I wrote earlier that I hoped that the 2018 12.9-inch iPad Pro would turn out to be, as Apple claimed, "the ultimate iPad." All the enjoyment of the big screen in a form factor that did not prove too big compromise when it came to comfort and portability.
When the folio case arrived in front of the iPad, I was encouraged: The size difference did not seem too big to me. Since then I've been waiting impatiently for the iPad to come – and today it has …
I've literally only had it for a few hours, but my impressions can so far be summarized in one
It looks as if it is absolutely beautiful.
It's true that Apple's description of it as the "whole screen" is hyperbole to keep it comfortable and to allow space for the Face ID camera system one without the need for a hack. But, honestly, & # 39; all screen & # 39; does not seem too ridiculous an exaggeration. It feels very close to it.
I also love the flat pages. Regular readers want to know that I'm a big fan of the flat-rate iPhone 4/5 / SE design, much more than the later-rounded iPhones. So I love the design here. It's a little reminiscent of first-time iPad, but without bulbous back, of course.
For me, it is an elegant simplicity for a disc-shaped design that is not present in the previous generation.
Once again, I'm in love with the screen size, like I was with the original 12.9-inch model. And again, it's not so much that this size feels great, that's what goes back to 10.5-inch one (or 9.7-inch one last time) feels small. When using it, the 12.9-inch screen feels correct.
Visually it does not look thinner than the older 10.5-inch because it draws a small optical illusion thanks to the top of it's backs, but you can only see the difference.
It feels light.
I was worried that it could feel noticeably heavier in my hands than my 10.5-inch model, and yet – even though it's 40% heavier – it's not really. If I had to judge subjectively, I guessed something closer to 20%.
Once I've noticed the extra weight, it holds in a hand in landscape mode, but even that does not feel terrible and that's not something I often do.
I'm definitely not going to notice the extra weight that carries it around, and I've just tested "reading books in bed" and it also feels comfortable there. So my questions about weight have been answered: there is no problem at all.
I write more about the experience of using it later this week. As always, if there are certain aspects you want me to cover please let me know and I will do my best. But the first impression is amazing!
Like all Apple devices these days, I love the easy setup process: Just take it near an iPhone or iPad and let it take care of most of the process on its own.  It's great to have Face ID and movements on the iPad. I've been waiting impatiently for iPad to get the iPhone X experience, and now it has.
A small detail: During the boot process, Apple refers to the power button as the "top" button, and in landscape mode, the iPad iPad screen shows the button to the top left. However, the magnets do not match the folio case in this way: you must actually have it so the power button is in the bottom right of landscape mode. I do not care which way it is, but it's a bit disturbing my OCD that this is a detail. Apple did not sweat.
When I talked about the folio case, I said before I was disappointed that Apple does not offer a single smart cover for it and it's still the case: I'm happy to leave the back open and will not add thickness to the device. But I want to say two things. First of all, the folio case is extremely easy, so I do not feel that there is any weight penalty for having a back. Secondly, it snaps magnetically to the back so easily that it's actually less work to put on the folio case than it was the smart cover.
However, the magnets are very strong: it takes more work to remove it from folio. But overall, I do not grumble too much about the change.
I'm glad to have USB-C instead of Lightning. It would be useful to be able to use my MacBook Pro charger for each device. IPad – as its predecessor – also loves from my 15-inch MacBook Pro.
But most of all, I'm completely blown away by having this size screen in a device so small and easy. I really really did not want to return the original model. I was completely in love with the screen size. But it was just too big and heavy. This is not either. Even in a short time I have had to use it so far today, it already feels a completely normal size and weight in my hands – but connected to the wow experience on that screen.
The video is very nice in this size and the speakers are incredibly powerful. Magazines feel that you are looking at a full page in portrait mode. E-books let you see significantly more of the text on a screen, so less page flipping. For sites, I've switched to portrait mode because the page width does not feel cramped and you can see so much more at once. I'm not much of a gamer, but I've just kicked XPlane, and it's clear that games are also noticeably more disappointing on this size screen.
In short, I feel the same about this screen I did about the original one: I absolutely love it. But this time, I do not feel I have to compromise with size or weight.
Great as the speakers are for video, they are still not what I want to rate music speakers. The amount of bass is as impressive as the volume, and the stereo separation is great, but they are still small built-in speakers, and the sound quality reflects it.
Before launch I was unsure if the 11- or 12.9-inch model would be right for me. I later felt that the larger iPad would probably win and there is no doubt that this is the case.
I rarely feel like a new iPhone. I am looking forward to their arrival, of course, but I do not tend to be impatient towards the front door. iPads are different. My MacBook Pro is my primary Apple device, just because I do so much more with it, but if I had to identify my most loved device, it would be my iPad. I was impatient for this to arrive and I am excited to have it.