iPad Is the iPad Air a large enough jump from the iPad 2 to upgrade now?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mrcarter2, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. mrcarter2 macrumors member

    May 26, 2013
    I currently have an iPad 2 which was the thinnest and lightest full size iPad prior to the iPad Air. I'm considering an upgrade to the iPad Air primarily due to the retina display and performance issues but I just want to know if the difference in weight is noticeable in day to use since I couldn't tell that much of a difference in the store. I'm also hesitant to upgrade because while my iPad 2 isn't the gaming monster it once was, it's still fast enough to keep up with iOS 7 at a decent pace, and the fact that Apple still sells the iPad 2 means that I'll be getting software upgrades for the foreseeable future. Because of this, and the fact that the next iPad will probably include the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, I'm hesitant about the upgrade.

    TLDR: Are the size, performance, camera, and screen gains over the iPad 2 large enough to justify an upgrade from an iPad 2 that doesn't scream, but still runs perfectly fine.
  2. ivada macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2010
  3. Robster3 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    Yes 2
  4. ApplePhy macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2013
  5. ARH1956 macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2007
    There will always be a new version on the horizon! Your iPad 2 is a fine device but if you've been clinging to it as the thinnest & lightest it's time to get an Air. I can't imagine how Touch ID will significantly enhance the iPad experience. It's a cool feature but, IMO not a game changer.
  6. mrcarter2 thread starter macrumors member

    May 26, 2013
    I know, but I have a very long Apple ID password and Touch ID seems worth just for that feature alone. I also think I might be able to squeeze another year outta my ipad, especially since I have a MacBook Pro and an iphone 5 to kind of alleviate its shortcomings. The main thing I'm truly salivating over is the Retina Display, and I'm not entirely sure I can go another year without one :(
  7. JGWolven macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2013
  8. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    I wouldn't hold out for TouchID. It's great on the phone where I'm in and out dozens of times per day, and it's important because the phone goes absolutely everywhere with me. The ipad is a less frequent traveler, I open it many fewer times per day, and TouchID would just get in the way of the magnetic unlock. I've also not been able to verify one iTunes Store purchase yet with TouchID on my phone...
  9. kap09 macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2009
    Was definitely worth it for me. I made a couple visits to the apple store to check out the Demi units before I went for it. I was more certain about it each visit.
  10. dotme macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2011
    iPad 2 upgrader here. Love my Air! No regrets at all.
  11. iono11200 macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2012
    The best description I've read yet goes like this. If you can afford it, BUY IT. If you can't afford it, don't pick it up or you WILL be broke. Certainly applies for the 2 Airs I bought last week. They are beautiful amazing devices in my opinion.
  12. Esoom macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2010
    Another iPad 2 upgrader here,


    Although, since you've made it this long, another year for Touch ID and more ram?
  13. mrcarter2 thread starter macrumors member

    May 26, 2013
    Thanks for all the help guys! I guess it really just boils down to whether I think my iPad will be able to survive for another year. I'll go to the apple store again this weekend to check out the iPad Air again. Again, thanks for all the help!
  14. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    I approve this message. Me too. Loved my 2 but it's my daughters now and I've moved onto the Air. Very big upgrade, IMO. I'm glad I skipped the 3rd & 4th gen devices. They were great and all but this upgrade is the perfect transition for me. I bet I'll stay with this for a few generations too.
  15. FAsnakes macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2007
    Yes, another ipad2 upgrader here.. It's a huge upgrade! Do it. .
  16. HoosBruce macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
  17. g808 macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
  18. BSDanalyst macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2013
    Hong Kong
    If coming from an iPad 2 is not a big enough jump for you, I'm not sure what can be.
  19. RossMc macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2010
    Newcastle, UK
    I came from the iPad 2 and I think it's a great update. No Touch ID doesn't bother me as I use the Smart Cover so don't use a pass code anyway.
  20. doxielover macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2011
    I have an iPhone 4S 32gb on T-mobile $30. I've had two years since launch not one problem never been to the apple store or restored also an iPad 2 3G 16gb since launch that works beautifully also. Both are JB. I need help I can only afford one new device which should I get iPhone 5S, iPad Air, or Retina Mini?
  21. arcite macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2009
    Cairo, trapped in a pyramid with my iphone
    IMHO.... If you wait another 6 months apple will probably do a spec bump on the iPad air, possibly integrating an updated chip or increasing memory size... Could be worth the wait if your still fine with the ipad2 .
  22. Grolubao macrumors 65816


    Dec 23, 2008
    London, UK
    This! After some days using my Air just looking at the iPad 2 non retina made me think what a difference it is
  23. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 603


    Jan 17, 2013
    Wales, United Kingdom
    Hold a new Air and use it. Your answer will be instantaneous. Yes of course it is worth the upgrade.
  24. mykelala01 macrumors 6502


    May 17, 2009
    Like you I am having the same dillema. I also have a iPad 2 works fine with ios 7 I love touch ID on my iphone 5s, So I am too thinking of holding off for ipad air 2. Actually Cnet got a article why not to upgrade to ipad Air

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