Is bigger always better? The new iPad Pro 10.5 and iPad Pro 12.9 share many of the same features, but there are a few big differences you should know about.
If you’re looking to buy a new 2017 iPad pro choosing between the iPad Pro 10.5 and iPad Pro 12.9 inch models can be challenging. But after reading this article you would know the best matching iPad pro for you.
Key Features of iPad Pro 10.5 and iPad Pro 12.9
Both models have literally identical specs. The only notable difference is being adjusted battery size to maintain the same battery life and higher resolution on the larger screen to maintain the same retina quality pixel to display ratio. Since they share the same hardware performance is also identical though the iPad Pro 12.9 inch model has more pixels to push, meaning the iPad Pro 10.5 inch version has a slight edge.
Each model gets an upgrade to 64 gigabytes of storage at the base price along with the option to upgrade to up to 512 gigabytes. The rose gold color option is exclusive to the iPad Pro 10.5 inch model. The smaller version also has slimmer bezels all around compared to the iPad Pro 12.9 inch model giving it a better screen to weight ratio. Salima bezels also makes the iPad Pro 10.5 inch look arguably better. The iPad Pro 12.9 inch variant is slightly thicker than the iPad Pro 10.5. Because of that the camera bump is smaller than the iPad Pro 12.9 even though both models get the same upgrade at 12 megapixel rear camera straight from the iPhone 7,. This gives the iPad Pro 10.5 inch pro a noticeably larger gap below the camera bump while laying on a flat surface.
iPad Pro Keyboard
If you want to type in portrait mode with your thumbs, the iPad Pro 10.5 inch iPad pro is the way to go. Not only is it easier with the smaller screen but the iPad Pro 10.5 inch also offers a split typing mode where you can separate the keyboard into left and right halves or typing like you would on an iPhone. Because the twelve point nine inch screen is so big Apple doesn’t even allow split typing on that iPad pro.
On the flipside, if you want to use your iPad flat in your lap or in a table in landscape mode typing is much easier with a twelve point nine inch model offering a full size keyboard with a dedicated number row. On the iPad Pro 10.5 inch version of the smart Keyboard for iPad pro Apple got rid of the extra side space and slimmed the edge keys to keep the main keys in spacing identical which some may find preferential.
iPad Pro Sounds
The speakers on the iPad Pro 12.9 are noticeably louder and cover a more full range of audio frequencies sounding much better overall. When iOS 11 launches, the iPad pro will get a host of new features including the new key flicking feature.
The iPad Pro 10.5 inch gets it on most keys while the iPad Pro 12.9 inch only gets it for numbers and characters. Since the extra screen space allows for extra keys like a top row for numbers and also tab and caps lock keys. Based on diagonally measured numbers the iPad Pro 12.9 inch display doesn’t seem that much bigger compared to iPad Pro 10.5 inch which calculates to 22 percent larger but if we look at square inches instead the larger model actually gets 52 percent more screen space. This will offer a lot more space for drawing and designing but probably won’t bother the casual user that much. The extra space also allows the iPad Pro 12.9 inch iPad pro s doc to hold a maximum of 15 apps instead of 13 and then an extra three recently opened apps for each.
iPad Pro Display
Since most websites and apps are optimized for portrait oriented viewing the larger pro will offer more screen realistic since you’re
getting about an extra two inches of vertical space. If you’re planning on multitasking in split view on your iPad pro, you’ll probably want to stick in landscape orientation on the iPad Pro 12.9 inch model.The combination of the large screen in aspect ratio means apps in split view will be exceptionally tall in skinny which is not a great way to view or interact with content. we also compared screen space while watching a standard 16 by 9 aspect ratio YouTube video in landscape mode. We found that the extra vertical space helped the iPad Pro 12.9 inch iPad pro show about 50% more of the actual video.
Buy what you really need
If you’re an artist or designer that could use the extra screen space or just someone who enjoys a larger screen and more viewable screen space for apps and videos go with the 12.9 inch iPad pro. If you’re someone who enjoys a lighter smaller and more portable device you most likely won’t miss the decreased screen realistic and should go with the 10.5 inch iPad pro while saving that extra 150 bucks.We think most customers will prefer the iPad Pro 10.5 inch model for a number of reasons such as portability. Unless you have a specific need or desire for the larger 12.9 inch size stick with a smaller version and don’t look back.