Should I upgrade?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Leo90, Apr 28, 2019.

  1. Leo90 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2014
    Dear all,

    I am planning to upgrade my beloved current iPad Pro 10.5 with the new 12.9 iPad Pro as the form factor is much better now as a huge screen is in a nice portable form factor. However, the price is quite high in my opinion and I am still not 100% sure whether it will be a significant upgrade which justifies such a price! What do you guys think?

    I use my iPad Pro mostly as my second machine for small projects or small edits to big projects on the go (writing short documents, using some excel spreadsheets) and also for gaming. I also like to use my iPad Pro for some light video and photo editing. Would i really benefit from an upgrade like this?

    Thanks a lot!
  2. tps3443 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2019

    Other than a massive size increase in screen. You would be able to run 2 full apps side by side. The CPU, and GPU is faster. But, I think your 10.5” would be fine until early to mid 2020 when the newer model comes out.
  3. AutomaticApple macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2018
    Sounds like you and the 2018 12.9 inch IPP would be a perfect match!
  4. ericwn macrumors 68020

    Apr 24, 2016
    There is quite nothing that indicates a perfect match and the OP is concerned about how worthy an upgrade this might be.

    Personally I have an older iPad Pro and nothing that the new ones offer would significantly speed my work up. I’d stick to my device and maybe order one 12.9 from a place with a no questions asked return policy.

    At the end of the day the iPad is mostly an interface to computing, and with any interface hardware it often comes down to personal preference as to wether or not they make sense in your workflow.
  5. baypharm macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2007
  6. Leo90 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2014
    Thanks a lot for your feedback. I guess I will pull the trigger on the new iPad Pro. I went to an Apple Store and I got a bit disappointed with the size of the 12.9 inch. In my opinion it is still quite big and cumbersome to hold. I guess the 12.9 inch is perfect if that is going to be your only computer, but in my case iPad is more like a lighter solution for some work on the go as my gaming laptop can be quite heavy in my backpack. Hence, I guess I will be going for the 11 inch option. Still a valid upgrade from my 10.5?
  7. AutomaticApple macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2018
    Yes, it’s still a valid upgrade.
  8. Dave245 macrumors 604


    Sep 15, 2013
    It would be a big upgrade from the 10.5" iPad Pro, design wise at least. The 2018 iPad Pro's have a completely new design, Face ID, thinner bezels and the size of the 12.9" iPad Pro is much smaller. The speakers are also better, they now have woofer and tweeter pairs and wider stereo sound.
    Also the Apple Pencil 2 now attaches magnetically to the iPad and charges at the same time.

    Whether you think it's worth it is really down to you. I have the 2017 iPad Pro and i'm yet to upgrade.
  9. MDePew24 macrumors regular


    Jun 23, 2008
    Ballwin, MO
    I love my 11 iPP! You'll really enjoy it!
  10. CalMin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2007
    You won't be able to do anything on the new device that you can't do on your 10.5. You will enjoy the shiny newness of it all.

    I just picked up an open box 11-inch and sold my 10.5. I'm really happy with it since I also went from 256 to 512, buT honestly it's still just an iPad. Set your expectations accordingly then decide if it's worth the cash to you. If you're going into debt or have to sacrifice for it then don't do it.
  11. Leo90, May 4, 2019
    Last edited: May 4, 2019

    Leo90 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2014
    Thanks a lot for your help, guys! Quick update: I went to an Apple Store ready to trade in my 10.5 iPad Pro for a 11.inch one but I’ve realised it would be a very silly update. To be fair, my iPad Pro 10.5 still rocks for what I do with it. However, I ended up trading in my 8 Plus for a red iPhone XR and I am super happy with it! :)
  12. ericwn macrumors 68020

    Apr 24, 2016
    Not that a lower res screen or less camera modules are an upgrade of any sort and more of a downgrade in the light of day, but as long as you are happy with your purchase...
  13. Leo90 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2014
    Regarding the screen difference between the two models, I really could not see any difference with normal usage. Perhaps I will notice if I have the phone right on my face, but then what is the point? The camera on the XR is significantly better than on my iPhone 8Plus as I can capture way more with one shot. Besides, I barely used the telephoto lens. The only thing that I would consider a “downgrade” is the lack of 3d touch, which I used once in a while on my 8Plus. All in all, it’s been fun learning how to use an iPhone again as this is my first Apple smart device without home button.
  14. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Personally I think XR is an upgrade over 8 plus...

    Think 12.9 is more ideal if it’s your laptop type replacement which mine is for me
  15. ssledoux macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2006
    Down south
    A day with new Apple tech is ALWAYS a good day. ;-p

    I love my XR (I came from an 8+ as well).

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