iPad vs iPad Pro – Which is Right for You?
It’s hard to believe eight years have passed since the first iPad was launched. While Apple’s tablet computer hasn’t quite caused the revolution Steve Jobs might have wished for when he unveiled the product on stage, it has become ubiquitous in our society today. iPads are used in classrooms, from first grade through college, to access textbooks, take notes, use interactive apps, and more. Hospitals around the world now use iPads to help patients understand in depth what their ailments are. Cafes and restaurants use iPads to keep track of reservations and accept payments using Square products. You probably have an iPad in your house, shared by your family members as an easy way to watch Netflix, read the news, and play games.
Since the launch of that first iPad, the product has seen several iterations, with improved display technology, better cameras, and faster processors. We’ve also watched as Apple has made the iPad into a multi-tier product category, with the traditional iPad, the iPad mini (which Apple is seemingly in the process of phasing out, considering its lack of meaningful updates), and the newest edition, the iPad Pro. The first iPad Pro was a monster, a giant 12.9 inch iPad that was as large as a MacBook Pro. Since then, Apple has iterated on the product category in some important ways, first by unveiling a 9.7″ version of the iPad Pro, and most recently, discontinuing that model in favor of a larger 10.5″ model that fills the body of the original smaller iPad Pro. Meanwhile, the entry-level iPad first released last March recently received an update, while still holding strong at the relatively-low price of $329.
All of this is to say, Apple’s iPad situation has gotten pretty confusing. There’s enough models to keep things confusing, and while your price limit might dictate which model you purchase between the iPad and the iPad Pro, it’s not a decision you should make quickly. Putting aside both the 12.9″ iPad Pro and the iPad mini 4, the two newest iPad products from Apple are both great choices in their own right. So which one should you pick? Well, like most of Apple’s lineup of products, it really depends on your needs, your budget, and your personal preference. Let’s take a deep dive into which you should buy.
Design and Display
Both the iPad and the 10.5″ iPad Pro have plenty of differences when it comes to their specs, features, and software, but the design of each product shouldn’t be overlooked. Despite the similarities between the two models, there are some pretty major design differences that might make you consider the iPad Pro over the regular iPad. At first glance, the design of the 2018 iPad is strikingly similar to what we’ve seen out of Cupertino before, unchanged from the 2017 iPad and nearly identical to the first-gen iPad Air. This makes sense; the design of the iPad has never quite been revolutionized. Even the original iPad, first released in 2010, still appears fairly modern next to current generation iPads if you ignore the thicker bezels and non-retina display.
With a brand-new iPad for 2018, Apple has chosen to focus almost entirely on making the product a good option for students. This means the design of the iPad hasn’t changed from the 2017 version (now referred to as the fifth-generation iPad). The body of this year’s general-use iPad still retains an iPad Air-like look, with minimized side bezels, a sleek aluminium body available in silver, gold, or space gray and matching white or black bezels. The home button is still here, even in a Face ID world, found on the bottom of the device when held in standard portrait mode. The device is good, thin, and light, weighing 1.03lbs for the WiFi only model and 1.05 pounds for the cellular model, an identical weight compared to the 10.5″ iPad Pro. It is, however, thicker than the iPad Pro, measuring in at 7.5mm compared to the 6.1mm on the iPad Pro.
The biggest difference between the 2018 iPad and its Pro-based competition is the display. Yes, obviously the display on the 10.5″ iPad Pro is larger, but the display on the smaller iPad has a few changes to make it cheaper to manufacturer. The display lacks the anti-reflectivity screen seen on both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Pro 10.5″, but more importantly, it also lacks lamination. The iPad Air 2 and the Pro lineup of iPads are laminated, bonding the display to the front glass, which allows for a unique, pixels-on-glass appearance that this cheaper iPad lacks. Like the 2017 model, the new iPad still retains a noticeable gap when looking at the edges of the display from the sides. It’s something you’ll notice if you’ve used an iPad Air 2 for an extensive period of time, but for a normal consumer upgrading an older iPad or just picking up their first tablet, it’s no big deal.
