iPad Pro Should i buy a Pro 10.5 512GB + Cellular for $723?

Phonzoxd

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I found a microcenter an hour drive from me that is still selling this. Seems very rare to find and at that price AFTER tax.

In the meantime i reserved it so i have 3 days to pick it up. Not sure if i should jump on it.

For reference i have a Pro 12.9 1st gen, and a Mini 4 which is getting too slow for my liking so i will likely give that away if i get this.

Another alternative is to get a 2nd gen 12.9 for $780 after tax. But then i would have 2 12.9 models.
 

QCassidy352

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It’s a great price IF you need 512 and cellular. Both of those specs are overkill go me, so it wouldn’t be something I’d buy, but depending on use case, yeah, that’s a steal.
 

CalMin

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What itch are you trying to scratch?

Yes - It's a good deal, but unless it is going to solve some sort of problem for you, then don't just buy it 'cause it's cheap. e.g. Cellular is nice to have, but only if you need it.

Your 12.9 1st gen is still a great iPad, and the 10.5 adds nothing other than portability. And you will miss the screen real estate coming from the bigger form factor. If it was me, I would hold out until the new generation iPad Pro's get into this range. For reference, I got a 11" 512GB iPad Pro (non-cellular) via Best Buy open-box for not much more than you would be paying for this 10.5.

The new Pros will satisfy the 'shiny and new' lust that we techies have way more than a 10.5. The hardware is a leap forward especially if you use the pencil. It's my guess that you will see one for similar money to your 10.5-in deal within 6-months.
 
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Phonzoxd

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What itch are you trying to scratch?

Yes - It's a good deal, but unless it is going to solve some sort of problem for you, then don't just buy it 'cause it's cheap. e.g. Cellular is nice to have, but only if you need it.

Your 12.9 1st gen is still a great iPad, and the 10.5 adds nothing other than portability. And you will miss the screen real estate coming from the bigger form factor. If it was me, I would hold out until the new generation iPad Pro's get into this range. For reference, I got a 11" 512GB iPad Pro (non-cellular) via Best Buy open-box for not much more than you would be paying for this 10.5.

The new Pros will satisfy the 'shiny and new' lust that we techies have way more than a 10.5. The hardware is a leap forward especially if you use the pencil. It's my guess that you will see one for similar money to your 10.5-in deal within 6-months.
For right now its not much of the itch. I dont feel like the current ipad pros offer much more than last gen pros for my use case. So i just want to pick up last gen ipad for cheap before those go away for good. If i were to get a modern pro with those storage and cellularp, it will go well above the 1k mark even before tax is applied.

Most stores are also out of stock on 10.5s. I dont think i will find any new ones in 6months.
 

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10.5s are the ones most prone to the white spot issue. Bad enough on any variant but I certainly wouldn’t want to risk getting it on the maxed out model.

If your current pro meets your needs for now and you don’t mind the bezel free 3rd gen and Face ID, I would hold out until those models are on offer for less.

As it is your Mini 4 that is too slow, perhaps a Mini 5 would be a better buy. The 10.5” isn’t going to be portable in comparison to the Mini 4.
 

Shirasaki

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A10X is still quite capable and 4GB ram is a hard advantage over iPad mini 5, which has only 3GB. iPad Pro also has better speaker than iPad Air 3 or iPad mini 4. If Apple Pencil is not consideration most of the time, you can think about going for it, especially it is the cellular version. If your ISP provide some sort of long expiry plan or cheap pre-paid data plan, you can hop on one of those and give iPad a few more GB to play around when Wifi is not available. Always nice to have backup connectivity options.
 
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aakshey

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Do note the white spot is only cosmetic and doesn't come in the way of using the device in any way.
 
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TotalMacMove

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No, if you are gonna upgrade at least get the newest 11” or you’ll regret it. Also what the hell is a microcenter?
 

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For right now its not much of the itch. I dont feel like the current ipad pros offer much more than last gen pros for my use case. So i just want to pick up last gen ipad for cheap before those go away for good. If i were to get a modern pro with those storage and cellularp, it will go well above the 1k mark even before tax is applied.

Most stores are also out of stock on 10.5s. I dont think i will find any new ones in 6months.
I still have my 10.5 IPP from 2017. I also have 12.9 gen 3 and I would agree w you on all points. The new ones are great but unless you wanna pay north of $1,000 for no home button and gen 2 Pencil I would definitely pull the trigger. They’ll only be around til stock runs dry and I think 10.5 hits the sweet spot in most categories. Plus half a TB + cellular for that price is a beautiful thing. Also I can’t really tell a speed difference between A10x & A12x. Both lightning quick.
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10.5s are the ones most prone to the white spot issue. Bad enough on any variant but I certainly wouldn’t want to risk getting it on the maxed out model.

If your current pro meets your needs for now and you don’t mind the bezel free 3rd gen and Face ID, I would hold out until those models are on offer for less.

