I've been holding off on an iPad upgrade for some time, but I think that time has come. My current iPad is an Air (1st gen) 32GB w/cellular and it has (and continues to) serve me well. I do most things of substance on my iMac and don't use my phone (which also needs an upgrade) too much other than as a phone as I commute with my iPad and have it with me most of the time and I prefer a larger screen than any of the phones can provide for the internet. iPad use is really primarily for internet, as a sheet music reader, sometimes as an ebook reader, etc. and the same types of things people use their phones for. Nothing too earth shattering. I do need cellular regardless of which iPad I get. How much of an upgrade would the 9.7 inch iPad vs the iPad Air? Would it maybe make more sense to get a 10.5 iPad Pro? -- I am assuming there will be holiday sales. Would there be a big difference in day to day use? The 11 inch would be an option if I decided to splurge, but for my use I'm not sure it makes sense except that I tend to keep my iPads for a long time and it would have the longest life of all the iPads (at a premium). But any money saved could be used toward a phone upgrade. I have also thought about a Macbook Air, but for commuting the iPad is really more convenient and the Macbook Air doesn't have built in cellular as an option. Edit: I just noticed that I posted a similar question after the 10.5 was introduced, but I never upgraded at that point. Sorry for the duplicate question, but I hope to get some more recent thoughts given the new 9.7 and 11 inch models.