iPad Pro LTE or Wifi Model

Discussion in 'iPad' started by rylim, Nov 5, 2018.


Which Apple iPad Pro to buy?

  1. Apple iPad Pro - LTE

    58 vote(s)
  2. Apple iPad Pro - Wifi Model

    29 vote(s)
  1. rylim macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2017
    I'm getting the Ipad Pro to replace my Macbook and mainly will be used for photography and graphics post-processing.

    Therefore, I wonder if it is worthwhile to pay an extra of $149 for the LTE model?
  2. SnacksGU macrumors 6502


    May 21, 2018
  3. baypharm macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2007
  4. canyonblue737 macrumors 65816

    Jan 10, 2005
    My phone plan gives me 15 gb of tethering per month on top of my "unlimited" 22 gb plan (this is Verizon.) iOS has made it SO, SO easy to tether since iOS 11, you don't even need to turn it on via your phone anymore, you just go into wifi settings in the iPad and tap your phones name and you are connected instantly (directly from iPad, no phone interaction at all, no entering a password), almost as easy as turning the airplane mode switch off etc. For me this is more than good enough, not just to save hundreds of dollars purchasing the iPad but also what would be $240 a year for me extra on my plan. my iPhone XS does not get warm tethering.

    PS: I travel constantly with the iPad for my job but we do get free wifi in all hotels we stay in paid for by the company so my use of LTE will be limited to short bursts elsewhere or in hotels where the wifi seems painfully slow, in which case I'll plug my iPhone in so it doesn't drain during extended tethering sessions.
  5. AppleHaterLover macrumors 68000

    Jun 15, 2018
    My first iPad was a 3G model. Having to pa a second phone bill got old pretty fast.

    Now I just use Personal hotspot when necessary. I’m with my phone 100% of the time anyway
  6. cmaier macrumors G5

    Jul 25, 2007
    This is like my sixth iPad. I’ve always gotten the cellular model.
  7. darenyoong macrumors newbie


    Oct 9, 2015
    Got the LTE model. Gives me a lot more flexibility when using the iPad outside of home.
  8. Caspavio macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2018
    depends on how you want to use it. if you intend to use it like how you use your MB, then wifi is fine. in fact, you can easily airdrop files between your ipad and iphone (i presume you use that) or use hotspot, so it is still rather convenient if you need urgently need to post a picture on social media or work on and email a document etc. of course, it is not ideal if you are doing this often.

    The cost of LTE isnt just $149, there is still the monthly recurring charges.
  9. cmaier macrumors G5

    Jul 25, 2007
    The charges are only monthly and recurring if you want them to be. You can activate by the day on some networks, if you want to. I did that for years. Activated on the fly for a week at a time when traveling.
  10. Caspavio macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2018
    yup that is true. realised i wasnt very clear, but i was making a comparison between if you use it frequently, you have these extra charges on top of the $149, but if you dont, then there is airdrop and hotspot to consider
  11. hydro94530 macrumors regular


    Sep 13, 2015
    Does anyone on T-Mobile know the details on adding an iPad to your phone plan? I have an unlimited plan so would that mean my iPad would have the same and both devices just share the data (and quicker throttling I assume)? And does anyone know the extra fee added?
  12. mk0614 macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2018
    If you have a phone plan and auto pay it’s $20 unlimited data on the tablet
  13. gatorknight904 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2011
    Dallas/Ft. Worth
    This will be my 2nd iPad on LTE. I will never be able to go back to just the wifi model.

    Yes, my iPhone can be a personal hot spot but I do not want to drain its battery. I find myself using LTE on my iPad the majority of the day as my job does not allow us to use its wifi for personal devices. Also, when I am on travel it is really nice not having to connect to or search for free public wifi.
  14. aakshey macrumors 68000


    Jun 13, 2016
    Me thinks MacBooks and iPads should only come with LTE. Not without.
  15. hydro94530 macrumors regular


    Sep 13, 2015
    Yup I have both of those so thanks for the info. One last question, can it be start/stopped at will or once you add it, it’s there period until you remove it from the account? Thanks again for the help.
  16. ValO macrumors 68000

    Sep 16, 2012
    Does anyone know if the antenna lines are also there on the WiFi version?
  17. cryptonator macrumors member


    Nov 19, 2015
    Whilst it is extremely easy to tether your iPhone to the iPad, the cellular version just makes everything so flexible and instantaneous when it comes to synchronization and notifications.

    My emails and apps are always synced up and so are notifications. The sim slot is also beneficial when traveling, as I can purchase a data sim for my iPad and keep my phone sim in place. And of course, I don't have to worry about battery drain on the phone.
  18. mk0614 macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2018
    I couldn’t tell you all of that maybe you should give them a call, but I’m pretty sure you just have to purchase the Sim card and I think you can do whatever you want with it with the data plan
  19. johnyslats macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2012
    Leeds, UK
    WiFi model solely has a line at the upper most part of the back of the iPad and doesn't extended to the edges. There are none to be found on the bottom and there are no further lines around the edges unlike the cellular version
  20. SHKLMRE macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2013
    I carry two phones, and my secondary phone has unlimited tethering. The fact that the new iPad Pro can charge out to an iPhone has eliminated the need for spending more for built in LTE. And if my battery dies, I can either charge it from the iPad or be fine without it since it’s my second phone.
  21. allonym macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2009
    Agreed. Always connected is a big plus!
  22. ericwn macrumors 68020

    Apr 24, 2016
    Feel free to browse these iPad boards in more detail, this question comes up every few weeks by someone else - should be a sticky for years already.

    Personally, I’m not going to throw extra money at a carrier in Canada, they are all ridiculous with their pricing.
  23. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    I always loved the idea of LTE, but actually never use it. So this year, I'm going 12.9" 256gb WiFi. I'm more concerned i chose the right size over the LTE/WiFi thing. Especially considering you can charge your iPhone using the iPad.
  24. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    Plus you only get built in GPS/GLONAS with the LTE version.
  25. fricotin macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2011
    Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
    No Galileo ??

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