When the iPad Pro was first announced back in September of 2015, I laughed at the idea of an iPad with a near 13” screen, while at the same time simultaneously thinking that I might really like it. I’ve been using an iPad Air since they were first introduced, having moved up from an iPad mini before that. What I had discovered was that, for me, weight was more important than screen size. So when the iPad mini was first introduced and was nearly an entire pound less than the full-sized iPad of the time, I immediately switched to the smaller device. But when the iPad Air was introduced, weighing only slightly more than the iPad mini of the time, I found that I preferred the larger screen.
I give you this background to set up my thoughts on the iPad Pro below. What I hoped to discover was that Apple had found a way to make a device that was the perfect combination of both weight and screen size. Something I could use for everything from in-the-field data gathering to lounging on the couch surfing Facebook and playing games.
The case for going big
The idea of the iPad Pro is, of course, everything you love about the iPad but on an enormous scale. And it is enormous. Items on screen are larger and easier to tap. Text is easier to read. And with the larger screen, you could use the multi-tasking capabilities of the device to work with two applications on-screen at the same time.
For appraisers, field sketching in a program such as TOTAL for Mobile in particular could really benefit from the larger screen real estate, letting you see more of your drawing without having to scale out so far that everything is too small on screen to view.