iPad The secret to Apple products is withstanding the next refresh cycle.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Kendo, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    Now I know why so many people hold onto iPad 1 and iPad 2. I have the 3rd generation and though it was mighty tempting to get the 4th gen, I held off. Now that I'm reading news on the 5th gen coming out in March, I no longer have the mentality of needing the latest. Rather, I wanna see how long I can keep my 3rd gen going.

    I think that is the reason why there are so many iPad 2 owners. It is far more "fun" seeing how long you can save money and push your older hardware for as long as possible and get the most out of it once you get past the hardship of withstanding that first refresh.
  2. mully1121 macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2009
    Heck, I'm still using my iPad 1. My mentality tends towards "how long can I keep it running and useful." I'll upgrade at some point but right now my iPad 1 still does what I need/want it to do. I kind've view it as a challenge (this is more true with computers, what can I do/tweak to keep it running?)
  3. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    I don't see a BIG difference with the display between the 2nd gen and the mini. If one is comfortable enough with its form factor, I can see why they didn't go for the mini if they didn't go for the 3 and 4 which upgraded the processor and screen.

    Good for you not spending the money. Like what you have!

    Nice post, OP.
  4. dsa1971 macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2010
    My understanding is that the mini display is 2nd gen display just smaller form factor so should only be slight differences.
  5. AppleWarMachine macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2011
    Michigan, US
  6. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    I thought the same thing, but the iPad 1 will not run iOS 6, and for an Apple product that is 2 years old, I figured that it was time to move ahead.

    Sold it for $250 cash not on eBay, and I am getting the Mini when it has Retina in June, or whenever, the Mini for me is much better and fits my needs more than a full size.

    I just figured if the iPhone 3GS which was sold in 2009 can run iOS 6 the iPad sold in 4-2010 should have but Apple decided for some reason not to test it, so I saw the writing on the wall for me.
  7. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    I think we all know the reason. Hold back features will push people to upgrade sooner. I have an iPad 2 and iPad 4 in the house (1 for my wife and the other for the daughter). will I be buying the 5th Gen? No way. I'll hang on to the 2 until either it doesn't do what I need it to or the newer one does something so much better (not talking about a minor speed bump). Most likely there will be some new iOS feature that apple decide won't work on the iPad 2. If I decide I need that feature I may upgrade, but will probably hold off.
  8. mully1121 macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2009
    Yeah, I considered selling it too, but honestly for what I use it for, its more than adequate. And I haven't upgraded my phone to iOS 6 yet either (its jailbroken and I like my tweaks more than I like the new features in 6). I will reach a point when the features in the new iPad/iOS are more compelling than what I have, I just haven't gotten there yet.
  9. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    iPad 1 still is great.

    Hey if it works, why upgrade every year?
  10. lokster macrumors 6502


    Feb 7, 2010
    My take on this is upgrade every other generation

    the ipad 1 and the ipad 3 difference is night and day. anyone using an ipad 1 is missing out on 4x the display 4x the RAM, a front and rear camera and a bigger and better processor and battery.

    its a huge difference. ive had an ipad 1 and a 2 and now a 3 but i cant imagine having an ipad 1 again after using the ipad 3
  11. hnic247 macrumors member


    Jul 5, 2011
    Lindenwold, Nj
    Why not have the latest which usually does something just a little better that's how I think about. Because I want to be part of the conversation not out of the loop feel me
  12. roccobladr macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2011
    I still have a bargain laptop from 2004 that runs fine...slow but can still load web pages.

    I also have an iPod mini that barely holds a charge without an adapter but still gets the job done..

    That being said, I think these products have a lot longer lifespan than people realize, and I assume that is why they retain their value. If you spend time living your life and using the products for what they are, instead of getting caught up on Internet forum rumors, you might get some good mileage out of these things.

    Just sayin'
  13. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    It is not a secret and is also known as not pissing away money.
  14. linds15 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2012
    Great White North
    i still have my ipad2, i find for what i primarily use it for, streaming video to ATV and reading the news/browsing for short periods, the 3/4 add nothing for me. also, with the 2 i can jailbreak and i use location spoofer which is highly useful for me
  15. Q-Dog macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2007
    The "secret" to Apple products is to buy what you need, when you need it.

    (Posting this from my iPad 1)
  16. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    So I suppose that's the secret of these Android handset makers that release a new phone every other week?
  17. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. Just because Apple or somebody else releases a new product doesn't mean you have to buy it.
  18. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    Withstanding the cycle is more easily done with not looking at forums or tech news. If what you have continues to work for what you want and do, that suffices.

    It's like cars. You can get around and most have enough features now without having to spend lots more on the next model up in the chain.
  19. yinz macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2012
    But.. no FaceTime :(
  20. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    Honestly I never even use FaceTime on my iPhone 4. Plus there's still no group chat which sucks. Maybe if iOS 7 gets it, then FaceTime would actually be good.
  21. lancia832 macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2010
    Re upgrading

    Until they find a jailbreak for ios 6 , thank you ! Apple , but no ! thank you ! , upgrading , i will keep my ipad 3 jailbroken on ios 5.1.1 till it croaks ,and even then i will try to fix it if its possible , its the perfect machine for what im doing daily with it , dont need any extra power , and tiny speck increases, and any more thinnes , please! Apple stop it with the thinnes , i sold my iphone 5 for that , one of the reasons, and kept my jailbroken iphone 4s.
  22. propita macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2011
    We were given an iPad 1 as a thank you, or should I say, my husband was given one. Which I pretty quickly confiscated. Honestly, he didn't use it much and doesn't like doing any support of any of our tech--he decides what to get and then turns the work over to me. He won't even bother loading in a new movie; he claims he doesn't know how.

    Anyway, when I got the iPad mini, which fits my smaller hands better, I wiped the iPad 1 (too much "other" space) and reloaded it only with what he wanted/needed. It's his again. He even renamed it. It's mostly empty, though. His email, Pages and a dozen other apps, a few movies, and about 1000 pics. That's about it. Plenty of room on it. He doesn't need anything else. He's got an imac and macbook if he wants to really do something. Which is rare.
  23. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    You knew the iPhone 5 was thinner than the iPhone 4/S prior to buying the iPhone 5 then sold your iPhone 5 because it was thinner than your iPhone 4/S.:rolleyes:

    Just WOW
  24. lancia832 macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2010
    I just had to try it ,for two weeks that was it ,the thinnes being one of the reasons ,it felt to light ,and not well made because of that ,and i knew it was thinner ,but had to try it didnt like it ,and the main reason was the headphone on the bottom ,battery life and some others ,i opened a tread about my reasons ,but i know im just crazy like that , ill wait to upgrade when they move back the headphone jack if ever .
  25. smooth macrumors 6502


    Nov 12, 2007
    I was actually starting to think I was in a very small minority of people, specifically Apple users, who did not upgrade just for the sake of upgrading. It seems like the majority of peeps on here, upgrade every refresh or every other. I have to remember the Apple users that I know personally. No one I know who has an iPad has ever owned more than one version. And only 1 iPhone owner has ever owned more than 2 versions.

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