Almost every thread on this forum is devoted to the iPad Pro 12.9, 10.5. or 9.7, except for a few in which people wonder about the fate on the mini. I get it; the Pro is awesome, and I'd love to have one. For me, though, the price jump between the 2017 iPad 9.7 and any of the Pro models isn't worth it unless I also buy the Pencil and the ASK. That takes the price considerably higher. I have a 2015 MBP and a 2012 Mac mini, so I just couldn't justify spending the money on an iPad Pro. Pencil, and ASK. When Costco in the US put the 128 GB 2017 iPad 9.7 on sale this month for $60 less than Apple's price, it was too good to pass up, so I bought one for my wife and one for myself. It doesn't do anything my old iPad 4 didn't do -- it just does everything a whole lot faster. I'm really looking forward to iOS 11 to make it feel "new." While I'd love to play around with the iOS version of Affinity Photo on an iPad Pro using the Pencil, there's nothing I can't do with Affinity Photo on my Mac. The new iPad 9.7 isn't sexy like the Pro, but it does everything I need an iPad to do -- and, at $359, it's a heck of a deal. If you have a need for an iPad Pro, or if you just want one, and you have the cash, then, by all means, get one. But if you're on the fence, and you're on a budget, and you don't need the features the Pro has to offer, then I wholeheartedly recommend the regular iPad 9.7. It's like wanting a Tesla S but only being able to afford a Honda Civic -- the Civic is still a fine car, and it will get you where you need to go.