iPad Anyone upgrade from iPad 3 to 4

Discussion in 'iPad' started by tim100, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. tim100, Nov 2, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2012

    macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    any ipad 3rd gen owners upgrade to the 4? what do you think?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2010
  3. macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2011
    I did, mainly because I wanted 64gb and my ipad 3 was 32gb. I'd regretted not getting the 64gb iPad 3 for a while now. If I had, I would not have upgraded to the iPad 4.

    But now that I have the iPad 4, I love it - it's definitely faster than the 3, wifi seems to go faster too.
  4. macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
  5. thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
  6. thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    how many think the ipad 5 will have a same design as the ipad mini/iphone 5 but bigger?
  7. macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2010
    It probably will.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2010
    Bay Area, California
  9. macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    Yep. :)

    For me the "rental" cost of $140 for 8 months use of my 3rd gen was reasonable, and the updates present in the 4th gen were just what I wanted and fixed a few deficiencies.

    Will be adding a Mini to the iPads here at the World HQ for Christmas too.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 2, 2008
    Metro Kansas City
    I did. Safari and web browsing noticeably faster, apps load faster. Switches between apps faster.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2011
    I purchased nova 4 a while ago and could not play it on my ipad 3, very slow frame rates!
    Now with my ipad 4, im impressed!
    everygame is awesome!
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    Here, there and everywhere
    I did earlier today (store had lots of big iPads but no minis), the wife will get the 3. (Though she, likely, will get a mini)

    Haven't yet unbowed it, waiting till kids go to bed.
  13. macrumors regular


    May 23, 2012
    Cambridge, UK
    I almost made an impulse buy on the first day of pre-ordering, but the launch allocation was sold out.

    I'm still tempted, but have "calmed down" a bit regarding my "need" to have the latest version.

    I was originally intending to buy an iPad 4 assuming that it was released a year after the iPad 3... But given that it has been released "early", I may just skip a generation and wait for the iPad 5 (which hopefully will have a redesign to make it thinner and give it an IGZO display).

    One thing that does still tempt me is that if I do wait another year, the resale value of my iPad 3 will be even lower than it already is now.
  14. thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    i wonder if the ipad will get a redesign next year to look like the mini and iPhone
  15. macrumors demi-goddess

    Jun 13, 2008
    Little Rock, AR
  16. macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2012
    It should.. the hardware is still ahead of the software. No need for more processing power but a thinner, sleeker looking, more battery efficient iPad 5 would sell very well. Okay scrap the battery thing, they'll keep it at 10-12 hours so when they bump up the processing power next time, we won't complain.
  17. thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    the design of the iphone 5 and ipad mini.
  18. thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    i am thinking about waiting to the ipad 5 too.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    Yeah, it makes sense. I have the 2 and will probably wait till the 5 comes out before thinking of upgrading.
  20. macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    My iPad 4 is a bit faster & smoother than my 3.

    Unless one has an original or iPad 2, I cannot in good faith suggest the 4. It's not enough of an "upgrade" over the 3.
  21. macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2011
    i used to have an iPad 3, which i bought for full price on October 3. apple allowed me to return it and pre-order the iPad 4, which i did. i got the iPad 4 and in all honesty the difference was not very significant. app folders opened up a split second more quickly and web pages loaded maybe 1-2 seconds more quickly. games played exactly the same (Metal Storm) and despite the A6X being twice as fast as the A5X, the A5 on a non-retina display still plays Metal Storm more fluidly. that Retina screen truly is a beast and i still feel that the A6X isn't fully adequate for the Retina. but i digress...that's a topic of discussion for another forum.

    i saw that the iPad 3 refurbs substantially dropped in price right when the iPad 4 was announced. the iPad 3/4 64GB LTE that originally was $829 brand new was now $679... talk about a steep price drop ($150). i returned the iPad 4 and bought the iPad 3 version for $679. before i did this though, i thought about what my intentions were with this iPad 3. was i intending to hold onto it for 3 years or am i buying it to use for a year and then flip when the redesigned iPad 5 comes out? most likely it will be the latter. thus i concluded that going with the iPad 3 was the better way to go. an analogy to this situation would be trying to decide to buy a used car or a brand new car if you knew you would be selling it soon. most logical people would buy the used vehicle since after 1 year of ownership it will not have depreciated from the purchase price as much as the brand new one. going back to the iPad, the $679 iPad 3 64GB LTE iPad a year from now when the iPad 5 comes out, will probably have a resale dip to $600. the iPad 4 64GB LTE on the other hand, will likely drop from $829 down to the $679 price that the refurb iPad 3 used to be at due to downward pricing pressure from Apple.com iPad 4 refurbs. in my situation, after doing the simple math, the iPad 3 is the better way to go. however, not everyone's situation is the same as mine as they might not be planning to upgrade to the iPad 5. this scenario also doesn't end up being as extreme if you are comparing base model 16GB wifi models and you throw in Black Friday pricing too. that gap ends up being more narrow and then i might say just go with the iPad 4.

    moving onto the other new features of the iPad 4. i have an iPhone 4S and i've owned iPods since 2005 so to be honest i won't miss the Lightning port - i'm too entrenched in 30-pin cables and accessories for the benefits of the new port (reversible) to negate the inconveniences. i have about a dozen 30-pin cables - several throughout the house, car, office, several at the lake house, briefcase, backpack, etc just to name a few. while wifi sync is great, it's not ideal for transferring 15GB of Season 2 of Game of Thrones to my iPad. i know eventually the Lightning cables will be generic, but they're not now and they won't be $0.99 probably for 2 more years. again like i said above, i am thinking about the now and for the next year.

    not having a Facetime HD camera in the iPad 3 is OK - it's not like 720p will make my face more attractive. if anything it'll make it uglier lol. my girlfriend has the Mini so i at least get to see her in 720p when we occasionally Facetime which is maybe once every 2 months when i am on a business trip. if i was in a long distance relationship though, then i could see the 720p Facetime HD camera being a must.

    so yeah, that's pretty much my reasoning why i went from and iPad 3, to and iPad 4, back to and iPad 3. i'm sure many will disagree with my logic and that's OK - that's why we're consumers...we each have our own opinion
  22. macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2012
    Here's the problem with upgrading to an iPad 4. The problem is you get iOS 6 and iOS 6 is a huge step down.

    Getting Do Not Disturb, VIP Mail, Facebook integration, a clock app, and Apple Maps is not worth losing the YouTube App, Google Maps w/Street View, and the Home Sharing feature (which is broken in iOS 6) over.
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2012
    I mainly upgraded to the iPad 4 as I want to gift my iPad 3 to someone. I'm surprised to find that I actually prefer the "warmer" screen I got on the iPad 4, but screens vary on the iPads and this was luck of the draw. It is a little faster but for web browsing which I primarily use it for that isn't a deal breaker. It also charges faster with the lightening connector and the battery seems to last longer (subjective as I haven't timed it). I love my iPad 4, but if I didn't want to give my iPad 3 to a friend's grandson I probably would have been happy to keep it and pass on this upgrade.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    SnowLeopard OSX

    Dec 5, 2012
    There'd be no point in upgrading from 3 to 4. I'd even churn out one more generational use for iPad 2. I think upgrading from iPad 1 to iPad 4 is justifiable, though.

    In my case -- I went from no iPad to iPad 4 - and I'm very satisfied with my purchase. I plan on using this thing for at least a good three years before I'd consider upgrading!
  25. macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2012
    Agreed. They are becoming like laptops. No one buys a new laptop every year. Happy with my 3, my gf still has the 1!

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