Well, this is an interesting post to write. Maybe I can help others in their final decision to upgrade their iPad or not. I currently have the 2017 iPad Pro, in 256gb with cellular. It’s been my only “PC” for about 8 months now. I did significant research prior to purchasing that one to ensure all of my work applications and needs would be met with the iPad Pro. With the exception of being able to plug a flash drive in, it works great. I purchased a new 2018 iPad Pro 1TB Cellular on Friday from an Apple store that still had them in stock. After 2 days of use, I’m realizing I hate it. It’s going to be returned tomorrow. Below are my reasons for taking it back. 1. Smart Folio is a $200 slap in the face. Having a Logitech Slim Combo on my old one for $129(sale), this was a significant downgrade. On the new one: The keys aren’t backlit on Apple’s version. There are no function keys above the number keys. It’s not removable without taking the entire case off. The keys are spaced weird compared to Logitech. The keys are loud and just feel weird encased in their fabric. You have 2 positions for the stand, whereas the Logitech has infinite similar to Surface Pro. The keyboard has no flex, its either flat or folded behind. 2. The pencil at $130 is $30 more, but comes with less. With the exception of not having to deal with the stupid cap, which I lost a year ago, it’s a huge downgrade. The pencil definitely has a smaller battery life and it drains from just sitting rapidly. The magnetic charge while a HUGE improvement is very easy to knock off. It’s not “perfectly aligned when you place the pencil on the top,” you have to ensure its on the correct set of magnets atop. It’ll clip in non charging locations. It comes with no extra tips, whereas old one has spare in box. It’s going to make aftermarket cases a nightmare. Performance wise I found flaw where the pencil doesn’t work as well as the old version. The old version was able to basically replace a finger, but on the new one not so much. 3. The iPad itself. While I love the smaller bezels, I think that’s where it ends. The camera doesn’t have OIS anymore, a small but useful feature taken away. FaceID is a HUGE improvement over the iPhone X, the range and distance are vastly superior. But it still falls into the category of requiring the perfect angle to log in. I find the home button loss greater than expected. Example: Try placing iPad on desk with folio open. Now stand at desk. Try to unlock it from standing. You have to tilt the iPad up and move in, or bend down so it can get perfect angle. I’ve found several apps that have black bars on the edges even on the 12.9 model, not just the smaller one. With some developers taking forever to get updates out, it could be years to resolve this. (Looking at you Hertz, over a year with an iPhone X and still no screen support) Because the iPads run the same software between model years, all you can judge in doing an upgrade is hardware. USB C is useless, besides faster charging its stupid. So you can plug in a 4K monitor and mirror it. But you still have to stare at the iPad itself because it requires touchscreen and pencil to control. You still can’t plug in a flash drive. No mouse support. You need dongles and converters for everything. Requires extra cables in the bag. You can’t just carry the lightning cords anymore, nope. Need that usb c to c cable and brick. Want to charge in any airport, gotta buy a USB A to C cable. Need headphones, dongle. Can’t use that Lightning to 3.5 dongle either, gotta buy another one. No credit card swipers. Thanks to no headphone jack, and no lightning, where’s the square supposed to plug into? 4. I assume that because of Apple’s crackdown on vendors leaking products, this is why we see no 3rd party cases and accessories at launch anymore. Here we are a month after launch and no one has a good screen protector for the Apple Watch Series 4, the XR has no cases, the iPad Pro has no cases, screen protectors, keyboards, etc. All in all, for the $1750 spent over what I’d get for selling my old iPad, I’m not left with a smile on my face, but a simple, why did I do this? And that is why....Apple lost out on $2500 from me.