iPad Pro Guys What’s the #1 new feature that will make you upgrade to a new iPad Pro?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by TheRealAlex, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    Ok what’s the #1. New feature that our current 11” or 12.9” iPad Pros Don’t have that that you wish we head and you will Upgrade and get a new model just to have this one new feature?

    Originally I said to myself OLED, but that has too many draw backs and I don’t wanna get a Gen 1 iPad Pro OLED Display.
    I’d have to say. The ability to use My iPad Pro 11” Display as just that as a simple Display. With no iOS. Let me hookup my Nintendo Switch via USB-C or even as a second Display for my MBP.
    It would just be an Optional one time Reboot option that would automatically reset itself back to iPad mode after a restart.
  2. 1rottenapple macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2004
    It’s hard to think about what the next innovation will be. Light wieght, oled. It doesn’t seem revolutionary it’s more evolutionary. Flexibly display (negates bending that for sure). Seems like iPads are kinda hitting the saturation point and hitting a peak. For me with the new iPad I’ll upgrade in 4 yrs I guess. By that time the battery will be terrible and maybe the pencil will truly feel like a real pencil/pen. Right now it’s pretty darn close and doable to use as a writing implement.
  3. RevTEG macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2012
    San Jose, Ca
    The new pro is only 2 months old. If Apple goes with the 18 month cycle and keeps the same design then mist likely the NEXT pro will only be a spec bump. But since thats probably 1.5 years from now, I can't really give you a good answer. The real changes will most likely be 2-3 years out? I'm certainly not thinking that for ahead.
  4. laela macrumors regular


    Mar 17, 2010
    I'd like lightning back and the option to display all the pixels in the corners. Also not bent.
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Micro Led. It still likely will be in development for another 2/3 years at minimum, but I do forsee this being the next GEN display, I don’t think OLED will be a consideration for the iPad. The benefits for Micro-Led are significant with increased brightness, higher resolution and doesn’t draw as much power, which will result in longer battery life.
  6. TheRealAlex thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    MicroLED is just individually lit pixels unlike now where we put a light shout each behind them. Also MicroLED has many draw backs and it’s only viable as a far away display technology since upclose you can see separations in a grim loke pattern.
  7. Relentless Power, Jan 2, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2019

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Can you list the ‘many’ draw backs? Just curious, have you ever experienced Micro-Led in person to make any insinuations? ( I’m also willing to make the counter argument, _any_ type of displays have drawbacks, which includes OLED/LCD).
  8. aevan macrumors 68030


    Feb 5, 2015
    At this point, I think it would be a number of smaller quality of life improvements rather than one big thing. For example, if they added haptic feedback to it, alongside standard improvements.

    These current iPad Pros really are dream machines in terms of hardware and I think everyone is waiting on software upgrades more than the next hardware thing. This includes iOS upgrades but 3rd party apps as well. For example, having the ability to use Zbrush on my iPad Pro would be a really big thing for me.
  9. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    There is no feature that would make me upgrade. The current iPad does everything I need it to do.

    I think overall this is the issue for people not upgrading their iPads, there's been no appreciable change to the technology for a number of years. The current iPad pro, is very much like an old iPad 2 in form and function. CPU/memory and display improvements have refined the experience but there has been little in terms of what I would say seismic changes.
  10. DNichter macrumors 604


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Specific software features that require more advanced hardware, which is unlikely for probably 2-3 years. I am content, hardware wise, for now. Bring on iOS 13 though.
  11. Dented macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2009
    I’ll say it, and actually this goes for most of Apple’s current lineup - what would really attract me into upgrading would be a renewed focus on durability and battery life. Stop obsessing over thinness at the expense of everything else.

    Take the same internals as the current iPad pros and simply put them in a stronger frame with some better material (magnesium?) or improved structural design. Actually give some assurance that you can use it the way you should be able to use an iPad without it cracking or bending. That would be an awesome update.

