Any regret not choosing WIFI or WIFI+LTE iPad PRO?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by hajime, Apr 2, 2018.


Any regret not getting the other model?

  1. Bought WIFI model but regret not buying the WIFI+LTE model

    9 vote(s)
  2. Bought WIFI+LTE model but regret not buying the WIFI model

    7 vote(s)
  3. Bought the WIFI model without regret

    50 vote(s)
  4. Bought the WIFI+LTE model without regret

    58 vote(s)
  5. Unsure yet

    3 vote(s)
  1. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    If you have bought an iPad PRO with WIFI only, do you regret not getting the WIFI+LTE model? Similarly, if you have bought the WIFI+LTE model, do you regret not getting the WIFI only model?
  2. bopajuice Suspended


    Mar 22, 2016
    Dark side of the moon
    Why? Have you ever heard of personal hotspot?
  3. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Yes but it is killing battery power of my iPhone 6s+ quickly.

    Moreover, the location of photos taken by WIFI model might not be as accurate as that taken by the WIFI+LTE model. Possibly same thing for the Map app. Perhaps somebody who have both models could comment on this?
  4. bopajuice Suspended


    Mar 22, 2016
    Dark side of the moon
    Not for me. I had a 7 plus and now a 8 plus. I purchased a Ipad mini 4 through AT&T with LTE. I just canceled the LTE service on the iPad. My phone and iPad are never very far apart. So I thought why have LTE on two devices so close together. No noticeable battery drain for me using the hotspot on my 8 plus with my iPad.
  5. Macalicious2011 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2011
    Replace the battery in. Your 6s or buy an external battery pack.

    My iPad rarely leaves the house so a 4G isn't necessary and has a big price premium. Further more my phone plan has a 30GB allowance and free roaming in many countries. Its perfect as a hot-spot.
  6. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Due to the nature of my work I needed the LTE model. I remote into PCs for support from pretty much anywhere and I didn’t want to mess with personal hotspot.

    I’m not regretting my decision one bit.
  7. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    I have wifi only iPads. I had decided my next would be LTE but I don't know. I only need LTE on it once every couple months, and Hotspot works really well. Tonight at a hotel with wifi you have to pay for, I've instead been tethering three iPads simultaneously to my phone! I really can't justify the LTE iPad.
  8. Mammut macrumors member


    Jun 9, 2015
    Frankfurt, Germany
    I have a WiFi + LTE iPad Pro and I don't regret the purchase. But I'm seriously thinking about ditching the LTE on the next iPad. The difference in prices is not that huge and I have no additional costs for the second SIM but I noticed that I barely use the integrated LTE. Most of the time the iPad is used at home, a few weeks per year in Hotels with their WiFi and a VPN connection... and for these rare moments without WiFi I could easily use a Personal Hotspot.
  9. Crow_Servo macrumors regular


    Feb 17, 2018
    My first iPad had LTE and I rarely used it. I eventually canceled the service, and my current iPad is WiFi only. Very pleased with that decision the second time around. LTE is unnecessary IMO, unless your phone plan is without hotspot. It is definitely nice to have hotspot on my phone. That does come in handy.
  10. Freakonomics101 macrumors 68000


    Nov 6, 2014
    All iPads I've ever purchased have been wifi plus cellular. In my opinion, an iPad without cellular data access as a backup is paperweight. I get 1 GB for free every month with AT&T so it's nice to have the backup if I don't have access to Wi-Fi, which 90% of the time I do. My work has it, my car has it and my house has it. Other places that don't, I can use the data. It's a nice plan B. The cellular iPad is worth the extra money. I picked up my 10.5 for only $429, cellular unlocked. 64 GB AND Rose Gold.
  11. sparksd macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    I'm happy I got WiFi+LTE (+GPS) on my Air2 and then my 10.5.
  12. kristalsoldier macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2013
    For me it’s been wifi only. I have a dual sim android phone with excellent battery optimisation (moto z play, 1st gen, for those curious; I also have the battery mod for it). I have a sim which I use only for data on it with an allowance of approx. 30 Gb per month. And I tether all my devices to it with no significant impact on battery life. When overseas, I just buy a local sim and use it the same way. I don’t find a need to have the LTE version of the iPad. Btw, I use the iPad Pro 10.5.
  13. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    No regrets here in purchasing the wi-fi only 10.5". My IPP is used the majority of the time at home. The only time I take it outside the house is when I'm traveling. If I need a connection, I use my X as a hotspot connection for my IPP.
  14. Greenmeenie macrumors 65816


    Jan 14, 2013
    Not for me. Since 2010, i’ve been granfathered in on the AT&T unlimited data plan for the Ipad. So i just keep buying cellular ipads and transfering the plan to the new ipad.
  15. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    I bought my 10.5 Pro WiFi to replace my 11” MacBook Air, so not having LTE doesn’t matter as the MacBook Air didn’t have LTE either.

    It’s different when I bought my mini 2. I know I will use it as an on the go iPad, so I bought it with LTE, and it has proven its versatility.
  16. newellj, Apr 3, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2018

    newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    I've been buying the LTE version since the iPad 2 and have never regretted having the flexibility. I also like the dedicated GPS chip in the LTE versions, though it's hard to say that's a deal-maker or deal-breaker. The $10/month access fee VZW charges me is not a factor.

    I think that if you need the LTE flexibility, you already know it. If you have to ask, you can probably get along fine on wifi, recognizing that you can use your phone as a hotspot in a pinch.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 3, 2018 ---
    Battery is one of the reasons I like having cell access on my iPads (both), but really, how often are we away from an AC plug? Even the commuter rail trains I ride have AC outlets.

    Photos - I have scanned things with my iPads, but I have never in all these years taken a photo with an iPad. The Pro line has changed this, but the cameras in the iPhone are far better and far more convenient to use. I can tell you that location functions with the LTE version are as accurate as an iPhone (no surprise). My wife's wifi-only iPad doesn't come close to that accuracy. But as I said, that hasn't been an issue for either of us. YMMV.
  17. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hope there will be no notch
    --- Post Merged, Apr 3, 2018 ---

    If I turn off LTE on iPad or have it on but do not insert the SIM card, will location of photos and Map be determined correctly by the GPS? Is the GPS always on even under the above stated conditions?
  18. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    I believe GPS reception is independent of the LTE radio, but I can't guarantee that.
  19. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    My 9.7” Pro saved me during Hurricane Irma no internet no power but I had Sprint LTE working on my LTE IPad Pro from my balcony.
    Contacted family friends watched news, social media, banking, FEMA and Insurance claims. Every agent wondered how I did everything so Fast. I said I used my iPad on LTE while no one had internet or power.
  20. sparksd macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    Yes, GPS works without a sim card.
  21. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    WiFi only. No regrets. WiFi fairly widespread. Have iPhone hotspot if need be.
  22. Pspressart macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2012
    I have the WIFI+LTE model with the AT&T Unlimited Plan. I turned off WIFI because I am concerned about privacy. I do not know if I can trust public WIFI networks. Plus, I want the GPS.
  23. BenTrovato macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2012
    There’s WiFi everywhere.. fire up the vpn and off you go. I can’t remember the last time I had to use my hotspot
  24. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    I guess one advantage of having LTE is that people don't have to worry about security when doing online banking using their iPad.

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