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    iPad Pro

    Just received my iPad Pro - Apple pencil a few weeks away sadly but pretty impressive all the same.

    Fired up Autocad 360 and that seems very nice - for viewing drawings, measuring etc. at least.
    The app says it is compatible with the Apple Pencil.

    PDFs will probably be good on the device as well.

    No idea if it could be used with Revit - most solutions that I have seen so far seem to involve conversion or remote hosting.

    Also makes a mean keyboard



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    Cool! why no pencil though? was it on a seperate order -seems funny that it wouldnt be bundeled with the iPad?!

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    Disappointing, but it's on a delayed delivery - week of 3rd December I think it said - seems strange as who else would want one other than an iPad Pro user

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    Is this Apples answer to the MS Surface or Samsung Slate?

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    I think only time will tell - this is up to Apple's usual standard and the extra size and working space feels familiar - like a typical pad you would write on, so maybe that is something to do with it.

    The surface being shiny I don't like but can live with as presumably it is necessary for fingers to slide.

    The Apple folding cover isn't great on something this size but it works - I just hope SMT bring out an iPad Pro version of their Dux cases fairly soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raff View Post
    Cool! why no pencil though? was it on a seperate order -seems funny that it wouldnt be bundeled with the iPad?!
    I think the Pencil is intended for a very specific audience, so rather than providing and charging for an input device that not everyone wants or needs, they allow those who do need it to buy it. Not sure why they didn't wait until all the peripherals where ready as well, but maybe they think 90% of users won't go down the pencil or keyboard road. I suspect they are right, but in our industry it's probably 90% will want those items.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Cunningham View Post
    Is this Apples answer to the MS Surface or Samsung Slate?
    They almost certainly were pitching at the Surface Pro 3 - or it's (at that time, not press released) Pro 4 update. Which is/was silly really, given the full Surface lineup (now) runs full fat Windows (so in turn full fat programs) that the ipads (of any variant, Pro included) can't thanks to their iOS ecosystem. Sure OSX on the ipad pro would have still thrown you down the dual-OS route with most of the non-Mac platforms in our professional circulation - but even the apple fanboy to my right groaned at release.

    That's not to say I don't find the device unappealing - but I am a MS kid - and can't wait to get a full set of devices supporting Continuum. Only "problem" I'm having is will that adventure start with a £1800 Surface Pro 4, or a £180 EeeBook...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon Price View Post
    Not sure why they didn't wait until all the peripherals where ready as well, but maybe they think 90% of users won't go down the pencil or keyboard road.
    I guess thats the main thing - that it's not ready at the same time. they must have had some delay during manufacture or something..
    oh well i can't afford one anyway!

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    My iPad is aging but I may replace it with this:
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    The Apple Pencil finally arrived a few minutes ago.


    Initial impressions are very good - it has a slightly waxy feel to the barrel, not unlike a coloured pencil.


    I had to look up online how to pair it with the iPad Pro (you pull off the magnetic end cap and stick the lightning connector into the iPad Pro's socket for same).


    Autocad 360 app was the most interesting for me but I need to learn more about the commands - it works well with apps like 53 Paper and is pressure and tilt sensitive and perfect at hand rejection when leaning on the surface - easily the best pen on an iPad I've used to date (but the iPad Pro has been designed to work with it - ordinary iPads don't work with it as far as I can see).


    Downsides are the lack of anything to grip on the pen - a common failing of Apple products - but I'm sure add-ons will appear.


    A spare nib in the box plus an adapter to allow power connection to a regular lightning cable. The nib plastic improves the otherwise poor feel of a pen on an iPad surface.


    Overall, expensive but really works - and you can hold it in your mouth when 'thinking'



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