Your Older iPad Still Has Plenty of Life in It

I know. I know. Considering that MEGATechNews is totally a techie and gadget-focused kind of site, it only makes sense that all of us want the newest and shiniest toy on the block. That’s why we follow those rumor mills and official announcements so closely. At the same time, real life being what it is, we also have to keep our wallets in check. And realistically, the slightly older gear is just as useful.

The Marginal Generation Gap

For Apple, this hasn’t exactly been the best of news. While sales of the iPhone and Mac lines continues to go up, the growth rate for iPad sales has moved in the other direction. Even though they managed to sell 12.3 million iPads over the course of the summer, that’s a 13 percent drop compared to the same time last year.

Part of the blame, perhaps, is that the iPad line hasn’t really changed all that much and apparently not enough to convince existing iPad owners to upgrade. After all, the only difference between the iPad mini 3 and the 2nd-gen iPad mini is the inclusion of Touch ID. If you’ve already got the second gen, you’re not going to be particularly inclined to get buy the third gen version.

The upgrade cycle just isn’t as frequent, because people aren’t replacing their tablets as often as their smartphones. Indeed, that’s probably why most iPads are still sold to new buyers who had never owned an iPad before.

What this means, if you already own an older iPad, is that you’re not missing out on all that much by skipping a generation or three between upgrades. Your older iPad still has a great display, it still has tons of fantastic apps, and it’s still as sleek and pretty as ever. It’s just not that new and shiny anymore.

The iPad as a Business Tool

Your Older iPad Still Has Plenty of Life in It

In the context of more of a business environment, the slower renewal cycle for tablets like the iPad is a good thing. Buying one tablet for personal use already costs a fair bit of coin, but imagine having to replace a whole fleet of iPads across an entire company every year. That’s just not economically sound for a lot of small businesses.

Thankfully, as mentioned, your slightly older iPad is still perfectly functional and it is very much up to the task of your daily duties. If if your iPad isn’t the newest version being sold by Cupertino, it can still operate as a great point-of-sale (POS) machine via the Shopify solution and that’s still miles better than a far more archaic cash register.

When a typical customer walks into a typical store and sees that they are accepting payment through an iPad-based POS terminal, they already have a better impression of this store than if it used a more traditional cash register with ugly, clunky buttons and the rolled strip of receipt paper.

A Better Deal for You

Yes, we still want the new and shiny. We just have to learn to allocate our budget accordingly to get the best bang for our buck. A hot new smartphone or laptop could represent a monumental upgrade over the one you bought a couple of years ago. With your older iPad, that may not really be the case.


In fact, if you are looking for a new (to you) iPad and want to save a few bucks, grabbing a refurbished or used model that’s a generation or two old can net you some significant savings. And that iPad can be just as great operating as a cash register, a social media dashboard, a portable game console, or whatever else a newer iPad wants to be.

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