1. dieselman412's Avatar
    Well I’ve never owned an iPad. I’ve narrowed it down to the pro version, I don’t know which size to get or which “year” generation. Let me know if I should buy now or wait till September and see what the Apple special event brings us. If I don’t get the latest and greatest this fall then I will be buying refurbished from Apple store to cut cost down. I plan to get something bigger then 64gb though.
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    02-27-2018 08:31 PM
  2. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    Hard to say at this point. Apple typically doesn’t announce new iPads in September. I think we’ll be seeing something in the next few months though, either in March or at WWDC in June.
    As far as what model to go for, get the most you can afford.
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    02-27-2018 09:11 PM
  3. Annie_8plus's Avatar
    Apple’s last iPad announcement was in late March of 2017... so you might not have much longer to wait! As for what model, like Rob said, get the most you can afford! If you live near an Apple Store, go and spend time checking them out!
    Last edited by Annie_8plus; 02-28-2018 at 08:36 AM.
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    02-27-2018 11:28 PM
  4. Garz's Avatar
    Apple’s last iPad announcement was in late March of 2017... so you might not have much longer to wait! As for what model, lime Rob said, get the most you can afford! If you live near an Apple Store, go and spend time checking them out!
    That is actually incorrect. Apple last announced the latest Pro lineup at WWDC last June.
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    02-27-2018 11:38 PM
  5. Jerry_'s Avatar
    Well I’ve never owned an iPad. I’ve narrowed it down to the pro version, I don’t know which size to get or which “year” generation. Let me know if I should buy now or wait till September and see what the Apple special event brings us. If I don’t get the latest and greatest this fall then I will be buying refurbished from Apple store to cut cost down. I plan to get something bigger then 64gb though.
    What iPad is best for you depends on what you want to use it for.
    If you could list what you intend to use it for it would allow to give you the best advice.

    This should allow to define which size is best and which is the « oldest » model that would fit your need and budget. Obviously, the newer it is, the more improvements it has.

    As mentioned by others, test in a store what model would fit your need and budget.
    02-28-2018 01:05 AM
  6. Annie_8plus's Avatar
    That is actually incorrect. Apple last announced the latest Pro lineup at WWDC last June.
    I was actually referring to the iPad 2017 that was announced on March 21, 2017. Here is a link to that press release.

    Apple then announced their latest iPad Pro 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models in this press release on June 5, 2017.
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    02-28-2018 08:23 AM
  7. Garz's Avatar
    I was actually referring to the iPad 2017 that was announced on March 21, 2017. Here is a link to that press release.

    Apple then announced their latest iPad Pro 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models in this press release on June 5, 2017.
    No need to link me. I know the dates. But the OP said they narrowed it down to the Pro. So with that said, you mentioned the iPads were “last” announced March 2017 which was incorrect and had nothing to do with the Pro.
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    02-28-2018 09:01 AM
  8. dieselman412's Avatar
    I won’t be using it for professional use, mainly researching, browsing forums, watching YouTube and movies. My main concern is I want something that will last me 3-4 years as far as storage and future iOS updates without slowing down too much.
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    02-28-2018 12:44 PM
  9. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    I won’t be using it for professional use, mainly researching, browsing forums, watching YouTube and movies. My main concern is I want something that will last me 3-4 years as far as storage and future iOS updates without slowing down too much.
    With your use case 3-4 years of use isn’t a terribly difficult thing to do with any of the current Pro models. Even last year’s models will likely be still getting iOS support during that timeframe. So it’s likely going to boil down to capacity and display size.
    Display size is a matter of personal preference. Keep in mind the 12.9” is basically notebook size so it’s not quite as portable. I travel with mine though without any issues.
    Capacity...If you’re going to be downloading movies and other digital content onto your device I wouldn’t go with any less than 128 GB. If you can afford more then get more.
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    02-28-2018 12:58 PM
  10. dieselman412's Avatar
    With your use case 3-4 years of use isn’t a terribly difficult thing to do with any of the current Pro models. Even last year’s models will likely be still getting iOS support during that timeframe. So it’s likely going to boil down to capacity and display size.
    Display size is a matter of personal preference. Keep in mind the 12.9” is basically notebook size so it’s not quite as portable. I travel with mine though without any issues.
    Capacity...If you’re going to be downloading movies and other digital content onto your device I wouldn’t go with any less than 128 GB. If you can afford more then get more.
    That’s what I was thinking minimum 128gb that’s what my 7 plus is and still have 80gb free and I also have 200gb iCloud. I just want to make sure when all my devices sync to each other I don’t run out of room on the iPad because I’d like to use handoff and all that good stuff. Now even if I get last years model out of the box will it still feel really fast as in like a new one since I’ll be buying refurb from Apple?
    02-28-2018 01:21 PM
  11. Jerry_'s Avatar
    I won’t be using it for professional use, mainly researching, browsing forums, watching YouTube and movies. My main concern is I want something that will last me 3-4 years as far as storage and future iOS updates without slowing down too much.
    In terms of comparison between first and second genertation the difference is about 30%, considering the newer processors in the newer models.

