iPad Pro Did I make a mistake in buying the Pro 9.7?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by konjecture, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. konjecture macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2015
    So as you all know there were couple of rumors in the last few days that mentioned that Apple will release new iPads during Spring 2017. I know they are rumors at this point but I wouldn't have been worried if not for the rumor stating that they will not continue the 9.7 iPad Pro and instead bump it up to a 10.1 inch iPad Pro.

    So I bought a 128GB iPad Pro WiFi with Apple Pencil last week and now I'm wondering if I made a mistake in doing so and should I have waited until winter to find out if the rumors had any basis to it.

    My question is, if Apple does scrap the 9.7 Pro, will they still support it? I mean are they gonna completely forget about it in place of the 10.1 Pro? I'm finding the 9.7 inch size to be perfect for reading and holding in one had, but I'm not sure if the 10.1 would be any better (ofcourse bigger is better when it comes to reading and watching movies)
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    No matter if there is an iPad refesh or not in March 2017. Apple will continue to support your Pro with updates and service. It's still a fairly new device less than a year old.
  3. plexdk macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2007
    I did the same thing... but then again.. is it worth waiting half a year ? I don't think so, we'll be happy with out iPad :p Besides, it won't be until 2018, we'll see a redesign, maybe oled screen and such.
  4. konjecture thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2015
    Well it looks like there will be a redesign in March 2017 and Apple wants to move away from 9.7 to 10.1 inches if the rumors are true. I hope they are not true and they stick to the 9.7 inch size. I know it's not much difference, but the main reason I bought the 9.7 inch and planning to sell my iPad Mini 4 is to read comics and magazines and a 10.1 inch would make it even better to read on it and it would entice me again to buy that new model :p
  5. plexdk macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2007
    yeah well, screen resize.. i would rather wait for the oled / next thing in '18, and have an iPad pro 9.7 now :)
  6. konjecture thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2015
    How much did you pay for your Pro? I couldn't find any discount and shelled the usual $699 and $99 for the Pencil. Now I'm thinking if I should have waited for any deals or until Black Friday. What's the lowest the Pro 9.7 128 GB has ever gotten?
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Why would you worry about what happens in 6 months???

    That's six months of having the product you currently need and enjoy that's never a mistake. What would be a mistake is not having the device you need for those six months.

    If there was a new model due out next month then fair enough, but when new devices come out every year waiting six months using old tech just seems crazy to me, buy what you need when you need it.
  8. plexdk macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2007
    I live in Denmark, so i probably paid more than any of you US people have to :) Anyway, found it with $50 discount here.. nothing much. Now that I got it, im glad I didn't wait until next year.
  9. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Why would Apple stop supporting it? What do you even mean by that? Apple tends to keep giving software updates to every device with hardware capable of running them. Look at the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.
  10. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    Enjoy your device. Rumors are sketchy at best on this issue, and any changes are many months away. The iPP will likely be supported for 4-5 years yet. You'll completely forget about this by the time it becomes an issue.
  11. barkomatic macrumors 601

    Aug 8, 2008
    If by "support" you simply mean software updates, I think the 9.7 Pro will get those for around 3-4 years. As a former iPad 3 owner, "support" doesn't necessarily also mean usable. By the time I stopped using it, my fully supported and up to date (software wise) iPad 3 was so laggy that it was far too frustrating to me.

    I got an iPad Pro 9.7 myself a month after release for full price with the pencil and keyboard. I love it and don't regret my decision even though there have been sales at various points after I bought it. However, if I were in the market now I would have at least waited for holiday sales and possibly for a new model in the Spring.

    At this point, I think I'm going to hold out for the next iPad which has a high resolution OLED screen or an advanced LCD technology that I heard Apple was working on(rumored). I hope my current iPad doesn't turn into a laggy mess before then.
  12. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    IMO, you only made a mistake if you paid full MSRP for the 9.7 Pro itself.
  13. konjecture thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2015
    Well that's a bummer lol. I paid the usual $699 for the 128 GB model. The lowest I have seen it go was for $625 back in July at Best Buy, but that was before the price cut officially from $749 to $699. Nowadays the lowest I see is $650. But yea, I could have probably saved $50 if I had looked for a deal in the coming days.
  14. FrozenDarkness macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    I think the worst thing about the pro is the camera hump in the back. god, i don't know what they were thinking.
  15. Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
    Maybe the 2GB Ram and springboard crashes are getting people worried this is another iPad 3...
  16. hiddenmarkov macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2014
    Deals may come...or they may not. if you bought now, you can use it now. Look at it that way.

