I had the original iPad (first gen). It was great.... until iOS upgrades. Then, like most, it became slow as molasses and crashed often. Prob due to the paltry RAM. So I love the iPad mini form factor, and quite honestly, it seemed to be almost as fast as the iPad 4 for surfing, iPhoto, pictures. BUT- is the iPad mini future proof? I'm not looking for 5 years. But will the chip and RAM (basically what is in the iPad 2) be supported in one or two years, OR is iOS 7 or 8 destined to make this thing a (very very light) paperweight?