Surprised at IPad Pro price tag

Discussion in 'iPad' started by gadget123, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. gadget123 macrumors 68020

    Apr 17, 2011
    United Kingdom
    I must admit I'm surprised at the Pro's high price tag. It doesn't do much different to the 9.7" standard model.

    True tone and extra speakers wouldn't cost much to add to a cheaper iPad.

    Not everyone needs the pencil either. The screen is bigger but generally not noticeable. It doesn't do much Pro stuff you would expect like a Mac book.

    So yes overall I don't see any revolutionary changes over my old Air 2. Perhaps adding 3D Touch and facial recognition and a glass back would make it worth the price tag. No doubt Apple when they do will pitch it at £1000.

    But if you just use iPad for browsing the web really anything more than an Air - does the same.

    Design wise the IPad 1/2/3/4 are past there sell by date now.
  2. ericwn macrumors 68020

    Apr 24, 2016
    The differences between the models are pretty well established. Just don't buy the Pro if you don't see the value. It is that simple. The standard 2017 iPad is a good alternative, if one doesn't need the features.
  3. Act3 macrumors 68000

    Sep 26, 2014
    @ $329 USD the 2017 non pro iPad is the standard iPad. The iPad Pro isn't marketed or priced for the masses.

    Quite a bit bang for the buck with the non pro model, especially when you consider you can almost get 2 of them for the price of one 10.5 pro model. And they both pretty much do the same things if you don't need pencil support.
  4. macbanjo macrumors member


    Jan 8, 2008
    Deep in a forest with a great Mt. view
    Its more the cost of the accessories that make my head spin.
    The hardware build and OS I'm willing to pay for as they hold up for some time and are still holding up
    when I upgrade at which point I hand it down or sell and can get a good return
    I think with the pro the apple pencil and the faster changing cable and brick should be part of the deal
    and it would make for a more compelling investment.
  5. danny842003 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2017
    As far as I can tell Apple hasn't struggled to sell the 10.5" so from a buisness point of view there's no need to include accessories.
    I would very much have liked and I did expect the fast charging brick but it didn't stop me buying it without.
  6. Leo90 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2014
    Initially I got an iPad 2017 as I noticed the big price difference between that one and the Pro. 4 months later I sold my iPad and got a 10.5 inch Pro and I have to say I am really happy I did this upgrade. The screen on the Pro is so much better than the iPad 2017, plus 4 speakers and a nice student discount at Apple UK made me pull the trigger :). I am only going to upgrade from this one in 3/4 years time so I think the Pro was a good deal.
  7. Brenster macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    My exact scenario, right down to student discount (Open University student here). 256GB + keyboard cover + size and quality of screen + iOS11 GM = 2011 MacBook Pro replacement. Was already tempted to upgrade from the 2017 iPad for a while now given how much I was using it in favour of my old MBP. HDR movies and the quality of iOS11 on the regular iPad persuaded me to go for the pro upgrade. No regrets whatsoever so far, performs and meets my needs exactly as envisaged.
  8. mattopotamus, Sep 19, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2017

    mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Personally, the 120hz refresh rate is extremely noticeable. That alone carriers a premium IMO.
  9. JPIndustrie macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2008
    Queens, NY
    Yea my iPad Pro 2’s display (once the darling of its time) is noticeably flat and laggy compared to my new 12.9 Pro.

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