The overall take on the design of this product: it’s an iPad, and while that may seem disappointing to some, Apple is simply meeting the high standards they’ve already met for themselves. Even last year’s device, which we recommended people not buy due to its processing power and display, could consider upgrading to this model depending on their use case, thanks to some of the hardware changes we’ll discuss below. Ultimately, the iPad remains a pretty standard, albeit very solid, piece of technology.
iPad Pro (10.5″)
The first “small” iPad Pro carried a design similar to the iPad Air 2, but this revision finds Apple finally increasing the screen size on its product. Indeed, while Apple has grown the size of their device from a standard 9.7″ display to a 10.5″ display, the actual body of the iPad Pro hasn’t increased to an extreme level. No one is going to mistake this for the monster that is the 12.9″ iPad Pro, but the tablet is slightly larger than the standard iPad we described above. Apple has cut down ever so slightly on the bezels surrounding the display on the iPad Pro, meaning the body of the device feels comparable to what we’ve seen from previous tablets. And outside of that small design change, the iPad Pro is still just an iPad. Aluminium on the back of the device makes everything feel premium, and it’s offered in the standard colors we’ve seen previously, plus rose gold. Apple’s standard home button sits at the bottom of the display (complete with Touch ID), and the front-facing camera is at the top. By all accounts, it’s an iPad.
That said, all of the problems we’ve seen with the iPad’s display have been fixed on this more premium model. Lamination and anti-reflection coatings both return, and the screen is once again bonded to the front glass, identical to the iPad Air 2. The Pro also adds TrueTone technology, which helps adjust the color temperature of the display based on the lighting conditions of your surroundings. The biggest change to the iPad Pro’s display might seem like a small advancement, but once you have it, you won’t want to go back. This year’s iPad Pro is the first (and as of writing, only) product to ship from Apple with a 120Hz refresh rate, up from the usual 60Hz featured on their products.
Called “ProMotion” by Apple, this refresh rate is variable, meaning your iPad’s software will determine when to feature this higher refresh rate with your content. Instead of displaying apps and menus at the usual 60 frames per second, the iPad Pro can display animation at 120 frames per second, giving your device a buttery-smooth feel when using the display. It’s a big step forward, especially for Apple, and we hope to see ProMotion make its way to other products sooner rather than later.
Overall, the design of the iPad Pro continues the trends we’ve seen set from Apple with the iPad since its launch, but with slightly-minimized bezels and a larger screen, it does start to feel like a more cohesive device, specifically one designed for 2017 and beyond. That said, rumors have begun to spring that Apple plans to introduce a Pro model this year with far slimmer bezels than even the current iPad Pro 10.5. We wrote last year we didn’t see that product coming to light, considering the difficulties that could arise from hold a product in that style. Still, whether you want to purchase this current-gen iPad Pro or wait for a rumored redesign based around the removal of the Home button and the institution of FaceID, you’ll be getting some great hardware.
Winner: iPad Pro
Hardware and Specs
Prior to launching the first iPad Pro, Apple’s tablet lineup never quite focused on specs. Sure, Apple made it clear that each new generation of device was more powerful than the previous model, both in terms of CPU performance and in graphics capabilities for games. With the Pro line, however, Apple finally started to treat the iPad like a computer, and for obvious reasons: the newest iPad Pro is more or less as powerful as some laptops on the market today. The lower-end iPad won’t be able to hold a candle to the iPad Pro in this battle, but it’s still worth laying out both devices’ strengths and weaknesses when it comes to their hardware and specifications. Let’s take a look.
Let’s start with the cheaper model, this year’s iPad refresh. One of the few changes from the 2017 iPad to the 2018 model comes in upgraded silicon, with this year’s tablet using Apple’s in-house A10 processor last seen in the iPhone 7. This gives it quite a bit of a boost over the 2017 iPad’s A9 chip, and even iPad Air 2 users may find reason to upgrade to this model over the older A8X chip in that model. The A10 isn’t as powerful as the A10X or A11 chip found in the iPad Pro and iPhone X, respectively, but that doesn’t mean the A10 isn’t powerful enough for nearly anything you’ll want to do with iOS 11. The A10 should keep you satisfied for years to come, too; expect this device to be upgraded to several new versions of iOS before it’s eventually put out to pasture. Outside of the processor, the 2018 iPad retains the 2GB of RAM found on last year’s model.
