The Ipad Pro Diaries: Three Months In

Monday, September 26, 2016

Just this month, Apple launched iOS 10 and released two new iPhone models, the 7, 7 Plus, and a new Apple Watch model called Series 2. As for the iPad Pro, they haven't released a new model. It's been three months, and my love affair with the iPad Pro 9.7 is still ongoing, admittedly losing a little of its magic.

Image from Apple's site

Let me break it down for you. At the end of June this year, my boss bought me an iPad Pro 9.7 to mark one year working for the company. Of course, the hype was all there as last year around July and September, Apple introduced the iPad Pro 12.9 and added the 9.7 respectively. Of course being the designer that I am, I immediately saw this as a tool I could use to go around my job with less hassle. I had wanted to buy it for myself last Christmas, but was advised to wait for a few more months, so I did. Finally, on the last week of June, the iPad Pro was given to me.

If you've read my other post about the iPad Pro (The Ipad Pro Diaries: One Month In), you'd know that within the first month of using it, I had completely abandoned using a regular notebook and my Wacom graphics tablet. I had found that the Ipad Pro could somehow replace some applications and gadgets I had used before.

Sadly, I'm here to partially retract my statement.

Here's the deal: I love the iPad Pro for what it can do on the go. It's very compact and it helps me organize my life. While it is heavier than my Kikki.k planner, I can use it to not only plan my day but also get ready for a design I'll be using for a project, play games to relax, and browse the internet on the go. However, the ugly truth is that no matter how much it's made my life easier and organized, it still can't replace some applications I first thought it could, 'cause when I first reviewed the device, I hadn't been able to dive into using the apps fully.

However, the ugly truth is that no matter how much it's made my life easier and organized, it still can't replace some applications I first thought it could...

Remember when I said that the Procreate App could replace Photoshop? Boy, was I in over my head right then. It made me think it could replace Photoshop because I could do digital painting on it - but as it turns out, that's about it. You can't copy-paste, you can't crop, you can't do much except paint. It was my error for believing it to be so much more, and now I've been able to look into it much deeper, it can't replace Photoshop. At all. It can replace Paint Tool SAI at some point and Autodesk Sketch, but that's it.

Also, I'm quite disappointed that not a lot of apps are taking advantage of the Apple Pencil's capabilities. I go to the App Store every week to check if there are additions to the "for your Ipad Pro" category, but it's always the same apps. I know it takes a while for developers to create a really good app for iOS, including integration with the Pencil, but it's really getting boring. The most I've used the Apple Pencil for is on the One Note App, which I regularly use in taking notes during meetings and managing people and their workload.

If you go back to my first post about the Ipad Pro, you'll see a photo of my "Create" folder, which contained a number of creative apps I had yet to discover. The thing is though, I've deleted more than half of those. This is what the create folder looks like now:


I don't even use the apps above for work, just during my free time when I have nothing better to do. I keep going back to Photoshop and Sketch for strict designing. I don't know I just feel like I could be doing so much more with the iPad Pro, you know? Maybe it's because I expected more, and maybe I'm being too hard on the product as it IS its first roll-out.

Here is what I normally use my iPad Pro for: digital painting.


I started the drawing above around 3 weeks ago, but I haven't gone back to finishing it off.



Another drawing I created earlier for my alter-ego Nova. :) I just love flowers, and roses are my favorite. Black ones, that is.

So what do I think now? Well, I believe the Ipad Pro can do so much more than it can as of now, but there's not enough apps for me to decide otherwise. 'Til then, I'll be waiting.

How about you? What are your thoughts about the Ipad Pro? Do you know any apps I can use to further test the capability of the device?

18 comments

  1. Companies are so generous now, my husband's company provided Ipad too for their work. It is so easy for them to answer emails and check their calendar. The only disadvantage is, so many gadgets to bring at work. We have personal Ipad at home but my son only use that to play games and watch You Tube videos, sometimes I use it to read ebooks. :)

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    1. I agree, and more should follow in their footsteps. I work for a tech/software company, so bringing a lot of gadgets to work isn't new, hehe.

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  2. I agree that it would be nicer if you can do everything with your iPad Pro. It's such a waste of technology otherwise. I do hope they can come up with a more powerful design tool like maybe Photoshop (LOL) for the iPad Pro. Great work, by the way! ;)

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    1. AH, yes, I agree. I do feel like devs should be working more to use the Apple Pencil. Haha they have Photoshop sketch for the Pro, but it isn't as "Pro" as you expect it to be. Thank you!

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  3. So generous of the boss to give you an Ipad Pro. I am not that familiar with editing tools but should I need to do some works, I relay on Photoshop and the so very old Corel Draw. Ehehehe.

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    1. He's very supportive of us, which is nice. He felt I could explore more of my creative side with the Ipad Pro. I've always wanted to see what Corel Draw has to offer! What do you make of it?

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  4. Im not really into gadgets. Im not techy at all, haha! But my kids are so into it. That app is amazing! You arr so creative keep it up!

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  5. Holy Cow! I love your site! And your art! I just came back from reading the comment you left on my blog and I appreciate your words very much. I have been doing some ipad art on the old dinosaur ipad for years now but the iPad Pro just looks like so much fun! and that pencil! I have a silly one with the rubber tip that just gets stuck on the screen. well, you can be Im your new fan! And would love to have you guest post on my blog about design. Anything about design really.

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    1. Ah, thank you so much! Like I said over at your blog, I love your color schemes and cute designs. You should DEFINITELY get the Ipad pro for working out of the house. It's easy to get started on whatever, haha. Time to replace that sticky rubber pen! Thank you so much! I'd love to write a post for you! I can offer one for you as well here on mine, if you'd like.

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  6. Apply products look really cool and nice! I haven't owned any iPad or apple stuff yet. I'm an Android user, so I'm sorry, I can't recommend anything, I have no idea. :D Wow at your drawings! Gosh, I can't even draw a nice tree! haha.

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    1. Thank you for the compliment on my drawings! Hahaha trying to get by and learn more techniques to make them better. Keep going for it! :)

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  7. The drawings look very good. If you want to draw a cartoon of me that would be so much fun! Haha! I am a big watch lover. For now the iPhone watch is not on my wish list yet...

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    1. Hey, thanks! The watch isn't really a must haha. You could commission me for your portrait if you'd like. :)

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  8. Wow! I wish my company would also give me an iPad! Haha. Well we actually have a family iPad. My dad usually just uses to browse the net and things like that. I've heard so great things about the iPad pro though from my friends, might give it try soon! :D

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    1. Hehe, I was given this becuase I do design for my company. :) Yeah the iPad Pro is a great way to watch movies and listen to music with the added speakers hehe. Let me know what you think about it

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  9. I just wish those are being sold at a cheaper price! Haha. I could watch you work all day. With work, I mean illustrate. I'd love to meet artists like you! I just know that you use Procreate, Photoshop there. Other apps are paid. :(

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    1. Ah! I know right? So pricey! :( Hehe thank you! Yeah, Procreate is also a paid app, and I've recently gone Pro on Autodesk Sketchbook. *Sigh* the good ones aren't free unfortunately.

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