iPad mini Purchase Query?

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

  1. active8 macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2008

    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.

  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    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

    Aug 5, 2012
    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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