The camera on the back of the iPad is an 8MP sensor, similar to the cameras on older iPhone models. It’s okay, and you’ll be able to take acceptable shots with your iPad (though, for obvious societal reasons, you should perhaps use your smartphone instead). One of the benefits to having this smaller camera module is that the lens itself sits flush with the body of the iPad. The iPad Pro has a better, larger sensor, but it also means the device falls victim to a camera bump, making its balance on a table feel odd. The front-facing camera is a mediocre 1.2MP lens. It’ll be good enough for FaceTime or other video chat options, but you probably won’t want to take any selfies with it. The camera didn’t receive any significant bumps in the 2018 version of the tablet compared to the 2017 model. It’s basically the same unit here.
Similarly, the choices for storage have remained the same as last year. Apple’s iPad ships with either 32 or 128GB, without any options for expandable storage and without the traditional 64GB option in between those two storage allotments. It’s the second year of offering this combination of storage, though we wished Apple would step up to 64GB as its bare minimum for its lowest-end device. Still, for most users, 32GB will be sufficient as long as you’re willing to manage your apps, photos, and videos on the device. Meanwhile, power users looking to save some cash on the Pro model of the iPad can step up to 128GB for an extra $100, but you might be better off looking into the Pro model once you’ve entered that tier. As a final miscellaneous note, this year’s iPad once again retains its bottom-firing dual speaker setup, foregoing the stereo option supported by the iPad Pro line.
iPad Pro (10.5″)
The iPad Pro is supposed to act more like a laptop replacement than as an additional device to carry in your backpack, and that’s most evident when looking at the specs. Apple’s 10.5″ iPad Pro is powered by the A10X Fusion chip, a successor to the A10 Fusion processor found in last year’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and 4GB of RAM. The A10X is a powerful processor, and though the recent unveiling of the A11 Bionic powering the iPhone 8 and X is even faster in terms of sheer benchmarks, you’re still looking at a speedy device. Benchmarks can be a bit boring to discuss, but here’s the general details: in testing the iPad against MacBook Pros from both 2016 and 2017, the 10.5″ iPad Pro came incredibly close to beating the laptops in performance.
In a single-core Geekbench test, the iPad Pro scored less than a thousand points under the 2017 MacBook Pro revision (4650 vs 3951), and while the 2017 MacBook Pro also bested the iPad Pro in a multi-core test, the 10.5″ Pro managed to outperform the 2016 MacBook Pro, a laptop that’s less than a full calendar year old. And in testing Metal, Apple’s hardware-accelerated graphics API, the iPad Pro beat both the 2016 and 2017 models. This is some seriously impressive power found inside a tablet, and while some creatives will still find themselves limited by iOS, it goes without saying that these aren’t just consumption devices anymore.
The camera on the Pro is the same module found on the iPhone 7, a 12-megapixel sensor complete with optical image stabilization, which will come in handy while trying to balance the gigantic display found on the iPad Pro. Photos look good, and the included flash on the back of the device will help you take low-light photos if you’re into that sort of thing. Cameras on tablets are still something that feels a bit odd to use, but at least the quality has improved. There’s also a 5MP front-facing camera that should be good enough for both FaceTiming sessions and selfies alike. Like the 2017 iPad, the Pro supports Touch ID along the bottom of the device, and you’ll find a quad-speaker arrangement on the device for watching movies and listening to music in stereo (two speakers on the top of the device, two on the bottom).
A “Pro” device needs more storage than a typical iPad, and for that very reason, the iPad Pro starts with 64GB of storage at the bottom tier. Both 256 and 512GB models are available as well, though obviously, both of those carry fairly-hefty price increases along the way. For anyone looking for the best content consumption device, 64GB should be more than enough storage to keep track of your files. Those looking to edit videos or create songs in Garageband should look into upgrading to the 256GB version, especially if you’re looking to use the device like a laptop.
Winner: iPad Pro
iOS 11 has been out for more than six months as of writing, and some minor and major bugs aside, it was a big step forward for both the iPad and the iPad Pro upon release. Despite the iPhone being the bigger seller between the two platforms, iOS 11 was designed with plenty of enhancements for the iPad, with the operating system now feeling more like a standard desktop OS than ever. There’s a resigned dock feature, similar to the dock used in macOS, a swipe-based multitasking menu that makes it easier than ever to view your open applications at once, support for up to three applications displayed at once on your display, and, in perhaps the biggest change to iOS since its launch ten years ago, the addition of a file browser to the operating system. This is something Apple said would never exist on their platform, and it’s finally arrived to make the iPad that much more viable as a laptop replacement.
