I have, in the past always purchased iPads with cellular. I continue to do so with my traveling ( ergo aviation ) iPad same with my wife’s mini iPad. We only do mini iPads. We have no professional use for the iPads.
I just replaced my wife’s mini iPad for what looked like a hardware failure of the wifi component. since we dont travel as much and wifi is more available, I opted not to add the cellular component to her new mini ipad.
for me, the full size ipad is too large for my aviation uses. In my cockpit I have 2 ipads. One is nothing but a approach plate backup as I carry no paper plates or maps anymore. It is cheaper to buy a bottom of the line ipad for your backup than to maintain ANY current paper products. No that my
Dynon has the seattle avionics maping and plates, the extra belt and suspenders extra ipad probablly over kill. BTW the extra backup ipad has always been wifi.
although my phone has foreflight on it, i dont tend to use it for aviation very much, but probably could substitute for the cellular connection that you need for filing flight plans away from home. Also the asdb weather might substitute for a cellular connection for pre takeoff weather from my ipad. Do I have you confused? LOL