All iPads How long do you keep your iPad?

How long do you keep your iPad?

  • 1 year

    Votes: 53 33.3%
  • 2 years

    Votes: 45 28.3%
  • 3 years

    Votes: 30 18.9%
  • 3+ years

    Votes: 23 14.5%
  • still haven't purchased one

    Votes: 8 5.0%

  • Total voters
    159
  • Poll closed .

rui no onna

macrumors G3
Original poster
Oct 25, 2013
8,343
4,332
I see a lot of arguments against purchasing deeply discounted older generation iPads in the name of future proofing. Personally, with how fast technology moves, I don't think there's such a thing as future proofing. I just upgrade when there are new features I find useful at a price point I'm willing to pay.

So now this made me curious, do people actually keep their iPads long enough to lend credence to the future proofing argument? How long have you guys had your iPads?
 

nostresshere

macrumors 68030
Dec 30, 2010
2,683
269
Not sure what value this post or survey will give you.

For starters, your group is very selective here, and not the general public.

And, since lots of people still have their Ipad- first edition and lots get every single upgrade... the result is of zero meaning.
 

Deacon-Blues

macrumors 6502a
Aug 15, 2012
570
651
California
I bought my iPad 2 in March of 2011. I am well overdue for an upgrade. I almost got the last iPad when they bumped it to 128GB but I held off. Glad I did.
 

xxBURT0Nxx

macrumors 68020
Jul 9, 2009
2,189
2
until it breaks or if I feel like the features in the newer model will benefit me, and I can sell my older model for a decent amount of money.
 

vigilant

macrumors 6502
Aug 7, 2007
459
109
Nashville, TN
For the last few years I upgrade regularly with the releases.

Places will buy your phone for enough to almost do a swap at most Verizon stores. I've got my wife and is iPads sold for about $900. Planning on getting a 32GB mini for her and 64GB air for mer both on Verizon. Sure we aren't ahead like we are on phones but we do enough with them where it's worth it.
 

xxBURT0Nxx

macrumors 68020
Jul 9, 2009
2,189
2
I agree^^ Have upgraded my phone every single year and made good money selling my old one.

The reason you can come out ahead on an iPhone is because the cost is subsidized so you can sell it for high dollar and upgrade at new contract pricing which is much lower than people will pay for even a used off contract device.

Luckily I have somehow ended up with an annual upgrade even though I sign a 2 year contract every time. Let's hope that continues.
 

vigilant

macrumors 6502
Aug 7, 2007
459
109
Nashville, TN
I agree^^ Have upgraded my phone every single year and made good money selling my old one.

The reason you can come out ahead on an iPhone is because the cost is subsidized so you can sell it for high dollar and upgrade at new contract pricing which is much lower than people will pay for even a used off contract device.
You are right. If you have a good account rep are your carried then all things are possible

Tablets are different.

Im working to get myself being able to work from an iPad at some point. Tired of carrying things.
 

kaielement

macrumors 65816
Dec 16, 2010
1,226
61
Got a good price on my iPad 2 when the iPad 3 came out. That one got stolen replaced it with another iPad 2 and now I am going to get iPad air so I guess that's just under two years.
 

Ih8reno

macrumors 65816
Aug 10, 2012
1,363
179
Got my iPad 3 a couple weeks after the release date. Keeping it until iOS no longer supports it. Had the 1st gen and only got rid of it due to it being cut out as iOS 6 came out.
 

blco02

Suspended
Jul 11, 2008
111
73
I agree^^ Have upgraded my phone every single year and made good money selling my old one.

The reason you can come out ahead on an iPhone is because the cost is subsidized so you can sell it for high dollar and upgrade at new contract pricing which is much lower than people will pay for even a used off contract device.

Luckily I have somehow ended up with an annual upgrade even though I sign a 2 year contract every time. Let's hope that continues.
How are you upgrading at new contract pricing every year when you sign 2 year contracts?
 

sportsfrk214

macrumors 6502a
Sep 18, 2007
564
28
Bought the iPad 2 in March 2011. Bought the iPad 3 in March 2012. Now, in November 2013, I'll be buying the iPad Air. I had been planning on making my 3 last 2+ years, and so I was planning on waiting until the iPad 6 (or iPad Air 2, whatever you want to call it). Unfortunately, iOS 7 runs unacceptably on my iPad. My new iPhone 5S runs iOS 7 so smoothly, and its frustrating to deal with how laggy it is on my iPad. So for me, combined with the reduction in weight, it's an instant purchase for me. Hard to believe that in under 2 years, I'm going to be getting 4x better processing power.
 

Sodner

macrumors 68020
Jan 12, 2011
2,081
39
Pittsburgh, PA
Got the first one, it was cool.
Got the second one, it had improvements.
Got the third one, Retina!
Got a mini, it's so light!
Getting a Air, full size and light!
 

Davidkoh

macrumors 65816
Aug 2, 2008
1,059
18
Got the 1st one, was too slow compared to a MacBook Air while web browsing, didn't use it at all really. Got the iPad 4, was quick enough to replace my MBA as my portable machine. Will get the Air and most likely update every year.
 

Chupa Chupa

macrumors G5
Jul 16, 2002
14,834
7,394
In the past it's been 1 year. The resale value + changes in the new model made it a decent proposition. It'll take a bigger hit w/ my 3 though b/c of the shorter model life. I'm going to upgrade this time b/c I want a lighter iPad and also to get rid of my last Dock Connector device. But if iPad Air value doesn't hold during the next year I'll hold on to it for a couple years as I don't see anything too compelling coming next year other than Touch ID.
 

Aluminum213

macrumors 68040
Mar 16, 2012
3,509
3,821
I've lost no more then $80 on every iPad I've sold, so I upgrade every year because of that
 

Count Blah

macrumors 68040
Jan 6, 2004
3,112
2,590
US of A
Like my MBPs, they become family hand-me-downs. The misses will get my iPAd 2 exclusively when I get the Air.
 

Menel

macrumors 603
Aug 4, 2011
6,208
1,139
As with most, particularly Apple, every other update.

1, 3, 5

Honestly I'm yoyoing really hard between a refurb 4 and a 5 though as little difference as there is. Biggest want is ditch 30pin and gain Airdrop.
 

ToniqR

macrumors member
Jul 26, 2011
75
0
Bath, UK
Still using my iPad 2 since december 2011. Since iOS7 Ive found it to be performing much more smoothly so plan to keep it for as long as possible - possibly for at least another year.

The retina screen is so tempting though.... :D
 

BenTrovato

macrumors 68030
Jun 29, 2012
2,892
1,954
Canada
The future proofing game is tiresome. I'll keep my devices until they no longer serve me or a new feature gets introduced that I want.

Then again, if technology is a hobby for you, only the latest gear will quench your appetite.
 

leenak

macrumors 68020
Mar 10, 2011
2,412
50
The future proofing game is tiresome. I'll keep my devices until they no longer serve me or a new feature gets introduced that I want.

Then again, if technology is a hobby for you, only the latest gear will quench your appetite.
This is me. My iPad 2 has served me well even without Retina. I've noticed some slow down in the past year on certain apps.

I think the poll here is also a bit skewed as I'm sure there are a ton of people out there with iPad 1s around.
 
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