First of all, I want to say that I think the A10X is an impressive chip—probably even the fastest ARM chip in the world right now. I'm sure it will probably handle my workload fine. What I'm getting at here has to do with longevity. My beef with the A10X is that, in 2016, we had the iPad Pro 9.7" debut with an A9X, and about six months later the iPhone 7 came out with a roughly 10% faster A10 chip. This iPad Pro was understandably marketed to Pro users, with a premium price over the older model, and yet was bested by a phone within six months. Will the same happen with the A10X and the A11, but only after three months? I have to wonder. Does anyone else feel like Apple held the iPad Pro 2 update for WWDC so they could get more people to buy them after showing off iOS 11 features? I wonder if they had this A10X ready a lot earlier. This cycle was longer than normal and seems weird. I get the sense that Apple probably had a good portion of this new iPad Pro multitasking and drag and drop stuff ready last summer, but it wasn't quite ready, so they held it. People who have worked inside Apple say they do this all the time, so it's not unusual, and explains why the early betas seem to work so well. So they spent all this effort on the iPad software, and in the meantime sales just kept tanking. When it came time for new hardware, they just modified the A10 to save money. If Apple seriously wants to go after Pro users, well—there's a lot of stuff they should do that I won't go into here and that was partially addressed with iOS 11—BUT what they should't do is let this alleged professional hardware get usurped by a phone within three months. That's all I'm saying. It's a really fast device, and Apple makes the best chips on the market, but given the context of what the device is supposed to be, it's just really weird how it gets owned by a phone so quickly. Especially since traditionally the iPad was faster than the iPhone, and now the Pro model is slower after six months, and possibly 3 months? Hopefully it at least ships with a decent amount of RAM for working with bigger files and projects. If it still has 2GB I'm sending it back, lol, as even the iPhone Plus has 3GB now. Alternatively, I wonder if there will be much in the way of speed improvements in the A11. They might have put a lot into power efficiency, as there is that new rumored (was it U series?) machine learning chip that might eat into the power budget of the A11. And probably that chip is integrated into the A11 so they didn't want to out it early with the iPad. Honestly, I wish they had just held the iPad Pro 2 until October if that were the case. It's just a very weird strategy, but I ordered one because I passed on the 9.7" with 2GB RAM and really want to use the Apple Pencil. Edit: Wrong chip number, thanks Relentless!