iPad Pro Diary: I am already in love with new compact 12.9-inch iPad Pro

I wrote earlier hopes that in 2018, 12.9-inch iPad Pro proves as Apple claims, ‘the ultimate iPad.’ All the joy with huge screen form factor proves not to be a great compromise with comfort and portability.

When the case arrived with iPad, I was encouraged:  The size difference hence did not seem to be great. Thus I had been waiting impatiently with iPad arriving and today as it was.

Literally only it had few hours, where the impressions summed up in one word:

The true fact Apple’s description where all screen is hyperbole: Thus still a significant amount of bezel remains – holding it comfortably, allowing room for Face ID camera system et al without the notch. But, honestly, ‘all screen’ does not seem like ridiculous with exaggeration. Hence it really does feel pretty close to that,

I Love flat sides where there are regular readers know that I am a huge fan of the slab-sided iPhone 4/5/SE design, with iPhones. So I love the design here where there is a little reminiscent of the first-gen iPad, but without the bulbous back, of course.

With the launch ahead, it was unsure whether the 11- or 12.9-inch model would be right for me. I subsequently larger iPad wins out probably, and no doubt that this is the case.

Look

It looks absolutely gorgeous.

It’s true that Apple’s description of it as ‘all screen’ is hyperbole: there’s still a significant amount of bezel remaining – which is necessary both to be able to hold it comfortably and to allow room for the Face ID camera system et al without the need for a notch. But, honestly, ‘all screen’ doesn’t seem like too ridiculous an exaggeration. It really does feel pretty close to that.

I also love the flat sides. Regular readers will know that I’m a huge fan of the slab-sided iPhone 4/5/SE design, much more so than the later rounded-side iPhones. So I love the design here. It’s a little reminiscent of the first-gen iPad, but without the bulbous back, of course.

To me, there’s an elegant simplicity to a slab-sided design that isn’t present in the previous generation.

Once again, I’m in love with the screen size, as I was with the original 12.9-inch model. And once again, it’s not so much that this size feels big, it’s that going back to the 10.5-inch one (or 9.7-inch one last time) feels small. When using it, the 12.9-inch screen feels right.

Visually, it doesn’t look thinner than the older 10.5-inch because that one pulls off a little optical illusion thanks to the way the top of it slopes back in, but you can just about see the difference.