How much will I lose out if I buy an iPad Pro 9.7 now instead of waiting for the next one?

bustylasercanon

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I really want one for digital drawing and photo editing but after looking at all of these rumours I don't know what to do. Should I buy a current 9.7 or wait until the new one comes out?

I obviously want the latest and greatest one and I don't want to be gimping myself in a gadget I'm hopefully going to have for a while.

The rumours aren't very conclusive either - some saying it'll be out in May, some saying it will be in September/October with iPhone 8.

I know Apple products keep their resell value quite well right? I've never sold an Apple product - if I bought a current 9.7 and sold it in 6 months how much money would I lose?
 

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As always ...buy if you need wait if you can, buying and selling will surely make you lose money, if the purchase is for the long run and do not need it right now wait! I would say 150 - 200 $
 
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There will always be a better machine being released around the corner. If you have a need now, then get one and don't worry about the future :) If you can wait then you're better off waiting.
 
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T'hain Esh Kelch

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It currently does everything I need but say the new iOS does a bunch of iPad features that requires more RAM that I won't have, etc.
I highly doubt iOS 11 will have features that the current iPads can't run. Also, if you are afraid to buy something on the outlook of running something that doesn't exist nor which you have any idea on what is (And therefore HIGHLY unlikely that you will need!), then you'll never buy anything new.
 

bustylasercanon

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I highly doubt iOS 11 will have features that the current iPads can't run. Also, if you are afraid to buy something on the outlook of running something that doesn't exist nor which you have any idea on what is (And therefore HIGHLY unlikely that you will need!), then you'll never buy anything new.
I know what you mean but my only reason for thinking I should hold off is because of how people are talking about these rumours - it makes me anxious to buy but they also seem baseless.
 

T'hain Esh Kelch

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I know what you mean but my only reason for thinking I should hold off is because of how people are talking about these rumours - it makes me anxious to buy but they also seem baseless.
They are just that - Rumors. No one here can tell you what the next iPad will be.
But i do know that the next one comes with a free unicorn!
 

Freakonomics101

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Everyone's needs are different. All I want is a smooth and stable OS.... no slow downs like there was on my iPad Air. I love the Pro's light weight, screen and the camera (with a flash). As long as iOS 11 remains smooth on the Pro 9.7, which I believe it will, I'm not upgrading. I mainly use it for gaming anyway...
 
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Mcdevidr

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If you buy one at full retail now and wish to sell it later you will loose quite a bit. I just sold a three week old one perfect condition new and after fees and shipping will hardly get $400. Could have possibly waited longer and got maybe $30 more. I bought it on sale with a coupon so it wasn't bad but if I paid $600 that would have been $200 down the drain as PPCebay said. This was a 32GB model.

If you want one now I'd look for a mint condition used with warranty like I sold and pay the least possible then sell it when the new one comes and get that, then you have an iPad for now for minimal cost and you have the new one later.
 
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Trumpy

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I really want one for digital drawing and photo editing but after looking at all of these rumours I don't know what to do. Should I buy a current 9.7 or wait until the new one comes out?

I obviously want the latest and greatest one and I don't want to be gimping myself in a gadget I'm hopefully going to have for a while.

The rumours aren't very conclusive either - some saying it'll be out in May, some saying it will be in September/October with iPhone 8.

I know Apple products keep their resell value quite well right? I've never sold an Apple product - if I bought a current 9.7 and sold it in 6 months how much money would I lose?
I'm in the same boat as you. I'd really like to have an iPad Pro with Pencil to replace my aging iPad Mini 2. BUT, I can wait for the next round of updates and THEN buy the iPad Pro because it'll be discounted in price even though I doubt the specs will be a lot different. I figure, I haven't needed a new one until now, so why not wait a few more months and get one at a discount. Stay strong!
 
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Relentless Power

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I really want one for digital drawing and photo editing but after looking at all of these rumours I don't know what to do. Should I buy a current 9.7 or wait until the new one comes out?

I obviously want the latest and greatest one and I don't want to be gimping myself in a gadget I'm hopefully going to have for a while.

The rumours aren't very conclusive either - some saying it'll be out in May, some saying it will be in September/October with iPhone 8.

I know Apple products keep their resell value quite well right? I've never sold an Apple product - if I bought a current 9.7 and sold it in 6 months how much money would I lose?
No matter what you purchase for technology, it's already considered dated when you purchase it, as a new iteration is already being developed/implemented. Just enjoy it for what it is now and take advantage of what you need for your daily uses.

The 9.7 Pro is a great iPad that will be supported for while, but I would certainly not focus on Apple's timeline of any unannounced future releases.
 

barkomatic

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I really want one for digital drawing and photo editing but after looking at all of these rumours I don't know what to do. Should I buy a current 9.7 or wait until the new one comes out?
I obviously want the latest and greatest one and I don't want to be gimping myself in a gadget I'm hopefully going to have for a while.

The rumours aren't very conclusive either - some saying it'll be out in May, some saying it will be in September/October with iPhone 8.

I know Apple products keep their resell value quite well right? I've never sold an Apple product - if I bought a current 9.7 and sold it in 6 months how much money would I lose?
Based upon how you expressed yourself in this post, it sounds like you don't need it immediately so I'd wait. Of course, you'll need to be prepared for the possibility of waiting until the Fall since Apple has been inconsistent in its release cycle for the iPad lately. Hopefully, it will be released sooner.

If you really want to buy it, then look for some type of discount or maybe buy used or refurbed.
 

Cosmo M3

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I just picked up a refurbed Wi-Fi 9.7 Pro for $419 to complement my 12.9

Just do it man - it's not going to get outdated anytime soon, especially with the A9X
 

darkarn

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Actually, I am more worried that the new iPad will not have headphones out, which makes buying a current model instead of waiting a legit move too
 

CoriG

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I just picked up a refurbed Wi-Fi 9.7 Pro for $419 to complement my 12.9

Just do it man - it's not going to get outdated anytime soon, especially with the A9X
That is a great deal. Where did you get it?
 

Jd3774life

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I am in a similar boat, but have been waiting for the new 12.9" version since the 12.9v1 was announced.. the problem is, the 12.9" version is even more outdated than the 9.7" so I feel i'd be dumb to not wait it out :oops:
 

rowspaxe

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I am waitng for ipad pro 10.5. I would buy the 9.7 for $399, but I doubt it will discount that much.
Also, he apple/ipad aftermarket is grossly inflated in my opinion. I am buying used only at a 50-60% discount--even then--who needs the hassle. Earlier post citing factory refurb at $419 looks like a smart pick up
 

davidinva

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Thinking the same thing. I am saving for the current model and Pencil and hope the price fell another $100 if a new model came out. Best Buy had a sale price of $599 for the 128GB WiFi model a couple of weeks ago and I missed it.