Our family uses their iPads for just about everything. We bought the original AIR about 5 years ago and they have been working more or less great since. But it's apparent they are on their last legs now. The home button on one is almost shot. Mine, most of the apps crash more than they work. Lag is a big problem with many apps. I am looking to purchase 3 new iPads, so the cost does come into play here. I'd love to get a 12.9" iPad Pro with 256, but I know that likely is not going to happen. The 2019 Air is on paper one hell of a good deal. it has a much faster processor than the basic iPad, better screen, more memory and with 64gb storage, should be all that we need. The touchid is a nice feature but I know my mother has issues with touch ID on her iPhone5s as it just doesn't seem to like her finger. I don't know if it's her bad arthritis that stops her properly pressing the button. In the pro, you gain a far better camera. You get pro-motion. a faster screen refresh. FaceID that might solve the touch problem. You don't need a home button nor get one. usb-c so faster charge and likely far more advancements in the future IOS builds. But it costs 50% more than the air. So is the Pro a far more powerful and better iPad that justifies the added cost, or would getting a new AIR be likely just as good. I know from what we are using now, both will be lightyears faster.