The iPad Pro
The iPad Pro showed up today, in the arms of a relieved FedEx driver. I don’t think he was expecting me to be home. I was a bit surprised to be. Apple shipped my great Space Grey hope faster than I thought they would. I don’t know if this is because I’m lucky, or no one wants an iPad. Probably a bit of both.
I’ve been ‘the laptop guy’ for years, decades even. I’ve always schlept a laptop around with me, typing away on this and that. I’m an amateur writer, emphasis on the amateur. Drivel has poured out of my fingertips my whole life. When the original iPad was released I thought maybe that would be where my words would land. To some degree that has been true, but it also hasn’t been. A bluetooth keyboard can go a long way to making the expulsion of prose an easier task on the iPad, but something has always felt ‘off’ about writing on the device.
When the new MacBook, the crazy thin one with the crazy thin keyboard, appeared this year I was tempted like Gandalf and that certain ring. It was precious, and dreams of being the next F. Scott Fitzgerald played in my brain. But. There’s always a but. The rumors of an iPad Pro were strong, a device that would rival the new MacBook for power while being as portable and usable. I resisted the siren’s call of the MacBook and bid my time.
So I’m typing on a bluetooth keyboard on my shiny new iPad Pro, the base 32 GB model for those who care about such things. It’s not as sexy as the new MacBook, but how could it be? It’s just a big iPad so far. The amazing Apple Pencil doesn’t show up for another week or two, and then I’ll scribble on it for a night before going back to the keyboard.
My early assessment? It’s a bigger iPad. I’m sure I’ll expand that in the coming days, but for me it really comes down to that. Will it be better for writing than a normal iPad? Maybe. iOS 9 made using a keyboard much better, independent of the iPad Pro. It sounds better, with nice big speakers in the huge body. It seems a bit snappier than my iPad Air. It should, it’s newer and sports a processor that gives my work MacBook Pro a run for it’s money. No one’s really going to notice that though. Computers have been ‘fast enough’ for what normal people do for over a decade now.