As it is your Mini 4 that is too slow, perhaps a Mini 5 would be a better buy. The 10.5” isn’t going to be portable in comparison to the Mini 4.
10.5 w cellular weighs an eyelash over a pound. Don’t think portability is really an issue.
 
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Phonzoxd

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No, if you are gonna upgrade at least get the newest 11” or you’ll regret it. Also what the hell is a microcenter?
Fry’s on the left side of the country, Microcenter on the right.

I still have my 10.5 IPP from 2017. I also have 12.9 gen 3 and I would agree w you on all points. The new ones are great but unless you wanna pay north of $1,000 for no home button and gen 2 Pencil I would definitely pull the trigger. They’ll only be around til stock runs dry and I think 10.5 hits the sweet spot in most categories. Plus half a TB + cellular for that price is a beautiful thing. Also I can’t really tell a speed difference between A10x & A12x. Both lightning quick.
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10.5 w cellular weighs an eyelash over a pound. Don’t think portability is really an issue.
Yep just what i needed to hear.
 

sparksd

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The one downside is if you plan to buy into accessories based on Lightning as the newer iPads are moving on to USB-C. I'm looking at going from the 10.5 iPP to a 2018 12.9 but have a lot of dongles, cables, etc. that are not compatible and will be an additional cost to replace (should add the Pencil to that list).
 
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Phonzoxd

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Just got it, and the slim bezels are so much sleeker than my 1st gen 12.9.

I think it will become my primary ipad.
 

daddyd302

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I took back my Ipad Pro 12.9 256GB 2019 wi-fi and got the Ipad 10.5 256GB cellular. I did get the 12.9 as an open box for $950 before tax, I had it for less then a month. I got the 10.5 for $575 before tax at Microcenter. It was their last one too.
 

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Do note the white spot is only cosmetic and doesn't come in the way of using the device in any way.
Really? I think it’s ridiculous to ask people to accept a defect like that when one of the iPad pro’s selling points is its screen.
Why don’t you focus your efforts on asking apple to acknowledge and fix the issues for all existing issues?
 

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It’s a great price IF you need 512 and cellular. Both of those specs are overkill go me, so it wouldn’t be something I’d buy, but depending on use case, yeah, that’s a steal.
That is a great price. My cellular 11” iPad Pro 1TB is $1,699.00.
 

bensisko

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I found a microcenter an hour drive from me that is still selling this. Seems very rare to find and at that price AFTER tax.

In the meantime i reserved it so i have 3 days to pick it up. Not sure if i should jump on it.

For reference i have a Pro 12.9 1st gen, and a Mini 4 which is getting too slow for my liking so i will likely give that away if i get this.

Another alternative is to get a 2nd gen 12.9 for $780 after tax. But then i would have 2 12.9 models.
Just curious - where can you get the 2nd gen 12.9 for $780?
 

Phonzoxd

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I took back my Ipad Pro 12.9 256GB 2019 wi-fi and got the Ipad 10.5 256GB cellular. I did get the 12.9 as an open box for $950 before tax, I had it for less then a month. I got the 10.5 for $575 before tax at Microcenter. It was their last one too.
Yep, i live in Brooklyn NY, so i could have driven to 4 different microcenters. I checked them all, and there was only 1 512gb cellular model around, and even further out like philadelphia didnt have it. I had to grab it fast.

Though i couldve also gotten 256 cellular also, i might as well go all the way for a little more money.

Just curious - where can you get the 2nd gen 12.9 for $780?
BH photos.

Top end trim is 800 now, but they routinely have it on dealzone pricing for 720.
 
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BigdaddyMBP

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Had the newer pro 12.9 and loved it but it was redundant with my new 15 inch MBP, and I even got the 256gb version for $949 brand new from Best Buy. Anyways found a 10.5 brand new from Walmart for $449. Only 64gb but I have a TB of cloud storage and tether on iPhone. I miss Face ID and the new bezel and body of gen 3, but for that price it complements my 15 inch mbp and does not break the bank! I was coming from a retina iPad lol....
 

Phonzoxd

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hmm i bought a Apple Pencil 1, and was not impressed. Is the bar for digital pens that low, if the Apple pencil is rated that high?

First time using one.
 

bensisko

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hmm i bought a Apple Pencil 1, and was not impressed. Is the bar for digital pens that low, if the Apple pencil is rated that high?

First time using one.
What specifically were you not impressed with?
It’s hard to respond without knowing what you didn’t like (and if the second gen Pencil improves on the issue).

Edit:
The Pencil 1 was pretty great (especially compared to other iPad Stylii). Pencil 2 improved a lot, including charging, and responsiveness.

There are the big three in stylus - Apple Pencil (iPad), Microsoft Surface Pen (Surface), and Wacom Stylus (Wacom tablets). Each have their proponents for various reasons. I love the Apple Pencil, but my favorite is the Surface Pen (especially the latest gen).