If you ask me, Chris Russell's Technology in Music Education blog is one of the places on the web to read about music technology in education. Chris is a big time proponent and writer on using iPads in music ed. He is also a great hold out when it comes to resisting new tech and pushing his current technology to its near death. As a reckless early adopter I admire him for this.
Chris just updated his iPad to the large 12.9 pro model. This device was updated recently alongside an all new 10.5 inch sized pro model. I hear that the 120Hz refresh rate on the screen of both these new models is out of this world. Needless to say, now that Chris is using an iPad Pro, I am curious to see what he will write about it in the coming months.
His early thoughts are in keeping with this theme, basically stating that the iPad Pro is a monster piece of hardware desperately waiting for the productivity features of iOS 11 this fall.
I have been putting off the purchase of a new iPad for some time–and it was time to upgrade.
That iPad arrived on Tuesday, and I have been using the iPad Pro in my daily life for the past three days. I have been reading a lot about the iPad Pro models on all of the technology news outlets. The general consensus is that the iPad Pro is wonderful, but it costs a lot. This sounds like typical Apple to me. That said, my 2008 MacBook (which I am still using) was pretty expensive ($1500 if memory serves), but it is still working for me nearly 9 years later.
I have been integrating the iPad Pro into my life, and for the most part, what I have to say is this: it is a big iPad that does what iPads do. I am able to do some more split screen activities as the size better allows for it, and it is wonderful for reading music.