I was just crashing cars in a virtual game and contemplating purchasing the new iPad just to have a current and fresher model iPad to have snappier performance and better battery life. Then it hit me. Why did Apple replace a seemingly perfect Air 2 with this new model,what is the most impactful difference in the new model? The A9 processor of course, as its architecturally a huge step up, yes even from a A8X, once thought to be a beast of a chip. They needed to replace the processor as iOS 11 will further introduce some enhanced multitasking or other feature that will leverage the A9 and A9X's extra performance and push the A8X to its limits. iOS 11 will definetly slow down the Air 2 enough so at least that Apple didn't think it was good enough to continue selling them. This leads me to believe new iPad Pro are also on the horizon wether be a May event or just at WWDC, Apple has something big coming in iOS 11 and what better way to show it off then with the new iPad Pro's with unprecedented performance. Yah I know the new iPad is also just a cheaper iPad to claw back the education market from Chromebooks but I'm just looking at it from a different perspective.