iPad iPad with Retina display (iPad 3) who still has one?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by 840quadra, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    Curious to see who still has what has what is almost universally the least future proof iPads ever built. Even with the 10.5 and 11 inch iPad Pro in circulation here at my home, the 3 is proving to be a robust, and still useful device for us. Even now, I find myself typing many responses to Macrumors threads on mine, and find it reasonably quick for what it is.

    It was my first iPad, and I learned to touch type on this nearly as fast as on a standard keyboard, which I find odd, as I am a classic Apple keyboard fan, and dislike most of the newer chicklet keyboards as a rule. It was my only iPad until I purchased a 2nd hand air 2 shortly before I replaced that with the iPad Pro 9.7.

    Great uses for me
    • Netflix viewing in my kitchen (AirPlay audio to homepod)
    • Kitchen music ( homepod )
    • VLC videos
    • Simple browsing
    • Picture frame
    • Kitchen browser for food recipes and websites.
    • Classic iOS 32 bit games.
  2. wrkngclasshero macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2008
    Columbia, MD
    I just stopped using mine last week when I got the 11” Pro. I have not enjoyed using it the last few years, really happy with my new Pro.
  3. JoeUser99 macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2016
    I still have the ipad 3, 64GB with Verizon cell.
    Barely use it because it's so slow. Still on iOS 9.35, which is the last version it supported.
    It's ok for watching video or playing games that were from that version, but it has tons of issues with modern web sites, etc.
    Waiting for my 12.9" SG 1TB with Cell to arrive.
  4. iHeartsteve macrumors 65816


    Feb 12, 2012
    This was the first iPad I got. I sold it to get the mini Retina display,which I still have. Now I have the 2018 iPad Pro 11”.
  5. Dexterama macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2017
    New England
    I still have it. When I got the Galaxy Note 2 phone a year after I didn’t use iPad 3 as much. It was slow. And the Galaxy Note 2, a 5.5” phone, already had split screen at that point (~2013), just to put things in perspective.
  6. 840quadra thread starter Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    I kinda expected low turnout for current users. I love mine still, though I think my being a collector of old apple gear (as well as old android and PC stuff) puts things into perspecrive for me. The iPad does great compared to a quadra 840av from 1993. ;)

    Yep, android, And jailbeoken iOS had that feature far before apple officially supported it on iPad (split screen). Amazed how used to it I got, and greatly miss on my iphones.

    Good thing I had Droid, Nexus, and pixel phones in circulation!
  7. macdaddy1991 macrumors regular

    May 13, 2010
    I just upgraded from my iPad 3 to a 12.9” pro. The 3 was basically unusable to the point i dont think i really turned it on in the last 3 years
  8. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2013
    I still have mine but just proppped up next to my iMac for having weather up on a page or radar during rain/snow in the area.
    Always thought it had a great looking screen.
  9. digitalcuriosity macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2015
    Still have my iPad2 skipped the 3 bought a 4 still have it, but like the 2 Apple stopped supporting it and i find they have some problems, but it's still very useful.
    Just hope Apple supports my 2017 iPadPro for maybe two more years.
  10. MyMacintosh macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2012
    I got one for christmas a while back. Was the only iPad I ever owned. Ended up selling it when I got my 15in MBP, and iPhone 7 Plus. Never saw it as anything more than a larger, less useful iPhone. I couldn't even do school work on it efficiently.
  11. kandavu macrumors member


    May 10, 2012
    Still have mine. First iPad purchased. It is legacied on iOS 7.1.2. About a year ago the screen started to produce ghosting artifacts from previously viewed media and then one day, (3 months ago) all that the screen could produce was a murky gray blob. I powered it down, rebooted it and that seemed to correct the issue. Full resolution came back. Weeks in, I am getting some ghosting on the screen but not as bad as before. I feel that having kept it on IOS 7 is the best option taken, vis-á-vis user experience.
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    Richard8655 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2009
    It was my second owned iPad (after 1st gen), and from my point of view a disaster. After a few IOS upgrades, it became completely useless. I’ve always regretted sinking so much money into this 64gb dud.
  13. Booji macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2011
    I had one and dumped it as fast as I could. Worst iteration of an Apple product ever.
  14. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    I had one but gave it to my grown daughter.
    I remember it ran sooooo hot.
    The thing bricked on the next iOS upgrade though. Good thing it was just a gift and I didn't sell it to anyone. I would have felt so bad.
  15. 840quadra thread starter Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    I think my using it still has helped me realize how far iOS and these devices have gone with regards to Hardware. Those that think Apple is wasting time and money putting fast processors in iPads, needs to remember what they were like long ago!

