All iPads How often do you upgrade?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Ih8reno, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. Ih8reno macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2012
    I had the 1 gen and now the 3rd gen iPad and loved both of them. I see a lot of people on here who seem to upgrade with each release. Just curious, why are you compelled to change to a new iPad (iPad 4) when you have a perfectly good one already?
  2. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    So far every cycle. On the fence w/ 4 though. I'll see what the 3 is getting on eBay when the LTE version ships.
  3. Aspasia macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2011
    Halfway between the Equator and North Pole
    I'm not.
  4. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    Once I graduate and if I get a reasonably paid job I probably will each release, but I don't spend much money on anything other than food and accommodation really!

    Otherwise 2-3 years for an iPad I think :) Only really use it for Netflix and video watching (with some web browsing and Facebook!).
  5. erratikmind macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2009
    S.F./Las Vegas
    As with everything else, I purchase new Apple products when my current ones cease to function.

    I expect my iPad 2 to work well for the next 2 years.
  6. Lampmeister macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2009
    Fort Worth
    I've yet to upgrade, as my 1st gen is still rocking right along. (But I upgrade my iPhone with every other new model.)
  7. Gaelic2 macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2007
    Mountains of N. California
    I had the original, then upgraded to iPad3 which I really like. I will hold onto this one for the next 3 or 4 years just like I do with iMacs.
  8. glen e macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    every cycle...I like new sh** and have the money to do it....that simple...
  9. rocknblogger macrumors 68020


    Apr 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    I still have the iPad 2 and still don't see any compelling enough reason to upgrade. My wife still loves her first gen.
  10. penajmz macrumors 68040


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
    I did 1 and 2... Gave the 2 away and now have none. Pre-ordered the mini. The regular one is too big for what I want it for, just browsing and social media mostly.
  11. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    When there is a feature I find compelling, I upgrade.

    I went from a 1 to a 2 for the facetime camera. I travel a lot so thats important to keep in touch with my family.

    And although i did not find any of the ipad 3 features compelling I am going to try a mini, again due to travel where smaller and lighter is usually better.
  12. Noisemaker Guest

    Mar 13, 2009
    This will likely be my last big "round" of upgrades. I'm going to stick with my iPhone 5 until the 6, and iPad 4/Mini until major revisions of both.

    Prior, I've had every revision. It's just not needed.
  13. sovereign macrumors 6502


    Feb 13, 2009
    Planned to this time but due to the piss poor rumor reporting for the 4 I missed the boat.
  14. hoyaspook macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2008
    It depends. I still have a 2008 iMac and the first aluminum 13" Macbook as my primary machines. I don't see myself upgrading any time soon.

    I went from the iPhone, to the 3GS and then to the 4S. I'll probably keep my 4S through the 5S. I upgraded each time because the incremental iOS upgrades made each previous generation of the iPhone rather slow.

    I just upgraded my iPad (the original one) to the new iPad because I find it painfully slow since the upgrade to iOS 5, so much so that I don't use it that much anymore. Surfing isn't great and apps like the New Yorker crash frequently.

    I probably won't upgrade my iPad for 2-3 years.

    I've gotten less upgrade happy in my old age.
  15. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I have the iPad [3] and have no desire to upgrade to the [4]. So far I plan on keeping this one until its useless or something bad happens to it, then will upgrade to what ever is out.
  16. steve dave macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2010
    I upgrade every time there is an update to my MacBook Air and iphone. I have also updated to every ipad but I am going from the 3 to the mini this time around. If I use the mini as much as I think I will I am sure I will upgrade to every new one.
  17. BaBaBoooooooey macrumors regular


    Apr 19, 2010
    Same here. Im just a little worn out by the ipad 2 form factor that has been present in the last 3 ipads. Gimmie something new! gimmie ipad Mini!
  18. SAL8116 macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2010
    Every cycle because resale (Ebay) has been great for me. I've sold every iPad I've owned for 30-50 bucks short of what I bought it for.
  19. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    Every cycle it seems for me. I've had the iPad 1, 2, 3, and now I'm waiting for the iPad Mini. I went from the 3 to the mini mainly due to size.
  20. A Hebrew macrumors 6502a

    A Hebrew

    Jan 7, 2012
    Whenever the upgrade is worth it. So far from the first to second to third has been. I am skipping out on fourth because I only use the connector for charging and a keyboard once in a while and the ipad I have feels fast enough in comparison to the 4th gen.
  21. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    Have 64GB 3G iPad 1, and don't feel the need to upgrade yet. The new ones are nice, but the one I have still works perfect
  22. advan031 macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2008
    I upgraded from iPad 1 to iPad 2 to the new iPad but now I'll be upgrading every other generation.
  23. iHeartsteve macrumors 65816


    Feb 12, 2012
    I seem to upgrade every other release. I guess if I had kids or something to give as pass me downs then I'd have an excuse to buy every upgrade. For now, I just don't see an urgent need. Especially not for the Ipad4. After I see how the mini is in person, I may get that for portability reasons but I am not happy it doesn't come w retina display.

    I'm pretty pleased w the cycle I'm on. Got iphone 4, skipped the 4s but got the 5. Got ipad3 skipping the 4 bc the 5 will have better upgrades.
  24. ercsliberty macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2011
  25. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    For most people the method above is the smartest, most cost effective practice.

    Conversely I upgrade the majority of my MBP's, MBA's, Pads, Pods & Phones at each new release. Mainly because I enjoy doing so, it keeps me completely current, and it's a long standing tradition dating back to Apple Computer Inc. Circa 1991.

    That said, newer is not always better, and as such my main network, laptops & Mac Pro are all centered on my favorite, ultra reliable, free of iOS elements, OS X 10.6.8.

    My newer machines are on the latest rev of Moutain Lion. An OS I'm still not that fond of.

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