First off you care about either the Apple pencil or keyboard stop reading. If you don't care then this unit might be for you. When the iPad Air 2 came out many of us were asking why didn't Apple just replace the innards of the iPad Air with a better processor and more ram. Why reduce the size of the battery and make a unit which vibrates when the volume is audible. The iPad 2017 is that unit. I just replaced my kids iPad 2 with a new iPad 2017 and I'm pretty impressed. In fact I'm think about trading in my iPad Air 2 for one. The size difference is hardy noticeable. The screen is a slightly more reflective but I can't imagine a real world situation where it would make a difference. The sound quality in the new iPad is significantly better. The new iPad seems quicker and more responsive across the board. The price is great for the quality of the product. I know people here are programed to expect to pay top dollar but price isn't a statement of quality. For many people the iPad 2017 is a great fit regardless what apple releases later this year.