What is the lifespan of Ipad 2

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Fredo C, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. Fredo C macrumors member

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    By lifespan I mean how long will it be able to run the latest version of iOS? I figure it has to be at least the same as the iPhone 4S since they have the same CPU, GPU, and RAM, and the 4S has a lower clock speed.

    Assuming Apple continues offering 3 iPhones, the 4S should be around a while. This fall it will be the "middle" phone, and next yr (fall 2013) the "bottom" phone. If that's the case it should be able to run iOS 7 until iOS 8 comes out (assuming fall 2014).

    Just trying to figure out what the lifespan would be since I'm thinking of buying a refurb iPad 2. I think from now it's about 2.5 yrs. Would appreciate any thoughts though.
     
  2. biohead macrumors 6502

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    Judging that the 3GS is still being supported in iOS (I'd expect that to be dropped this year), and that the iPad 1 is akin to the iPhone 4 (and possibly dropped together with iOS7 or 8), I'd say around 2015 for the iPad 2 - give or take a year either side.
     
  3. MacAttacka macrumors 6502

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    Well depends on how IOS develops. If IOS doesnt require big leaps in CPU then it should last as long as the iPad 3 since they have the same CPU and since Pad3 has just been released iPad 2 should have a longer life than iPad 3 in total. If IOS starts requiring more RAM then that might be the limiting factor. Since iPad 3 has 1GB + Retina, that might form the basis of say IOS8.

    Anyway what does it matter? IOS hasnt delivered any thing major for quite a while. If the iPad 2 does what you need then it should last as long as you want it to.
     
  4. Fredo C thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. I just don't want to buy one now and soon after not it's not able to run iOS smoothly or run the latest apps. I think I have some time though.

    If I can get at least 2 1/2 yrs out of a $349 16gb wifi refurb that's not too bad in today's technology world.
     

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