All iPads Cellular iPads obsolete

Discussion in 'iPad' started by DivergenceZero, Oct 20, 2014.

  1. DivergenceZero macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2014
    Seems like to me with the advent of iOS 8.1, specifically Continuity, the cellular iPad as we know it seems completely redundant now.

    You can pair your iPhone to your tablet and make calls/text smoothly thanks to the new features. In a situation where you have a tablet you usually have your phone around too.

    What do you think? Did Apple shoot themselves in the foot here?
  2. ron7624 macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2011
    Houston, Texas area
    Naa is what I think. I use my iPads away from home and don't want my iPhone tied up with a tether.
  3. ee4life macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2010
    I think there are a lot of people that use Android/Windows Phone that still recognize that the iPad is the measuring stick on that tablet side.

    I think there are a lot of people that still have older, incompatible iPhones.

    I think that Apple is giving people something that they are often (for right or wrong) chastised for withholding: options.
  4. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    I agree.
    I took a bit of flack a few months back when I stated an iPad is slightly crippled without cellular data.

    My wording was probably poor, yet I kind of stand by it.

    My wife and I recently spent some time in Cambria where WIFI is spotty at best and once again, was grateful to have LTE available on my iPad.
  5. ThePuff macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2014
    Not for those of us who don't use smartphones.
  6. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    Yeah, I was thinking about this the other day. If you have a smartphone with an instant hotspot, there's really no reason to get a cellular iPad.
  7. RLesko macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2011
    That is under the presumption that you have tethering enabled from your cellular provider.
  8. lulla01 macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2007
    This would be great if i didn't have an unlimited data plan and if I actually had the capacity to tether
  9. flur macrumors 68020


    Nov 12, 2012
    The hit to the battery on the smartphone is enough of a reason for me.
  10. iceperson macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2014
    I've found wifi only iPads are still missing some functionality even when tethered. Things like maps and navigation apps or photo geotagging didn't work. I'm sure there's other things that not having the GPS functionality might affect as well. Doesn't mean I'd spend the extra $$$ on a cellular iPad though.
  11. TheBama macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2010
    Birmingham, AL
    I went with the Cellular Air2 as I see no reason to drain both devices to get the ipad online away from home. And for travel I like to have the option of using a different carrier on the ipad to make up for coverage gaps
  12. MacDarcy macrumors 65816

    Jul 21, 2011
    Not redundant for me. I've got an iPad mini grandfathered with the unlimited AT&T data plan for $29. I got rid of my smartphone a couple years ago, and haven't looked back. The iPad mini coupled with the iPod touch 5G is all I need to surf the web, make & recieve calls. I love it.
  13. iF34R macrumors 65816


    Jul 13, 2011
    South Carolina
    I'm seriously considering a cellular iPad Air 2. I have a spare unlimited data line that I'll just toss its sim into the iPad. No more having to tether with my phone, etc.
  14. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    I know first hand all too well how battery life drains with a iPad tether. Better for iPad to have its own lane.
  15. urda Suspended


    Jun 15, 2010
    San Francisco Bay Area
    With a celluar radio, an iPad can still phone home if lost or stolen.

    With a celluar radio, an iPad has access to actual GPS information.

    With a celluar radio, you are not killing the batter on your phone trying to tether to it from the iPad.

    The list goes on, but "Cellular iPads obsolete" oh how wrong that concept is.
  16. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    I got my cellular ipad that I use my Verizon lte sim (unlimited unthrottled phone line (junk line). $30 plus $10 add a line plus 22% discount. So it cost me about $34/month give or take.

    The beauty about Verizon unlimited phone sim in ipad is it enables hot spot as well automatically.

    So no. Cellular iPads are not obsolete. It's a godsend cause I need it to tether my other wifi ipad in the car and hotels when traveling with the young kids.

    The cellular ipad has fantastic battery life even when using the tethering mode.
  17. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    Not draining iPhone battery is more then worth getting a cellular iPad

    Also, way too many times wifi is terrible in public places or isn't free in big cities like New York or many airports
  18. TheDeviceUser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2014
    Absolutely not. Personal hotspot drains battery and I don't think you are likely to connect is as often and take it out the house as you would with a cellular iPad.
  19. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    Ha, far from obsolete. Cellular iPads are great.
  20. Maggiep67 macrumors regular


    Sep 19, 2014
    I've always purchased wifi only iPads. I'll be upgrading to the Air 2 (hubby gets my Air as he is still on an iPad 3) and this time I am going cellular.

    It's an enormous pain trying to find a hotspot or draining the battery on my iPhone. Since we have AT&T and I am bringing my own device, it will only cost me 10.00 extra per month. After my gov't discount, I will actually only pay 8.30 per month!!!!

    Totally worth it!!!:D
  21. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Right, or we simply DONT own an iPhone which believe it or not is a fairly large user base. Geesh. :rolleyes:

    Otherwise, I would never buy an iPad without cellular support. I don't use it all the time but when I need it boy am I glad I got it! The 4G LTE through ATT is freegin fast too. :)
  22. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    I don't think they're obsolete. They still have their place. They'll never be as popular as the WiFi only version though.
  23. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    Don't you have to have an iPhone for this to work ? You know, not everyone has an iPhone :D.
  24. TheDeviceUser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2014
    I think it's more like 'The people who browse these forums' who are more likely to purchase cellular. Of course, by no means exclusively, there are many regular consumers with one. However, the average consumer, with limited money is still going to purchase the 16GB WiFi iPad Air 2. Because, money is the most important and most can see the perceived benefit or spending an extra £100/$130.
  25. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    Yup not on the is the upfront cost cheaper, people don't like having another 'bill'.

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