iPad Air 2 to iPad Pro 10.5 worth it?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by tonyz123456, Jun 29, 2017.


Is the iPad Pro 10.5 worth upgrading over iPad Air 2?

  1. Yes

    56 vote(s)
  2. No

    17 vote(s)
  1. tonyz123456 macrumors member

    Apr 4, 2017
    Apologies if this has been covered elsewhere but can those who had the iPad Air 2 and upgraded to the new 10.5in pro version share whether it was worth it? If so, what tangible benefits were gained? I'm most likely going to use my iPad as a consumption device and likely will only add the Apple Pencil.

    The main draw is the display - is it worth it?
  2. Relentless Power, Jun 29, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2017

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    My opinion, is The 120 HZ display is the most notable upgrade, alongside the processor improvements with the quad speakers. It's also significantly brighter. But the question of being worth it, depends if you would appreciate the upgraded features and how you would use the iPad Pro.

    Also, This other iPad thread listed below offers similar comparisons and discussions.

  3. omgitscro macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008
    I have purchased a new iPad about every 1.5–2 years. With the Air 2, I purchased it thinking that it might replace my MacBooks (I'm a PhD student in mathematics and I use up piles of paper and I use several programming languages to work). I bought a keyboard for it (Microsoft Foldable Keyboard) and the Pencil by 53. Both worked well for a while, but it was clear that I couldn't sell my MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

    1.5 years later, with the 10.5" Pro + Pencil & Smart Keyboard, I am finally ready to sell my MacBooks. I haven't touched physical paper in two weeks and (using my iMac at school as a server) my coding environments are sufficiently good that the iPad wins overall. The display (which is miles ahead of my Air 2 and MacBooks), the speakers, and the responsiveness of the device (even in iOS 11) make the upgrade well worth it.
  4. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Deciding if it is "worth it" has got to be a choice you make. If you have extra funds yes if not the Air2 is still a great iPad.
  5. AidenL macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2013
    From my own experience, and my thread on here, I think it depends on what you use your iPad for.

    Im actually returning my Pro and doing another year with an Air 1.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Only you can really determine whether its worth the cost. The screen is gorgeous, it does have that nice Promotion feature, but will you see that when watching movies? No. Is that feature worth plunking down 600+ dollars, probably not. The 10.5 has other enhancements that help justify the purchase, at least it did for me (and I didn't own an Air).

    Worth is subjective, but I like what the IPP has to offer.

    On the flip side, if you're not sure, then ask yourself what would an iPad have to have for you to buy it?
  7. scupking macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2010
    If you need the pencil and 4 speakers then get it. I had the pro 10.5 for a week and comparing it side by side with my air 2 it loaded some things a few seconds faster and other things the same. To me it wasn't worth $700 for a few seconds on some apps. Also in my case my air2 screen looked better. Yes the 4 speakers on the pro are great, the battery life was better and the screen size was nice. I'm going to see how next years 10.5 is. Also the air2 is still more comfortable to hold.
  8. UBS28 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2012
    Same for me. It just seems just like an iPad Air 2 that loads apps faster. Didn't think it was worth upgrading. And my 5"5 iPhone 6S plus can do all the same things I do with the iPad while being way more

    I'm still thinking about the 12.9 iPad Pro however.
  9. sparksd macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    As maflynn noted, it's very subjective. I had some funds available and I considered the same upgrade (from 128GB LTE Air 2 to something similar in 10.5) but found that none of the changes were significant enough to me to warrant it. I don't have a need or desire for a pen, the additional speakers don't matter as I always use headphones or earbuds, and the display change wasn't enough to entice me. I ended up buying an 8" Galaxy S2 Tab (I have other Android devices) and I'm actually finding I'm using it more than the Air 2. Point being, individual need and preferences vary widely and you need to look at the deltas between the devices and determine if it's worth the cost to you.
  10. ninaco, Jun 30, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2017

    ninaco macrumors 6502


    Mar 11, 2012
    I went back to the Air 2 this morning while my new 10.5 Pro was charging. It was so frustrating using that virtual keyboard. I needed to write an email, and it took so long! Not because of any issue with the Air 2, but due to my own problems typing on that on-screen keyboard.

    For me, going to the Pro was worth it just for the ASK! Yeah, it was another $159, but it’s what takes the ipad to the next level. I also appreciate the Pro’s bigger & better screen and much improved speakers. Speed-wise I don’t notice a lot of difference.

