iPad Oldest IPad I should use

Teddysjam

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Currently have the IPhone X which I still enjoy and don’t plan on upgrading till 2020. So instead just looking for the basic IPad (never owned one) use one for work and have used them before just never my own. Just wondering what should be the oldest one that still gets the job done should I use. Mainly using just to surf the internet, pay bills, download my apps that I also have on my phone. Just something I can use at the house instead of the phone. Doesn’t have to be the latest and greatest but still want it to be able to run the apps and have no lag and be enjoyable.
 

Shirasaki

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Hmm, iPad Pro 10.5” 2nd gen should be good enough for your bucks. A10X is still pretty powerful, and ProMotion display is really great. If you do mind second hand quality, go and buy iPad (2018) 9.7”. It is still an iPad with A10X, but you can get brand new from Apple. You should not feel losing too much from laminated display, ProMotion and quad speaker based on your usage. A10X also guarantees software update of at least 2 major versions, and iPadOS fundamentally changes iPad.
 

Scream And Fly

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I think the standard advice above all here would be to get the newest/best model you can afford. I think you will definitely want a more recent model for the forthcoming upgrade to iPad OS.

If you’re considering used iPads, my suggestion is to check out a new standard iPad rather than buying used. The basic iPad model is really fast with the A10 Fusion CPU and it supports the Apple Pencil as well, which will really cover all the bases for varied use. Best of all, it starts at $329, which I think is an incredible price for such a powerful device. And naturally it will be guaranteed to receive iPad OS upgrades for years.
 

Teddysjam

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I think the standard advice above all here would be to get the newest/best model you can afford. I think you will definitely want a more recent model for the forthcoming upgrade to iPad OS.

If you’re considering used iPads, my suggestion is to check out a new standard iPad rather than buying used. The basic iPad model is really fast with the A10 Fusion CPU and it supports the Apple Pencil as well, which will really cover all the bases for varied use. Best of all, it starts at $329, which I think is an incredible price for such a powerful device. And naturally it will be guaranteed to receive iPad OS upgrades for years.
I agree for just under 500.00 for a 128GB which is enough storage for me and should handle the upgraded IOS in upcoming years. Probably the best bang for the buck plus like you said the newest one so get many years out of it
 
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*~Kim~*

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2018 iPad - A10, 2GB RAM
2017 iPad Pro - A10X, 4GB RAM, though can suffer from a white spot issue
2019 iPad Mini/Air- A12, 3GB RAM

Promotion and Quad Speakers sound as though they are overkill for what you want, so I would rule out the Pro though I would consider the Mini/Air with the extra GB RAM. A10 to A12 will probably mean they are good for 2 extra years and they have a higher base storage at 64GB, so if you don’t need the 128GB but need more than 32, one of the two may be the better buy.

It is the A7’s for the chop come September so that will likely give the 2018 iPad 3 years before it is dropped, with app support tending to continue for 2 or so years after that (varies depending on the specific app, though if you are concerned with having the latest security updates, you won’t want to use an iPad once support has been dropped by Apple.)
 
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Teddysjam

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2018 iPad - A10, 2GB RAM
2017 iPad Pro - A10X, 4GB RAM, though can suffer from a white spot issue
2019 iPad Mini/Air- A12, 3GB RAM

Promotion and Quad Speakers sound as though they are overkill for what you want, so I would rule out the Pro though I would consider the Mini/Air with the extra GB RAM. A10 to A12 will probably mean they are good for 2 extra years and they have a higher base storage at 64GB, so if you don’t need the 128GB but need more than 32, one of the two may be the better buy.

It is the A7’s for the chop come September so that will likely give the 2018 iPad 3 years before it is dropped, with app support tending to continue for 2 or so years after that (varies depending on the specific app, though if you are concerned with having the latest security updates, you won’t want to use an iPad once support has been dropped by Apple.)
Thanks for pointing out the IPad Air 3 found one on swappa brand new for like 450.00 seems like maybe a better deal for longevity since it just came out this year will have more support in years to come plus screen is a little bigger
 

Tsepz

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Busy running iPad OS on my Air 2, this has 2GB RAM and the A8X chip, however I am not too sure if this iPad will go past iOS 13. Have a look at the iPad 2018 with A10 chip as suggested above.