Ep. 198 – What iPad should you get for reading music?

Are you thinking using an iPad for reading sheet music? In this episode I try to answer the question of which iPad you should get! I also give a review of my experience upgrading this year from an iPad Air 2, to a 12.9 inch iPad Pro, as well as using the Apple Pencil.

As far as using an iPad for reading music, the short answer is that any of the current iPad offerings (iPad 8th Gen, iPad Air 4th gen, or iPad Pro) are easily capable of doing so. The question comes down to screen size – if you want the 12.9 inch size (so nice!) you’re forced to get an iPad Pro. If you think you’ll be fine with the smaller screen size, then the iPad 8th Gen will be fine.

If you’re trying to figure out what screen size you want, here are three PDFs I created. One shows the dimensions of the current set of iPads (as well as my old iPad Air 2), the other two show what a piece of music would look like, on the 12.9 and 10.2 size, respectively. (The music is my freely available arrangement of a Bach cantata – https://www.harptuesday.com/jesu/ )

Comparison chart: https://www.joshlayne.com/iPadScreenSizes.pdf
Bach 10.2 (base iPad) https://www.joshlayne.com/iPad8thgenBachExample.pdf
Bach 12.9 (iPad Pro) https://www.joshlayne.com/iPad12BachExample.pdf

I love the forScore app for organizing, reading, and marking music: https://forscore.co/

iPad benchmark info: https://browser.geekbench.com/ios_devices/11

Support from my patrons helped make this video possible: https://www.patreon.com/joshlayne

A couple of previous episode on iPads and sheet music:

Ep. 113 Sheet music on tablets (forScore/iPad)

Ep. 152 – Half Page Turns with forScore on the iPad