There’s plenty of other changes to the operating system—certainly too many to list here—so checking out Apple’s own information page on iOS 11 is a must. Ultimately, iOS 11 wasn’t a perfect update to the long-running mobile OS, but what it did do was make your device feel more like a real computer than ever before. The only real differences in software between the two iPad models comes down to multitasking. The 2018 iPad has less RAM, which means the cheaper iPad can’t run three apps at once like the Pro can. With the Pro, you can have two apps open in split-screen and a third open in picture-in-picture. The iPad, meanwhile, can have two apps running split-screen, but once you open a third window on top of the first two, the apps running in the background will pause.
Most people likely won’t take notice with this, but it is an actual limitation to the device. If you’re looking to use your tablet like a full laptop, you’ll want to grab the Pro for that feature.
Since the launch of the original iPad, Apple has used the same 10 hour benchmark for nearly every device, a number the company typically achieves by testing a combination of surfing the web, watching videos, and listening to music while connected to WiFi. Year after year, despite different models having different-sized batteries, Apple seems to come close to meeting this number, occasionally surpassing it and occasionally falling short.
Overall, it’s an estimate, and the actual battery life you’ll see on your device will typically end up depending on what you’re doing with your device. There isn’t a lot to say about both of these devices; overall, they both last for about ten hours, give or take about a single hour depending what you’re doing on each device. MacWorld UK tested both devices on Geekbench 3 and found the iPad to reach around 616 minutes, or just over 10 hours. The iPad Pro, however, managed to last 657 minutes, or just under eleven full hours of usage. These are both impressive stats, and while the iPad Pro barely grabs the victory (primarily due to its newer, more power-efficient processor), the iPad is no slouch.
We haven’t discussed the cellular models of these devices much throughout this article, but nevertheless, both devices will see reduced battery times when running on LTE. Something to keep in mind when choosing a model to purchase.
One of the strongest reasons to choose iOS as a platform for your device is the lively accessory market supported by dozens of OEMs and manufacturers. Whether you’re looking for cases and screen protectors, adapters and dongles, or any other accessory made inside Apple’s MFi program, there’s an entire library of add-ons for your iPad, no matter which you decide to buy. But, as with most of the categories on this list, the iPad Pro lives up to its name with some additional abilities not included with the standard $329 iPad.
One quick search on Amazon will reveal thousands of accessories for this year’s iPad refresh, from screen protectors and cases to Bluetooth keyboard covers, stands, and protective skins. You’re likely to find exactly what you’re looking for to customize your iPad, so long as you’re willing to give up some of the extra functionality granted by the iPad Pro. For example, you can turn your iPad into a laptop-like device, but you’ll have to rely on Bluetooth to connect your devices. And since the 2018 iPad model retains the exact same dimensions as the 2017 model, accessories for both devices are interchangeable.
Up top, we mentioned that the new iPad for this year only added a few new changes, one of the options being the new A10 chip as opposed to the older A9 processor in the 2017 model. The only other major difference between last year’s iPad and this year’s is the addition of Apple Pencil support. Because this year’s iPad is aimed at students, something we’ll discuss more in our pricing category, Apple decided to extend Pencil support from the Pro line to the standard iPad line for the first time since the Pencil was released in 2015. The Pencil sells for $99 separately, though students can get it for $89 and anyone buying refurbished can grab it for $85.
Unfortunately, Apple didn’t extend the Smart Connector to this year’s iPad, something that most people would’ve assumed was coming for the iPad considering its newfound focus on education. Still, if you really need a keyboard for your iPad, you shouldn’t feel like you’re missing out just because Apple’s own keyboard doesn’t work. There’s still a huge market for cases, skins, stands, third-party Bluetooth keyboards, and more. At the end of the day, it’s an Apple device. It’s going to feature solid offerings from third-party manufacturers.
iPad Pro (10.5″)
As you might’ve guessed, the biggest advantage the iPad Pro has over the standard iPad is support for the Smart Connector, which allows you to use Apple’s own Smart Keyboard cover for additional productivity. That said, with Apple Pencil support now available on the smaller iPad, it’s easy to see that the iPad is far closer than ever before to being able to compete with the iPad Pro in this field. While writers may still appreciate Apple’s own keyboard
We’ve already described the advantages the iPad Pro has over this year’s iPad, but the b, the iPad Pro adds support for the Smart Connector (a series of Pogo-style pins on the side of the device for connecting accessories like keyboards) and the Apple Pencil, a stylus specifically designed for the iPad Pro line of tablets. Both of those additions help make the device a bit more suitable for “Pro” types. Writers, for example, might find the iPad Pro’s own keyboard to be a better fit for their workflow, since the keyboard works as a built-in cover for the iPad and doesn’t require charging. The Pencil, meanwhile, could be a graphic designer’s best friend, making it easy to practice graphic design using Adobe’s full suite of apps available on the App Store. There are a ton of different workflows and styles one could adapt around an iPad Pro as powerful as this, and both the keyboard and the Pencil go a long way in adding to that experience.
