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The Best iPad Is The One You Already Have - Review Geek

Unless it’s completely broken I guess.

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We live in a culture that values ​​waste. Apple remember this fact in every new product announcement. So, to celebrate the release of Apple’s newest iPads, I’ll give you a special secret: The best iPad is the iPad you’ve ever had. You don’t need the latest or greatest tablet.

Old iPads Still Work Great

Apple provides outstanding support for its products. You can use an iPhone, iPad, or Mac for more than half a decade before it starts to feel slow or outdated. Yes, Apple likes to brag about big leaps in performance, but these performance upgrades rarely impact the real-world user experience.

What about apps and updates? Modern iPads get at least five years of annual OS updates – if you buy a 2022 iPad, it’ll likely get the last OS update in 2027.

If you already have an iPad, you probably don’t need to change it anytime soon. All models released in 2015 and later support the 2022 iPadOS 16 update, meaning they offer exciting new features and can run the latest apps or games.

Of course, people who use their iPad regularly may find that their battery is no longer holding a charge. In this case, I highly recommend asking a repair professional (or Apple Store employee) how much a battery replacement might cost. It’s cheaper than buying a brand new iPad; I will tell you that much.

iPad Upgrades Are Iterative, Not Groundbreaking

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Customers and critics expect each new iPad to include some unrealistically groundbreaking features. Most iPad upgrades are iterative; For example, the 10th generation iPad includes a faster chipset than its predecessor and abandons the Home button. It’s not a “significant” upgrade and that’s the point!

One of Apple’s greatest strengths is restraint. Instead of trying to push groundbreaking features, Apple is focusing on minor upgrades every six months. This tactic provides a sense of balance for customers; You can enjoy an iPad for three or four years before the newest model feels like a convincing upgrade. (Crazy Apple fans haven’t noticed this fact. They’re busy buying new toys every year.)

Admittedly, some upgrades are hard to resist. The release of the Apple Pencil, for example, gave graphic designers a good reason to buy the latest and greatest iPad. But breakthrough upgrades are rare. And if you’re just using an iPad to stream videos or play games, those kinds of things don’t really matter.

Maybe you’ve reached the point where the new iPad seems like a great upgrade. You’re ready to get rid of the iPad you’ve been enjoying for the last few years. I recommend avoiding the latest iPads and taking a slightly different approach.

If You Need A New iPad, Don’t Buy The Latest Model

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Nobody is forcing you to buy the latest iPad. In fact, you’d probably be better off buying a previous generation model; it works fast, works with your favorite apps, and costs a lot less than a brand new iPad.

Buying an “older” iPad also helps expand your budget. Instead of spending $450 on the newest base model iPad, you can spend the same amount on an older model with increased storage or cellular connectivity.

At the time of writing, a number of great “old” iPads are available at a deep discount. Here are some of our favorite options:

All of these iPads run the latest version of iPadOS and support Apple Pencil. They’re great products, last a long time, and are very inexpensive compared to Apple’s current generation iPad models.

Are the Latest iPads Worth the Money?

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As I mentioned earlier, some iPad upgrades are hard to resist. If you’re an artist, musician, or FaceTime fanatic, you may find your mouth watering at the groundbreaking new features delivered with an iPad Pro or iPad Air.

But unless you fit in a certain space, such upgrades are rarely worth the money. Tons of people bought the original iPad Pro because it offered Apple Pencil support; How many of these customers still use their Apple Pencil today?

You should also be wary of the opinions you read online (including mine). Journalists and critics write from a position of “authority” and tend to overinflate the importance of their beliefs or experiences. For example, when a journalist says, “My laptop has been replaced by the new iPad,” they are describing something that is actually quite niche.

I highly recommend buying previous generation iPads and avoiding the latest models. A smart and easy way to save money. And if you still have a perfectly working iPad, try to hold on. You probably don’t need to buy a new iPad just yet.

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