iPad 3 vs iPad Air 2

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October 18, 2020 at 17:24:45
Specs: Windows 10, I5-9400
SWMBO has an iPad 3 with 32Gb.

She uses it for web-based email, web browsing and youtube videos. The iPad 3 is acting a little weird. Delayed typing on some sites (She types but nothing shows in the text field. The keyboard then slowly highlights each letter that she previously typed and the letters slowly show up in the text field.) In addition, some links won't open with just a tap. She has to long press and "open in a new tab". She says they used to open with just a tap. Not all links, such some specific sites.

She was looking at a refurbished iPad Air 2 with 64Gb for $250, 128Gb for $300. Can she expect to see an improvement in performance with an iPad Air 2? Could it be that things have changed out on the old interweb to such an extent that an iPad 3 just can't process it correctly anymore?

If so, is it worth spending the extra $50 for the 128Gb model, based on what she's using the iPad for?


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October 19, 2020 at 01:14:03
Have you tried re-installing the version of iOS it’s comfortable with?

In effect rest to factory gate status?

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October 19, 2020 at 08:18:55
Doing a factory reset is not really an option due to the age of the OS and some of the apps. She can't update some of the apps she uses because the OS is too old. We fear that if she does a factory reset, she'd lose some of the stuff she has now since only the latest versions will be available for download and they won't install due to the out-of-date OS.

I called Apple. The iPad Air 2 is 2 generations old now. It won't be long before updates are no longer available and then we'd be back in the same situation we are now with the iPad 3. A refurbished iPad Air 2 is $250ish. An iPad 8 (the latest version) is $329 new direct from Apple. I'm going to spend the extra~$80, get $40 back on the iPad 3 trade-in and she'll be much better off than she is now.

The latest iPad Air 4 for $600 would be way overkill for her usage so I'm going to order the iPad 8 and call it a day.

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October 19, 2020 at 09:49:32
I'm not really able to advise which of the two would be better; as one factor that one has to keep in mind is which one will become "obselete/an antique" in Apple-land first; in that it won't upgrade to a more recent (the latest) iOS and some of the older apps may not work with one or t'other (which is where you're at with the current iPad)?

But reading the symptoms you describe reminds me of similar proilems I had with my current iPhone (5s). Very much the same effects and my local Apple-land base determined the touch screen assembly etc. was faulty. They replaced it and it went again very shortly thereafter; which they advised that meant there were problems with the cct. boards associated with it (or something like that), End of saga I was offered a refurbished model (for a reasonable price - cheaper or almost the same as having mine original fully rebuilt or something like...) and the usual refurbished model warranty; which I went for. That was about three years ago (and touch wood) still OK.

I have and iPad2 which is now an antique - won't run latest iOS etc... When that date/time arrived I went over over to a new 5th generation iPad. All went fine for just over two years and then a similar display problems seemed to arrive... Also when one tried to update iOS, or even a full reset - sometimes it was OK and sometimes not. It became a half built brick in the end. Under UK and EEC consumer law many electronic devices have a warranty which extends beyond the manufacturer's. In the EEC it lasts for 5yrs total and in the UK it lasts for 6 total. There is discretion allowed of course should the device etc. have been clearly badly treated; in which case the vendor can decline to recognise that EEC/UK warranty. My 5th Generation was just over 2 yrs old, clearly not badly treated... and Apple-land replaced it with a new one. (That UK/EEC extended warranty applies to tv, audio, domestic appliances too; and who knoweth what else!)

You might see what Apple have to say re' problems with current iPad as they "may" have a decent offer or alternative option/path?

As regards memory... I feel more is always better than less. Which having said neither my iPhone 5s nor my 5 Generation iPad have used much memory; and both are loaded; - with photos on the phone, and photos plus lots of books on the iPad. I would certainly go with a minimum of 32Gig - preferably 64 or even 128 if pennies are OK?

I dun a trawl nonetheless around the bottom of the duck pond and found these two sites which may help you decide - especially the second one, which seems to favour the standard iPad overall for general use...?



The older the generation an iPad/iPhone is - the sooner it will become stuck at a given iOs of course...

My 2010 Macbook has stopped just short of Catalina, and my Mac Mini (late 2012 model) is now stopped at Catalina... As Apple are in process of shifting from Intel to ARM processors etc. ... I'm loathe to upgrade my systems to latest/more recent - pending compatibility confirmations (or not) of software between Intel kit and the new ARM...

I'll be interested to hear what you decide and perhaps why...?

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October 19, 2020 at 09:50:46
I think our last two posts crossed as we both did a bit of editing...?

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October 19, 2020 at 11:36:58
Yes...we crossed edits. I figured that out as I was reading your response. My fault...

As you can now see, I opted to (and already have) ordered the iPad 8.

As far as memory, 32Gb will be fine. SWMBO is not very tech-savvy and adding more memory will not change that. Her iPad 3 has a grand total of 2Gb of memory used for non-OS stuff. She has 24Gb available for "stuff". If she has a sudden epiphany and begins to start constantly downloading movies, etc. I will take total responsibility.

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October 19, 2020 at 12:36:24
A wise choice I think - a bog standard iPad 8 rather than an Air model.

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