12.9 is lighter but still too heavy to hold in one hand with ease. It actually feels grippier to me when the case is on. Less like I am going to drop it.
New Keyboard Folio is way easier to unfold but harder to detach from the iPad.
Apps that aren’t optimized for the screen are currently letterboxed. I don’t mind it as much as I thought I would.
This device is going to feel so much better to use all around, but as many members of the tech press have stated, it is still powered by a limited OS. iOS hasn't seen features to differentiate the iPad since iOS 11. Rumor has it that iOS 13 is going to bring a lot more iPad productivity. Until the other shoe drops, I wait in eager anticipation for what this iPad could become.
Features I would need from iOS to allow me to use my iPad for 99 percent of my work (that are within Apple's control)
-Trackpad and mouse support
-Open two instances of the same app side by side
-Faster animation when I press Command+Tab
-Improvements to the Files app (I need more control in iCloud Drive over which documents are stored in the cloud vs. local to the device. Third party providers like Google Drive do not show up in the search results when I search in Files app or in Spotlight.)
-Default apps. Not just for stuff like Mail and Maps. I need to be able to specify which app a document opens in when I tap it in the Files app.
-Ability to manage my iTunes Library.
-Logic Pro (they have to be working on this, right?)
-Bonus point: Ability to have more than one audio in or out running at the same time.
-Bonus point: some sort of rethink to the home screen. I would love to be able to launch a file or a folder from there. A widget with recent notes wouldn't suck either.
-Bonus point: three apps 33/33/33 percent at the same time.
-Extreme bonus point: keyboard intent to allow TextExpander to work.
-Extreme bonus point: extension for apps to put a window in the middle of the screen that allows for viewing or editing content. Example: a quick note function, or the ability to add a task to OmniFocus.
I think about half of the things I did not label as Bonus could happen in the next year. I would be disappointed if they don't, but fortunately, I bought the new iPad for what it is, not what it will be. And what it is is an extremely powerful iPad that is 100 percent more delightful to use in every respect. I can't wait to test this thing out in the classroom tomorrow.