iPad Pro Buy the Air 2 instead of the new 9.7" Pro

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  1. Shirtin, Mar 26, 2016
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    Shirtin macrumors member

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    1. The Air 2 (3 cores) multicore performance is almost as good withe the new Pro (two cores).
    2. The price difference between the two are substantial $400 vs $600.
    3. Both have the same amount of ram (iOS updates are limited by ram)
    4. No camera hump in the back
    [EDIT] 5. The speakers on the new Pro are twice as small with 7 holes vs 14 holes
     
  2. stulaw11 macrumors 65816

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    1) There are about 5 other threads on this debate
    2) You cannot compare $400 to $600 when they aren't even the same storage capacity. For some 16gb is a non-starter to $400 isn't a realistic option but more like $500.
    3) Very oversimplification of RAM requirements.
    4) See #1
     
  3. Shirtin thread starter macrumors member

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    The ram issue is simple since only 2GB ram iPads can multitask
    Most threads are saying to keep their Air 2. I'm pointing this out to Air 1 users or below
     
  4. marine0816 macrumors 6502a

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    2GB OF RAM is straight buzz kill. Shame on Apple
     
  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    People deciding to hang on to their existing Air 2 is one thing. They just sit out the Pro and spend nothing.

    People who have the Air 1 or below and contemplating upgrading have a totally different decision to make. Should they spend $400/$500 on last year's tech, or spend $600 or up to get the latest and greatest? Confusing the matter is the price difference, and same amount of RAM. But I'm thinking if you can live with 16GB of storage, the Air2 at $400 is a good deal. But if you need more than 16 GB, then saving $100 to get stuck with last year's tech isn't so good.
     
  6. dumastudetto macrumors 68020

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    Buying the Air 2 from the refurb store with 64 GB for $419 is a pretty good option. $180 less than the entry 9.7" Pro and you get twice the storage.
     
  7. stulaw11 macrumors 65816

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    IF you can get one. They have 1 64gb right now, in gold, so choice is incredibly limited at that price unless you're wiling to wait and wait to save $80 vs new.
     
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  9. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Yeah. They ran out of stock pretty quick. When I checked on March 23, they had almost all capacities and colors available. Now there's only wifi-only versions in select colors and capacities.
     
  10. Shirtin thread starter macrumors member

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    Well in the same fashion if 16GB is too small then what say you at 32GB?
     
  11. stulaw11 macrumors 65816

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    Not quite the same as you lose some to the OS and built in apps.

    So really on 16gb you have 11.5 usable. If you're installing even a few dozen apps; and zero music or video then 16gb is fine. It's great for soccer mom out there who wants a smartphone and just a few apps and takes pics of her kids.

    32gb gives you about 27.5gb; over double the usable storage.

    Someone like myself with 150 apps, which includes 2-3 approx 1gb games and a few movies can get by with 32gb and still have 5-10gb free. 16gb simply isn't an option, and my 64gb Iphone 6S has 36.7gb free which unused is just wasted space. I'm only using 20gb after the OS.
     
  12. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    I don't understand your point. If 32 is not enough, you get 64, right?
     
  13. stulaw11 macrumors 65816

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    It makes no sense. There is no 64gb IPP or 32gb Air 2.

    If 16gb is too small you have a $499 air 2 64gb, or you have a $599 IPP 9.7 32gb. You're talking $100 at the end of the day if 16gb isn't enough
     
  14. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Well, as I said earlier, I think if 16 GB is too small for you, you should go for a 32 GB iPP 9.7.
     
  15. stulaw11 macrumors 65816

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    Oh I agree, i dont think the 64gb air 2 is the clear choice when talking $100 overall; considering it is pushing 2 years old now. That's not a lot of savings for a nearly 2 year old device.
     

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