    Apple will not "ditch" this anytime soon. My only impetus for my recent 9.7 IPP buy was my sons older (and beat up) mini was on the no longer supported list. It took many years for apple to EOL this. And all that end of life means is no updates. generally not end of the world if the old device still works decent. and you don't even need the new stuff really.

    I hand me downed my mini 4 to him (needed since some games he likes don't even support the older stuff, not even an apple support thing..and was on mine sometimes anyway). Wife will get the older mini no longer supported but for her needs, it does what it needs to quite fine.

    She takes dance classes, I will upload the class videos to it, she practices at work at lunch, does basic surfing....its a win win win. I have a 9.7 I use heavily at work and in personal life, son has a recent mini 4 to future proof at 2-3 years for even iOS gaming, wife has the old mini where for her needs and use...latest and greatest not needed.

    basically years from now when not supported, its not end of the world. All revolves around actual user need really. Mini from years ago still alive and well in my house. To be honest with some of the fun I have had with apple's (lackluster) software QA....not getting updates is actually a benefit sometimes. I have had loads of fun of late with my iphone. I am one of the lucky winners of the recent iOS update lottery that made battery use go to utter and complete crap. Not even using the phone...watch a full charge drop to 20% red in hours flat.

    Seems stable now...but took some doing to get there. So much fun....my wife is still on 9.x. She actually uses her phone (me unless wife contacts me or work calls it sits idle most of the time). Last thing I need is to deal with her being irate that I jacked her phone up. I don't need apple's help to make her irate at me, I do that job well enough all by myself lol.
  17. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    I think that 2GB of RAM is still plenty for iOS, at least for most users. I haven't had much opportunity to use the Pro, but I don't see any signs of the less powerful Air 2 or Mini 4 slowing down. So no, I don't think that the 9.7" Pro will be the next iPad 3. That model had issues from launch.
  18. Commy1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2013
    Unless the new one is made of titanium, life proof and has a revolutionary quantum CPU I don't really care. I love the iPad Pro 9.7" and I won't be upgrading for a long time.
  19. plexdk macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2007
    it doesn't wobble, so you'll be fine + with such a big device, all the weight loss and thinness is appreciated.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 7, 2016 ---
    Yeah, the iPads have already reached the state of the laptop. You can keep them for some years before upgrading. That's also what the sale reports show, not that they're unpopular, just that you don't have to upgrade them for some years - especially now that the low powered A series cpu's are matching laptop benchmarks.
  20. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Do you mean software updates? If so no they won't stop supporting it
  21. bensisko macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2002
    The Village
    I'll echo others and say "No, you didn't make a mistake."

    You are in no danger of anything bad happening to your iPad Pro (from Apple's PoV - what you personally do with it may be another story). Basically, you only have to be worried if you see an article that says "Apple to discontinue iOS development" - then I might get somewhat anxious.
  22. Wackery macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2015
    this is coming from an ipad pro user who loves his device, wait.
  23. iphone1105 macrumors 68020


    Oct 8, 2009
    why didn't you go 12.9 and get the extra RAM? makes it a little more future proof? You like the 9.7" size better?
  24. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    scooting into this conversation but i had 12.9 for a few months sold and went 9.7

    extra ram is nice but to me 9.7 is the perfect size and true tone / full cinema color screen pushed me over the edge

    12.9 has its merits but compromises a bit as a tablet in my experience ymmv

    extra ram is nice but with apple, future proof is futile. code can be sloppy and make hardware irrelevant

    SE, 7+, 9.7 Pro, and rMB is the perfect lineup for me

    9.7 Pro and rMB in particular, makes more sense than 12.9+rMB did

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