    If you are only wanting to go the 10.5 due the improved display, I don’t think it’d be worth it. There’s a difference, but I don’t think it’s worth spending nearly $1k. It depends on your priorities, though.
  11. sparksd macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    I agree - using the on-screen keyboard on the Air 2 for any significant amount of typing is a pain - it uses a large amount of real estate and requires that the tablet be laying flat. I use a lightweight Microsoft Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard if I have much to type. I have a QODE keyboard case but I need the keyboard so rarely that I prefer to use a thin smart case and separate keyboard as needed.
  12. tonyz123456 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 4, 2017
    Thanks for the feedback and the link to the other thread. I went to the Apple Store today to play around with it. While very impressive, I think I'm going to hold off for now on the 10.5 iPad for a lot of the reasons articulated by others. I had the chance to get a small discount on one without tax so was tempted but will pass.
  13. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Some times I see this as the 10.5 not being a big enough for Leap for some that already own the 9.7 Air 2 in terms of size, where as if they upgrade to the 12.9 iPad Pro, that's a significant jump in the overall size and display, where it feels completely different.
  14. bwhinnen macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2010
    San Diego
    As everyone says it is subjective. For me it came down to wanting to draw again and the ability to have the pencil was the draw card (no pun intended). I opted for the 10.5 over the 12.9 due to portability. I felt more inclined to carry something of a form factor I was used to rather than something bigger.

    I have a 2011 11” MacBook Air for the same reason.

    The pluses are:
    - Pencil
    - True tone display (it’s gorgeous)
    - The brighter display, comparing to my Air 2 the difference is night and day

    Other than that it is just a quicker version, but for me those pluses were worth it. My son wins out as he got my 128GB Air 2 to replace his old 32GB Mini 2 (which was always full).

    I only got the 64GB version as I also got LTE this time and have a 200GB plan (soon to be family) and was only using 28GB on the Air 2.

    You won’t go wrong either way. Both are beautiful devices.

  15. Vivian125 macrumors regular


    May 19, 2017
    It really depends if your iPad Air 2 is still working then why would you upgrade??

    Speakers: Yes, it has excellent 4 stereo speakers.

    Performance and Features : Yes, because it doubled the score of an iPad Air 2, and it runs iOS 10 built with it and can run iOS 11 PAR with iPhone 8, along with MORE BETTER BATTERY, PENCIL CAPABILITIES, which is not present on iPad Air 2, along with IMPROVED CAMERA with FLASH

    Display : No, You're not an eagle to differentiate between 120Hz vs 0Hz on iPad Air 2.. You're just a Human with a 20/20 Vision WITH GLASSES or worse... so it's really worthless and everything from iPad 3 and above is already EXCELLENT for it's retina display.

    Design : No, because iPad Pro 10.5 is soo 2013, that came from over 4 years ago and others will say your still using iPad Air 1st GEN!!
    --- Post Merged, Aug 28, 2017 ---
    Truelaley sister, So TRUE!!! The only negative side of iPad Pro 10.5 is the DESIGN which is so old now like you're still using an iPad Air 1.. Other people won't care that much because of putting so much effort so Others Will Try hard just to Show Off The Latest iPAD!!!
  16. ShaunAFC3 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2016
    I think the iPad Pro 10.5 is definitely a fantastic tablet and the best iPad available today especially the very very ridiculously powerful A10X chip and that 120Hz ProMotion technology in the screen/display and more and judging by the reviews and users it is is a beast of a tablet and IOS 11 will definitely make the iPad Pro 10.5 even better.

    But since I have a iPad Air 2 which I owned for nearly 2 years now and still in very good condition and runs very well and the battery life is still fantastic and the things that I use it for are really pretty casual like web browsing, video watching and playing games, and set it and the iPad Air 2 is still very powerful and fast enough and still great for those type of things that I use my iPad Air 2 for. :D

    I would love to upgrade to the new iPad Pro 10.5 but at the moment and I am definitely very happy with using my iPad Air 2 for another year or 2 before upgrading to a way newer and much more better iPad Pro 10.5 model in the future. :)
  17. RicD macrumors member


    May 12, 2010
    After comparing my iPad Air 2 to the iPad Pro 10.5, truly I could not justify any reason upgrading my iPad Air 2; not enough difference making upgrade worthwhile. The iPad Air 2 is fast, mine has 128 GB, and is cellular as well.

    If, for your work you have need to use a pen of course the iPad Pro would be a better fit. My iPad Air 2 is used with MS Office, Apple iWork, Google office apps and many other Google productivity apps, use it with databases having much data, photo editing, scan documents, transferring files, and the like, of course the normal surfing, email. Notice, I neither play games nor edit videos for them possibly the iPad Pro would prove much improved over the iPad Air 2.

    Yes, the Pro is sometimes faster opening apps, but truth be known after the app is open on either iPad you will not see any appreciable difference working within your app. The screen size of either may be a detriment for some; at times the iPad Air 2 screen size feels cramped same as the iPad Pro 10.5 would.

    Also, my iPad Air 2 is paired with the Belkin QODE keyboard; $120-ish; an amazing combination. Excluding video editing and that genre, the iPad Air 2 is equal to and can sometimes outperform our 2010 MBP and Chromebooks.

    Hope the above helps someone.
  18. promotorx macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2018
    i did the same. $300 more for better camera, speed, but lower resolution, heavier and bigger to hold. Not worth it.
  19. DNichter macrumors 604


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Absolutely. 10.5 is the best computer I've owned.

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