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Gonna buy a 12.9" iPad Pro for sheet music purposes. Do I really need the latest 5th gen/2021 model? Are there any features in any of the later generations that one might find useful? I'd imagine I don't need much at all.

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Dunno if there are recent improvements but ForScore with a foot pedal works just fine on a second generation.

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Originally Posted by Tupac
Gonna buy a 12.9" iPad Pro for sheet music purposes. Do I really need the latest 5th gen/2021 model? Are there any features in any of the later generations that one might find useful? I'd imagine I don't need much at all.

Definitely 4th Gen (2020)

2021 gives you bad blooming effects and headache. Thats why I returned the 2021 model and bought the 2020 instead.

Heres a search query. https://www.google.com/search?q=ipad+2021+bloom afterwards click on images.

Although 2021 gives a better image, it doesnt give an easier to read text.

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Have you considered e-ink alternatives? If $ is not an issue for example the Gvido gives you dual screen (2x 13.3") at not much more than an iPad pro, depending on configurations. Availability wise, I can't say.

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Have you considered e-ink alternatives? If $ is not an issue for example the Gvido gives you dual screen (2x 13.3") at not much more than an iPad pro, depending on configurations. Availability wise, I can't say.

The Gvido in the US is $1,600 — want a goit switch $300
IPad Pro 4th generation is $779

Basically the Gvido is 2x as much. Granted, it has dual screens . I’ve lusted after one for several years, but the price is staggering.

I’m also not sure about storing scores in the Gvido library rather than on the device itself.


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Originally Posted by cygnusdei
Have you considered e-ink alternatives? If $ is not an issue for example the Gvido gives you dual screen (2x 13.3") at not much more than an iPad pro, depending on configurations. Availability wise, I can't say.

The GVIDO is a usability Nightmare. You are limited to small PDF ( in size ) and you won't have a good resale value to name two.
Edit: Also the GVIDO is slow.

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IPad Pro 4th generation is $779
I don't know about availabilty but the launch price for the 4th generation 12.9" starts from $999 and goes up to $1649 depending on configurations (the 11" of course is cheaper).

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPad_Pro

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Boox max lumi might be a worthy contender.



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There isn't any improvement for ForScore, but what I do like about the latest gen iPad is it's boardless now. The tablet is smaller than previous gen even though the screen size is the same because they took away the button. It's just the screen now. Other than that it's not necessary to have the latest. ForScore is really just a beefed up PDF reader/ manipulator for musicians.

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Originally Posted by RayR3004
There isn't any improvement for ForScore, but what I do like about the latest gen iPad is it's boardless now. The tablet is smaller than previous gen even though the screen size is the same because they took away the button. It's just the screen now. Other than that it's not necessary to have the latest. ForScore is really just a beefed up PDF reader/ manipulator for musicians.

No.
You can turn pages using only your mouth in forscore, making use of the truedepth camera.
Also, you can add almost any bluetooth device for use of page turning smile

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How nice it would be to have an Ipad Pro 12.9 that had a 2nd screen to flip open. How much could that cost to add to price? $300 and I'd be down for that.

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How nice it would be to have an Ipad Pro 12.9 that had a 2nd screen to flip open. How much could that cost to add to price? $300 and I'd be down for that.

How does having two ipads make any sense? When you are looking off center, you will have even more increased load.

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Originally Posted by RayR3004
There isn't any improvement for ForScore, but what I do like about the latest gen iPad is it's boardless now. The tablet is smaller than previous gen even though the screen size is the same because they took away the button. It's just the screen now. Other than that it's not necessary to have the latest. ForScore is really just a beefed up PDF reader/ manipulator for musicians.

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You can turn pages using only your mouth in forscore, making use of the truedepth camera.
Also, you can add almost any bluetooth device for use of page turning smile

This is only if you get the latest gen iPad?

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Originally Posted by RayR3004
There isn't any improvement for ForScore, but what I do like about the latest gen iPad is it's boardless now. The tablet is smaller than previous gen even though the screen size is the same because they took away the button. It's just the screen now. Other than that it's not necessary to have the latest. ForScore is really just a beefed up PDF reader/ manipulator for musicians.

