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Old Aug 28, 2013, 07:33 PM   #1
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ipad 5-- Do I need it?

I am thinking of buying my Mom a new ipad. She still uses ipad 1 after all! All she really does is email and games. Is it worth waiting for the ipad 5 or am I safe just buying the ipad 4 right now?
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Old Aug 28, 2013, 08:05 PM   #2
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If you need it NOW then go for it. We are so close to an announcement it would be better to wait. If you don't think the iPad 5 is worth the money it will just make the iPad 4 that much cheaper after the announcement.
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Old Aug 28, 2013, 08:20 PM   #3
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If you MUST give her something now, like if it's her birthday, then . . .

. . . then give her an Apple gift card now, and advise her not to use it until the new iPads come out. You will have given her a gift on time and not have invested in an about-to-be-outdated iPad.
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Old Aug 28, 2013, 08:25 PM   #4
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If all she's doing with the 1 is emailing and surfing the web, then I doubt she needs even a 4. When I got my rMBP, I turned my 4 over to my fiancee as she uses it for movie streaming at night. I'm not going to be jumping in for a 5 though....This MBP fits my needs, does all the fun stuff AND runs Logic X for edits just fine.

I gave my ipad 1 to a buddy who uses it the same way your Mom does, and he's still happy with it.
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Old Aug 28, 2013, 11:29 PM   #5
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So, with the 5, there is not going to be much of a difference from the 4? Is that what I understand? Is it confirmed that the 4 will go down in price when the ipad 5 is released? From what I am reading, all the 5 is going to have different is it will be lighter than previous models? Is that correct?
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Old Aug 29, 2013, 12:23 AM   #6
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I am thinking of buying my Mom a new ipad. She still uses ipad 1 after all! All she really does is email and games. Is it worth waiting for the ipad 5 or am I safe just buying the ipad 4 right now?
You do not sound like someone, who is that needy for a new iPad, he cannot wait a few more weeks. Especially considered, how long the iPad first G is already in use - you should wait a little.
The smaller iPad 5 G will be easier to handle for your Mom, and the new OS will already be installed.

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So, with the 5, there is not going to be much of a difference from the 4? Is that what I understand? Is it confirmed that the 4 will go down in price when the ipad 5 is released? From what I am reading, all the 5 is going to have different is it will be lighter than previous models? Is that correct?
It will have a smaller bezel, too. The processor will have an update, and the iOS7 will be installed. All this means: Easier handling and transport/ longer lifetime.
If price is important: You should consider a refurbished iPad4. 16 Gigabyte should be enough - if Mom is actually using the pad only for the purposes, mentioned by her son.
Buying an iPad4 now for normal price is not reasonable. It would mean paying a premium price for technology soon to be outdated.

The difference in between iPad1 and iPad4 is huge. Even for websurfing. People, who say, the difference in between the two incarnations is negliable, obviously did never have the experience of comparing them to each other. You will do your Mom a big favour by updating the generation of iPad she is using!

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Old Aug 29, 2013, 12:25 AM   #7
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Thank you so much everybody for your input. Sounds like it makes sense to just be patient and wait for the ipad 5. Buying a 4 when it will be old technology does not make much sense. Her birthday is October 20. Is it safe to say that it will be released by then?
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Old Aug 29, 2013, 06:10 AM   #8
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I don't need it but WANT it, have a new mini now and will sell that to get the 5.
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Old Aug 29, 2013, 08:57 AM   #9
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No, I don't even need the 4. My two threes are plenty fast and have retina displays.

I am waiting to see what the new iPad mini will offer as I have decided that getting mine with wifi only was a mistake. Too much of the free wifi is slower than writing a letter and mailing it in the post box and LTE, commonly available hereabuts, is faster than most fast wifi.
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Thank you so much everybody for your input. Sounds like it makes sense to just be patient and wait for the ipad 5. Buying a 4 when it will be old technology does not make much sense. Her birthday is October 20. Is it safe to say that it will be released by then?
It's a good probability that it will be announced by then if not actually shipping.

