iPad Pro waiting for iPP 2018?

yazounet

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Hey everyone...
Now that we have seen the 2018 iPad. Is there anyone waiting to upgrade their iPads with the new iPP 2018 (hopefully announced during WWDC)?

Here’s the back story...
I bought an iPad mini 4 during Black Friday thinking I was going to hold on to it for years to come... well after 3 months of usage I realized that it was lagging -not horribly but it was frustrating especially when I was multitasking-. I recently sold it and got the new iPad 2018. But oh the screen was horrible! The nearly 3 yo iPad mini 4 had a better screen. It was plasticky and with the tempered glass protector on top Apple Pencil usage was mediocre and 32 GB REALLY!!?!?! And then I gave it back, hoping to find my eternal love in iPad Pro 10.5 2017... but I realized new iPad Pros are coming... then I said well maybe I should wait a bit...

Is there anyone in the same boat? Are you guys buying the iPP with the now-reduced prices (256GB - $649 in microcenter) or are you waiting?
 

cucumberflying

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I won't have enough funds until late June, so I have to wait anyway. I might get the new one, depending on if I like it or not. I might though because I kind of like iOS so far since my mom bought an iPhone for me in 8th grade.
 

spiderman0616

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I have a choice this year—upgrade my 10.5” iPad Pro or upgrade my series 0 Apple Watch. I’m 99% certain I’m going for the Watch. I just can’t justify buying a new iPad Pro every year, but my Apple Watch is long overdue. If there is no redesign on the watch, I’ll upgrade the iPad instead.
 

rui no onna

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Hey everyone...
Now that we have seen the 2018 iPad. Is there anyone waiting to upgrade their iPads with the new iPP 2018 (hopefully announced during WWDC)?
I've been waiting since last year. I didn't pull the trigger on the Pro 10.5 as it didn't check off all the boxes on my wish list so I don't think I would've been very happy spending $1079 + tax on it. Besides, every time there's a new display size/resolution, it takes around 6 months to a year before majority of the apps I use are optimized for the new size.

That said, I've got a 256GB Pro 9.7 to tide me over. Even if I didn't, after dealing with excessive fingerprints on iPads with laminated displays and AR coating, I've become quite forgiving of the hollow/plasticky displays on the entry level iPads. Coupled with the longer battery life, I'd be quite content using a 2017/2018 iPad 9.7 while waiting for newer models.
 
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I upgraded to a Mini 4 in February from a first gen Air. It’s a great size and I love it, but I feel that I could be convinced to buy this year’s Pro if it has some unique features. I’d probably keep my Mini around too. It would feel weird to own two iPads, but I can probably figure out a way to make it work.
 
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Shanghaichica

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No as I don’t usually update my iPad every year. Also as I have 256GB of storage so can’t use the excuse of needing more storage to upgrade.

If it’s only adding Face ID and upgraded internals that won’t be enough for me to upgrade.
 
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I have a 9.7 Pro and I think this might be the time for an upgrade.
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I've been waiting since last year. I didn't pull the trigger on the Pro 10.5 as it didn't check off all the boxes on my wish list so I don't think I would've been very happy spending $1079 + tax on it. Besides, every time there's a new display size/resolution, it takes around 6 months to a year before majority of the apps I use are optimized for the new size.

That said, I've got a 256GB Pro 9.7 to tide me over. Even if I didn't, after dealing with excessive fingerprints on iPads with laminated displays and AR coating, I've become quite forgiving of the hollow/plasticky displays on the entry level iPads. Coupled with the longer battery life, I'd be quite content using a 2017/2018 iPad 9.7 while waiting for newer models.
Yeah the 9.7 Pro is still just fantastic. I’m still going to require some convincing to upgrade even this year.
 
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spiderman0616

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I’m getting a little bit of upgrade fatigue. That FOMO feeling has been magnified lately because Apple seems to completely revamp their idea of what an iPad Pro is every year. Logically, I know that my 10.5” Pro is serving me well and will handle everything I need it to do for several years without ever upgrading.

Non-logically, I know that if they change the screen size this year, I’m going to feel left out if I don’t upgrade. It makes zero sense. I’m happily typing this on my iPad Pro that I love, yet at the same time, I know that fairly soon it’s not going to be a relevant screen size or feature set anymore.

On one hand, I love that Apple continues to move the product line forward. On the other hand, I resent them for yearly making me feel like I should have waited for THIS year instead of buying in last year.
 

Radon87000

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No as I don’t usually update my iPad every year. Also as I have 256GB of storage so can’t use the excuse of needing more storage to upgrade.

If it’s only adding Face ID and upgraded internals that won’t be enough for me to upgrade.
It will likely have a bezelless screen which is bigger.
 
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spiderman0616

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I’ve been getting really tempted to get my iPad up on Swappa soon to get the best price possible for my 10.5. I’d be gambling a bit on if there will be a June refresh or not. If there isn’t I imagine I’d be waiting until fall with no iPad and that would be pretty awful. Going to sleep on it.
 
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mofunk

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only thing I can see Apple fixing or updating on the iPad pro is the camera sticking out and the usual bump in processor.

If you don't want to wait, just pick up the current 10.5 iPad Pro.
 
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mrklaw

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Of you want one, buy one. I’ve seen posts from back in January saying wait, when the new iPads may now even be out until September. That’s crazy.

I would like faceID as I have an iPhone X and find needing to use the home button on my iPad Pro 10.5 a little annoying now. And slimmer top/bottom bezels would be welcome.
But I don’t necessarily think it’ll be bezel-less. You need to hold it more than you do an iPhone. I think the side bezels on the 10.5 are about as thin as it is practical to be. Make that the same on the top and bottom and you’ll have enough bezel to grip, enough to fit faceID without a notch, but still slim enough that you’ll feel like you’re ‘holding the content’ like the IPhone X does

I don’t think they’ll update the screen resolution so soon after doing it with the 10.5. So i think they’ll just shrink it physically. They can’t go much bigger without changing the aspect ratio so I don’t get these wishes about 11-11.5” screens as it would make the iPad bigger again. Give me the current 10.5 and 12.9 screens but in smaller and lighter enclosures.

