Gene has a refurbished iPad and it's getting slower, so he's thinking about going back and getting the iPad Pro. Should he get the 9.7 or larger? Leo says he should wait. The new iPads are going to be announced in about 3 weeks. We expect three new iPads with a new Pro-grade iPad Mini. There will also be a 9.7" that has a bigger screen with a smaller bezel.
Dave wants an app that would allow him to use his iPad Pro for work by handwriting notes and saving them to Word documents. Leo says that there are dozens of apps out there, but it depends on how good his handwriting is. The iPad doesn't have built in handwriting recognition. Here are some good options to consider:
Michael has an old iPad 2 and is looking to upgrade it. He also wants to get a MacBook. Which is best for him? Jason says that the iPad Pro is more expensive but it supports the Apple Pencil and and external keyboard. They still sell the older models, including the iPad Air 2, though. They're $100 cheaper than a year ago.
Terri is going to a conference and wants to bring a tablet to replace her laptop. How can she replace it without paying for an iPad Pro? Leo says that Samsung makes a tablet, the 8" or a 9.7" Galaxy Tab S2, for around $400. And she can use a third party bluetooth keyboard so she doesn't have to pay a lot. Terri can also sync it with her Note IV.
John is a classical pianist and he's suffering from repetitive stroke injury. As a result, he wants to minimize his computer work. Leo says that the first thing to try is a track ball. It's a different experience in navigating the screen that uses different muscles but still does the same job as a mouse. He should research ergonomics. It's not only what equipment he uses, but also how he sits, how he places his hands on the keyboard, the keyboard itself, and more.
Tom needs to replace his MacBook and iPad with newer models and he's not sure he needs to replace both. Leo says it's a good idea to wait because Apple will be announcing new Skylake models soon. One thought though is that the new 12" MacBook would give him the portability of the iPad and the functionality of a MacBook. And it has a gorgeous Retina screen. But it's that Type-C connector that people don't like.
Roger wants to buy an iPad Pro and he wants to know if the Apple Pencil is for more than drawing. Leo says it can be used for anything, but Leo says that the $100 price tag is obscene. What about the keyboard? Leo says that the Keyboard is awesome. It's really a full case and it makes it much bigger. But the Logitech keyboard is $20 cheaper and has backlighting.
Leo picked up the iPad Pro yesterday, and serendipitously, the Apple store was out of the iPad keyboard. So he picked up the Logitech Create keyboard and he likes it far better. Leo likes it because it has dedicated iOS keys, a backlit keyboard, and doesn't need to be charged because it magnetically connects to the iPad's power. But he's not really sure you're going to want it because it makes the iPad Pro 3 pounds! Leo wonders why Apple didn't just make the MacBook Pro a touch screen. But if you want the ability to turn your tablet into a 13" laptop, this is definitely the way to go.
Chris says that financing on the iPad Pro is confusing. Should he just buy it outright or finance it? Leo says that financing on the iPad is far different on the iPad Pro because Apple isn't competing with carriers. But it usually costs more with interest. Apple has sweetened the pot with the iPhone, bringing the interest down to almost nothing. It's still better than buying it on a credit card. Leo advises waiting to see what the financing options are when it comes out. By then, Apple should make their terms and conditions more clear.
David is wondering whether he should get the iPad Pro when it comes out, or get the Microsoft Surface Pro. We don't really know anything about the iPad Pro quite yet. Leo's impressed by it, but it comes down to whether or not software will take advantage of it. Since David will be using it for business, office work, and multitasking, Leo recommends sticking with the Microsoft Surface Pro. The Surface Pro 3 is good, and the Surface Pro 4, which should be out soon, will be even better.