1st Generation iPad: Functional Lifespan Now That It Is Limited To iOS5?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Mojo1, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    I have a mint condition 16GB 1st generation iPad for sale. Since it cannot be upgraded to iOS6, I would like some advice regarding how long its useful life is likely to be. I don't want to mislead potential buyers nor sell something that will be dead in the water within the next year. I sold an iPhone 3GS last December and at that time I was satisfied that it would be suitable for at least a couple of years.

    For example, I have a potential buyer who wants an iPad for her son (I don't know how old he is because I haven't had an opportunity to ask). I want to be sure that he will be able to use it for a reasonable period of time.
  2. 80sarcades macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2008
    I have one that I still use for browsing, typing, etc. As long as nothing goes wrong (hardware or software) it should be quite usable for some time.
  3. Mojo1 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    Thanks very much for your opinion. That is what I think but I wanted to see if I was missing anything...
  4. stickybuns macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2011
    The time will come when the user is no longer able to load new apps nor updates to apps, but the apps that are already on the device will continue to work.

    I would just give the buyer the heads up that they should download apps sooner rather than later. The buyer will likely NOT be an Apple fanatic or even a techie, so you may want to offer them a list of essential apps that are iPad 1 compatible. That way, they aren't freaking out that Infinity Blade XVII won't run on it.
  5. Titus macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2009
    How much are you going to ask? I have a 64G 1st generation in perfect condition and was thinking of putting it on e-bay. I also have an 8G iPod touch that's three years old and a locked (I guess) iPhone 4G. I'd like to sell them all because I rarely use them.

    My first-generation iPad has many apps on it that run smoothly and update constantly. I'm sure with the right price point, this will remain a useful device for a few years.

    Is there a market for an AT&T iPhone 4G?
  6. Ashwood11 macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2010
    Limited to iOS 5? What's the limitation? All reviews on the App Store state what iOS system is required.
  7. Mojo1 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    I'm asking $275 due to its condition and the included accessories: Belkin padded case, Macally case that protects the edge/back and a PowerSupport anti-glare film. The iPad has worn the film and Macally case since I removed it from its box, so it is cosmetically in mint condition.


    The 1st generation iPad cannot be updated to iOS 6.
  8. albertfallickwa macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2014
    iOS 5 is still pretty awesome. Works smoothly with my iTunes tracks. :)
  9. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Honestly, that price seems a tad high to me. New or refurbished iPad 2s can be had for that and they are a much better overall device and are still supported for the most part by iOS updates. You can ask that much but be prepared for lower offers. IMO. It's only 16GB too which is another hindrance.
  10. IrishVixen macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2010
    You're referring to an almost 3 year old post. :)
  11. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

    Feb 6, 2014

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