My wife's iPad 2 has seen better days. The lag is almost unbearable and she has patiently soldiered on with this issue for the past year and a half. In light of the new 9.7 iPad to be revealed on Monday, I am curious to see what Apple has to offer. I want to purchase a device that will last about 5 years which is how long my wife has had her iPad. She uses it primarily for surfing, Facebook, Kindle, emails and digital art (Brushes app and Art Set.) So she isn't exactly taxing the A5 processor, but the overhead of the latest iOS seems to be the cause of the debilitating lag. So having the latest and greatest may or may not be the most important decision in my purchasing process. I like Apple's products and we as a family are fully immersed into the Apple ecosystem in our house. What I have grown to dislike is the mindset of some who replace their iDevices with each new product release. From a frugality standpoint, that simply is wasteful for me. That I have the means to do so isn't the point, I'd rather save or invest the cash rather than be on the never-ending merry go round of updating my device year after year. I have been looking at the refurbished iPad Air 2 on Apple's website and am waiting for Monday's reveal to see not only what new iPad is offered but if that product doesn't appeal to me, I'm hoping the prices of the refurbs drops a bit. I'm fairly certain a refurb iPad Air 2 would suit her well and the Air 2 would no doubt be a quantum leap over what she has now. I'm hoping that the Air 2 could function properly with the new few iterations of iOS for at least 3 to 4 more years. I'm not averse to buying the latest iPad if the features AND price are decent, but given the way my wife typically uses the iPad, I wonder if the new 9.7 would be overkill and thus overspend. We also both have iPhone 5s and plan to keep those at least another year if not 2, depending if they also function well with new iOS updates. My question to the forum is given the aforementioned average use the prospective iPad I'll purchase will see, what are your opinions regarding the Air 2 as a potential replacement? Again, I'll watch the keynote to see what the new 9.7 iPad will offer, but I have my doubts that an A9X and A8X are really going to have a perceptible difference to my wife.