"I really REALLY want a pro... but as the days tick by I convince myself less.. already starting to see that people aren't as interested in this version as to what could be "next"... I know it's impossible to chase the tech dragon but, it ain't even shipped yet!"

It sounds like you need to build a "device update pipeline". Get a pro and use it until VNext comes out and either gift or sell (eBay?) the "old" tablet to the next person in your chain. If VNext doesn't come out too quickly, you should be able to pull the value you need from the original purchase.