To the Point: If you purchased an iPad Air 2 recently, are you happy you did? And will you feel tremendous buyers remorse if the iPad is updated in the Spring? Background: I purchased the iPad 3 in June 3 months before it was replaced. I was okay with the lower performance and tremendous heat for a while. I was excited to get an iPad Air 2, but was underwhelmed and returned it. Now the software has evolved to take advantage of it, but I said I'd wait for the Air 3 in hopes that it fixed some of the Air 2's hardware shortcomings. Well, Apple released no Air 3. I still said I would not buy last year's hardware but some things have recently changed: (1) I'm teaching a lot now as a graduate TA. I work the homework by hand, scan it, annotate it on my iPad, and lecture by referencing it. It is quite heavy to hold for 30 minutes to an hour at a time while standing and it's just so slow. I need to load up very large scanned images and diagrams and it takes forever to process when I'm in front of the class. (2) iOS 8.4 was my tolerance for lag and slowness on the iPad 3. iOS 9 made it even worse and now I'm genuinely frustrated by the device. The iPad was a luxury, but has become an important work tool, but it's performance is actually starting to work against me. Plus, there have been numerous times where split screen would have been wonderful. All Apple had to do was give the iPad Air an A9 chip and I would have pre-ordered, but they did nothing. I'm worried about getting short-changed again. Really, the thing that will kill me the most is if the Air 3 has Apple pencil support, but I'm not sure Apple would turn around and give that to the Air 3 just 6 months after the Pros announcement. Had I known that there would be no Air 3, I would have kept my Air 2 last year despite the hardware issues. If I knew the iPad wouldn't be updated for another year, I wouldn't mind. I'm just afraid of a announcement in the spring or a silent update. If that happened, would you kick yourself for your recent Air 2 purchase? ---- @sracer I tagged you because I know you just purchased an iPad Air 2 after the Pro's announcement. EDIT: I don't mean this to be like the threads "is the Air 2 still worth it." I'm curious about your subjective view about wether an Air 3 in the spring would matter.