the first generation 12.9" iPad Pro. Would downsizing to the 10.5" be a downgrade? I could wait for the 12.9" ones to come into the stores, but I'm wondering about the size difference on the new ones. I also have a late 2013 15" rMBP that's not seeing much use these days.
    07-01-2017 02:07 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    That depends on what “you” consider a downgrade. Will you be downgrading the size of the display? Yes. Will you be downgrading the specs? No.
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    07-01-2017 08:18 PM
  3. italodance's Avatar
    07-01-2017 11:23 PM
  4. Abu Khadija's Avatar
    I could get the 10.5" and try it out. BUT. If any kind of scratch gets on it then it's mine. This is one thing I don't like about trying things out if you don't intend to keep them. If anything goes wrong then your stuck with it.
    07-02-2017 02:10 AM
  5. Matty's Avatar
    I personally don't see it as a downgrade. It's basically just a smaller variant of the same product. 😃 Both of the newer models are definitely upgrades, especially in the display and camera departments.

    Apparently (haven't tested) that new high refresh rate display is really awesome.
    07-02-2017 05:29 AM
  6. eyecrispy's Avatar
    Depends on your use cases. I personally wouldn't go down in size but there are def days I wish I had a smaller device that's just easier to carry around.
    07-02-2017 05:53 AM
  7. Abu Khadija's Avatar
    I feel the same. Only way out of that is too buy both. That's really out of the question. So I guess it's the 12.9" one.
    07-02-2017 10:17 AM
  8. naddy6969's Avatar
    Personally, I bought both of the new iPad Pros.

    If I had a 1st gen 12.9", the only true upgrade would be a 2nd gen 12.9". A 10.5" Pro would be a size "downgrade", but a definite upgrade in every other respect. A compromise.

    OTOH, the 12.9" screen is just too nice to pass up. The 2.4" screen difference is huge. That and the astonishing sound quality makes for a truly great experience.
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    07-02-2017 11:31 PM
  9. eyecrispy's Avatar
    Personally, I bought both of the new iPad Pros.

    If I had a 1st gen 12.9", the only true upgrade would be a 2nd gen 12.9". A 10.5" Pro would be a size "downgrade", but a definite upgrade in every other respect. A compromise.

    OTOH, the 12.9" screen is just too nice to pass up. The 2.4" screen difference is huge. That and the astonishing sound quality makes for a truly great experience.
    So you would recommend the upgrade from 1st gen to 2nd gen 12.9" model? Im thinking no for this round.
    07-03-2017 07:51 PM
  10. OZsMac's Avatar
    I have both a Gen 1 12.9” and the 10.5”

    My recommendation is to never try the 12.9”, because for me at least having experienced the magic of the larger screen realestate, going back to a 9.7” or 10.5” does feel quite limiting.

    I would have a massive amount of trouble justifying an upgrade from my Gen 1 12.9”, the only reasons would be a) if I had some real need for the extra power b) if I needed the improved screen re-fresh/promotion due to artistic requirements. I have neither, to I’ll be happy with my Gen 1, however I seem to end up with the 10.5” more often because it really is a tablet, where the 12.9” really isn’t.
    07-10-2017 12:20 AM
  11. donnation's Avatar
    Lol I just upgraded from the 10.5 to the 2nd Gen 12.9. I had the first gen 12.9, sold it and went to the 10.5. A trade to good to pass up came along and I traded my 10.5 for the 12.9. Really did miss having the larger real estate to work with.

    Only downside OP is it is heavier to lug around.
    07-22-2017 09:27 AM
  12. IvanKaramazov's Avatar
    So much depends on what you do with your iPad. I moved from an iPad Air to the 2nd Gen 12.9" Pro, and for me the larger size is crucial because I work on mine daily, and having two full-size apps on the screen is key to some of my workflows. On the other hand, I find that when I open Kindle to read a book I'm not more likely to pull out my 7 Plus, as holding the 12.9 in one hand is awkward (doable, I have large hands, but not ideal). When the 10.5 was announced I definitely felt the allure of the thin bezels and smaller size, but I could never do much of my work as enjoyably on the smaller screen.
    07-22-2017 10:41 AM
  13. chartier's Avatar
    I think it would help to define what “downgrade” means to you. Also, Finer Things in Tech is my blog, so thanks for the link @italodance!

    One way I considered moving to the new 10-inch an upgrade is that it’s much easier to find accessories for this iPad size. Of the few keyboards I could try, they all made the total package weigh nearly three pounds, sometimes more. That’s heavier than my 12-inch MacBook, which for me, sort of defeated the purpose.

    For a few of my workflows, it’s a slight downgrade because of the loss of screen space. A few apps revert to their iPhone designs when in half-screen Split View. But I don’t mind it much, and I’m adapting.

    On the other hand, since I fly and take the train decently often, I find the 10-inch size an upgrade because the 12-inch was usually hard to use on those little tray tables, or simply on my lap on most flights.

    Those are just anecdotes, but I hope they help you consider some of the situations you use your iPad in and weigh what really matters to you.
    BBelgum likes this.
    07-23-2017 01:10 PM

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