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You can turn pages using only your mouth in forscore, making use of the truedepth camera.
Also, you can add almost any bluetooth device for use of page turning smile

This is only if you get the latest gen iPad?

Nope. Every model thats newer than the first generation should have a truedepth camera.

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Originally Posted by RayR3004
There isn't any improvement for ForScore, but what I do like about the latest gen iPad is it's boardless now. The tablet is smaller than previous gen even though the screen size is the same because they took away the button. It's just the screen now. Other than that it's not necessary to have the latest. ForScore is really just a beefed up PDF reader/ manipulator for musicians.

No.
You can turn pages using only your mouth in forscore, making use of the truedepth camera.
Also, you can add almost any bluetooth device for use of page turning smile

This is only if you get the latest gen iPad?

Nope. Every model thats newer than the first generation should have a truedepth camera.

Ok. Tupac wanted to know if there was an update to forScore that the newer gen iPads took advantage of that older ones didn't. So there really isn't.

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Originally Posted by Tupac
Gonna buy a 12.9" iPad Pro for sheet music purposes. Do I really need the latest 5th gen/2021 model? Are there any features in any of the later generations that one might find useful? I'd imagine I don't need much at all.

Definitely 4th Gen (2020)

2021 gives you bad blooming effects and headache. Thats why I returned the 2021 model and bought the 2020 instead.

Heres a search query. https://www.google.com/search?q=ipad+2021+bloom afterwards click on images.

Although 2021 gives a better image, it doesnt give an easier to read text.
That's a very good note, thank you. Maybe I'll try and go in a store and look at a few.

Originally Posted by RayR3004
Ok. Tupac wanted to know if there was an update to forScore that the newer gen iPads took advantage of that older ones didn't. So there really isn't.
Thanks, but I was more concerned about hardware upgrades to the iPad Pros themselves. E.g. do I need the any of the 5th gen features vs. 4th, for the purpose of using it for sheet music only?

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Gonna buy a 12.9" iPad Pro for sheet music purposes. Do I really need the latest 5th gen/2021 model? Are there any features in any of the later generations that one might find useful? I'd imagine I don't need much at all.

Definitely 4th Gen (2020)

2021 gives you bad blooming effects and headache. Thats why I returned the 2021 model and bought the 2020 instead.

Heres a search query. https://www.google.com/search?q=ipad+2021+bloom afterwards click on images.

Although 2021 gives a better image, it doesnt give an easier to read text.
That's a very good note, thank you. Maybe I'll try and go in a store and look at a few.

Originally Posted by RayR3004
Ok. Tupac wanted to know if there was an update to forScore that the newer gen iPads took advantage of that older ones didn't. So there really isn't.
Thanks, but I was more concerned about hardware upgrades to the iPad Pros themselves. E.g. do I need the any of the 5th gen features vs. 4th, for the purpose of using it for sheet music only?
I think for sheet music only, no, you could go with previous models.

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I recommend to get the 4th generation. I looked at second and third gen iPad pro on Ebay, one of which was offered for 300 EUR.
Although it was a very low cost iPad, there was an uneven backlighting, which seemed to be ocurring to older iPad Pros quite often.
My stepfather insisted that I dont get the 'cheap' one, cause he said it looks already like trash.

So I went with the 4th gen. I believe it's mostly just aging.

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>>Thanks, but I was more concerned about hardware upgrades to the iPad Pros themselves. E.g. do I need the any of the 5th gen features vs. 4th, for the purpose of using it for sheet music only?


I think the 5th gen will have a dramatically more colorful picture. But the display is having more distance to the glass, so it might be more straining to the eye, along with the other issues described. You might not always have a very bright lit room, too. So bloom will be more visible.

Not a problem on 4th gen.
In many applications, including Gaming, 5th gen is partially even slower. You know, you can play Shooter games on it.

Perhaps you should visit youtube. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=reasons+to+not+buy+ipad+pro+2021

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I got the latest one. I figured it would last the longest before Apple doesn't make updates for it. I have no problems with the screen or anything for that matter. Bluetooth pedals work great. I haven't tried the head gesture turning. I think it's a great tablet.

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