Apple Choices: Is it to be the new iPad Pro junior and an iPhone SE?
I’m a keyboard sort of guy, so yesterday’s announcement of the new 9.7in iPad Pro with support for keyboard and Apple Pencil was right up my street. The original iPad Pro was tempting but I reasoned that it was just too big for comfort, particularly if I want to start carrying around an iPad once more. For the past year or so I have been quite happy sans iPad, relying on the compromise of the iPhone 6 Plus.
The Apple Pencil is already ordered and bagged, ahead of the fresh demand that will come on Thursday when iPad and iPhone orders start. I shall also be pressing the button on a new 128GB iPad Pro in space grey (having resisted the blandishments of the 256GB model) and one of the new keyboard cases. Both iPad and case are expensive, in my humble opinion. The keyboard, at £139, is hideously expensive compared with offerings from Logitech & Co, but the convenience of a fully compatible system outweighs this.
Surprisingly, too, there was great interest here at the Macfilos offices in the iPhone S-E. Could this be a time to take a step backwards and pension off the 6 Plus (readers will recall the 6S was resisted) in favour of a fast, fully featured small communicator? It could well complement the iPad and keyboard sitting in the Billingham bag.
We are actually tempted to give it a go; this gives us a good opportunity to sell the 6 Plus while it is still reasonably current and while it still retains a worthwhile value. It has the advantage of putting off an immediate decision on the 7 when it comes out in the autumn. At the very least, experience with the SE will help in the inevitable tug-of-war decision between the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
Thanks to Apple’s big announcement yesterday, it is likely to be all change at Macfilos on the mobile front. We’ll be reporting further on the iPad when it arrives; and on the iPhone SE if we decide to order.
TWO DAYS LATER
On the point of ordering the new iPad Pro junior, a keyboard and Apple Care, I hesitated at the checkout. Nearly £1,000 for this little bunch of goodies. I used the excuse that I couldn't have the box delivered to a local pick up point and decided to hold my fire. Similarly, now I have read more about the iPhone SE, I am not sure that I would be happy with such a small screen after the delights of the 6 Plus. The 6 Plus is also a convenient tablet replacement (phablet indeed) and I have realised just how much I have enjoyed using it as my sole mobile platforms over the past 18 months. For text editing, which I do mostly when away from the office, the 6 Plus is just as effective as an iPad. So I am sitting on the wall for the time being. I am very good at this.
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