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6 Reasons to Buy the 2018 iPad Pro & 4 Reasons to Wait



If you’re hunting for a new tablet with a beautiful screen and a ton of horsepower, Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro lineup should definitely be on your shopping list.

The iPad Pro models from 2018 come in two sizes, 11-inches and 12.9-inches, with four storage options (64GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB) and two colors (silver and space gray) to choose from. You can also buy one with LTE built-in if you’ll always need connectivity.

They’re still two of the best tablets on the market and we generally recommend going with an iPad Pro model over Apple’s iPad and iPad mini lines. That said, they’re not for everyone.

The 2018 iPad Pros start at $699 (64GB 11-inch model) and can go all the way up to $1500+ for the 1TB 12.9-inch model with LTE. They’re getting older, but they’re still far from cheap, even with a deal.

Apple no longer sells them, but you can buy them through carriers like AT&T and Verizon or through retailers like Amazon, B&H Photo, and Best Buy.

There are a bunch of 2018 iPad Pro deals out there now that Apple’s released new iPad Pro models, but some of them require you to trade-in your current device.

In order to get the most money back, you need a newer iPad model in great condition. If you’re looking for really deep discounts, you might want to hold off for a little while.

So while some of you might want to go ahead and upgrade today, many others should consider waiting a few more weeks (or longer) to buy an iPad Pro.

In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to buy right now and the best reasons to wait.

Buy If You Want Great Performance

Buy If You Want Great Performance

If you want great performance out of your next tablet, and you don't want to shell out for a 2020 iPad Pro, you might want to go with Apple's 2018 iPad Pros.

Apple's 2018 iPad Pros come with the company's A12X Bionic chip and an M12 coprocessor. 

This means the 2018 models come with outstanding battery life (Apple says you'll get up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music), high-performance gaming, and enough power for creatives to get graphic intensive work done. 

Apple says the 2018 iPad Pros are faster than most PC laptops and that its performance can match Microsoft's Xbox One S.

It's probably not going to become your next gaming console, but games and Augmented Reality (which includes iPadOS' Animoji and Memoji) both look great. 

If you want or need a bunch of horsepower, think about going with an iPad Pro

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  1. Johan

    04/01/2018 at 12:09 am

    I have ipad air 2 now. I buy a 2018 today and when new ipad pro comes, i buy that one. I can sell 2018 then for a good price and for the time being I have a very good and brand new Ipad.
    I would regret buying an IPad pro now, because of the high price and little differences comparing ipad 2018. And selling Ipad Pro later is not possible without losing much money (price will drop a lot)

  2. priya

    04/26/2018 at 11:35 pm

    One of the strengths of the iPad product line is its flexibility when it comes to user input. You can tap on screen, dictate by voice, or connect a keyboard and type away.

    • Raj

      06/04/2018 at 1:59 pm

      That’s a common feature across all ecosystems.

  3. Just another guy on the web

    10/05/2018 at 9:32 am

    I waited and waited for the Samsung Galaxy Tab s3…..and when it came out, it was still weaker than the iPad Pro 12.9 that had been out for a while. I use the iPad at work. It has made a big difference. Keep the size the same and increase the screen to 13.3″ I also want to see 6GB of RAM, OLED screen with at least 350ppi or LCD with 450ppi and an A12 or A12X.
    If it has that, I will buy it, even if it is as expensive as the iPhone XS Max.

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