Like a lot of Mac Power Users, the iPad has become a powerful and essential device in my life. I have the original iPad Pro 12.9" with cellular, a three-year-old device, that I use every day. I also have a beautiful 27" 5K iMac and a 2014 MacBook Pro, but it’s the iPad that I’m drawn to for my of my work and play these days.
It looks like we’ll be getting a new iPad Pro this week based on all the rumors. iPads seem to last a lot longer than iPhones. Between Hand-me-downs and other iPads that I’ve designated for special uses, like in the Kitchen and my bedside, I must have a half dozen still-functioning units around the house and with my family.
This brings me to the new iPads we might see this week. What might induce me to upgrade this original iPad Pro?
The thing is, mine still works great. I love the form factor. It’s huge, yes, but much more portable than my MacBook Pro. And maybe I’ve gotten used to the bulk after three years of use. Performance feels snappy to me still, and it’s incorporated the latest updates of iOS 12 without slowing at all. After so many trips thrown in this bag and that, the screen is still bright and uncracked. The unprotected backside is worn with numerous scratches, but it has taken those on with character, more like a leather bound book than a computer. The Smart Keyboard is almost always at hand, and while it’s definitely showing its age with frayed threads along its sides, I must have typed a million words on its worn keyboard and it feels comfortable to me, an extension of myself.
In anticipation of the event next week, I’ve been imagining what might prompt me to spring for an upgrade. The first I think we’ll get: edge to edge screen real estate that might allow roughly the same 12.9 screen in a smaller package, reducing the “huge” factor. That could sway me. The second, at least for me, is a new pencil that stows naturally with the iPad itself. I love the Pencil, but struggle to keep it with the iPad. For me, those two things plus the given faster screen refresh and performance would likely push me forward to upgrading, though I really don’t know. This thing works just great as it is.
What about you: what features would prompt you to upgrade your iPad, or maybe buy one for the first time?