I WAS WRONG - iPad Pro 11 vs. 12.9 inch


Hey friends, in this video I’m going to be comparing the 11″ and 12.9″ versions of the new iPad Pro and explaining why I’ve made my final choice. Thanks for watching! 🙂

02:00 Portability
03:24 Capability
06:08 Psychology
10:10 What if you’re a student?

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1. Which iPad should you buy? – https://youtu.be/xFX-lyLU2X8
2. My Favourite iPad apps – https://youtu.be/xXVnz6t1aMs
3. How I take notes on my iPad Pro – https://youtu.be/waR3xBDHMqw
4. IPad Pro Smart Keyboard Folio Review – https://youtu.be/OLK52vT1YOA
5. iPad vs MacBook for Students – https://youtu.be/STYohijxBNY
6. How I use my iPad Pro as a doctor – https://youtu.be/jFACcujmdE4
7. iPad Pro 2018 Review – https://youtu.be/rEINNYczPtU
8. iPad Mini Review – https://youtu.be/re4Cjf_qqLA

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39 replies
  1. Mike O.
    Mike O. says:

    12.9 all day never even crossed my mind using 11in. I believe you need every inch of screen real estate. I love that it's the same size as a sheet of paper. And honestly I'd say having usb-c allows for better transfer speeds (compared to other iPads) since it now allows a usb stick to be plugged in.

  2. Joshua Lee
    Joshua Lee says:

    Hi Ali nice video, a video suggestion for you here, as the economy will likely to get worse and as students struggling to earn any money at all what do you suggest in anyway to save up or earn small income to compensate? Or just mindset in general, genuinely curious to know your thoughts.

  3. Ai-Jay Wu
    Ai-Jay Wu says:

    Why don't you just use your MacBook pro if screen real estate is a key for productivity? Or buy an MacBook Air which is cheaper than an iPad pro 12 (considering all the accessaries)?
    Beside its fanciness, iPad pro is a nice extra screen for the MacBook by using its sidecar function, but if you are talking about productivity, macOS system provide a much better workflow in my opinion, anyone wondering about the something?

    Great video by the way, I am a big fan of yours, and like to hear your thought about macOS and iPadOS which you prefer when it comes to productivity, cheers!

  4. Dave C
    Dave C says:

    But it’s roughly £1k for the 12.9, then £120 for the pencil and then £350 for the unreleased magic cover (out in May I think). So all in £1470 😟 Honestly at that price I would buy a new mid level MacBook Air for work and the normal iPad if I felt I needed it. It’s no doubt an amazing device, but it’s an eye watering price when you add in all the kit.

  5. Ai-Jay Wu
    Ai-Jay Wu says:

    Why don't you just use your MacBook pro if screen real estate is a key for productivity? Or buy an MacBook Air which is cheaper than an iPad pro 12 (considering all the accessaries)?

  6. D3SMOND
    D3SMOND says:

    I bought the 12.9 last summer and used it for the last school year. 12.9 is great for a student. I don’t know why on earth you’d want a smaller screen given that you’re probably gonna be using split screen a lot.

  7. KH T
    KH T says:

    Ali: "If you're a student, firstly, I would say that you really don't need an iPad Pro. Just get an iPad Air, please."

    Me: Well, okay then, since you asked politely.

  8. Jim Blaineau
    Jim Blaineau says:

    The point with the iPad Pro 12.9 is that it is more expensive than a MacBook Air if you consider the keyboard and the pencil. Which one choose for a student ? What a dilemma

  9. Donald Siu
    Donald Siu says:

    I also have both the 11 and 12.9 inch iPad Pro, 12.9 inch one was 2017 model (with Touch ID), strongly agree with you that both 11 and 12.9 can did a lot of things, but simply it’s more “interesting” when I am studying or working on 12.9 inch model. Cannot agree more with this video!!!!! It completely pointed out my thoughts.

  10. Eliecer Palacio
    Eliecer Palacio says:

    I knew it was a lie when you said you would return it. Then I felt judgemental and a bad person. But you just confirmed my theory, I might be still be judgemental and a bad person. But I am a right judgemental and bad person,

  11. Alex A.
    Alex A. says:

    Nice video. Do you record and edit your podcast on the iPad Pro? If so, what’s your process for that? What apps do you use and what is your process for uploading/publishing the podcast from the iPad?


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