iPad Pro - If iPhone gets A10, should i wait?

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  1. Latt macrumors member

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    I'm contemplating purchasing an iPad Pro 12.9". There aren't currently any rumors regarding a new version.

    Since the current iPad Pro use a "super" version (A9X) of the current iPhone (A9) processor. Would you expect that if(/when) the iPhone gets a new processor (A10?) on the 7th of September, an upgraded version of that chip would occur as well, and a new version of the iPad Pro 12.9" would get introduced this year as well?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    I haven't followed Apple's iPad rumors, so I can't say for sure. I think its getting close to the year anniversary so I would imagine we'll see an upgrade to the processor for the IPP.

    What are you looking to do with the IPP that you think the A9x is not up to snuff?
     
  3. mtneer macrumors 68020

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    If I were you, I would wait until hearing what Apple releases in October. The iPad Pro is not a cheap device (at least for anyone who has to ask...). At worst, if there is no update, then I can buy a new iPad Pro. If there is an update - I can either grab the new machine or if the update is not big enough, I can dip into any discounts on the older model.
     
  4. automactic macrumors member

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    I think it's because it costs a lot of Benjamin Franklins and I want them to be well spent. And to avoid situation where I cannot wait and bought one, only to find out there is a new version coming up in 2 months.

     
  5. Latt thread starter macrumors member

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    In my case it costs a lot of crowns. More specifically Danish crowns. The current model (128gb no 4G) costs $1274. I'd be bummed if I missed out on something fancy for that kind of money.

    But otherwise you're right. The current version is quite awesome!
     
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    It'll be the screen upgrades that you'll really want I expect the newer smaller iPad pro has a great screen.
     
  7. CrystalQuest76 macrumors 6502

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    The current version you have is great and wait until it ceases to function or is incapable of running the applications that you need.
    Saving money is not a crime.
     
  8. Pakaku macrumors 68000

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    It's pretty much expected that there will always be a newer model soon, so it's pointless to worry if what you use now (or what you have available for you as an option) works just fine.
     
  9. zachlegomaniac macrumors 6502a

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    I like to wait for the newest iteration when I buy a device (if the cycle is somewhere mid or late). My reasoning is simply that I know I will keep and use it for as long as it works so it could eek out an extra year down the road for me. I still have the original mini and it's definitely not performing as well as I'd like it to, but I can wait until the next one rolls around. That said, I would personally wait, but the new pro is awesome!
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    I can't speak for everyone, but I think the price of the IPP in US dollars is very high and I understand the mentality. The issue is you're buying the iPad a the end of what was apple's typical annual update cycle. They have in the past updated their iPads annually.

    The buyer's guide shows the 9.7" iPad averaged about 364 days between updates. There's no history for the 12.9" but if they maintain that cycle, we should see something in Oct/Nov
     
  11. pmau macrumors 65816

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    You can be sure that there will be an A10X chip for a next-gen iPad Pro.

    But ask yourself this: Currently Apple pushes the Metal API to support their GPU's.
    Most of the Apps you will find, except a few games, do not use Metal at all but rely on standard UIKit accelerated elements.

    I highly doubt z=you need an A10 for any App right now, even though I'm well aware of Pixelmator, Adobe, etc.
    There's very little that I use on a daily basis that requires even the A9X GPU capabilities.

    PS: Most Apps are badly written and single-threaded anyways.
     

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