iPad iPad 5 comes Out Mid iPhone Cycle

Discussion in 'iPad' started by RoqueCub, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. RoqueCub macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    I was pondering this idea today.

    There is quite a bit of speculation on what the final iPad 5 will include. Touch ID or not, what camera, which chip and how many...

    With my iPhone, I've been skipping the half step generations. 3 to 4 to 5 have all been pretty big steps in changes of the hardware and software. I have an iPad 2 currently and upgrading will already be a big change, however...

    Is an iPad that is released on the iPhone half-step cycle worth getting?

    Or am I stuck waiting for the iPhone/iPad 6 double combo?
  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Not sure there is a "half cycle" with the iPads like with the "S" iPhone models. So far, we had the original iPad, then the iPad 2 was a big design change, then 2, 3 and 4 have all had the same design, with internal component upgrades. The upcoming iPad 5, however, is rumored to be a big design change. If you want to get in on the one that is a leap in design, that should be it. After that, who knows what will happen next. So far, there hasn't been a regular pattern like with the iPhones.
  3. RoqueCub thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    Hopefully, less speculation and more facts are available in October.
  4. tmarks11 macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2010
    I think the Ipad 4 was an incremental ("half step") update, so the Ipad 5 will be the one to get.

    Ipad 1 -> 2. Small change, easy to skip (256 -> 512kb, both not enough, 1Ghz single core to 1 Ghz dual core).
    Ipad 2 -> 3. Big change (retina screen, 512 -> 1024 kb, finally got enough memory).
    Ipad 3 -> 4. Small change (A6 -> A6X, 1-1.4 Ghz, but Ipad 3 is plenty fast).

    I think this next one will be a big jump. 64 bit, 2 GB RAM, much faster CPU. This will be the one to get.

    TICK-TOCK. This is the TICK.
  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I totally agree that 3>4 was a small change, but disagree about the 1>2. The outer case was totally redesigned, and the 2 was significantly thinner and lighter than the 1. As for 2>3, yes retina, more memory, better processor, all a significant change, but the outside remained the same, as in all but the most tight fitting cases for the 2 also works on the 3. So whether 2>3 was a big change depends on how you define change. From what I understand of the changes in iPhone 5>5S, it seems to me that the changes are as significant as iPads 2>3, yet we are in a "tock" year.
  6. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    the next one should hav ethe new screen corners so it's changed enough from the older model for some :confused:
  7. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I don't think I understand. When the 5 comes out it wil be the begining of the iPad cycle. The iPhone has nothing to do with it.
  8. JulianL macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2010
    London, UK
    I agree. 4 -> 5 is hopefully also going to shed some of the weight that the iPad 3 and 4 put on when going to the retina screen. For me that's reason enough to upgrade from my iPad 3.

    I don't really have any complaints about the performance of my current iPad except for maybe a few of my more bloated third party apps loading a bit slowly but I'm still really looking forward to seeing the performance improvements with the 5 because they should be incredible, especially as I've skipped the iPad 4.

    If the rumoured improvements are delivered then the next iPad will be a launch-day purchase for me, assuming I can get hold of one with all the overloaded web site madness that happens when pre-orders open for new Apple iPhones and iPads.

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