The iPad Pro is now available. Am I going to get one? No. I am selling all my iOS and Apple devices and going 100% Chromebook.
Okay, that last line was a lie–I am feeling under the weather and a joke made feel a little better.
I'm still not buying an iPad Pro. There are a few reasons.
- My wife would kill me.
- See #1 (Christmas is coming, meaning finances will be tight)
- I bought my iPad Air 2 in March from T-Mobile and still have 16 no-interest payments to make on the device.
- I feel strongly that the next generation of iPads will come with 3D Touch. While a recent survey of iPhone 6S users showed that most owners do not use 3D Touch, this is partially because we are not yet used to using it, and partially because app developers have not integrated the feature. In time, 3D Touch will be a standard gesture, like pinching today.
- I will eventually get the iPad Pro from T-Mobile on the Jump On Demand plan.
Should YOU get the iPad Pro? 3D Touch won't likely be the issue for you. I read today, quite accurately, that the iPad Pro is cheaper and faster than Apple's new MacBook (I also need a new MacBook). I expect Apple to address the speed issue soon…but put another way, the iPad Pro is almost two times as fast as the iPad Air 2, which I own. That is crazy-fast. Apple's Pencil is back-ordered, but that will be a nice device (I am asking my parents for the non-Bluetooth Adonit Jot Dash for Christmas), and Apple iPad Pro keyboards and other devices will be out soon.
forScore tweeted today that music looks GREAT on the iPad Pro, and that the sound is better than a laptop (four speakers on the iPad Pro). forScore also reminded us that the original Music Pad Pro was $899…the 32GB iPad Pro plus the Pencil is still cheaper than the Music Pad Pro, plus it can do so much more.
I don't think of the iPad Pro as a MacBook replacement, at least not until all of Apple's apps can run on the device (or more specifically, iBooks Author, Final Cut, and Logic Pro. While these programs cannot run on iOS (at least not yet), the iPad Pro has the power to run them.
Tim Cook (CEO of Apple) has taken some recent shots at Microsoft about the Surface Pro 4, calling it “deluded.” I don't think that is fair–the device itself is fantastic, but it is really, really hard to make any device–and a device that is both laptop and tablet has to make some sacrifices. Some of that will come in the operating system itself, other sacrifices occur with developers. While the Surface Pro has Staff Pad as a unique music solution (there are other solutions, such as PhotoScore Ultimate with NotateMe), that program generally only works best with the Surface line of devices. Most programs are not created with the Surface (or multi-touch) in mind, Microsoft has finally figured out that to provide the best experience, you have to control both the software and the hardware. If I had an extra $1400, I would certainly buy a Surface Pro 4 to work with (I only have my $230 Asus T-100).
While Apple has been introducing parts of iOS into OSX (and vice-versa), they are trying to do so when it makes sense to do so. Years later, they are finally getting the hang of cloud computing (although I do believe if Dropbox had agreed to be purchased by Steve Jobs, Apple would have taken the lead in cloud computing). Still, Apple is committed to iOS and the Mac. And that's okay.
So…if you want an iPad Pro, go for it. It should be functional for five years (if not more), as tablet speeds are catching up with (or surpassing) notebook speeds. You just might miss out on some of next year's features, unless you get your iPad Pro with T-Mobile's Jump On Demand. In that case, you would always have a monthly payment, but you would also always have the latest and greatest device at your fingertips.
Note: I do not get a referral bonus from T-Mobile.