    That’s far more attractive to me than any (largely unnecessary at this point) speed boost or display enhancement.
  12. mr_jomo macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2018
    Agree, the current hardware is pretty much what I hoped the iPad Pro 2018 would become. Software improvements to increase productivity (insert standard list) and a “boot to macos” would make me upgrade in an instant.
  13. Spoon! macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2018
  14. ahostmadsen macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    If they could dramatically decrease the weight so that perhaps an 11" pro were the same weight as a Kindle, or the 12.9" had the weight of the 11", that could make me desire a new Pro. But it does not seem likely.
  15. chrism_scotland macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2018
    I think the release of a "full-fat" Photoshop in 2019 could be a game-changer for iOS as it show's other developers whats possible and may help drive others towards full-on applications rather than cut-down mobile apps.

    Hardware wise I can't see what could be better, 2x USB-C ports?... 5G maybe?
  16. Greenmeenie, Jan 2, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2019

    Greenmeenie macrumors 65816


    Jan 14, 2013
    I think at this point, software is where it’s at. Improvements there will really open up the ipad pros true potential. If Apple can unlock the usb-c’s ability to transfer video to & from an external hard drive for instance. Better file management. And so many other little things. Wow. Thats what i am looking forward to the most. That, and apps that fully utilize the new pros power, like the upcoming photoshop...and possibly <ahem!> Final Cut Pro(Apple are you listening?).

    Since i just bought the 11” ipad pro(and am very happy with it), i probably won’t be upgrading for quite awhile anyway. Probably not for a few years at least. But when the new ipad mini comes out, i will definitely buy it to replace my ipad mini 2 thats for sure. Hopefully it will get the flat edged design, pencil 2 support, usb-c, and face ID. Heh heh heh.
  17. sparksd macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    Same here with the 10.5. The price jump on the new Pros' plus the cost of replacing a lot of peripherals/accessories has become just too much for me. The 10.5 works great for and I plan to keep it for some time.
  18. trifid macrumors 68000


    May 10, 2011
    Mouse support, Adobe Illustrator and SD slot so I can add my own storage and not pay a fortune for 1TB.
  19. Fozziebear71 macrumors 6502


    Sep 23, 2014
    The only reason I haven't and won't upgrade mine and my wife's iPad Pro's this year is the durability issue. I have seen way too many posts where people have bent iPads, some admittedly their fault and others that were bent out of the box. I know that the bending is not as widespread as some would have you believe. Regardless, this version has an obvious flaw that allows them to become damaged way to easily.
  20. aevan macrumors 68030


    Feb 5, 2015
    macOS on touch devices would make a poor product. “Yeah but what if they optimized macOS for touch devices?” - well, the road to that powerful touch-based OS is shorter from the iOS side: meaning, it would be less work to add productivity features (rethought for touch and modern workflows) to iOS, than it would be to change macOS to work well on iPads.

    Add better files support, add even more power to Shortcuts, make multitasking even better - and you get a fully capable iOS-based pro computer. On the other hand - optimize entire macOS UI for touch and change the way it works on a touchscreen, that’s much more work, if it’s even possible. And please, don’t tell me “but how did Microsoft manage to do it, then?” because I don’t think they succeeded at all.

    We just need a better iOS (hopefully, that’s coming) and a lot more pro-level apps.
  21. DiamonDecoden macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2011
    not a feature but make the iPad mini pro with pencil support please. I find the 11 / 12 are too large for a portable tablet for me at least. I will upgrade in a heart beat... no brainer purchase. I will preorder if they have it. It doesn't need the best of the best features I just want a portable pencil enabled tablet. thank you apple.
  22. xxray macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2013
    There is none. With how expensive iPads are now, I will only buy one once my current 10.5” becomes unusable. Even then, I might not even get a new one. I really don’t want to spend thousands of dollars to keep replacing a laptop and an iPad every few years, so I’ll have to see where iPads vs Laptops are in a few years to decide whether I’ll get one or not.
  23. rowspaxe macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2010
    Need to add mouse support, and revise the keyboard cover to have a trackpad and illuminated
  24. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    doesn't bend...
    but software needs to be updated.

    Also lower the price at some point for a "slimmed down laptop" I rather get a MacBook.
  25. spacebro macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2015

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