iPad Buy iPad 4th gen now or wait?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Razeus, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
    With the iPad 5th rumors generating, and me still using my iPad 3, should I jump to the 4? I'm thinking about resale value NOW instead of what it would drop to once the iPad 5th is released. If the iPad 5 is any good, I can always just sell the 4th gen for the 5th gen. Thoughts?
  2. Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    What's wrong with your iPad 3 that you would like to upgrade it?
  3. macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2012
    He is concerned about iPad 3 resale value once iPad 5 comes out.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Jan 28, 2008
    Vancouver, BC

    iPad 3 -upgrade/depreciation fee-> iPad 4 -upgrade/depreciation fee-> iPad 5

    iPad 3 -upgrade/depreciation fee-> iPad 5

    You upgrading to an iPad 4 is not locking down value. The iPad 4 will also depreciate value. and the rate of depreciation happens most quickly right after you buy it (see value of brand new condition iPad 4 vs. value of iPad 4 in stores)

    I don't suspect that you will lose as much value in your current iPad 3 in the time between now and when the iPad 5 comes out as the value that an iPad 4 will lose between now and that same iPad 5 date.

    If you want to lock value, sell your ipad, wait.
  5. Zav
    macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2013
    Just enjoy your product? Why are you worrying about a product that isn't even out yet? The new iPad might not even have a new form factor, and even if it does, the general experience compared to your iPad will not change. It will still be the beautiful retina display and the same iOS. I'd understand if you had an iPad 2 with that dated display, but the iPad 3 is still awesome and still has a few years left at being near the cream of the crop.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2013
    I think u shouldn't. Becuz, basically ipad 4 is'nt different from 3. You need lightning connector or chip A6X or antenna dual band ? I think you don't. Ipad 3 can do very well everything ipad 4 can. So , why do you have to upgrage ???
    I say that but it's up to you.
    Have fun with your choice :)
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2005
    Wait till iPad 12. I hear it will be "magical".
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2012
    Please dont blame the consumer for having this expectation...It is Apple who has spoiled this habit of a consumer...Though in a Healthy way... Had there not been a New iPad every year...People would have not kept talking about this.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Jun 6, 2010
    Isn't it pretty obvious that it will have a new form factor? I can't wait to hear the moaning of iPad 3 (but more likely 4) owners about the new form, feeling ripped off etc. Those products look dated now, imagine when the iPad 5 comes! Bring it on, the sooner the better! The iPad 3 was like an experiment, the 4 just fixed the glitchiness but not the weight, size or heat issues. No real progress at all - this one should make quite a splash akin to the Mini.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2010
  11. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    The iPad 5 would probably release in june or fall since apple introduce 128 GB earlier this month.

    just like apple introduce cdma iphone 4 in february and delay the usual june iphone announcement to october.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2012
    Each iPad is better than the previous gen. Apple's marketing job is to make you beLIEve that you need to have the new one because it is better. While it is better, you don't need it. In my opinion - specifically on where Apple is right now regarding os development (stagnant) I would wait until the 5 comes out and buy the 4. Best value. If you want the latest and greatest and want that perceived buffer zone of having the latest tech for the longest amount of time then you need to pay full price on launch day. No need to contemplate further.
  13. macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2011
    New York
    same here bro..just sold my 3 yest bc i felt like if the 5 came out in march/april i wouldnt have gotten as much $ lol
  14. macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2007
    I did the same: just sold my 3 and picked up a 4 open box

    I'm a best buy rewardzone member so I have 60-day return policy in case something tempting crops up.

    Somehow I don't feel like we'll see any more pads until mid summer at the earliest.

    Even then not sure ill be too interested.
  15. Zav
    macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2013
    Yes perhaps it is obvious, but the main point I'm making wasn't whether there would be or not. If there's a new form factor, it isn't going to render all the current iPads useless. The iPad 2, 3 and 4 will still be a great products. It's sad that people don't get time to enjoy their products just because they worry about being outdated. It's Apples philosophy to update each year, but it doesn't have to be the consumers, and I feel it shouldn't be unless its truly necessary.
  16. macrumors 65816

    Jun 7, 2011
    The cost of the iPad 3 is already horrible. Just keep it until you feel that it's not meeting your requirements. The iPad 3 was a must because of the new retina. The 4 is performance that only certain applications benefit from. But for most tasks the iPad 3 will be just fine for at least another year or so.

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