Also went from 9.7 to 10.5. I just wanted a little more screen basically. The 9.7 was great, but I just felt I wanted a bit more. Actually nearly bought the 12.9 instead of the 10.5 as you can get strong deals on it now, but the general consensus is it’s a bit of a dud for most apps as they’re all stretched out. Would have loved that 12.9 screen though!
Anyway, 10.5 doesn’t sound like much more compared to the 9.7, but it is a pretty significant difference. Feels much more expansive. The Zwift experience is a nicer on it to be honest.
That said, for for the money, the 9.7 can be had at a good price and runs Zwift flawlessly. It’s not slow or anything for sure. Also the new iPad pros will come out with wireless charging and the new Apple mat so you can stick on a whole bunch of stuff on it instead of having 3 leads sticking out of an extension plug!
May be worth considering getting a cheap, scratched up 9.7 on eBay, waiting for the new wireless one (no clue when though, maybe next years refresh in spring?) then selling the 9.7 again. Shouldn’t really lose any coin on the 9.7 that way, value will be more or less the same now as in 6 months on a used one. Maybe you can even buy low/sell high if lucky.