I bought the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil with the intention of doing all the artwork for the coloring book on it, that was my intention at least
Ultimately I ended up using a piece of Japanese manga software that has spectacular stroke stabilization so I could use a stylus but get smooth vector lines. Nothing on the ipad came close at the time. I bought it — used it for a few days and then because I had to get the coloring book done, put it in a box for 5 months — on October 1st — I took it out and have used it almost daily since -
I know people who use it in place of a laptop, but it really depends on what you do on a daily basis — If you do tons of file management then it’s not great at that - but if you sketch and deal with calendars, emails etc. it’s excellent.
Few things that I now know about the iPad Pro that are not crystal clear when I bought it
- The Charger and cable they ship with aren’t USB-C — and it take a million years to charge on the provided charger and cable, the one you actually want are sold separately by Apple here, the cable is here — they add another 100 bucks to the price, but you really can’t do without them
- The Apple Pencil charges from the firewire port on the iPad pro, meaning you can’t charge both at the same time — it charges reasonably fast but while you have the rigid pencil sticking out of the ipad pro it’s SUPER EASY to bump it and potentially break one or either — this gizmo — makes charging the pencil easier and safer
- The Apple Pencil is slippery, i bought this, it helped a ton
I really only use three drawing apps on my iPad none are particularly expensive
- Procreate: my main tool, it’s lovely to work in, took about 8 hours to get fully acclimated, doe hi-rez art — all pixel based
- Sketches Plus: nice tools — but doesn’t do anything bigger than screenrez — pretty nice for some quick ideas though
- Concepts: — Odd but powerful vector based drawing and drafting, can do anything but they kind of nickel and dime you to unlock everything plus the learning curve is substantially steep
Lastly Adobe has a bunch of tools, but you need to be a current Creative Cloud Subscriber to really benefit from any of them — I’m no longer using their current software so I don’t use those tools — I’m sure they’re decent.
You’ll probably want a way to carry your ipad around — I bought the apple smart cover with keyboard because when I bought my iPad it was the best choice at the time — now there’s a ton of choices, assuming you don’t want a keyboard I would probably consider a padded pouch — The keyboard is fine — I just tend to answer emails from my phone with my thumbs
If you have a use for it the iPad Pro- it’s a great tool, I love mine.