Buy iPad 2 or consider waiting for iPad 3?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by waltonmark, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. waltonmark macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2011

    I currently own a 2010 iMac 27" and an iphone 4. I have just sold my macbook and want to purchase an iPad.

    Basically do i purchase the iPad 2 now or should i wait for the 3?

    Any suggestions?
  2. 42streetsdown macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2011
    Gallifrey, 5124
    the 3 is a good while away... if you sold your macbook you'll probably need a portable computer. unless your iPhone works fine for that. Buy the 2 now, and if you want the 3 when it comes out you can sell the 2
  3. 3goldens macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    perhaps if your patient you should wait for the Ipad 4, I hear that's going to kick some serious ass!
  4. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W

    All decisions like this can be measured on "opportunity cost."

    In this instance is the cost (inconvenience) of waiting 6 months or so until the iPad3 for you greater that the cost (lack of features/emotional turmoil) in 2-3 years when the iPad3 can upgrade to iOS7 (or what ever it's called) and the iPad 2 can't).

    Completely an individual decision.

    I myself replace my iPhone on a every second model cycle, and will likely do so for the iPad. My desktop macs I plan that they will likely need upgrade every 3 years (depending on how many I own at a time, they get rotated like a shop would stock, and I've done this with at least 15-20 macs over the years)
  5. Irish Rose macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2010
    The question you should be asking yourself here is, do I really need an iPad? ;)
  6. macrat macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2003
    The iPad 3 will likely have the retina display, better camera, and faster processor/longer battery life. But so what. It is a long 6 months away, at least.

    When they roll out the iOS 5 in the fall it will be another wave of excitement for iPads as the new features will be showcased in new apps and upgrades of already great apps at the store. For example, the new improved AirPlay feature has so much potential that your 55 -65 inch HDTV can literally become an extended monitor for your iPad! Who needs retina display!

    I also have an iMac 27 and a Macbook and I can tell you that the iPad 2 is a lot more fun, more useful, and way more convenient that I have ever imagined. I haven't used my Macbook ever since my wife gave me the iPad 2 as an early Father's Day gift.:D

    Get it already!
  7. Virgo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Plus the fact that it will probably be 9 months until the new one, rather than 6. The iPad 2 is still fresh. Get it now and enjoy it.
  8. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    buy iPad 2 now and enjoy it, by the time iPad 3 is released, sell the iPad 2 and accept the loss of money as a rent fee and less stressfull days thinking about the iPad all day long.
  9. fkhan3 macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2010
    No one knows when iPad 3 will be released. If you have the need for it, get it else save your money.
  10. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
  11. megsandbytes macrumors member

    May 1, 2011
    I'm hoping it also comes equipped with built-in hardware that is compatible with Qi-enabled inductive chargers so it can be recharged wirelessly like the iPhone 4.
  12. mwheeler609 macrumors member


    Apr 14, 2011
    I was on the fence a few times, ordered an iPad 2, cancelled the order when it was 3-4 weeks wait, then looked in stores, then reordered on 2-3 weeks, then cancelled, now though about just getting the ipad 1 refurb, but walmart has plenty ipad 2's now that I want, so i'm grabbing one this week. ipad 3 will come someday and if i want to that bad i'll sell the 2
  13. tobyfarmer macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2011
    A good way to describe the iPad is a jack of all trades. It's a great device, if you have uses for it. I would get the iPad 2 now. When the iPad 2 came out, iPad "1"s were still selling strong at a reasonable price. However if the iPad 3 turns out to be a major change, unlike the iPad 2 in relation to the iPad "1", the sale price of the outdated iPad 2 might not be as good as the first iPad. Hope that makes sense.
  14. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    I only buy Apple revisions in prime numbers...
  15. iBaloney macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2010
    i'd wait for the ipad 3 in hopes of retina display.

    that was the deal breaker for me on the ipad 2
  16. Mazenat macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2010
    Saudi Arabia
  17. Fizzoid macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    Wait for the iPad 4, I hear it will be even better than the 3!!

  18. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    Get an iPad2 now, enjoy it. And start saving for iPad3.

    I kept my iPad1 in good shape and got 50% back when sold to a colleague.
  19. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Best advice yet. There will always be something better on the horizon.

    The decision boils down to whether the value of owning/using the current model between now and when you can buy the next model exceeds to the cost of ownership of the current model (price less guessed resale).
  20. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    Get it. It's every bit as cool as you're imagining it is. Actually, even more so. I use it way more than I thought I would.
  21. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2010
    3? why not wait for the 8? this is ridiculous, if you want one now - buy it. if you don't, the answer is obvious.
  22. solaris macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    Consider waiting for iPad 3, then make up your mind. ;)
  23. ratzzo macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2011
    Yep, you can only play the waiting game for so long. The iPad 2 is fantastic and I doubt we will see a jump as significant as we saw when we transitioned from the 1 to the 2 when the 3 comes out. The second gen iPad is relatively new and honestly, it's what there is, if you want it, buy it. No point waiting forever if you want one.
  24. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    There isn't a huge jump from iPad 1 to iPad 2. Same screen size/resolution. All Apple added was a crappy front and back cameras and new processors. Sure iPad 2 is faster but if one has an ipad 1...the ipad 2 isn't worth the upgrade unless you sold your ipad 1 for money to cover some of the "upgrade cost".

    In terms of iPad 3...we don't know much but it will be worth the upgrade if someone is using ipad 1.

    But getting back to the user's question. If the user does not own an iPad and considering getting an ipad 2. Than the answer is simple. Buy the iPad 2 NOW instead of thinking about it. It's been out for only 3 months. I doubt Apple will update the iPad 2 this year.

    Could they introduce something smaller (like 7 inch screen later this year?). Possibly. But the iPad 2 in it's current screen size will most likely not be updated until early 2012.
  25. ratzzo macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2011
    Are you serious? Apple went from a single core A4 to a dual core A5, and thus multiplied not only processing powers but also cores, made multitasking much easier and saves on battery life plus the obvious performance gain. Graphics also experienced a 9 times faster upgrade. Crappy front and back cameras? That's the main reason most people are changing from iPad 1 to 2, I use facetime very frequently.

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