In addition to those Pro-specific accessories, there’s also the standard Apple third-party experience. Cases, stands, skins—they’re all here, as you’d expect, just as we saw with the 2017 iPad a moment ago. The MFi program is fairly reliable when it comes to expecting a solid slate of additional hardware for your Pro, though looking around Amazon for these add-on items makes it obvious that there’s a bit of a premium on certain iPad Pro-specific accessories. And speaking of premiums…
Winner: iPad Pro, but barely.
Despite all the differences labeled above this section, pricing is perhaps the most important section on this list for the majority of consumers. As with last year, the differences between the iPad and the iPad Pro do exist, but at the same time, it’s difficult to look at both options and justify spending so much additional cash on the Pro model over the standard iPad. Making this worse is the continued price gap between the two devices. When the original 9.7″ iPad Pro was released in 2016 against the iPad Air 2, it was easier to justify spending an extra $200 on an improved model. But as you’ll see below, the differences in prices has made things far more difficult than ever before.
Here’s the thing about the iPad. At $329, just as it was priced last year, its low cost is the best feature of the tablet. At $329 for the base 32GB model, it’s never been easier or cheaper to dive into the iPad lineup. It’s even cheaper than the aging iPad mini 4 at this point, making it the obvious choice for anyone who just wants to purchase an iPad. Qualms about the display aside, an iPad at $329 is a great buy, especially now that it’s been upgraded with the A10 processor and includes Apple Pencil support. As it was last year, the iPad is nearly an impulse buy at this price, especially considering how advanced of a computer it has become.
More than ever, though, the 2018 version of the iPad has become the cheapest tablet really worth owning. Yes, the Amazon Fire tablets, even at their highest end, are far cheaper, but if you’re looking to use a tablet for all sorts of content consumption and creation, the Fire tablets won’t do you much good. Likewise, Android tablets seem to be as good asdead, with Chrome OS tablets slowly creeping into the marketplace. Those devices haven’t arrived in consumers’ hands yet, but the first couple tablets announced—one from Acer, priced at $329, and another from HP designed to take on the iPad Pro—could offer the first real competition the $329 iPad has seen since its launch.
Still, the iPad, as it stands right now, is basically the best option for the cost. And it’s worth noting that you might be able to save some cash on the device if you know where to look. The 2018 iPad sells for $329, but students can save $20 and grab the device through Apple’s education store for just $309. And if you don’t mind using the 2017 iPad with its older chip and lack of support for the Apple Pencil, you can grab that model through Apple’s refurbished store for just $239 plus tax.
Finally, we should mention that the iPad (2018) has some different configurations behind it. Apple sells a 128GB model for an additional $100, and a cellular version through the carrier of your choice (or unlocked) sells for an additional $120 on top of whichever version of the iPad you choose (meaning a 32GB cellular iPad will run you $459). Most people will probably go with the basic 32GB model for $329, but if you’re truly concerned about storage, the 128GB model isn’t the worst offer on the market today.
iPad Pro (10.5″)
While the iPad stands as the best value choice for tablet buyers in general, everyone needs something different in a device. Despite their similarities, the iPad Pro is really meant for people who want the very best out of their technology, who want the highest-end product money can buy. The iPad Pro currently represents Apple’s idea of the future of computing, especially if you look at their recent and controversial “What’s a Computer?” ad for the device. This tablet is meant to replace your laptop, not supplement it, and you can see that in the specs. It’s got a beefier processor, improved speakers, a larger screen with lamination, and the Pro-exclusive Smart Connector for its optional keyboard case.
