So, I finally decided update my original iPad Pro (9.7) to a larger 12.9 version. Yes, I read the many reviews complaining about it not being a laptop. Duh! I have one of those along with many other computers and still use the iPad on a daily basis. Not saying that I don't want pro apps, but I still find the iPad quite useful. Anyway, after having it for a few weeks, I thought I would give some of my initial impressions.
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My Particular Needs
I also have Lightroom CC, so I can have access to photos I shot with the Sony and dumped into Lightroom CC on a computer.
All that being said, the photos simply pop on the gorgeous screen. It is really like you haven’t seen the photos until you have seen them on such a beautiful “Liquid Retina XDR” screen. This weekend, I took a bunch of RAW files with my Sony camera, sent them to the iPad in RAW format over the air and they showed up right in the photos app.
Some were macros, so I had to crop down the file to see just how much resolution was in the file, simply expanding the photo with two fingers showed up as blurry, so be careful deleting stuff if you think it isn't sharp once zoomed in.
Of course, you also get the benefit of the large screen with media apps like Disney+ and the Apple New+ app. Everything simply looks better.
Size has some downsides
While I don’t intend for this to be a full review of the Logitech Combo Touch iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th Generation) Keyboard Case, I will say that it has made the size issues less of an issue. It has a fold out stand that means if you want to use the iPad in bed, you can prop it up and take less stress on the arms. I also like the added protection you get with it because the back stays on when you removed the keyboard. I will review it separately, so stayed tuned for that, but it really makes the iPad more usable in more situations. Of course, the keyboard helps when you want to have that attached, as well.
Apple Music Lossless (this section for audiophiles or audiophile curious people)
With the iPhone, I could never get it to work with my Topping D10 DAC. It will come up with a message saying that the accessory requires too much power. This issue went away using the iPad’s USB-C out. I plugged in their USB-C to USB-A adapter and I was up and running with bit rate switching on the fly.
That being said, this particular solution means you can’t charge at the same time. Luckily, I have a Satechi Aluminum Stand & Hub – 6-in-1 USB-C Hub Foldable Stand in for review! I connected it to a USB-C charger and ran the USB out from the Topping into the USB port on the stand. This works!!! While most of the power goes to the Topping, this keeps the iPad from draining power over long listening periods. It also looks great in the process. Of course, when you are ready to get up and go, this stand folds down and fits in a bag.
Just General Stuff
The Thunderbolt USB-C ports also means quicker movement of files for when I am on the road and want to transfer photos for backup. It definitely will speed up my process all around.
Gorgeous high tech screen (nothing like it that I have seen)
Very fast and smooth when using
Apple Music Hi Res with proper DAC
Bigger screen for more impact when viewing or editing media
More Room for Multitasking
Lack of Pro Apps (no Final Cut and a dumbed down Photoshop)
Very heavy and awkward for tablet only mode (unless you have the right case)