My current iPad is the original version iPad Air. Not all the upcoming iOS 11 features (such as split-screen) are supported on this model because it has gotten old.
So I’m thinking of getting the new iPad 9.7″ model. I also looked at the new iPad Pro 10.5″ model, but functionally they are the same. The only differences are:
- The Pro’s CPU is A10 and the regular iPad is A9 (my current one is A7).
- The Pro’s screen is 10.5″ and the regular iPad is 9.7″ (in almost the same overall size).
- The Pro has a so-called “smart connector” which connects to the new “smart keyboard.”
But the cost is substantially different, and I don’t think the extra cost is worth the Pro. They are both functionally the same.
If I get the wi-fi plus cellular model from Apple Japan directly and, say, pay it off with a zero percent 24 month loan it’s 2,800 yen/month. But then you have to go make a separate contract with a cellular company if you want to use cellular data rather than tether to your iPhone.
I talked to SoftBank – my cell phone carrier – and if I get it from them you get a large monthly discount off of the device, so the total with data sharing and device cost and all their other fees is 3,000 yen/month. Just 200 yen/month and it includes the data contract.
So if I do this, I’ll probably get it from SoftBank and data share with my iPhone 7 Plus.