iPad mini Purchase Query?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by active8, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. active8 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    My Wife and I are looking to purchase our first iPad, sold our 1yr old Nexus 7 due to lack of use and just an annoyance of not having a tablet to use iOS apps on.

    We want to keep things as cheap as possible so have thought about getting a 1st Gen iPad Mini due to the great deals and low cost of this older model.

    The only concern is will it run iOS8/9 +

    The rMini does look nice and I imagine we could stretch the cost but its not something we'd be looking to do for a while.

    Other option was to find a refurb iPad 4 as these seem to sell between cost of mini 1 and mini 2.

    Any input on this would be great.

    Thanks
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  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

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    1st gen mini has the same CPU as the iPad 2. Apple will probably release iOS 8 for it, but it probably won't run so well. iOS 9 -- forget about it.

    If your priority is to maximize useful life while saving money, I'd say iPad 4 is probably your best bet. But it is larger and heavier than the minis. So is that a concern?
     
  3. DaCurmudgen macrumors regular

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    I agree that an iPad 4 refurb is probably the lowest you can go. You can also grab 32GB iPad Air or rMini, which will probably get you thru iOS8 and iOS9.
     

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