Let's be honest Apple has something better in the works..why would they make the Ipad mini thinner and a slate black better looking than Ipad 4? I'm an Ipad 3 owner but really like the latest Ipad usually..but let's be honest this was only released to update everything to lightning with the mini. Ipad 5th generation is probably in the works right now. Best saving your cash. Ipad 4 will have a shorter lifespan than Ipad 3 but over all they are the same product so the hardware has pretty much got a full year cycle. No doubt it will be back to one year updates from March 2013.