And yes, I would recommend waiting for the new iPad. The iPad 4 will in all likelihood stop getting iOS updates sooner than the iPad 5 will. So a month (give or take) wait will make the iPad you get usable for a year or 2 longer before running into software update issues.
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Old Aug 29, 2013, 12:41 PM   #11
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No one needs an iPad. It's a toy mainly... I'm sure she is fine with the iPad 1. Save your money.
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Old Aug 29, 2013, 12:53 PM   #12
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No one needs an iPad. It's a toy mainly... I'm sure she is fine with the iPad 1. Save your money.
Silly remark. No one ? Really ? Some use it as their main computer, and I think that may be a good reason to have one. Than you go on to say, she is fine with an iPad 1. That's and iPad. You know, the one you said no one needs.
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Old Aug 29, 2013, 04:03 PM   #13
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I am thinking of buying my Mom a new ipad. She still uses ipad 1 after all! All she really does is email and games. Is it worth waiting for the ipad 5 or am I safe just buying the ipad 4 right now?
What does she find lacking with her iPad? You know her better than any of us do so you're best equipped to answer your own question. Worth is always highly subjective. Since it's for her you need to consider her rather than ask broad, general questions.

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Silly remark. No one ? Really ?
Depends on how one defines need. The traditional needs are air, water, food, shelter & security. No iPad in that list.

However, it can certainly be argued that a computer (or iPad) is a modern need.

Just because you don't agree with something doesn't make it silly.

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Than you go on to say, she is fine with an iPad 1. That's and iPad. You know, the one you said no one needs.
A person "can be fine" with something without needing it.
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Old Aug 29, 2013, 08:57 PM   #14
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I would say definitely wait for the new one to come out. The difference this time around is not just the processor bump and maybe ram, but it will also have a new design as well as being lighter. The new design is basically the same exact design as the iPad mini, but larger scale. I personally would wait for the new design as I think it might be more friendly for use, and the shaving of a few grams definitely helps you enjoy the experience. Granted, even though I think it would only make maybe 20% of a difference if you got her the new 5 instead of just getting her the 4 now, I still think it is worth it for your mom's birthday gift. That's just me personally.

I do not think the iPad 4 (iPad with Retina Display) will be that much cheaper after release. Might go down $50-100 (they do hold their value), but that is assuming they discontinue the iPad 4 (and you buy left over stock on amazon).

On a side note, they may release the iPad's September 10th! But they may also only release them mid October, so it would be a pleasant surprise if you got her a device that came out literally like 3 days before, but it might be cutting it close. They would announce the date they're selling them at the October event (sometimes they sell a week later, sometimes right away). Good luck
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Old Aug 30, 2013, 12:32 AM   #15
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Silly remark. No one ? Really ? Some use it as their main computer, and I think that may be a good reason to have one. Than you go on to say, she is fine with an iPad 1. That's and iPad. You know, the one you said no one needs.
If you want a sub-par and more inefficient experience, by all means, use an iPad as your main "computer".
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Old Aug 30, 2013, 12:42 AM   #16
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If you're asking whether you need it then no, you don't.
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Old Aug 30, 2013, 07:39 AM   #17
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YES you NEED IT!!!! That and some Funyons... oh man I NEED some Funyons right NOW!!

I have the iPad2,3,4 and will get the 5. I don't want to be labeled an iPad bigot.
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Old Aug 30, 2013, 09:00 PM   #18
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I am thinking of buying my Mom a new ipad. She still uses ipad 1 after all! All she really does is email and games. Is it worth waiting for the ipad 5 or am I safe just buying the ipad 4 right now?
If your loving mommy have very strong hands then iPad 4 is fine for her if you want to save extra money. Try at Apple Refurb online.
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Old Aug 31, 2013, 05:28 AM   #19
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If your loving mommy have very strong hands then iPad 4 is fine for her if you want to save extra money. Try at Apple Refurb online.
Yeah she will be standing up all day holding it
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Old Aug 31, 2013, 02:58 PM   #20
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I'm keeping my iPad 4 and adding an iPad mini Retina.
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Old Aug 31, 2013, 03:25 PM   #21
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If you need it NOW then go for it. We are so close to an announcement it would be better to wait. If you don't think the iPad 5 is worth the money it will just make the iPad 4 that much cheaper after the announcement.
Unless they discontinue to 4 after they release the 5. They did that with both the original iPad and the 3.
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Old Aug 31, 2013, 04:38 PM   #22
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I'm keeping my iPad 4 and adding an iPad mini Retina.
Best reply. That's what I'm doing.
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Old Sep 1, 2013, 12:17 AM   #23
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I have an iPad 1 and am considering getting the 5. My advice is to wait and get the latest and greatest version. If it turns out that the specs are overkill for her needs, then you should be able to get a deep discount on a new or used 4 due to the 5's arrival.
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