iPad iPad Air 2 Purchase - Now or wait

AlarmGuy13

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May 31, 2015
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Hello all,

I have a 32GB iPad 2 and have been considering upgrading to an Air 2. Reading the blog here and the anticipated rumor of an iPad Pro I thought I would solicit additional opinions on whether or not to purchase an Air 2.

I'm not interested in the size of the rumored iPad Pro as that would not fit securely in my briefcase and could be a bit unwieldy to carry, in my opinion. So, if you were interested in upgrading, would you do so now or wait it out until the fall to see what the potential revision would be?

Thanks in advance.
 

techguy9

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Aug 16, 2014
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Atlanta, GA
Hello all,

I have a 32GB iPad 2 and have been considering upgrading to an Air 2. Reading the blog here and the anticipated rumor of an iPad Pro I thought I would solicit additional opinions on whether or not to purchase an Air 2.

I'm not interested in the size of the rumored iPad Pro as that would not fit securely in my briefcase and could be a bit unwieldy to carry, in my opinion. So, if you were interested in upgrading, would you do so now or wait it out until the fall to see what the potential revision would be?

Thanks in advance.
I would wait until the next revision since we only have a few months left until the next gen.
 

Mike4AU

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Mar 18, 2011
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I am in the same boat as the OP and will wait for the Air 3. Depending on what happens to the price of the Air 2 when the Air 3 hits the street, I might go for the 2.
 

batting1000

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Sep 4, 2011
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I bought a refurb Air 2 just this week. Not sure the 3 will see many must-have improvements. This thing is already really fast, smooth, and thin.
 

s2mikey

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Sep 23, 2013
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As stated, I'd wait or get a refurbished Air 2 and save some bucks. The Air 3 might have some interesting improvements so just wait. Only a few months away.
 

Bentron

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I'm in the same position as the OP. I used to use my iPad 2 for everything, but since getting my 5s and rMBP I've found myself going back to it less and less as it just feels so sluggish in comparison. I've been tempted to get an Air 2 as there are some decent deals out there now, but I know come October time I'd get the ol' buyers' remorse! So I'm going to hang on and look forward to a big jump up in terms of, well, pretty much everything!
 

Ferc Kast

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Sep 26, 2012
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Just sayin' if you keep waiting, you'll still be waiting when iPad Air #XYZ comes out. What it really comes down to is how soon you want and / or need an iPad.

If your reason for getting one can't wait for this fall, then the Air 2 is a good choice and will likely hold its own for several years. Having upgraded from an iPad mini 1 myself to an Air 2 in February, this thing is a beast; in fact, I feel that it really isn't being challenged by iOS with its 2GB of RAM and A8X chipset.

If you can wait until this fall, however, the Air 3 will likely see incremental improvements from the current gen.
 

placidity44

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May 20, 2015
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Hello all,

I have a 32GB iPad 2 and have been considering upgrading to an Air 2. Reading the blog here and the anticipated rumor of an iPad Pro I thought I would solicit additional opinions on whether or not to purchase an Air 2.

I'm not interested in the size of the rumored iPad Pro as that would not fit securely in my briefcase and could be a bit unwieldy to carry, in my opinion. So, if you were interested in upgrading, would you do so now or wait it out until the fall to see what the potential revision would be?

Thanks in advance.
Get a refurb Air 2. It'll be until October or so when the new ones will be announced/released. The Air 2 has a tri-core A8X processor with 2GB ram. Most powerful iOS device ever released. Other than force touch and slightly updated specifications I really don't see what Apple will do with the Air 3 to make it significant enough of an update over the Air 2. Even the Air 2 is overkill for most people. You can't go wrong with refurbs from apple.
 
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max2

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Get a refurb Air 2. It'll be until October or so when the new ones will be announced/released. The Air 2 has a tri-core A8X processor with 2GB ram. Most powerful iOS device ever released. Other than force touch and slightly updated specifications I really don't see what Apple will do with the Air 3 to make it significant enough of an update over the Air 2. Even the Air 2 is overkill for most people. You can't go wrong with refurbs from apple.
iPad Air 2 refub is just as much as a brand new one for me online because of tax.
 

max2

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May 31, 2015
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But the brand new one would have tax as well? Unless you aren't buying from Apple?
Yes but I can get it for $626.99 brand new a iPad Air 2 128 GB.

