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Should I Upgrade My 3rd Gen iPad to a 4th Gen iPad

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Apple surprised industry watchers during today’s special event in San Jose, by  refreshing its full-sized iPad. It’s a relatively minor upgrade by most measures and we think very few New iPad (3rd generation) owners should upgrade to Apple’s 4th generation iPad.  Assuming money matters, which it does to the vast majority of our readers, the faster processor and Lightening port simply aren’t enough reason to sell a 3rd generation iPad at a loss and rush to buy the new iPad.

The new iPad comes with little to call for an upgrade. It has most of the same features except for a faster A6 processor which Apple claims will double the speed of the previous 3rd generation iPad processor. Apple also threw in a new HD FaceTime camera on the front. Buyers will now get the new Lightning connector which Apple introduced with the iPhone 5. Apple now offers Sprint as a wireless carrier choice.

Fourth generation iPad

 

The Lightening port and faster processor will cost at least $100 for users selling their 3rd generation iPads through popular trade-in services. We looked at the various gadget buying services like and found that the best price offered on a like-new 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi only garners just $400 in Amazon credits. Gazelle, a service known for providing generous trade-in payments, will pay $300 for the same iPad.

The problem with the above strategy is that the 4th generation iPad isn’t available from Amazon yet, and likely won’t be until Apple meets its own retail demand. :

  • Faster A6 processor – Can you remember the last time an app didn’t run fast enough on the 3rd generation iPad?
  • HD FaceTime camera – heavy video chat users might appreciate this, but we don’t think a higher res video chat camera is worth $200
  • Lightning connector – this doesn’t speed up the iPad’s sync process and will force users to buy new accessories.
  • Sprint 4G LTE- this only affects those who already use Sprint or live in the few areas where Sprint works better than Verizon’s and AT&T’s 4G LTE networks.

We recommend that everyone else wait till Apple offers substantial improvements before trading in their seven-month old iPads.

Kevin loves notebooks, tablets, gadgets and photography. He grew up with computers starting out on a Vic 20 and Commodore 64. The first computer he owned himself was an 8086 Compaq Deskpro. His foray into tablet computing began when he bought a Samsung Q1 Ultra. The smartphone market opened up for him with his Palm Treo 600.

6 Comments

  1. (:

    10/24/2012 at 12:41 am

    100% true, stick with iPad 3

  2. Johnny

    10/25/2012 at 8:12 am

    damn! >:\ bought mine a few months ago. Time to hunt down the most generous apple store -.-

  3. Katkat

    10/26/2012 at 11:35 am

    Damn u apple you atleast make one next year….fuck
    You’ve gonna loss when your management be like that….

  4. Bex

    11/01/2012 at 9:06 am

    Disappointed, bought my 64GB iPad 3 in May (after having to sell my 16GB iPad 3 as it just wasn’t enough space) and now there’s a new one. More of the problem is, I bought it for £550 and now Apple are selling refurb models for £440 so I’m going to have to make more than £100 loss to sell it. Hence finding this post to see if I should sell lol. Think I will keep it though, everything is set up how I like it and I have a Zagg skin which was a pain to take from the 16GB to the 64GB.

    Twice as fast is tempting but, you’re right, can’t think of an app that didn’t load quickly on the iPad 3. Plus I’d rather keep iOS 5.1 than have iOS 6 :p.

  5. emmo2112

    12/03/2012 at 5:20 am

    thanks for the info… wondered what the differences were

  6. jody

    12/31/2012 at 4:23 pm

    Thank you very much for this valuable information.

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