The iPad is a hard device to generalize. It fills a wide range of uses from business, to personal, to education and beyond. For some people, it serves as a supplement to their existing computer, and for others it’s their only computer.
This makes the answer of – ‘why do you need an iPad?’ – very hard to answer. For a consumer, this can make an iPad purchase difficult to justify. It’s clear this is a potential issue, especially as iPad sales slow.
After a warm response from the general public to the iPad Pro, it’s been rumoured next week Apple will introduce a 9.7 inch sized iPad Pro, which may replace the existing 9.7 inch iPad Air. It’s rumoured this smaller ‘iPad Pro’ will have all the same features as the larger iPad Pro, as in Apple Pencil/Smart Keyboard support and a four speaker audio system.
If this rumour turns out to be true – which seems more likely everyday – I will be ecstatic.
When Apple released the iPad Pro, I was close to buying one to be able to use the Apple Pencil. From my brief testing, the Apple Pencil is one of the best accessories Apple has ever made. I couldn’t imagine a better drawing tool.
I held off on the purchase mostly because the iPad Pro – with it’s 12.9 inch display – feels more like a computer replacement than supplement. Despite many other writers trying to make the full switch to the iPad, I personally can’t see myself giving up my iMac or Macbook Pro.
A 9.7 inch iPad Pro would be the perfect supplement to the Mac – and if it supports the Apple Pencil – a great tablet for drawing.
We won’t find out until Monday whether the 9.7 inch iPad Pro is real or a myth, but if it turns out to be true, it may be the exact iPad I want.