    I still enjoy it, for the legacy iOS apps if nothing else. My only other option is using an iPhone 4, but that too was an underpowered 1st generation retina device.
  16. Makayla macrumors regular


    Dec 20, 2016
    I am typing on it right now. I use it to watch videos and listen to music and I use Tapatalk to access several message boards I frequent. It's too slow for anything else.

    I got an iPad Pro 9.7 that I gave to family. It is still very fast and no issues other than occasional website reloading. And I just bought a Huawei M5 10.1 pro lte on Black Friday sale. Blazing fast and very smooth. I am pleasantly surprised because I wasn't happy with my other android tablet (a Samsung Tab A). Will be use the m5 as my primary tablet. I like to alternate between iOS and Android and maybe chromeOS in the future.

    The major decision will be my next phone. I have an 8 plus that I am keeping for at least 2 more years. Not sure if I will go for an iPhone or an Android when I am ready upgrade. I am fairly optimistic iPhone will be rid of that ugly notch and be looking great again in 2 years. But then Android also has plenty of nice phones I am drooling over every time I peak outside the walled garden.
  17. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
    First iPad I owned and luckily I didn't buy it new. Upgrading to 9.3.5 made it an awful experience and I ended up trading it in to buy an Air2.. Night and day difference.
  18. Euroamerican macrumors regular


    May 27, 2010
    Mine is my daily driver. I use it more than my new iPhone 8 and mucch more than my main computer, the MacBook Pro 13 2010. If I didn't have the iPad, I'd be much less mobile with my documents and keeping up to date.

    Only in the last few weeks has it started to make me wonder if the battery is going. The screen and everything else are in perfect shape. My second biggest issue is that it can't go past iOS 9.3. I'm starting to feel out of touch with what the newer iOS features can do.
  19. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    iPad 3 is really the worst Apple product ever made. The hardware totally couldn't support the retina resolution of the iPad. To add insult to the injury, Apple replaced it with the iPad 4 in a few months.
  20. appleish19 macrumors regular


    Dec 4, 2014
    Still have mine from launch day in mint condition, 64GB was a lot back then. Works great despite 9.3.5 slowing it down a bit. Still works online, youtube, Netflix, some 32bit and other games. Looking at possibly jailbreaking and dual booting iOS on it. Had the iPad Pro OG 12.9 but sold it, looking at upgrading to a 11inch 512GB or 1TB in the next month or so. :D
  21. PR. macrumors regular


    Oct 3, 2005
    Bedford, UK
    My mum is still using my old iPad 3, she’s about to get an upgrade to my old iPad Air 2 now I’ve got a 3rd gen Pro!

    From what I’ve seen the 3 is very slow and frustrating to use.
  22. Hater macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2017
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Yep I gave it to my parents which still use it. It's the OG one with the old style connector, not the lightning update they did.

    It gets used, but god it's slow.
  23. UnLiMiTeD558 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2009
    It has the same processor as the iPad 2 I believe, but with way higher resolution. I’m surprised they run at all, my iPad 2 has been away in the drawer for a couple years because it’s so painfully slow lol. Barely can stream Netflix properly half the time.
  24. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    We should put it in the context of 2011, at that time scrolling a webpage that 'large' on the hands smoothly, was already a big feature. It's really amazing so much progress has been made in iPhone and iPad, that they can rival the performance of a mid to high range laptop, in such a small package.
  25. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
    Nope, iPad 2nd gen had A5 cpu and 512mb ram, iPad 3rd gen had A5X cpu and 1gb ram

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