Ask DN: Was your iPad Pro a successful purchase?

almost 4 years ago from , ✌︎ Sr JS Dev at Balderdash

What apps do you find yourself currently using? Are there any "killer apps" that make use of the Pencil that have significantly improved your workflow?

Like many, I'm still on the fence.



  • Kyle CaseKyle Case, almost 4 years ago

    I usually try to convince myself to buy all the new Apple gadgets, but I really can't come up with a reasonable excuse to get an iPad Pro. To me, it feels like a miss that it can't natively run OSX. I actually prefer my iPad mini over larger iPads. I'm sure there will be apps in the future that will allow the iPad Pro to replace my laptop, but for now it just seems like any other iPad except it's huge.

    11 points
    • Giulio MichelonGiulio Michelon, almost 4 years ago

      I have the same feelings.

      1 point
    • Rick KhannaRick Khanna, almost 4 years ago

      Like a Mac Pro isn't for everybody, either is an iPad Pro.

      0 points
      • Ed AdamsEd Adams, almost 4 years ago

        I personally believe that locking a "professional" product to the limited selection of apps available on the App Store will forever shoot the iPad Pro in the foot. True professional-grade apps don't really come out for iOS, or if they do they're not nearly as good as their desktop equivalent.

        The cynic in me wants to suggest the iPad Pro is for people who want to feel like professionals, instead of actual professionals. An actual professional of any tech needs a real computer.

        3 points
        • Alex MontagueAlex Montague, almost 4 years ago

          True professional-grade apps HAVEN'T come out. But that doesn't mean they won't. This device pushes developers to make them.

          Not saying it'll happen for sure, so you could continue to be correct in your statement, but we're already seeing developers starting to test this notion in some incredible ways.

          0 points
          • John PJohn P, almost 4 years ago

            But that doesn't mean they won't

            The App Store ecosystem kinda means they wont.

            1 point
            • Will FroelichWill Froelich, almost 4 years ago

              I used to think that but after using the iPad Pro for a month with an Apple Pencil, I'm starting to think otherwise.

              Procreate is an amazing drawing app. When I picked it up, I figured I would use Astropad (makes the iPad a Cintiq basically) + Photoshop on my MBP. After using Procreate for a few minutes I felt completely satisfied for all my drawing needs. Drawing with the pencil in one hand, and panning/scaling the canvas with my other hand is amazing and makes the Cintiq seem like a relic. You can export, with layers to a PSD.. It's bonkers that it's $10.

              Another thing I wanted the iPad for was music creation. Last I had used was Garageband, which is actually pretty amazing for $5. Now there's a DAW called Auria, which basically enables full music production from the iPad alone. There are a bunch of other music tools that are highly enjoyable with that touch surface for controlling too.

              There are others, but I think what people miss is why the iPad is useful in the pro space. I like to think of it like a sketchbook. It has a pretty defined and limited purpose. It's lack of "features" is a function. It keeps you focused on what you're doing. It's also super portable and easy to get out and sketch.

              So yeah, I think there are definitely pro level apps. I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone who doesn't want to draw with the apple pencil. You can easily be productive with it and work it into your pipeline. If it ran OS X, I wouldn't bother with it. A whole bunch of software not designed for the touch screen sounds like a bad time to me.

              1 point
              • John PJohn P, almost 4 years ago



                sure sounds like a sustainable pro-app ecosystem to me....

                0 points
                • Will FroelichWill Froelich, almost 4 years ago

                  Procreate is in a market where there's a lot of competition. If you value software based on it's price, I think you're doing it wrong.

                  If it makes you feel better, Auria is $50 for the DAW and more for any VSTs you buy. Garageband is $5 but subsidized by Apple as it adds value to their hardware and software platform.

                  1 point
                  • John PJohn P, almost 4 years ago

                    If you value software based on it's price, I think you're doing it wrong.

