What if iPad Pro is the new iPad 3?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Kendo, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. Kendo macrumors 68000

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    The iPad 3 barely had enough hardware to run the Retina Display and is now one of the worst performing iPads in history.

    Although the A9X seems like a beastly processor, does anyone think that because this is a first generation chip that needs to power that huge 12.9" display with the large resolution, it might actually become outdated quicker than usual? For example, the iPad 2 and 4 have tons of longevity because they were second generation products (iPad 2 compared to original iPad, iPad 4 compared to iPad 3). The Air 2 is also massively improved compared to the Air 1.

    Is it best to wait for a second generation iPad Pro?
     
  2. TheRealAlex macrumors 65816

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    You mean iPad Air 2 with the A8X probably one of the best it will be very long lived. On the other hand the iPad Air 1 is the worst performance wise.

    But i do like your theory killing off the 9.7 inch line and make people choose iPad Mini or iPad Air Pro hmmm...
     
  3. TommyA6 macrumors 65816

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    No, it's not even close.

    iPad Pro has roughly 1.8x more pixels than iPad Air 2 and is 1.6x times faster in CPU and (more importantly) 2x faster in GPU than iPad Air 2 (which was and still is a powerhouse).
    iPad 3 had the same CPU as iPhone 4s and only a 2x faster GPU, but the resolution of the display quadrupled compared to iPad 2.

    iPad Air 2 is as powerful as PS3. iPad Pro is twice as fast.
     
  4. iapplelove macrumors 68040

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    Really? I own a launch air first gen and it's been fantastic. Epic battery to this day and it's plenty fast, keeps right up with my 6 plus. In fact I felt it was so good I never even had the urge to get the air 2, and I usually blow my money on anything lol
     
  5. newellj macrumors 601

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    Being an early adopter always has risks, but I don't think this is an iPad 3 situation, or maybe to be more accurate, an iPad (original/1) situation. I don't see the software becoming massively more demanding and burying the hardware.
     
  6. Badrottie Suspended

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    If iPad Pro is not selling very well then iPad Air 3 will make a comeback next year.
     
  7. newellj macrumors 601

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    I think it'll appear next spring anyway. The Pro is aimed at a different user.
     

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