But those additions don’t come cheap, starting at $649 for the 64GB model and quickly raising in price when looking at storage options. If you do plan on replacing your laptop with the iPad Pro, you might want to upgrade to the 256GB version, which costs $799. The 512GB model, meanwhile, runs you a full $999, and if you want to add cellular connectivity to any of these options, you’ll need to drop an additional $130. So while the basic 64GB model might only cost $649, you could potentially spend $1130 on the 512GB model with cellular connectivity. At that price, you’re getting into full-blown laptop territory; Apple’s 12-inch MacBook starts at $1299, and a laptop like the Microsoft Surface Book starts at $799 (though as of writing, you can actually grab a Surface Laptop for just $699).
And of course, all of those prices are without considering accessories. While the Apple Pencil certainly isn’t a must-buy, anyone looking to replace a laptop with an iPad Pro will need to pick up a Smart Keyboard cover with it, since it isn’t included in the box. That optional accessory will run you an additional $159, which places the starting price for a 64GB WiFi iPad Pro with Keyboard Cover at more than $800. There’s no doubt that the iPad Pro offers some real advancements over the standard $329 iPad, but those enhancements come at a real cost.
In the interest of fairness, we should mention that students can grab an iPad Pro for $629, and you can also pick up a refurbished iPad Pro from Apple starting at $549, a much-more palatable deal all things considered. It doesn’t change our opinion on the price of the iPad Pro versus the iPad, but it is important to consider.
Winner: iPad (2018)
Which Should You Buy?
If money’s no object, the verdict is obvious: the better tablet between the two devices is the iPad Pro. It’s improved over the typical iPad in nearly every way possible: a better display, complete with TrueTone, ProMotion, and lamination; the A10X Fusion processor and 4GB of RAM; a 12MP camera, along with a 5MP front-facing camera for FaceTime; quad speakers for stereo sound; better battery life; and improved accessory support, with both the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard designed for the iPad Pro. Anyone who is serious about looking for a tablet that can replace your laptop should look long and hard at the iPad Pro 10.5″. It’s an excellent device and, so long as you know what you’re getting into, you won’t regret your decision. It’s better for media consumption and especially creation, and it’s easily our pick for the best tablet on the market today.
But that doesn’t mean you should buy it. In fact, above all else, you should consider exactly what you’re going to use an iPad for? Are you buying it to watch Netflix or YouTube and browse the web in the morning? Sure, an improved display and better speakers will enhance the experience, but the display on the standard iPad is by no means bad, and a set of Bluetooth speakers for less than $50 from Amazon can replace the need for stereo sound in your tablet.
Here’s the thing: the differences between the $329 iPad and the $649 iPad Pro have never been slimmer. The iPad Pro nets you a slightly larger screen with lamination, a faster processor and more RAM, improved camera quality, the Smart Keyboard connector, and quad-stereo speakers. And while those are definitely enhancements, most consumers won’t be able to look at that list and justify spending twice as much on the iPad Pro than they would on the iPad. With the addition of Apple Pencil support, more than ever, the iPad Pro is a difficult purchase for most people shopping for a new tablet. Unless you’re truly looking to drop your laptop for an iPad, the cheaper device is the correct model to pick for anyone who still has a laptop or desktop computer for doing real work in their life. $329 grants you the perfect device for reading, studying, taking notes, watching videos, browsing the web, and so much more. The A10 chip is mighty powerful too, so you don’t need to worry about sluggish performance.
There’s one final note to consider too, something that wasn’t on our minds back in September but can’t help be brought up in April of 2018. While the 2018 version of the iPad is brand-new, the iPad Pro is coming up on its one-year anniversary. Rumors have been around for months that Apple has big plans for the iPad Pro this year, ditching the Home button in lieu of gesture support and Face ID unlocks like on the iPhone X. If you’re the type of power user who wants to have the latest and greatest, you’re going to want to wait on picking up an iPad Pro at this point anyway.
Ultimately, despite losing out to the iPad Pro in most categories, it’s impossible not to declare the iPad (2018) the winner as of right now. While the iPad Pro is certainly a great tablet and a solid laptop replacement, doubling the cost makes it a tough pick for consumers who just want a tablet to supplement the experience they get from their laptop. Likewise, power users who want the best device money can buy also should hold off on picking up an iPad Pro at this point, considering Apple could launch a replacement for the 2017 model as soon as early June at WWDC. Though it may not be the most exciting choice on the market, if you need an iPad right now, you should drop the $329 on the standard iPad. Most users will find it reliable, fun, and a good value for what they get in return.