                    Way to miss the point completely.... I'm not saying "expensive = better" I'm saying expensive = the company will keep updating and improving the product.

                    I'd rather spend $80+ every so often and use the same software for years than spend $10 and have it never be updated again.

                    0 points
  • Jeff ShinJeff Shin, almost 4 years ago

    ITT: People without an iPad Pro talking about the iPad Pro.

    9 points
  • Some DesignerSome Designer, almost 4 years ago

    Spotify is a great tool for inspiration. Some times it plays music too. Magic.

    8 points
    • Andy StoneAndy Stone, almost 4 years ago

      Not sure how you had -1 points when I clicked in here (didn't know there was a down vote and your comment cracked me up).

      Re: the original post — I have bought a fair number of iPads since they came out (for various client projects and when I forget that I don't need iPads). I played around with the Pro that a client had the other day and it just felt obnoxious—too large to comfortably hold or read, with none of the charm of a real book/magazine. It also feels like one of those devices that will get constant questions/looks when using it at a cafe, on a plane, or during a meeting.

      3 points
  • ポール ウェッブポール ウェッブ, almost 4 years ago (edited almost 4 years ago )

    I use Procreate with the Pencil and I love it. I am drawing more, but I just use the app for note-taking and sketching mockups.

    4 points
  • Tristan HarwardTristan Harward, almost 4 years ago

    We want to test it out for cross-remote-designer collaboration (honestly I think remote shared live whiteboard is its killer app), but for the life of me I can't find an app tailored to that. I'm sure there will be something we can use, but any thoughts?

    3 points
    • Vasil EnchevVasil Enchev, almost 4 years ago

      You can try Talkboard (it's a whiteboard collaboration). My app ProtoSketch has collaboration it it's roadmap but it is not ready yet.

      0 points
  • Joe BlauJoe Blau, almost 4 years ago

    Mine wasn't although I might look at getting another one after SteveTS did that hack just to create my own mobile desktop OS. Pencil apps that I used and liked where both Papers and Procreate, but my primary workflow is still on my laptop unfortunately.

    2 points
  • Rick KhannaRick Khanna, almost 4 years ago

    I'm hoping to get one soon with the Pencil. I'm going to get Astropad (http://astropad.com/), an app that uses the iPad Pro like a Cintiq. You can then use full Photoshop or whatever on your desktop. I also want to try Procreate (http://procreate.si/) for illustration.

    2 points
  • Terkel GjervigTerkel Gjervig, almost 4 years ago (edited almost 4 years ago )

    To be honest, at first I thought it was the first Apple product I was about to regret and return. But after 2 weeks, I totally love it. It's the iPad I've used the most, and it's better at everything I do with an iPad. I think it's a really great product. I use it to read, browse, sketch and draw with the pencil, I use it as a Wacom board and a secondary display to my MacBook Pro when I'm on the go. Split screen is super nice when you watch tutorials and want to take notes at the same time (or browse tweets). I prefer it over the iPad Mini and normal iPad.

    1 point
  • Greg BowenGreg Bowen, almost 4 years ago

    I am thinking about waiting for v2. I am hoping they make one that is slightly smaller and give apps a chance to mature, but a a pressure sensitive art pad and stylus from Apple for doing illustration? No brainer for me.

    1 point
  • David Maybach, almost 4 years ago

    My only comment about the iPad pro is that we should wait for Apple Watch Pro in 2020.

    0 points
  • Mark ProganoMark Progano, almost 4 years ago

    Oh Yes. Here are a few reasons and examples why...

    [1] Used it to run a card sorting / UX meeting and reference what we just wrote out [2] Used it to code (fix) some website [3] Did an entire brand on it (it paid for itself right here) [4] As a note book, with website look up features he-he, in meetings [5] Use it to "share screens" in the physical world with my partner (Duet app) [5b] I have a mobile setup with more than one screen, win!

    and I do enoy just reading, watching shows & gaming on it and what not :x

    0 points