Not the best deal but not horrible.
 

DaCurmudgen

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Aug 5, 2012
120
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Hello all,

I have a 32GB iPad 2 and have been considering upgrading to an Air 2. Reading the blog here and the anticipated rumor of an iPad Pro I thought I would solicit additional opinions on whether or not to purchase an Air 2.

I'm not interested in the size of the rumored iPad Pro as that would not fit securely in my briefcase and could be a bit unwieldy to carry, in my opinion. So, if you were interested in upgrading, would you do so now or wait it out until the fall to see what the potential revision would be?

Thanks in advance.
Sounds to me like you aren't necessarily in a rush to get it, so to avoid any buyer's remorse, I would wait until you see what is included in the Air 3. If the Air 3 isn't worth it to you, then you can get a refurbished Air 2 or see if Apple will continue selling the Air 2, but at a cheaper price point.

The only challenge with this strategy is if you want a larger capacity Air 2 as Apple may not offer all the different storage options after the Air 3 is released. But then again, if refurb doesn't bother you, then you might be able to pick up an Air 2 for even less by then, too. Why buy now and regret it when you can wait and know for sure?
 

RebornProphet

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Nov 3, 2013
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I've upgraded every year since I got my iPad 3. Currently using an iPad Air and have just ordered my iPad Air 2 via work (we get option to buy an iPad every June).

My Air will go to my wife, who has my old iPad 4, and the iPad 4 will go to my Father in Law who has my old iPad 3. The iPad 3 will go to my Mother in Law, so I can see why sales are down year on year between people not upgrading as often and those who do upgrade handing down their old device/s.

I'd say to the OP to go for it. The Air 2 will last a long time. It's the first iPad, indeed first iOS device, to have 2GB of RAM. You also get Touch ID, Apple Pay, Optically Bonded/Anti Reflection display, Tri-Core CPU, and an EIGHT core GPU.

Put it this way, my Air still runs every single new and graphically intensive app perfectly with no hiccups. Developers haven't even began to scratch the surface of the Air 2's capabilities.

If you're coming from an iPad 2? That's going to be a monster upgrade and I can't see what else can done on the Air 3 that will make the Air 2 obsolete.
 
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DaCurmudgen

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Aug 5, 2012
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I've upgraded every year since I got my iPad 3. Currently using an iPad Air and have just ordered my iPad Air 2 via work (we get option to buy an iPad every June).

My Air will go to my wife, who has my old iPad 4, and the iPad 4 will go to my Father in Law who has my old iPad 3. The iPad 3 will go to my Mother in Law, so I can see why sales are down year on year between people not upgrading as often and those who do upgrade handing down their old device/s.

I'd say to the OP to go for it. The Air 2 will last a long time. It's the first iPad, indeed first iOS device, to have 2GB of RAM. You also get Touch ID, Apple Pay, Optically Bonded/Anti Reflection display, Tri-Core CPU, and an EIGHT core GPU.

Put it this way, my Air still runs every single new and graphically intensive app perfectly with no hiccups. Developers haven't even began to scratch the surface of the Air 2's capabilities.

If you're coming from an iPad 2? That's going to be a monster upgrade and I can't see what else can done on the Air 3 that will make the Air 2 obsolete.
I agree that there is little I can imagine the iPad Air 3 will offer that would make the Air 2 obsolete, but there will be something that will ONLY be on the Air 3. As someone who had the Mini 2, the Mini 3 upgrade was so shockingly minimal that I was elated I had been using my Mini 2 for a full year and didn't feel the need to upgrade. It was also the first time I saw a Mini and the full sized iPad with the same specs. But that was only after seeing how little was included in the Mini 3, and how much better the Air 2 was compared to the Air. Until then, I was thinking that I might get a Mini 3 if it had 2GB of RAM. What if ONLY the Air 3 supports multi-app usage on the same screen? What if Apple updates the screen to be even higher resolution? If any of that matters to the OP, then he/she will have used an Air 2 for 4 months before feeling buyer's remorse. If these things cost $50, who cares? But they are significant investments, and based on what I've read, it doesn't seem like the OP is desperate for a new iPad more than wanting to be sure he/she made a good choice.

All that said, folks on here are also right -- you can wait forever. If you really want a new iPad now, the Air 2 is pretty phenomenal and will last you for years.
 
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