    If you feel the first generation Pro models being a fast machine or not, is a subjective factor and depends on what you expect or what you are used to. So all depends on what you compare it to.

    As regards the long term usage, I typically use the iPads for 3 additional iOS updates from the moment on that the model was launched and then stop upgrading iOS - so far this has worked fine for me. You could ongo updating the iOS but might see the performance decreasing.
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    02-28-2018 02:26 PM
  12. dieselman412's Avatar
    If the second gen pro models are 30% faster from the get go then I think I’ll get the second gen...
    02-28-2018 02:30 PM
  13. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    Now even if I get last years model out of the box will it still feel really fast as in like a new one since I’ll be buying refurb from Apple?
    Should be fine. I have a 1st gen 12.9” Pro and it still packs a punch.
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    02-28-2018 08:43 PM
  14. eyecrispy's Avatar
    Should be fine. I have a 1st gen 12.9” Pro and it still packs a punch.
    Same here. Mine is still chugging along just fine. No performance issues. I’m not a gamer so for my day to day use cases, the first gen will probably still last me another year or two.
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    03-01-2018 09:34 AM
  15. dougdraws's Avatar
    I went with the 12.9 model because it’s main use will be to show pictures to my mom whose in the nursing home. I showed it to her yesterday and she ‘ooohed’ and ‘awwed’ at the pictures on this huge screen. It was worth it
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    03-03-2018 05:35 AM
  16. muzzy996's Avatar
    Personally I believe in future proofing within one's means solooking at the pricing of the refurbished 2015 WiFi only models of the 12.9 and knowing that 2017 refurbs are also being sold gives me pause. I'm thinking that depreciating the $130 or so more one would pay for a refurbished 2017 model vs a refurbished 2015 model over 2 years is worth the investment for prolonging support.

    For me iOS 11 was a game changer in productivity and usefulness of the iPad Pros so in deciding for myself what I'd pick up I kind of went through the same line of thinking (just purchased my 2017 model last month). What kept me looking at the newer model was the thought that perhaps a couple of versions from now there will be another big jump in functionality/feature set that would require the newer architecture. Also because I knew I wanted the multitasking functionality of iOS 11 I wanted to make sure I got the better performing chipset for it.
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    03-06-2018 11:52 AM
  17. Jude526's Avatar
    I love my 12.9. It’s personal preference
    05-01-2018 10:21 PM
  18. Honey Beagle's Avatar
    I second the above comment.
    05-07-2018 11:24 PM
  19. parker5011's Avatar
    I love my 12.9. It’s personal preference
    Do you find it too big at times? Got the 10.5” and think that might be my limit size wise.
    05-08-2018 06:02 PM
  20. Jude526's Avatar
    No. Not at all. I prefer larger tablet
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    05-08-2018 06:03 PM
  21. parker5011's Avatar
    No. Not at all. I prefer larger tablet
    It intrigued me but I couldn’t pull the trigger on it. Love my 10.5. Hope I don’t regret not getting the larger one.
    05-08-2018 06:08 PM
  22. Honey Beagle's Avatar
    No. Not at all. I prefer larger tablet
    Again I second the above reply. Much easier to read. If there were a 14 incher I would purchase that.
    05-10-2018 06:58 PM
  23. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    I got the 9.7" IPP when it launched and it works just as fine now as it did when I bought it. I think you should be ok with your 3-4 year timeline as long as Apple doesn't completely change the OS to something unusable, but that's unlikely.
    05-10-2018 08:40 PM

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