I am blessed with two kids, twins as it happens. They each currently 'own' an iPad, handed down to them by my wife and me as we upgraded. Unfortunately, one is an OG iPad (the other an iPad 2), which is not able to update to iOS 6. It lacks a camera, there are several apps his sib uses on the iPad 2 which don't work on the 1, and it's also painfully slow at this point. Every time I pick it up to perform app updates on it, I want to throw it out the window and immediately order an iPad 4 (for me…) and give him my iPad 3.
But I haven't yet, mostly because I think the iPad 4 is a nice update from the 3 but not an overly compelling one. Today though, rumors are circulating about a 128GB model which got me thinking: is that enough for me to pull the trigger at this point? Maybe. I'd really prefer to wait for a fully refreshed model – rumors point to a mini-style form factor with thin side bezels and a lighter, thinner device overall. That would be a no brainer.
I just don't know how long I can hold out. The kids have become very attached to their iPads – probably too much so (there's a doctoral dissertation in here somewhere) – but it pains me to see the upset caused by crashing apps, incompatible apps, etc. And no I'm not just projecting! Trust me – the upset is very real. And it's getting worse the more they learn to hunt around the App Store for free games and such.
Another option – by far the cheapest one – is to get an iPad mini to replace the OG iPad as a sort of stop gap. Here again I'd prefer one with a retina display, but it seems like time is not on my side here. What to do…
Yes, I know – first world problems.