Upgrading Ipad Air, wait or get the Air 2 now?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by redryder, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. redryder macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2010
    I have an Ipad 3 and the Ipad Air at home. My 10 yr-old son was using the 3, but it’s gotten so slow that he is now fighting with me over the Air. :)

    The Air is also a little sluggish, I bought it on release so I’m looking to upgrade and give it to my son. I mainly browse the web and play games on the Air, and occasionally watching videos. Should I get the Air 2, the smaller Pro, or wait for next year?

    I won’t need the stylus or smart keyboard as I don’t do any work on the ipad. But having more RAM and CPU power on the Pro is always welcome. I like to browse with multiple tabs open, and some of my games take a long time to load.
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    The 9.7 Pro is your best bet. It's more
    Updated with newer fewtures. However, it's been reported there will be an iPad refresh likely in March 2017.
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    The pro is probably your best bet if only for the fantastic class screen and brilliant speakers, only you can know how long you want to wait.
  4. sjleworthy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2008
    Penarth, Wales, UK
  5. rusty2192 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    I'm finally ready to upgrade my iPad 3 and face a similar decision. I think I'm going to wait for Black Friday deals before making up my mind. If there isn't too much difference, I'll probably go with the 9.7 Pro, but if not, I'm sure the Air 2 should serve me well for a few years with my modest requirements (mostly just browsing, no games).
  6. Royksöpp macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2013
    The Air 2 is still a beast. If you don't need pencil support then go for it. They both have 2GB of ram so longevity will not be a problem. I wasn't impressed with the the Pro so that's why I'm still rocking the Air 2. I still believe that the Air 2 is the better value for the money. Maybe if the Pro actually lives up to its name I'll consider upgrading but until then I'm not missing out.
  7. bensisko macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2002
    The Village
    For most, I would say buy what you need now and don't worry about what might be around the corner. In your specific situation, it doesn't sound like you have a specific need and I'd advise to wait.

    I wouldn't recommend the Air 2 to anybody right now - not with the Pro out there.
  8. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    I have an air 2 and it's still great. Going strong after two years. But, if I were buying new to last me a few more years, I'd get the pro.
  9. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    The Pro isn't going to last much longer than the iPad Air 2, so you have to decide if the price difference is worth it for a few extra features. Even now, I'm not sure I could spend an extra $200 and get the Pro over the Air 2.

    OP's usage sounds pretty basic and I think he'd be more than happy with the iPad Air 2. I recommend it over the iPad Pro to most people for the savings alone.
  10. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    No other iPad has aged better than the Air 2 after two years. That said, it would be wise to look for big sales next month.
  11. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    Still mind boggling how well the iPad Air 2 performs after all this time.
  12. Mike B in ok macrumors member

    Mike B in ok

    Sep 15, 2015
    I would wait till holiday sales if you can manage it. I personally would recommend the Air 2 unless the cost difference is insignificant for you, or you really need a stylus (sounds like you Don't).
  13. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Don't wait, go for 9.7 iPad Pro. Please don't tell your son about your new toy or he will fight with you again.

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