I don’t need an A11X - current CPU is more than I need already, and I don’t want the increased cost of a twin lens camera on an iPad.
So I’d be tempted to upgrade but not in any great hurry - the 10.5 is still amazing
 
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rui no onna

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I’ve been getting really tempted to get my iPad up on Swappa soon to get the best price possible for my 10.5. I’d be gambling a bit on if there will be a June refresh or not. If there isn’t I imagine I’d be waiting until fall with no iPad and that would be pretty awful. Going to sleep on it.
Can't live without my iPad. Well, obviously I can but I wouldn't want to. :p
 

Appleaker

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only thing I can see Apple fixing or updating on the iPad pro is the camera sticking out and the usual bump in processor.

If you don't want to wait, just pick up the current 10.5 iPad Pro.
No, there’s a bit more than a processor bump this year. It will be noticeably different due to the larger 11” curved display and resulting lack of home button. Ideally they would strive to fix the camera bump, especially at this point and with such a large device. It would require making it thicker which won’t be a bad thing but either way an iPhone 7 like curve to the camera bump would be a welcome change.
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Of you want one, buy one. I’ve seen posts from back in January saying wait, when the new iPads may now even be out until September. That’s crazy.

I would like faceID as I have an iPhone X and find needing to use the home button on my iPad Pro 10.5 a little annoying now. And slimmer top/bottom bezels would be welcome.
But I don’t necessarily think it’ll be bezel-less. You need to hold it more than you do an iPhone. I think the side bezels on the 10.5 are about as thin as it is practical to be. Make that the same on the top and bottom and you’ll have enough bezel to grip, enough to fit faceID without a notch, but still slim enough that you’ll feel like you’re ‘holding the content’ like the IPhone X does

I don’t need an A11X - current CPU is more than I need already, and I don’t want the increased cost of a twin lens camera on an iPad.
So I’d be tempted to upgrade but not in any great hurry - the 10.5 is still amazing
People’s interpretation of ‘bezelless’ can vary a lot, but while some people do think there will be slimmer bezels all around, you’re right in saying they won’t get thicker than the current 10.5” side bezels, allowing for FaceID without a notch. Having said that there may be the slightest increase to avoid a notch but it won’t be noticeable.
As for using the home button to unlock, I don’t find it annoying, it’s simply a power button that instantly unlocks the iPad and the rest of the time it doesn’t need to be used. I hear people getting annoyed at ‘having to use’ the home button for navigation when there are swiping gestures that get you to the home screen, including one that iPhone X users will be familiar with.
 
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rui no onna

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Of you want one, buy one. I’ve seen posts from back in January saying wait, when the new iPads may now even be out until September. That’s crazy.
That depends on individual circumstances. For example, in my case, I may *want* to upgrade but I certainly don't *need* to at this point in time. The reasons I didn't upgrade last year when the Pro 10.5 was first released still apply.

Quite honestly, even come June or November, I don't think I'll feel the need to upgrade based on performance. It's just a matter of seeing if there are enough new features on newer models that I would find useful to make me pull the trigger. Mind, if Apple gets rid of TouchID or changes the display aspect ratio, I'll probably just grab a 2017 Pro 10.5 512GB LTE (basically last, best model with TouchID) from Apple's refurb store.
 
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puma1552

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I always try to buy Apple stuff on or near release day, so normally I wouldn't even consider an iPad purchase now, but if it's true that the next Pro will have generation 1 FaceID, then that's a real turnoff on a product I will likely have for the next 4ish years and maybe I'm better off picking up the 2017 pro now for $500 at Microcenter...

I said I wouldn't buy another iPad with chamfered edges because I'm just sooooo tired of the look at this point, but I might not have a choice. Figure generation 2 FaceId won't hit iPads until probably 2020, and I'm not keeping my air 2 that long...
 

hammm

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My iPad 4 (circa 2012) is seriously on its last legs, planning to upgrade this year.

I've been holding out for an upgraded iPad Mini, but I think Apple has no plans to offer such a product (sigh). In which case I'd just upgrade to a 2018 12.9" iPad Pro (or whatever is the equivalent bezel-less size).
 
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Frankfurt

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I replaced my 2013 iPad Air with an IPP 10.5 this week with the steep discounts from Microcenter. I would have gone with the 2018 IPad if the base version would have had 64GB storage. But as it is the 64 GB IPP only costs $70 more than the 128 GB 2018 iPad. Hence, getting the better specs of the IPP at the discounted price was a no-brainer. I will keep the IPP for sure 3-4 years before considering another upgrade. I upgrade my phones every two years, my watch about every three. Hence, I will be good for a while with a 4GB RAM IPP and it’s procesing power.
 

nathasnajperowa

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I have IPP 10.5 512gb LTE. So best combo so far and really love it (before I had budget IPads mini 2 and iPad 2017).
I was tempted to wait for 2018 iteration as I love my iPhone X but got good discount for the pro.
I wish iPad X had bezel less design, 3Dtouch I love to use, waterproof features and smaller overall dimensions (I’m small handed woman)
But have doubts about build materials.
This is quite big device and would never want to have glass back so easy to be crashed.
In my using scenario I keep ipads naked or only in Smart Cover
 
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DNichter

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Yup, waiting for the new Pro to replace my current 10.5. I upgrade my iPhone and iPad every year as they are my only computers and it is relatively cheap to do so.
 
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