Buy iPad or wait?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Liquinn, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    I can't really think what else they could put into the 5th generation iPad really to be honest. So should I buy now or wait?
  2. gadget123 macrumors 68020

    Apr 17, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Similar back to Ipad mini/Ipod touch, 1080p Facetime, NFC, 16:9, 3D, Slimmer, lighter, 8mp camera, the rumoured fingerprint-recognition technology, improved smart covers, possible new colour, 10" screen..

    list goes on there will be something better soon.
  3. stuaz macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2012
    I personally think if you always 'wait' you will never get the product because when Apple release the '5th' one, will it be a case of 'shall I wait till the 6th'

    Sometimes I think with Gadgets - especially Apple you have to realise that the product you buy today will be out of date in 12 months (Or 6 in the case of iPad 3 owners! :))
  4. Hell0W0rld macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2010
    Do you need one? If yes than buy it, if no save your money.
  5. jigzaw, Oct 24, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2012

    jigzaw macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    I'm thinking about this, too. Whatever I get will be my first iPad and I want it to last a good long time. I'm leaning towards getting the 4. If the next update is this March, then I might be inclined to wait, as that's less than 6 months away now. But if they've decided on a Fall schedule, and the next one's a year away, then I'd jump in now. Considering Apple is pretty much unpredictable now, I'll just have to go with my gut.

    As far as what could possibly be updated? I can think of a couple things. As the Phone goes, so goes the Pad. So, just as the retina came after the phone and the A5 (and now A6) came after the phone, we can expect the next iPad to use the in-cell screen tech and go thinner, lighter, hopefully less hot.

    Here's another thought, what about upping the screen resolution. "Retina" isn't a technological term, it's a marketing one, and not all "Retina screens" are created equal. The iPhone (4, 4S, and 5) actually have a significantly higher ppi (around 330) than the iPad 4 (around 260). I've heard that at that size, it doesn't make much of a difference since the letters and graphics you'll be looking at are bigger on the Pad anyway... But, Steve Jobs used to say the magic number past which the eye could no longer distinguish pixels was 300 ppi.. the iPad hasn't hit that yet. I would bet they'd love the opportunity to boost the display resolution and advertise the hell out of that. I doubt they'd go that way as early as March, considering they didn't bother to up the resolution of the iPhone 5 but focus on thin/light, but if the next update is October... then possibly.

    Eventually, glasses-free 3D. Eventually, haptic technology on the displays (look it up, it's pretty incredible). I was really rooting for haptic this time around but I guess it's still too early. I'm getting a little concerned that with no Steve Jobs at the helm, Apple's lost the drive to really surprise us with something we didn't even realize we'd want. Part of the reason I want to jump in now is as time goes on, I'm afraid they'll actually become less and less innovative. I hope I'm wrong.

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