All iPads How often do you upgrade your iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Math889, Nov 3, 2016.


How often do you upgrade your IPad ?

Poll closed Mar 3, 2017.
  1. I always upgrade to the latest model

  2. Skip one generation

  3. Skip two generations

  4. Skip three generations

  5. Skip 4 generations

  6. Skip 5 generations or more

  7. I upgrade when my iPad no longer gets the latest iOS version

  1. Math889 macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2016
  2. craig1024 macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2016
    I think you should add a when it's necessary option because not everyone upgrades on a set schedule.
  3. beernut macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2016
  4. Math889 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2016
  5. sjleworthy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2008
    Penarth, Wales, UK
    no set rules for me. just whenever.

    my first ipad was ipad2, then upgraded to Pro 12.9. wont upgrade now until either the os gets painfully slow or the hardware gets a radical upgrade. and i mean radical.
    So in all likelihood, thats me now for a fair few years to come. the current 12.9 is pretty future proof other than hardware gadgets :)
  6. gobikerider macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2016
    United States
    I will probably upgrade my iPad Air 2 in 2 years as I do not imagine it staying smooth for more than another 2 years. iOS 12 will be some readical release with a ton of overhead that the Air 2 will begin to struggle on. I was thinking I would keep my iPad for 5+ years but it seems like 4 will be the sweet spot for me.
  7. rosalindavenue macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2003
    Virginia, USA
  8. JT2002TJ macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2013
    iPad 4 (first lightning), iPad Air, iPad Pro 12.9. Only reason 4 then Air was because I needed to give one to my wife, so she got my 4 when I got the Air. Now, I have the Pro, she has the Air and gave the 4 to my parents. Will wait until Pro 2 12.9 or the next before getting another one (depends on new features).
  9. iono11200 macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2012
    My first was an iPad 3, Followed by an iPad 4 for the wife. Then bought 2 new iPad Air's at release. Kept them for 3 years. Just upgraded to 2 new iPad Pro's 32 gb WiFi Only. Got them for $499.99 each with no tax, free shipping and 12 months same as cash financing. Hoping to keep those for 3 years as well.
  10. RobinInOR macrumors 6502


    Sep 14, 2014
    1, then mini1, mini2, mini4, pro 12.9
    The 1 is packed away, the min1 and mini4 and Pro are used daily, the mini2 in keep charged but only use it occasionally, it may become a home hub.
  11. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
    The latest working iOS on iPad 2 was fast enough for my sister to get introduced to the iPad, it wasn't enough for me anymore. The iPad Air 2 replaced it.

    Once the latest OS on it becomes slow, or it has certain damage, I will start saving up for a replacement and wait for Apple to release a worthy replacement.
  12. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
    I have an iPad 3 for my downtime, and I've considered upgrading to a 11" Macbook Air...
  13. sorcery macrumors regular


    Mar 27, 2016
    Ring of Fire
    I don't recall the time intervals. Have had iPad 1, iPad 4, Air 2. Planning Mini 4 shortly, as a reader, and the next iteration of the 12.9 in 2017.
  14. tthip macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2012
    I bought the iPad 1 and used it randomly and perfectly until about a year ago, not because it stopped working, just because I bought the kids two 2 minis. (2's I think)
    I bought the iPad 3 when it came out and still use it all day every day and it still works flawlessly.
    Never have had a reason to upgrade any further yet. It works flawlessly and there is not anything I can think of that I am missing.
  15. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    No set schedule. I upgrade when my current iPad starts feeling slow or there's a feature on the new model that I want, whichever comes first.
  16. xaqt93 macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2011
    My first iPad was an iPad Air, I then sold it to get the iPad Air 2 because of the split screen. Then I sold that to get the iPad Pro because of the Pencil. However, I don't think that there will be a reason for me to upgrade again. Everything is exactly how I want it finally. I'm on no set scedule.
  17. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    generally, every other generation, but if I can get a good deal, I upgrade immediately.
  18. TheRealAlex macrumors 65816

    Sep 2, 2015

    I upgrade when there's New Technology. Period. Or scratch that New Innovation. How ?

    IPad 1 was just a big iPhone I purchased the 4th Generation iPad Why because.

    IPad Gen 1 was just a big iPhone
    Gen 2 don't Remeber
    Gen 3 Had Retina Display but the same A5 CPU as the Gen 2 so historically the worst iPad
    Gen 4 (my baby) Had Lightning cable and a new A6X CPU and Retina Display this was November 2012
    Gen 5 Air 1 I was so mad.
    Gen 6 iPad Air 2, my Gen 4 was dropped or damaged at the Apple Store worse than it went in. Manager had no units on hand and Upgraded me to a Air 2 on the Spot October 2014. It was like winning the lottery still Remeber what I wore, what I ate that day. A Stale bagel tasted liked roast beef I was so happy.
    2015 we won't talk about the year Apple forgot.
    2016 March 31 Got a new iPad Pro 9.7 LTE sold my Air 2 for $300 cash right before the new 9.7 Launched
    2017, Who Cares the 9.7 Pro crushes everything still No Major updates Expected that matter.
    2018, Intel Powered iPad Pros with Smart Connector 2 and some type of Touch Bar Smart Keyboard And Run Mac OS. And 1 USB-C Port. To charge do everything. Maybe OLED displays and new body design.

    Starting with Gen 4 I am on a Tic-toc pattern. Apple makes big leaps every two years.
  19. gobikerider macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2016
    United States
    Finally someone that understands Apples tick tock pattern in terms of spec upgrades. Although your arguments were alittle off. The 2017 will see a Air 3 and Pro 2's with A10X. Hmm I can only fathom what power the A11X will hold. Apple is slaying the SOC designs these days. OG Air 2 ftw though.
  20. tsang2320 macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2014
    iPad 2
    iPad 4
    iPad Air 2
    iPad Pro 12.9
  21. Canaria macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2010
    Whenever I want to.

    iPad 1 (32GB cellular) -> iPad 3 (32GB cellular) -> iPad mini (32GB wifi) -> iPad mini retina (32GB cellular) -> iPad Pro 9.7 (32GB cellular)
  22. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    My current Mini 4 is my first and only iPad. I will upgrade when I feel there's something worthwhile. If a Mini 5 or "Mini Pro" is released in 2017 and I think it offers worthwhile improvements I might upgrade. I may even go for a 9.7" model. It depends on what's offered. I don't have a specific plan to wait a certain amount of years.
  23. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    I used to upgrade every year until the 4 came out just six months after the 3. I kept that until I could no longer the lag of the 3 and got an Air 2. I'll be keeping this one until a new iPad can "wow" me or the Air 2 starts to lag.

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